Man I have to be the luckiest guy around to have Ryan Radler sending me a mixtape one week and Steph Lund another the very next. I mean, I hear mixtapes all the time, but not once in my online scavenger hunts have I run into such unique tastes and diverse quality. Cheers to the to the best, most eclectic and tasteful, mixtapes in the game.
Every time I hear the the latest installment of LMDM it’s my new favorite. Steph gets better every time so that makes sense, but Aout 2012 is something special. From top to bottom the tape is sensational. It’s loaded with so much emotion & passion it almost broke me down while I was putting it together this morning. I’m pretty good at controlling my emotions but music is where it all comes out and it’s a beautiful thing.
Steph has amazing taste and it’s in full effect here, but these aren’t just a few good songs in a row, there’s a story being told throughout. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first but when I asked Steph why the tape was hitting me so hard she went on and told me how much she’s experienced this month, and then it all made sense. Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP through it, your experience will be diminished greatly if you do.
The story begins at the end as Snowden sings what could be considered the theme of this novel — “there’s no way to go back now”… When you care about someone even the bad times can have this comforting effect, and the end finds a way of repeating itself many times over. Its such an interesting place and the first half of this tape captures that essence perfectly. The moment builds up into Thony Ritz’s Remix of Spandau Ballet, it comes at the most perfect place and it will rock any music lovers world. From there the story continues and you can’t help but feel like every song is a conversation, thought, or experience. I don’t know the details but it seems to come from a bittersweet perspective of someone who tried, felt as if they had done the right things, and still, things just never felt right. The sweet part comes from having learned from the experience and knowing that all is not lost, which is why the tape ends with Winter Beats, a song that to me is pure romance and is letting us all know that: ‘no matter what happened, the hope is forever alive and the story is far from over’…
Until next LMDM, enjoy.
Current stand out album is the new 7 track EP from Bear Mountain, two tracks are on this mix and it was hard to not put all of them on here…watch out for this Vancouver act. Another stand out is UK artist Florrie – she sings while she plays the drums and is unsigned. Can’t imagine that will stay for too long… favorite summer track right now is Honey Claws remixed by Bronze Whale
Hope summer + the sun never fades….
- Snowden – The Beat Comes
- Bear Mountain – Two Step
- Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right
- Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
- Bear Mountain – Congo
- Pop Etc – Keep It For Your Own
- Spandau Ballet – True (Thony Ritz Remix)
- Florrie – Shot You Down
- Friends – Friend Crush (Jake Bullit Remix)
- Sin Fang Bous – Catch the Light
- Jamie xx – Far Nearer (SKUFL Remix)
- Fredrik – Chrome Cavaties
- Yung Life – Isn’t This
- C2V – You Can Be The One
- Py – These Strings (Face + Heel Rework)
- Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher
- Delorean – Real Love (Pional Mix)
- I Break Horses – Winter Beats