8 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week


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-They don't call him the 45 King for nothing. Essential: DJ Nikoless is mixing 45 King's back catalog. You've heard his beats before. Here's volume one. (DL)

-Terry Farley from Junior Boy's Own/Boy's Own and Faith fanzine with "Chocolate Orange," a winning house mix. (stream)

-Related and an update of sorts: the Crooked Clef with "House is Burning," an impressive, spirited mix of the worldwide house underground. As he puts it: a light nod to the "realness" competitions documented in the film paris is burning, my new mix intends to take a snapshot of various interpretations, witting or not, on house music. from latin america and south africa, to london and austin, tx there is an overwhelming amount of inspiring music bubbling up from bedrooms and studios around the world. (stream)

-Allez-Allez's guest mixes generally rule. This time around: Los Angeles' Pollyn, with a bit of old and new edits. Paul Simon, De La Soul, Holger Czukay, ESG and everything in-between. (stream) (Also, Allez-Allez have a record upcoming for RVNG.)

-Nice homesick/California/"mixtape songs"-themed mixtape from Bethany of Best Coast. (stream)

-One from the vaults: DJ O-Dub is slowly digitizing his mid/late-90s mixtapes. First up is "Mixtification (O's Dub Vol. 7)" I have not thought of I.G. Off and Hazardous for years. Black Attack still works. Truly a document from what now seems like a different era of rap. (DL)

-An interesting mix on Meatskull: an hour of "Beatnik" jazz, spoken word, word poetry, and general coffeehouse ambience. (DL)

-Courtesy TurntableLab: an old school Memorial Day mix by DJ Spinbad. Yes, I know Memorial Day was technically last week. (DL)


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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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