When Sunset went down for a few days last week, I was crushed. I think it was only down for 2 days, but it felt longer. During the 2 day hiatus, I started compiling this mix. I wanted to give you guys something with staying power–something to stick with in case Sunset ever goes down again. This mix is not chalk full of singles and Hype Machine hits. Instead, it is a slowly building, patience testing, and ultimately rewarding hour and a half long mix. But don’t get me wrong, in between the electro buzz of Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, and Chris Taylor’s (of Grizzly Bear) CANT, lie some instantly catchy indie pop gems like Oregon Bike Trails’ “Cayucas”, The Postelles’ “White Night”, and Mates of State’s “Palomino”. These songs give the mix the flair that James Vincent McMorrow just can’t provide.
I highly recommend that you download the entire tape. It is reflective (“Rivers and Homes”), funky (“All Alone”; guaranteed to get you mini-dancing in your desk chair), angry (“Don’t Fuck With My Money”), somber (“Higher Love”), hilarious (“Girls on Girls”), and simply adorable (“Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”).
This is Recreation. Let’s start a movement. Tweet me your thoughts on the mix at #ThisIsRecreation.
01. J. Viewz – Rivers and Homes
02. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – John Taylor’s Month Away
03. The Kooks – Is It Me
04. Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend
05. Toro y Moi – All Alone
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Misspent Youth
07. Rachel Platten – 1,000 Ships
08. Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas
09. PLAINS – Judy
10. Be Like Pablo – Julianne
11. The Postelles – White Night
12. CANT – Too Late, Too Far
13. Blood Diamonds – Move The Stars
14. Mates of State – Palomino
15. AM & Shawn Lee – Somebody Like You
16. Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money
17. Young the Giant – Apartment (Captain Cuts Remix)
18. James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love
19. Sims – Here I Stand
20. The Herd – My Sister’s Place
21. Beyonce + Beastie Boys – Girls On Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)
22. M83 – Raconte-Moi Une Histoire
Secondary shout out to my best friend Josh. It’s his birthday today.
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