Sunset Selections is a curated collection of original songs written exclusively for this mixtape by our favorite breakthrough artists of 2013
A lot of people contributed to the making of Sunset Selections, so I decided to write this post as a thank you note. It feels dumb writing it, so if you feel dumb reading it, understand that that is okay. First and foremost, I would like to thank the artists who were a part of this mixtape for being so accepting of this idea and all-in with this project. You guys surpassed my expectations on that front and then met my expectations with the awesome songs you sent (my expectations were really high okay–that’s why we asked you to contribute). I would also like to thank the Sunset Fam for working their asses off for me and this idea. Without getting too sentimental, I love these people more than my own family. Just kidding. But they are cool, and it’s cool how Lydia set up a submissions page, Eric made a legendary trailer, Alicia let me use her collages, Jordan and Andy got artists on board, and they all listened to me vent about all the bullshit and awesomeness that took place while heading up this project. I really think the mixtape does its job of capturing this moment in time, but more than that, pieces of it are timeless. Oh God, that was ‘cheez‘-y. Fuck, I can’t stop. Just… let this mixtape soundtrack your 2013 and then your entire life.
Sterling Fox (born Brandon Lowry) is a songwriter from New York via Pennsylvania. He is one of the many talented writers working behind the scenes on hits like Gym Class Heroes’s “Stereo Hearts” and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” (literally, Fox co-wrote and co-produced the first and co-produced the second). It is a good lifestyle–being able to do something you love professionally–albeit sometimes frustrating not being publicly rewarded for your work. This is the music industry, and there is talent everywhere. With recent features on tracks with Avicii and Skizzy Mars and his own burgeoning solo career, Sterling is finally getting some of the recognition he deserves. I was lucky enough to interview the rising star and discuss his work with mainstream artists, his love for NYC, and what is next for pop music.
And yes, he is on Sunset Selections, our biggest mixtape of the year, dropping this Thursday (10/10).
In the opening seconds of Sterling Fox‘s opus “Ghost,” I was transported into a scary movie from at least the ’70s. I mean, I can just picture one of George A. Romero’s zombies just gnawing into the brains of an innocent young bystander to this song. That’s fucked up but also tragically hilarious (ed. note: the song would also work in that super bloody scene in The Cabin in the Woods or the opening scene of You’re Next–both great horror-comedies). So yeah, please listen to this song. It’s weird and awesome.
And so are you, probably.
Somehow on this well-executed cover of “Black Skinhead,” Skizzy Mars-collaborator and NYC-based songwriter Sterling Fox manages to match the rage of the Kanye West original. It’s angry and angsty and rebellious and dangerous. So far, I have heard so many post-Yeezus Kanye covers and remixes. Let me just tell you: this one leads the pack.
P.S. My favorite part is when Sterling Fox said “I’m aware I’m a wolf” because obviously.