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September 2020 — “lockdown (en casita)”

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A mix for the indoor-outdoor chiringuito in your life.

h/t New York Naomi, Mina & Popcaan.

Tracklist:

1) “EN CASITA (feat. Gabriela)” — Bad Bunny — LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR
2) “Del Mar – Solo Version” — Ozuna — ENOC
3) “Boys Don’t Cry (feat. Bobby Raps)” — KEY! — I Love You Say It Back
4) “Relación – Remix (feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, ROSALÍA & Farruko)” — Sech — Relación (Remix)
5) “COOL AS THE BREEZE/FRIDAY” — Chronixx — COOL AS THE BREEZE/FRIDAY
6) “Lockdown” — Koffee — Lockdown
7) “Kamikaze” — Omar Apollo — Kamikaze
8) “Outlandish” — dvsn — A Muse In Her Feelings
9) “Mr. Universe” — Skillibeng — Mr. Universe
10) “Ain’t It Different (feat. AJ Tracey & Stormzy)” — Headie One — Ain’t It Different…
11) “Repeat (feat. Coffee)” — J Hus — Big Conspiracy
12) “Way Too Big” — Burna Boy — Twice As Tall
13) “FRIENDS LIKE THESE” — Popcaan — FIXTAPE
14) “Woman” — Rema — Woman
15) “Pull Up (feat. Good Gas & FKi 1st)” — Louise Chantál — Pull Up
16) “Say Less (feat. Medz Boss)” — Nailah Blackman — Bad Summer Riddim
17) “Gimme De Ting (feat. Stefflon Don)” — Gimme De Ting
18) “FEM” — Davido — FEM

August 2020 — “hands off”

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This month, I continued listening to Outlaw and Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse on repeat. This mix is an excuse to include “The Parasite…” along with songs I heard on NTS shows like Passport, Intl Blk, You Need This!, Diddy Wah, and a guest show by Rahill.

Tracklist:

1) “August 10” — Khruangbin — Con Todo El Mundo
2) “Morning Sunrise” — Weldon Irvine — The Sisters
3) “Petit Sékou” — Bembeya Jazz National — Discothèque 76
4) “79rs Bout to Blow” — 79rs Gang — Expect the Unexpected
5) “Dirty Water” — Trombone Shorty — Parking Lot Symphony
6) “Love and Happiness” — Graham Central Station — Now Do U Wanta Dance
7) “Water No Get Enemy – Edit” — Fela Kuti — Best of The Black President
8) “Bad Girl Pt. 1” — Lee Moses — Bad Girl
9) “The Charade” — D’Angelo — Black Messiah
10) “A Message to Pretty” — Love — Alone Again Or
11) “The Parasite (for Buffy)” — Eugene McDaniels — Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
12) “Strange Things Happening Every Day” —Sister Rosetta Tharpe — Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vol. 2 1942–1944

July 2020 — “tnp”

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I listened to a lot of music this month, most of which is not in this mix. Key among the songs that inspired it, but are not here, is “Pig Feet” by Terrace Martin with features from Denzel Curry, Daylyt, Kamasi Washington, and G Perico. The Quietus’ “Albums of the Year So Far” was a big influence as well. It led me to Jeff Parker, whose NTS guest show led me to Eugene McDaniels.  Outlaw and Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse are both great in the same way that late-1960s Scott Walker is great.

H/t to other NTS shows this month including Scary Things and Mount Kimbie.

Tracklist:

1) “America” — Sufjan Stevens – America
2) “Sagittarius Red” — Eugene McDaniels — Outlaw
3) “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby — The Bigger Picture
4) “Cliche” — Jeff Parker — The New Breed
5) “High Speed” — G Herbo — PTSD
6) “My Way – Remastered” — Nina Simone — Here Comes the Sun
7) “Freeze Tag (feat. Kamasi Washington & Phoelix)” — Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper & 9th Wonder — Dinner Party
8) “Surf & Turf” — Boldy James & The Alchemist — The Price Of Tea In China
9) “Enough!!” — A Tribe Called Quest — We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
10) “Summerhouse” — Kota the Friend — EVERYTHING
11) “Shippūden” — Blanco — Shippūden
12) “Lies” — Terrace Martin — Sinthesize
13) “It Is What It Is” — Thundercat — It Is What It Is
14) “I Know The End” — Phoebe Bridgers — Punisher
15) “myheartHURT.” — Pink Siifu — NEGRO

June 2020 — “pt. ¿1?”

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This started its life as “May pt. 2,” now it might be “June pt. 1,” or it might just be “June.” I made it, disconnected, with the winter solstice in view. I just bought a grill and now I stand outside in the dark at 6pm, grilling things, listening to this.

As always, h/t to some NTS shows, like this episode of R.I.P. FM, and as (almost) always New York Naomi.

Tracklist:

1) “Ya No Te Hago Falta” — Sen Senra — Ya No Te Hago Falta
2) “Dolerme” — ROSALÍA — Dolerme
3) “Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)” — Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé — Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)
4) “La Difícil” — BadBunny — YHLQMDLG
5) “LA CANCIÓN” — maye — LA CANCIÓN
6) “Baby Bye Bye” — Kablito — Baby Bye Bye
7) “Imagine U” — Omar Apollo — Imagine U
8) “Lotus” — Lil Uzi Vert — Eernal Atake (Deluxe) – LUV vs. The World 2
9) “Pink Dust” — A.CHAL — Pink Dust
10) “Pricetag” — Mozzy, Polo G, Lil Poppa — Pricetag
11) “Bebesita Lo Siento” — Yung Beef, Galdiel, Mitchel — Bebesita Lo Siento
12) “Cosa Rara” — Albany, Yibril Rue — Cosa Rara
13) “Designer Boi” — A$AP NAST, D33J — Designer Boi
14) “i want war (BUT I NEED PEACE)” — Kali Uchis — TO FEEL ALIVE EP
15) “You’re Not Good Enough” — Blood Orange — Cupid Deluxe
16) “Dear April (Side A – Acoustic)” — Frank Ocean — Dear April (Side A – Acoustic)

May 2020 pt. 1 — “Coffee Shop AU”

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There will be two mixes this month. Both share some inspirations, but I’ve separated them out for reasons that will become obvious (?). Those inspirations include, but are not limited to:

1) leaving my apartment and getting coffee
2) learning what a coffee shop AU is
3) this playlist Rosalía made
4) the movie Babylon
5) the weather (it’s “cold” and “rainy” because it is fall autumn)

Here is part one.

Tracklist:

1) “Reflejo de Luna – Instrumental” — Paco de Lucía — Fuente y caudal
2) “Warrior Charge” — Aswad — Crucial Tracks
3) “Spanish Bombs” — The Clash — London Calling
4) “Town Cryer” — Elvis Costello & The Attractions — Imperial Bedroom
5) “Depression” —Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
6) “Lucha de Gigantes” — Nacha Pop — El momento
7) “As It Is When It Was” — New Order — Brotherhood
8) “Ramírez 19022017b” — Refree — Jai Alai Vol.01
9) “Riding For The Feeling” — Bill Callahan — Apocalypse
10) “Bassackwards” — Kurt Vile — Bottle It In
11) “Fantasma Vaga” — Helado Negro — This Is How You Smile
12) “Grito Peleo” — Sílvia Pérez Cruz — Grito Pelao
13) “Cayendo (Side A – Acoustic)” — Frank Ocean — Cayendo (Side A – Acoustic)

April 2020 — “Perth”

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If you don’t know, now you know.

Tracklist:

1) “Perth” — Bon Iver — Bon Iver
2) “Too Many Birds” — Bill Callahan — Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
3) “Souvenirs” — John Prine — Diamonds In The Rough
4) “Heathens” — Drive-By Truckers — Decoration Day
5) “Only Children” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — Reunions
6) “Dotted Line” — Pinegrove — Marigold
7) “bloodstream” — Soccer Mommy — color theory
8) “Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers — Kyoto
9) “This Boy Is Exhausted” — The Wrens — The Meadowlands
10) “Modern Leper” — Frightened Rabbit — The Midnight Organ Fight
11) “Clove Cigarette” — Andy Shauf — The Neon Skyline
12) “Arkadelphia” — Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud
13) “Dreams-Come-True-Girl” — Cass McCombs — Catacombs
14) “Full Control” — Snail Mail — Lush

March 2020 — “gnc”

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A mix for some inside listening. A lot of the songs here come from Martha, Motive, and Passport Radio on NTS this month. The cover features Bosch’s “Un ángel conduce a un alma por las regiones infernales” (you can see it in full here).

Tracklist:

1) “Like I Loved You” — Caribou — Suddenly
2) “Yeehaw” — Dinamarca — Fantasilandia
3) “Zorra” — Bad Gyal — Zorra
4) “The Real” — God Colony, FLOHIO — The Real
5) “Comic Sans (feat. Jack Harlow)” — AUDREY NUNA — Comic Sans (feat. Jack Harlow)
6) “Anger” — Shaybo — Anger
7) “Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B)” — Thundercat — Fair Chance
8) “SAME SONGS” — Jeshi — SAME SONGS
9) “BX19” — M1llionz — BX19
10) “God’s Work (feat. iLL BLU)” — IAMDDB — God’s Work (feat. iLL BLU)
11) “La vita nuova (feat. Caroline Polachek)” — Christine and the Queens — La vita nuova
12) “WAKING UP DOWN” — Yaeji — WAKING UP DOWN
13) “That Way – Bonus Track” — Lil Uzi Vert — Eternal Atake
14) “BALD!” — JPEGMAFIA — BALD!
15) “The Difference (feat. Toro y Moi)” — The Difference
16) “Birdseye View” — Sam Wise — Sorry You Were Saying (SYWS)
17) “Gospel For A New Century” — Yves Tumor — Gospel For A New Century
18) “<3” — Bad Bunny — YHLQMDLG

February 2020 — “Both”

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Tracklist:

1) “everything i wanted” — Billie Eilish — everything i wanted
2) “Summertime” — Vince Staples — Summertime ‘06
3) “No Idea” — Don Toliver — No Idea
4) “Both” — Headie One — Music x Road
5) “Gangway” — Lil Herb/G Herbo — Gangway
6) “Juro Que” — ROSALÍA — Juro Que
7) “Instant Destiny” — Tame Impala — The Slow Rush
8) “London” — Young Ess — Stay Down Till You Come Up
9) “Big Conspiracy (feat. iceè tgm)” — J Hus — Big Conspiracy
10) “Ignorantes” — Bad Bunny, Sech — Ignorantes
11) “W (feat. Gunna)” — Koffee — W (feat. Gunna)
12) “Try Me” — Tems — Try Me
13) “Really don’t like u (feat. Kylie Minogue)” — Tove Lo — Sunshine Kitty
14) “Say So” — Doja Cat — Hot Pink

January 2020 — “try again”

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A little late, but here we are. These are songs that came out in January 2020 or in (mostly late) 2019, inspired by listening to The Neon Skyline a bunch of times.

Tracklist:

1) “Fire” — Waxahatchee — Fire
2) “Lost In Yesterday” — Tame Impala — Lost In Yesterday
3) “the view” — Oso Oso — basking in the glow
4) “Crime” — (Sandy) Alex G — House of Sugar
5) “Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun” — Drive-by Truckers — The Unraveling
6) “I Go Out at Night” — Ratboys — I Go Out at Night
7) “Home to You” — Cate le Bon — Reward
8) “It Just Doesn’t Happen” — Destroyer — Have We Met
9) “Try Again” — Andy Shauf — The Neon Skyline
10) “Margaritas at the Mall” — Purple Mountains — Purple Mountains
11) “You Did It Yourself” — Arhur Russell — Iowa Dream
12) “Forgotten Eyes” — Big Thief — Two Hands
13) “circle the drain” — Soccer Mommy — circle the drain

December 2019 — Decade(nds)

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After much time spent on the “best” of 2019, here is the last of 2019. I drew on end of year lists that looked at music with a different perspective than my own, like The Quietus and  FACT.

This mix is meant to be listened to while mixing cocktails before the first dawn of a new decade. If you’re a decade pedant, that means you can go ahead and cue this up for January 1st, 2021, but who are we kidding, you’ll be asleep.

Tracklist:

1) “Requiem for CS70 and Strings” — Floating Points — Crush
2) “Confessions” — Sudan Archives — Athena
3) “13th Century Metal” — Brittany Howard — Jaime
4) “Teenage Birdsong” — Four Tet — Dreamer
5) “Venom” — Palmistry — Afterlife
6) “10%” — KAYTRANADA, Kali Uchis — BUBBA
7) “You and I” — Caribou — You and I
8) “February 2017 (feat. Clairo and Yeaji)” — Charli XCX — Charli
9) “A Mí Me Juzgan Por Ser Mujer” — Pelada — Movimiento Para Cambio
10) “Solita” — Kali Uchis — Solita
11) “Cig Angel” — Galcher Lustwerk — Information
12) “Walking Alone (SBTRKT cover) (feat. J Rick & Jessie Ware)” — Octavian — Endorphins
13) “What U Wanna Do?” — Erika de Casier — Essentials
14) “I Want You Around” — Snow Aalegra — – Ugh, those feels again
15) “Ecstatic Beat” — Octo Octa — Resonant Body
16) “Old Tape” — Burial — HyperSwim