11 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week


(via tagbanger...features a nice breakdown of rap slang for the Dutch demographic.)

Haven't been able to stop listening to the Jaywalkers' "Santa Ana Winds" summer mix. But Faze-O's "Riding High" does that for me. (streaming)

Essential: a Detroit Public Radio segment on the low-profile techno legends Underground Resistance, featuring music and an interview with the mysterious Mad Mike Banks. Good times. (streaming)

Incredible "Behold the Destroyer" 80s electro funk mix, with its own coke-and-luxury cars back-story. For lovers of Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time," basically. (via Ian. streaming/DL)

Two King Megatrip mixes: a soul and funk one that spans about thirty years, and a "Jamaica-centric" one that does the same. (via Meatskull. streaming/DL)

And another: Wayne Lotek's excellent "Dead Rasta" mix pays tribute to Jamaican music's fallen heroes: Prince Far I, Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and the latest to join the list, Sugar Minott. (streaming)

A living legend: Test Pressing's latest "Producers" mix--one of my favorite recurring features on the Internet--considers the career of Mad Professor. Includes links to Mad Professor's no doubt smoked out Fabric podcasts. (streaming/DL)

And another! Neil Nice does a classy reggae mix (and Sugar Minott tribute) for Turntable Lab Radio. And don't forget Ricardo's great midday mixes over at Ta's spot. (streaming)

"Library music" is a genre of music familiar only to the most devoted of record collectors. Before you could hire the Roots to play your talk show, television and film companies (mostly in Europe) would commission musicians to write and perform "incidental" music to evoke mood, and these records became incredibly collectible about a decade ago. "Never Enough Rhodes" collects some of the greatest moments of library jazz, with an emphasis on the Fender Rhodes keyboard. (DL)

The latest mix of "Fresh for 88-92" classics and rarities from DJ Duane. (streaming/DL)

If you'd prefer something more modern. Fresh for 2010: favorites Allez-Allez with a dance mix. (streaming)


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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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