Monthly Mixtape – February 2021


Danz CM :: “Something More”

Tele Novella :: It Won’t Be Long

Amythyst Kiah :: “Black Myself”

FPA :: “Untitled”

Nicola Cruz :: “Subtropique”

BICEP :: “Atlas”

El Michels Affair :: “Murkit Gem”

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Monthly Mixtape – January 2021


New year? New music!  Here are seven new songs that are music to my ears.

Vagabon – “Reason to Believe” (feat. Courtney Barnett

Dominique Fils-Aimé :: “While We Wait”

Frances Forever :: “Space Girl”

I Self Devine :: “The Disruptor Suite”

alyona alyona – “Дикі танці” (Wild Dances)

Pom Poko :: “Like A Lady”

Femi Kuti :: “Pà Pá Pà”


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Monthly Mixtape – December 2020


La Femme :: “Disconnexion”

Resistance Revival Chorus :: “This Joy”

Genesis Owusu :: “The Other Black Dog”

 

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Monthly Mixtape – October 2020


Genre-wise this feels like the most mixed up mixtape ever. I love it.

It also feels like a boat-load of new albums have been released in the past six weeks and I haven’t found time review any of them. So much music, so little time.

Maren Morris :: “Better Than We Found It”

Palberta :: “Before I Got Here”

Sam Amidon :: “Time Has Made A Change”

Molchat Doma :: “Sudno”

Jake Blount :: “Roustabout”

Mdou Moctar :: “Chismiten”

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Monthly Mixtape – September 2020


This month we have a robust collection of new songs. Our mixtape begins and ends with some stirring protest songs, but there are some feel good songs in-between.

Janelle Monáe :: “Turntables”

Terror/Cactus :: “Guanaco

Throwing Muses :: “Dark Blue”

Kelly Lee Owens :: “On”

Æ MAK :: “i dance in the kitchen (feat. Seba Safe)”

A.G. Cook :: “Beautiful Superstar”

Romy :: “Lifetime”

ALA.NI :: “Lament for Emmett Till”

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Monthly Mixtape – July 2020


Gabriel Teodros :: “If They Come for Me in the Morning… (feat. Aisha Fukushima)”

Liv.e :: “SirLadyMakemFall”

Sibille Attar :: “Hurt Me”

Holy Hive :: “Blue Light”

The Suffers :: “Take Me To The Good Times”

Sylvan Esso :: “Ferris Wheel”

MC Zulu & Bionik :: “Dancehall Energy”

Zee Avi :: “Good Things”

 


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Monthly Mixtape – June 2020


Welcome to summer with a small selection of tunes you can rock out and/or dance to.

Bee Bee Sea :: “Daily Jobs”

Bee Bee Sea, described as a garage-psych band, are a trio originating from Castel Goffredo, Italy. They sound, though, as if they came straight from London in the late 70s.

Haim :: “Los Angeles”

This is the opening track from the new album Women in Music Pt. III, by the trio of sisters from – you guessed it – Los Angeles.

Baronhawk Poitier :: “Temperado Tornado”

Baronhawk Poitier, a producer/DJ from Washington, DC, provides the beats to get you out onto the (socially distanced) dance floor.

Public Enemy :: “State of the Union” (featuring DJ Premier)

The legendary hip hop group from Long Island, NY are joined by DJ Premier to take a direct shot at Donald Trump and his campaign of hatred and violence against the people of our country.

Zebra Katz :: “IN IN IN”

Zebra Katz, stage name of rapper Ojay Morgan, explores “social issues surrounding race, sexuality, and the black experience” through fast rhymes and a dense sonic environment.

 

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Monthly Mixtape – May 2020


Another month in isolation, and music becomes even more important for lifting our spirits and connecting us to our shared humanity.  Here are some of the best new songs I heard this month.

Jónsi :: Exhale

Nick Leng :: Music to Clean the House to

Minimal Violence – RAVEBOMB

Ela Minus :: they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.

Mourning [A] BLKStar :: If I Can I May

Jonah Mutono :: The Low

Nation of Language :: Friend Machine

Samia :: Is There Something in the Movies?

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down :: Phenom

Bonus points for creating the first music video to draw on the pandemic stay at home experience by filming entirely in Zoom.

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