There are so many ideas floating around at all times. Some ideas peak your interest, and others just sort of drift off into the ethos. Higher education means focusing your attention on the ideas that interest you, because otherwise it is so easy to get lost in higher thought. “Arcadia” might seem like a really pretentious name for a mix, and that’s because it totally is. But it derives from this idea I discovered that interested me (apparently, during ancient Greek times Arcadia represented a pastoral utopia). The mix itself is an epic, 22-track adventure with artists ranging from NZ export Lorde to Chicago’s own Vic Mensa. Hopefully, listening to it will inspire an idea–or even the drive to seek understanding–or maybe it will simply act as an escape. Maybe these songs will take you to your own personal utopia.
P.S. The mix features three different pieces of cover art, each representing a different part of the tape.
- Attu – Don’t Sleep
- Twyaen – Keep on Waiting
- Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Remix)
- Dom Kennedy – After School
- Retro Culture – Let’s Make It Work
- Skizzy Mars – Summer11
- Lorde – Ribs
- Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl
- PARTYNEXTDOOR – Break from Toronto
- FKi – We Might (ft. Natasha Mosley & Alkebulan)
- Hot Sugar – Erica (ft. The GTW)
- Travi$ Scott – Hell of a Night
- Hozier – Take Me to Church
- SNCKPCK – Mexico (ft. Yuno)
- Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry
- Vic Mensa – RUN! (ft. Thundercat)
- RAC – Tourist (ft. Tokyo Police Club)
- Lincoln Jesser – We’ll Be Fine
- Joe Goddard – Taking Over
- Night Terrors of 1927 – Young and Vicious
- Lontalius – For The Ideas (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
- Mzwétwo – I’d Go Back On My Heart
Gotta love any collaboration between Spitta and Dom Kennedy. Unfortunately this one is stream-only, but you can get it when SchoolBoy Q drops his new album, Habits and Contradictions.
Lex Luger on the beat sounding all nice and OG. This beat, to me, is the audible equivalent of eating a bacon sandwich and drinking orange juice. Whatchu think bout that, kid?
Two of the nicest in the game right now, Mr. Kennedy invites Curren$y the Hot Spitta to drop a verse on “Hennessy Beach.” With a mellow horn infused instrumental that rivals the smoothness of Hennessy itself, Dom and Spitta flow in the laid back, care free way that makes them so great to listen to.
Curren$y was in town this past weekend for Pitchfork at Union Park. His set was Friday, and that night, I was invited to go to the XO Cafe Noir after party presented by Patron and Superfly. I was hoping that Curren$y would show up at some point, but unfortunately he never came through.
He did, however, seem to get some Patron XO the next morning–
“Now I’ve never had a glass of Hennessy in my life, I can’t lie. But I did have a shot of XO this morning.”
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