There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
This is the last Tape Tuesday before school starts back up again for me. Every summer I try to make that one mix that the few of you who religiously follow my mixes will look back and say, “That music defined my summer.” I think Rare Occasions is that mix. Looking at it from a strictly musical point-of-view, you can clearly see that R&B ruled summer 2014. It’s not even a question. From my personal point-of-view, I am hoping this mix will remind me of the rowdy nights in my new apartment that I only partially remember now. I hope it will remind me of the moments I shared with the people in my life. I hope in the future I will know which moments were significant and which were insignificant because in the moment, the view can be blurred. Maybe I will listen to this assortment of songs in ten years and regret something–or feel some type of way. That’s the beauty of songs. They are like vials for your bottled up emotions that can spill over at any given time. For example, when you are at the perfect level of drunkenness and “0 to 100” comes on at your own party or when you are driving in the rain and a song comes on and you suddenly feel like you are the main character in a TV drama. In the moments when the rhythm of the music syncs up perfectly with the pace of your life, you get flooded with lost emotion and develop a true connection with a song. Those are the moments that will stay with you forever and give you perspective on the rest of stuff going on in your life. Those are the rare occasions.
For realla, baby
*Missing track 1 (“Her” by Majid Jordan) and track 3 (“On The Way” by Kilo Kish), not available on SoundCloud.
PARTYNEXTDOOR is here to save the summer with his latest featuring label-head Drake. PND took to Instagram today to announce the release date for his sophomore effort PARTYNEXTDOOR Two and also let loose” a couple of iTunes pre-order tracks in the previously-heard “Her Way” and this banger “Recognize.” He’s already dropped my favorite track of 2014 in “Persian Rugs” and PND 2 is shaping up to be one of my favorite projects of the year. Drops July 29th btw also please follow me on Twitter *prayer hands emoji*
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
Last week Drake dropped his fantastic new single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which features a new artist called Majid Jordan. Obviously, I thought this was just one dude, but I was wrong. Majid Jordan is a duo consisting of singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman (get it… Majid Jordan?). The Toronto natives were recently signed to Drake’s OVO Sound imprint under Warner Music Group, joining PARTYNEXTDOOR and a pretty wide stable of in-house producers. The guys definitely have the potential to make a splash in the industry. Last year the duo released a project called the afterhours EP under the moniker Good People. I totally have their songs “Chill Pad Deluxe” and “Tea & Coffee” on my iTunes, so it is cool for me that Drake also discovered them.
Stream Good People’s afterhours EP, featuring highlights “Chill Pad Deluxe” and “Tea & Coffee,” below, and look out for new Majid Jordan tunes hopefully in the near future. Follow them on Twitter here.
This summer was a miracle. I started off with almost no plans and ended up going to London with my dad, spending the Fourth of July at the beach with my best friends, and interning with my aunt in Washington (D.C.). I think the biggest lesson I learned from these travels is that it is not about where you go, it is about who you’re with. “Beach Is Better” is not saying that weekend at the beach with my friends was my best trip. It is saying that you can make a “beach” wherever you go. And that’s always better.
- How Sad – Indian Summer
- Run the Jewels – Sea Legs
- Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
- Step Rockets – Kisser
- Jay Z – Beach Is Better
- Astronomyy – Things I’d Do for U
- Left Boy – Laying in the Snow
- Dewy Sinatra – I Need Love
- PARTYNEXTDOOR – Right Now
- Boy/friend – SOTL
- Shadow Shadow – Riviera
- Tor Miller – Headlights
- Sam Smith – Safe with Me
- Austin Paul – V V
- Dylan Owen – The Window Seat
- Noah Slee – Can’t Stop
- Bartoven – Domestics
- KYLE – Sex & Super Smash Bros
- denitia and sene. – stupid world.
Damn, I think this shit’s gonna hit the fan.