8 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week

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Matthew Africa did a nice post paying tribute to the late Al Goodman, whose talents feature in the above clip. Bonus: a new Africa mix of effervescent 70s jazz-funk productions by the fabulous Mizell Brothers. (stream)

Another tribute, sadly: Tom Chasteen with a sweet, sweet Sugar Minott homage-mix for Dublab, via Meatskull. (stream)

"Hardrock Striker - The Skylax Ultimate Summer Mix" via Le Musicassette - I have no idea who did what, but this is a really well-assembled, coherent set that starts with the dubby, middle-of-nowhere pastoralia of Spacemen 3 and ends in a warehouse somewhere in Chicago. Kate Bush shows up along the way, too. (stream)

Mesmerizing mix (and rather stirring accompanying essay) by Dr Rob at Test Pressing. Small, quiet, unassuming sounds. The kind of mix that feels very narrative and personal, even if you barely understand its reference points -- "6:30 AM Tokyo and an old Weatherall favourite soundtracks a Japanese English lesson on TV." (stream)

A buoyant 1970s disco hits set from Cut Chemist, via Hiphopsite and L.A. tombstoners Cinespia. (stream)

And a day later, far from the cemetery: "Summertime + Party Time = This Mix," says J. Rocc, and who are we to argue. (d/l) Recorded at the Do-Over--for more mixes from their parties, go here. (stream)

We'll stay in Los Angeles for this last one: the future sound of modern funk, courtesy Dam-Funk and soon to be ex-BBC DJ Mary Anne Hobbs. (stream)

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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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