Spring mesclun mix

album cover - moss on wood

After a dance-heavy mix last time, this one offers a little more variety.  J is of course a folk and world music fan, and I’ve started to dig through her CD collection, picking up at least a few interesting artists along the way: Kevin Breit, Amadou & Mariam, Sarah Harmer, Basia Bulat and Tri-Continental, to name a few.

Electronic music continues to hold my attention, but I’m a little tired of the repeated echoes of electro and I never got very far into dubstep.  Ninja Tune’s recent four-CD XX twentieth-anniversary collection blew my mind, though: take the various ideas coming out of electro and dubstep, and let some eccentric artists take them in wild directions. Trippy stuff; perhaps more so if I had more of a taste for UK hiphop.

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  1. kevin drew. frightening lives. rock, from spirit if…, 2007.
  2. diplo. summer’s gonna hurt you [diplo 2010 remix]. dubstep, from ninja tune xx compilation, 2010.
  3. dj krush. pretense. instrumental hip hop, from jaku, 2004.
  4. kanye west. all of the lights. hip hop, from my beautiful dark twisted fantasy, 2010.
  5. sufjan stevens. riffs and variations on a single note for jelly roll, earl hines, louis armstrong, baby dodds, and the king of swing, to name a few. pop, from come on feel the illinoise, 2005.
  6. belle & sebastian. string bean jean. pop, from dog on wheels ep, 1997.
  7. basia bulat. heart of my own. folk, from heart of my own, 2010.
  8. patrick watson. traveling salesman. rock, from wooden arms, 2009.
  9. hot chip. keep fallin’. electro-soul, from coming on strong, 2005.
  10. grasscut. blink in the night. downtempo, from ninja tune xx compilation, 2010.
  11. béla fleck & the flecktones. prelude. jazz, from outbound, 2000.
  12. peaking lights. all the sun that shines. downtempo, from 936, 2011.
  13. parov stelar. catgroove. acid jazz, from coco, 2009.
  14. dennis ferrer. son of raw. acid jazz, from future sounds of jazz vol. 11 compilation, 2007.
  15. vive la fête! assez. electro, from nuit blanche, 2003.
  16. björk. pagan poetry. pop, from vespertine, 2001.
  17. amadou & mariam. m’bife blues feat. manu chao. world, from dimanche à bamako, 2005.
  18. harry manx & kevin breit. curly may and his brother. folk, from jubilee, 2003.

Was this list influenced by any YouTube memes or the occasional “just for laughs” impulse? You be the judge.

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