Compiling this mixtape is a fun excuse to stay current(ish) with music, and practice one of my longtime crafts of mixmaking and music curation.
This year’s set is influenced by sounds of jazz, R&B, electronic dance music, reggae, folk, dub, psychedelia, hip-hop, west african music, Indian music, bluegrass, middle eastern music, americana, wixarika, and yoruba music. Most songs have a sort of soulful futuristic hybrid melty sound that defy easy categorization and tickle my toes. The set in its entirety is a journey through a wide swath of emotion, of learning to love and trust in oneself, of dreaming as a portal to enter the shadow realms, to come through to the other side transformed, living anew, and remembering how to sing.
This year’s mixtape is dedicated in gratitude to the rains, which swell rivers and swell hearts, which cleanse our hands and feed the lands. May the waters that feed us and become us continue to nourish life. May they be clean and pure and protected. May our tears be strong and powerful and carry the grace of the rains. May we learn the lessons sung by the voices of the waters, teaching us to flow, urging us to come together, washing over our hearts, and always returning home. May we all remember what is truly important in the world, and what feeds us.
This mixtape as usual, is a journey through some of my favorite songs from the year, beginning smooth, and eventually reaching a climax before coming down again gently. ~Thank you for listening ~
01. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain
02. Peia – Beauty Thunders
03. Adam Torres – Mountain River
04. Ayla Nereo – Ivory Tongue
05. Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine
06. Yaima – Our Game
07. Xenia Rubinos – Right?
08. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Makkan
09. Ixchel Prisma – Cura
10. Giyo – Feelin’ Fine
11. Leon Bridges – River
12. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds – Mama Knows
13. RJD2 – Peace of What (ft. Jordan Brown)
14. Gladkill – Feel So (ft. Erica Dee)
15. Deya Dova – Return of the Bird Tribes
16. SOOHAN – Full on Bulgarian
17. Dubvirus – Ratch It
18. Goopsteppa – Universal
19. HÄANA – Leya
20. Scott Nice – Picaflorcita ft. Shira Netanya
21. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Arthopoda
22. Elephant Revival – Raindrops
This 2015 music mix, “A Deepening”, is a selection of some of my favorite sounds from the year, compiled in a way that is meant to move the listener ever more deeply into the experience.
What I consistently look for in music is something that surprises me a little, tickles my ears, makes my body move in unexpected ways, yet still has a smooth production quality and listening feel.
Most of the songs here are from the past year or two.
1. East Forest – Toad Lick
2. Drishti Beats – Journey
3. Bobby McFerrin – Thinkin’ About Your Body (Live 1986)
4. Marian Hill – Lips
5. Guda – Callithumpian
6. Laura Mvula – Green Garden (Dave Invisible Remix)
7. Vince Staples – Summertime
8. SUN-MONX – In the Trees
9. Lulacruza – Subterraneo y Estelar
10. Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami
11. Novalima – Memekume
12. Glass Animals – Gooey
13. Dirtwire – Did You
14. CloZee – Sankar’s Lake
15. 20syl – You Know
16. AMB – Can Hear Your Voice
17. Little Dragon – Cat Rider
18. AtYyA – Dream
19. Deya Dova – Footsteps in the Stars
20. Patty Griffin – 250,000 Miles
an eclectic journey through some of the scintillating sounds i’ve been listening to over the past year. so happy to share it with you. enjoy.