It’s been a while. Quite a while, actually, since I put together a collection of songs that felt like they represented a moment. Maybe just a moment for myself - a sort of mental marker to help remember what’s recently occurred and to soundtrack what happens next. I’m not insinuating that this is some important collection that everyone must hear - not at all actually. The collection here is filled with pieces that I’ve relied on recently, and used to help keep a peace of mind, but also to inspire me on this next step in my life following a difficult couple of months. Luckily, it serves a separate purpose as well. I wanted to make a soundtrack for the latter days of this season. Music for maneuvering through the longer, colder nights of late autumn. For when the work is done and everything is still and you can breathe again, before the morning. Before the next step. For when you are dreaming awake sometimes. In that case, I feel like I’ve succeeded on both counts, and I hope that you love this collection as much as I do at this point in time.
**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.
what do you really want? – how to dress well dj set from a month ago xo
"What Do You Really Want?" by How to Dress Well // DJ Set (October 2013)
Tom Krell (How to Dress Well) has dropped another DJ set from a recent show in Chicago. This particular mix runs a little under an hour and leans heavy on hip hop and rap, less on his own vocal loops and covers. Of course, that’s not a reason to miss this mix in the least. Krell manages to get tons of great material into the mix, creating a straight up banger instead of his more chill creations. At the moment there is no track list, but some of the artists featured are:
Rihanna, Meek Mill, DMX, Ace Hood, A$AP Ferg, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, and with a blast from the past surprise addition - Robert Miles.
In the end, you got yourself a fun blast of jams that will keep the party and the heart rate up. It’s all good fun.
Criminally underrated dream pop/glo-fi band, Stumbleine have a knack for creating gorgeous, ethereal dream pop layered with glitch beats and warped vocal samples. They also do wonders with crafting killer mixtapes in the same vein. Recently, they’ve gone and posted a new mix featuring their own work peppered with tracks from Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke, Broken Social Scene, Burial, Holy Other, and many more (full tracklist below). It plays like an otherworldly lullaby,and makes for a lovely listen on any chilly late night, but especially under an autumn sky. Definitely check this one out.
The Appleseed Cast - The Walking Of Pertelotte // A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears // XXYYXX - About You // Stumbleine - Colourvision // Hammock - I Can Almost See You // Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A 17yr Old Girl // Stumbleine - The Corner Of Her Eye // Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Though A Meaning(less) Process // Sigur Ros - Fjogur Piano // Miracle Legion - All For The Best (Thom Yorke Cover) // Mum - Nightly Cares // Giraffage - Elysian // Burial - Night Bus // Stumbleine - Cherry Blossom // Lucky Paul - Elephant Island (Midland Remix) // Esmerine - Why She Swallows Bullets & Stones // Helios - Vargtimme // Stumbleine - Ember // Sparklehorse - Most Beautiful Widow In Town // Sun Glitters - Softly & Slowly ft Rob Boak // Jonsi & Alex - Danell In The Sea // Tycho - Hours (Teen Daze Remix) // Holy Other - Past Tension // This Will Destroy You - Villa Del Refugio // Apparat - Ash/Black Veil // Stumbleine - Honeycomb // Stars Of The Lid - Fac 21 // Scuba - Before //Flying Lotus - Aunties Lock/Infinitum Ft Laura Darlington // The Books - A Little Longing Goes A Long Way // Stumbleine - Catherine Wheel Ft Birds Of Passage
Interview Magazine just dropped a new mixtape curated by Tom Krell (How to Dress Well) which features some samples of some new material from the forthcoming album, “Total Loss” as well as HTDW remixes of Carly Rae Jepsen, CocoRosie, A$AP Rocky, Future, The-Dream, and Melanie Fiona. This is definitely something you’re going to want to invest some time in over the next couple of days. It runs a brisk 45 minutes, but is loaded with abstract beauty throughout. You even get a couple of downright jams.
I’m starting off the Halloween season a week or so early with this, the first in a series of mixtapes bridging new and old tracks that have similar vibes and that fit together for your future Halloween parties. I wanted to connect some of the classic eerie rock tracks with some darker electronic numbers and all of the post-punk and goth pop in between. By no means are these intended to be a list of essential Halloween cuts. I’ve scattered some obvious choices with some less obvious ones and if you think I’m missing something, chances are they will appear on a later part of the series.
I hope that you enjoy the Halloween vibe and the darker atmosphere of the songs that would make for a solid listen with or without a blacklight-lit Halloween party behind them. Thanks for listening.
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.