Category Archives: Mixtapes

PLAYLIST: Alma Doce Brasilian Sweet Soul Mix, via mixcloud

A beautifully curated playlist featuring Brazilian Soul from the 60s & 70s, a perfect soundtrack for these early autumn days. Mixed by The Ambassador for Sound Cool Records.  via Mixcloud

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MIXTAPE: FUTURES & PASTS, weekly from FreeformPortland, 90.3fm, via Mixcloud

Futures & Pasts is a weekly radio show from Portland, Oregon which provides an enlightening mix of late’70’s DIY punk, femme punk, postponk & current music exploring the same kinda noisemaking. It’s hosted by Erika Elizabeth who has an impressively deep knowledge of her subject matter.  She also contributes articles to the music zine Maximum RockandRoll.

The show broadcasts live every Thursday night from 8-10pm PST at 90.3FM in N/NE Portland, or worldwide at freeformportland.org. Complete shows are available on Mixcloud.

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PLAYLIST: INDIEGROUND’S AWESOME MIXTAPE, All of 2016 edition

From the folks at Indiegroundradio in Athens – a Best of 2016 mixtape.  playing tracks by(Γεωργία Νήρου) E, (Nick’s Flicks) Animal Collective, (High Fin Delity) Declan McKenna, (Wanted Man) The Dead Rabbits, (Antony K.) Swans and more.

Part one of two,  2 hours and 20 min long.  Via Mixcloud.

 

Playlist: FUTURE SOUL, by walkerdad, via Soundcloud, 178 min.

I had the pleasure of spending three hours listening to walkerdad’s most recent playlist/mixtape release, Future Soul.   walkerdad is Robin Hall, a fervent music maker, listener & chronicler from nyc, whose previous mixtapes I’ve also enjoyed.  Incidentally, he also was a member of the  nyc no-wave outfit  Jack Ruby back in the day, whose tracks have seen a resurgence of interest, an album re-release and appearances in the recent HBO series, Vinyl.

Future Soul is tailor-made for the thinking romantic soul-music lover; the mix takes us on a journey through passages of varying textures, tempos and styles, and includes many classic soul and early r&b tracks that somehow stand out in a brand new way.  walkerdad avoids many soul music’s less memorable cliches, and while it’s packed with soul’s passion, it steers away from the overly lush, sentimental or bawdy corners of the loose genre. If the title is to be read as a gentle manifesto is unclear, but as a listening experience, Future Soul posited a sonic world of love, sorrow, lust and ebullience that I was very happy to inhabit for its 2 hours and 58 minutes of running time.

Highly recommended.

Also, check out walkerdad’s other mixtapes on his Mixcloud channel:

https://beta.mixcloud.com/kingwinter/

Playlist:LOST IN TRANSMISSION No.22, by Folk Radio UK via Mixcloud

An excellent mixtape from the folks at Folk Radio UK, and hey it’s even slightly festive.

Here are their notes regarding their set:

“Whilst not a full-on festive offering, our latest mix does contain some festive cheer courtesy of a reading from Robert Frost as well as music from Steve Tilston & Maggie BoyleTim LaycockRichard Farina With Blind Boy Grunt (better known as Bob Dylan) & Eric Von Schmidt, and some top-notch wassailing from John Kirkpatrick.

Scattered amongst this festive sprinkling are some classics from the likes of John MartynSandy DennyHamish Imlach and Richard Thompson as well as unique offerings from Maarja Nuut and new music from DakhaBrakha and Siobhan Miller‘s new single. There’s also some old recordings from Topic Records back catalogue including Ed Pickford with Ee Aye, Aa Cud Hew, Gordeanna McCulloch with The Clutha and Exiles who were Enoch Kent, Bobby Campbell and Gordon McCulloch.”