February’s Mixtape: Four Weeks to Breathe

Last month, I posted up J is For…, my January mixtape playlist, which consisted of songs i’d been listening to basically on loop throughout the month. This mix is a bit different in sound. Some electronic/indietronica, a little bit of indie rock, and some neo soul for good measure. The songs are mostly fun and upbeat and have been making my 6am drives to work a lot more enjoyable. The mix originally developed from an Erykah Badu kick I was having one afternoon. I started putting together some other tunes with a few Badu ones and then the mix kind of took off in a different direction, but I feel like it all meshes well by the end of it. Let me know what you think! Link and entire playlist below:

LISTEN: February’s Mixtape – Four Weeks to Breathe

Tame Impala “It Is Not Meant To Be”
Erykah Badu “The Cell”
Mayer Hawthorne “Green Eyed Love”
Omar “There’s Nothing Like This”
Joe Jackson “It’s Different for Girls”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes “Home (Party Supplies Remix)”
Empire of the Sun “Walking on a Dream (RAC Mix)”
Arcade Fire “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”
Matthew Dear “Monkey”
Bloc Party “Blue Light”
Miami Horror “Holidays”
Cut Copy “Going Nowhere”
Broken Social Scene “All to All (Skeet Skeet Remix)”
Calvin Harris “Feel So Close”

Let’s see what music the rest of March brings us!


Song of the Day: Matthew Dear “Monkey”

Yanked from the Village Voice

I was driving eastbound on Killian Drive this morning, the rising sun’s rays forcing me to squint as I sped past slow drivers and yellow lights, when I noticed this song blasting from my radio’s speakers. I’ve heard Matthew Dear‘s Black City album in its entirety before, but almost always, I end up finding myself only listening to select tracks and basically ignoring the rest. (What can I say? I’m sometimes a creature of habit.) This was one of those tracks I somehow missed. Maybe it sounded too much like the rest of the album to really cause it to stand out for me. Maybe I was just crazy up until now. Whatever the case, this song is all about swaying back and forth, hips and arms and wrists and knees and head, following the path of the music. When you let it take over, it’s impossible not to realize what an incredibly fun song this is.


And FYI, for you local Miamians reading this, if you’re a fan of the song (and/or a fan of Matthew Dear), he’s got two upcoming gigs in town! The first is for the Viva Music Party (during WMC), on March 23rd at the Shelbourne. The second show will be over at the Electric Pickle on April 20th (giggle), so watch out for those tickets!

In related music news… two other shows you might not want to miss are Broadcast at Bardot on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day!) and Four Tet, also at Bardot, on March 23rd (coincidentally the same night as Matthew Dear’s Viva show).

I’ll be posting more show announcements soon as WMC approaches!