13 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week

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-R.I.P. to Malcolm McLaren. I've been listening to DJ Premier's tribute mix all week -- it has most of the basics, and it features some amusing interview excerpts spliced in as transitions. Be sure to listen all the way through to the end, after the music, as Premier, King of Chill et al indulge in some back-in-the-80s nostalgia. Also McLaren-related: Ian from a Different Kitchen links to page scans of a 1983 interview in Smash Hits that essentially confirms McLaren's status as an all-around visionary.

-While browsing MixCloud, the site where I came across the Premier mix, I found this great mix of vibes-heavy dancefloor jazz by Black Classical (?).

-Simon Reynolds collects some of his favorites singles of the past ten years. As he puts it: "Mostly electronic but rarely intersecting with the dancefloor, this music merges blissy and eerie, the wired and the wyrd." (via Meatskull Disco)

-Creation Records collects their entire back catalog of singles, and plays them one by one. Many, many gems in those early years, including Biff Bang Pow, some decent Pastels songs, the early, wimpy incarnation of Primal Scream, Felt, Jasmine Minks, etc. Here is 1-50, here is 51-75. The Internet, as they say, is "crazy."

-Another name you can trust: Dante Carfagna, who boasts one of the most impressive collections around (and taste to match), takes over DJ Shadow's radio channel with a mix of lonely and forlorn soul, folk, etc. (via Dreams in Audio)

-No less antisocial, but in a different direction: a Mad Decent podcast for your more aggressive side. (via Lysergic Bliss)

-And then there's Korallreven, a fantastic hazy electro pop duo from Sweden, whose euphoric springtime mix is made up of songs that "make us feel the pure ecstasy of what in popular terms use to be called 'life'." (via Gorilla vs Bear)

-The great DJ Spinna wishes Marvin Gaye a happy birthday with a stirring mix of classics, edits, B-sides, etc. (via HipHopSite)

-Speaking of Gaye, Love Unlimited Sound System offers a mix of Motown's less-glamorized (but no less ebullient) 1970s soul and disco sides. (via LUSS)

-Continuing that thought: Cosmic Boogie's "Tropical Space Machine mix" is a great collection of spaced-out, mid-1970s soul and mid-tempo disco. (via Meatskull)

-New York fixture Duane Harriot with a mix of 1988-1991 rap, which always sounds good to me. (via OutsideBroadcast)

-If you prefer rap of a mid to late 1990s vintage, consult the Custodian of Records. For those of you whose day will not be complete without hearing "Legion Groove." (via GrandGood)

-A blistering live set heavy in Brazilian and Latin percussion from the Funky President of the West Coast, J. Rocc.

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
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