Gifts worth giving are often intangible, even unspoken. They’re felt—sensorial moments; sights, scents, and sounds. They’re cherished because they bring happiness, or clarity or solace; they can lift, reawaken or recast a light from the past. They become who we are. True gifts, both given and received.
We hope you will find new sounds, new joys within ours.
Free Music Collection: December 2011
- Giraffage – Comfort: Finely crafted beats overlaid with a blanket of lush ambiance, as comforting as a warm blanket in winter.
- Egyptian Maraccas – This Is So Random: A massive mixtape of our favorite producers, making new things out of old, making us feel hot and steamy.
- It is rain in my face. – TAWS: Speaker Snacks Records keeping its untainted record going with this eclectic album from Brooklyn producer Matthew Jones.
- Glass Vaults – Into Clear EP: Soundscapes to set the stage for your mental escapades, through cerebral valleys, over metaphysical mountains capes.
- Hollow Pigeons – Birthdays: Birthdays flows soft and lightly from start to finish, bringing us what can only be an impressive start to a hopefully long life of blissful production.
- Symmetry – LYFSTYL 006 Mixtape: Compiled from some of my favorite bloggers, a mixtape to get you in the mood for a cooler season.
- Invisible Children 2011 Benefit Show Mixtape: My homies over at IC put together a mix for their benefit show, if you’re in the LA area this Christmas, you need to hit this up. This year features The Mountain Goats, Fruit Bats, Ivan and Alyosha and more.
- Head Underwater Whitehurst Frwy Mixtape: You can always count on Jimmy for a good mood-mix.
- Caribou’s ATP Mix “Nightmare Before Christmas”: If you can’t make it to the Nightmare Before Christmas ATP Music Fest, you can grab Caribou’s mixtape of it and pretend you’re there. That’s what I do in lieu of you know, actually going to shows.
- YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE – NTMIX002: I felt cooler after listening to this. Have you checked out Neighborhood Tapes yet?
- David Lynch & ‘Big’ Dean Hurley Mixtape: So David Lynch made a mix for The Stool Pigeon. That’s crazy, right? (Stream only)
- MFR – HOTT Mix: You can always rely on MFR for bold helvetica posters and mixtapes that have all the hits. This one makes me forget November’s already passed us by. (Stream only)
Think or Smile
- Korallreven – ‘Ra Ra Rave On’ Mixtape: Swedish sun-strokers dig into their 90s techno 12″ crates and drop the needle on FSOL for Self-Titled Magazine.
- Maayan Nidam live at Lessizmore: house music. love music.
- Dreampeter – Mason Jar (single): Ann Arbor experimenters combine to elevate the dream world.
- RxRy – SLPR (suite): this is for the night. and the attentive: only first 50 emails to RxRy receive download.
- Arae – The Longest Night: “a journey through introspective beatscapes and finely-tuned vocal samples.” – Flashlight Tag
- Low Light Mixes – drowsy: a sonic cocktail of Percocet & Vicodin.
- Ambassador Engine – Subtraction, Elation, Hydration.: guitar-scapes traversing moments of natural clarity and far off lands of distorted skies.
- Headaches – I Wasn’t Born Yesterday EP: theme and variation. ambience and rediscovered textural loops within.
- M. Sage – Music for Interior Shadows: Colorado’s Matthew Sage dove into a stack of old records with the idea of finding minimal chunks of sound and turning them into absent compositions. What resulted is a pure and tragic, era-bending experience. Those dark corners that sharpen each hall, the cold mirror still cued with a makeup box at its feet, the dust covered gramophone, and the lamp who’s bulb has since long passed; she’s air-waltzed away forever…
- Bad Passion – Doin’ It Slow: Extra cool, minty fresh boy/girl dialogue on a floor-level mattress. No lights, probably candles, definitely a little weed; they plot of stealing cars and covering Beach House.
- Foxes in Fiction – Guest Mix for Diamond Atlas: The angel Warren crafted a beautifully eclectic 30 minute reflection of his favorite headspaces and healing music, accompanied by personal and well-considered thought pieces for each song. He goes Azeda Booth into Arthur Russell, and my heart warms.
- Ricky Eat Acid – seeing little ghosts everywhere: There’s a whole world inside here. Like a toy world, with toy pianos, and little toy ghosts flying around, everywhere, under the 8-bit stars. It feels like ones we knew as kids and then somehow forgot. But Sam Ray didn’t, thank you Sam.
- Unravel – I Knew This Would Happen: Some brass wind chimes begin to dance, a harp joins in. A giant hand tweaks from above, like club remixing the whole sequence. Then a robot on a hilltop recites the first verse of Kayne’s “Love Lockdown”… maybe this Unravel person did, but I certainly did not, *know this would happen*.
- Casual Ocean – Goodbye Money: Lester Brown is back, as Casual Ocean, suddenly a soothing, twisted tenor on an R&B kick.
- Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate: Had we known about this pysch summit back at its August release date, we could have been climbing in tie-dye tank tops and saluting the sun with pixie dust. Actually, there are no seasons in space, so we’re good.
Support music you love. See shows, buy physical releases, show love.
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