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
If we can just recap for a second, the whole Songs for an Actress trilogy is named after a Hoodie Allen track of pretty much the same name. The first of the trilogy was the very first mixtape I ever made on Sunset in the Rearview. It contains some of my favorite songs of last year and is still one of my favorite mixes. The second was the first mini-mix I ever made for my Saturday at Sunset daily special. It contains more hip-hop/rap than any of my other mixes, including the always hilarious “Rashida Jones” by Prometheus Brown and Bambu and the incredibly catchy “A Lil More” by Otayo Dubb.
This, the third and final installment in the series, is an audacious attempt at a real mix. Like, you know, the one’s that actual DJ’s play. Wait, okay. That’s not completely true. What I like about this mix is actually how eclectic it is. One second you can be snorting crack cocaine to a remix of an Avicii track and the next you can be crying yourself to sleep! The whole mix is an audio representation of your estranged uncle. But unlike your estranged uncle, it’s just crazy enough to work.
And yeah, I wrote these songs for an actress.
- “Levels (Vitzi’s Old School Intro)” – Avicii
- “Hold On (ft. Sampha)” – SBTRKT
- “Five Minutes” – Scattered Trees
- “Lunar Lovers” – Finally Boys
- “Something Goes Right” – SBTRKT
- “Bury the Floors” – Scattered Trees
- “All I Know” – Joe Goddard
- “Cinema (ft. Gary Go)” – Benny Benassi