10 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week

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-Gentle, New Order-influenced electro pop trio Thieves Like Us offer "Lisboa, Lisboa," a nice, mellow mix for Shelflife. Timmy Thomas, Jackie Mittoo, some non-threatening new dance tracks, and, about twenty minutes in, Brian Bennett's awesome "Solstice." (streaming)

-Fantastic mix by Monty Luke of some of his personal Planet E favorites. Related: a nice interview with Planet E's Carl Craig about the label's history. (streaming)

-Anti-Pop Consortium (High Priest, really) collect some of their favorite recent-ish weird tracks for an XLR8R podcast. It makes so much sense that there is an Araabmuzik track on here. These guys were too early. (streaming)

-For the camouflage enthusiasts out there: I just discovered "J.Bo Tapes," where old, formerly cassette-bound pirate radio broadcasts and live jungle sets live on. You will never hear the word "wicked" tossed around so frequently, with so much vigor.

-Also from Meatskull: Mindless Boogie with a "Balearic rock" mix and King Robbo with "Motown Heads West," a collection highlighting the label's move to Hollywood. (streaming)

-Two massive sets from Chairman Mao--a ridiculous soul set for WNYU's "Downtown Affair" and a stabby rap set over at Spine. (both streaming here)

-I'm not familiar with the "Out to Distress" show, but here's 90 minutes (a recently digitized cassette, perhaps?) of late 80s rap. (streaming)

-Self-promotion, kind of: as a semi-tribute to the late, great Uncle Jamm, I did an all-L.A. hip-hop and electro show last week. (dl)

-Arthur Magazine has a carefully curated new mix, "Blackout," designed for "human-plant interaction." And if you're wondering what that means, it costs at least $4.20. (teaser/info here)

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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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