11 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week

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by Hua Hsu

Over at my normal spot a few clicks over, I devote Thursdays to posting some mixes I've been enjoying. So...

The Revenge of World Music: Argentina's digital cumbia scene continues to make inroads globally, which will make sense after you listen to Chancha Via Circuito's aggressively soothing mix of old voices amidst new textures. (via XLR8R, streaming)

Chairman Mao's always fantastic and generally weather-appropriate "Across 135th St." radio show is a bit pacier than usual this week. Soulful disco, boogie, some very non-intrusive house, an unbelievable Stevie Wonder cameo and a "Miss You Much" remix wherein Janet Jackson disappears. (streaming) Bonus: Mao also did a boogie funk mix heavy on "keytar." (d/l)

"Thunderstorm..." DJ Premier has been uploading some of his mid-1990s sets for WBLS and Hot 97 at Mixcloud. For anyone who may have watched old Black Moon videos on YouTube within the past day or so, this is great news. (streaming)

A DJ named "Cosmic Boogie," a mix named after Barry White's "Love Unlimited." Some excellent mid-1970s stuff here, fixing on that liminal space between disco, funk and soul. About an hour or so of this.

Because a "summer mix" doesn't mean it needs to be uplifting. Here, Dream Boat, a Providence band so new their MySpace page is only a week or so old, takes a break from their own gothy, gauzy glitch-hop and assembles "As I Lay Dying," a short mix of creepy songs that just sort of oozes together. (via Ruby Scoops, d/l)

And a "summer vacation" mix from Bradford of Deerhunter/Atlas Sound. (dl)

A nice cache over at Good Records' site: the title of Doc Delay's "Galactic Convertible Music" ("outer space vibes...laid back weirdness") about says it all, a nasty mix of Afro rock, and an hour of anti-establishment, "what happened to rap?" steppers in the name of Oscar Grant (R.I.P.). (all streaming) 

Not a mix, exactly, but I adored Wayne Marshall's touching but scholarly excavation of his (then-living, now passed) grandparents-in-law's record collection. He's reposted it with soundclips here.

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