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Mix Mondays
At 19, British producer/songwriter/singer/all around badass MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) has quite the impressive résumé. Aside from writing bangers such as Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 btw), producing for Rudimental and Gorgon City, and spitting out eclectic remixes of artists like Disclosure and A*M*E, he’s just your regular kid next door… yah know? He also rocks a killer hi-top.  In case you weren’t thoroughly impressed, MNEK released a quick and dirty SIX minute mix of his 90s muses. It’s quite a piece of work, check it out.  

Mix Mondays

At 19, British producer/songwriter/singer/all around badass MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) has quite the impressive résumé. Aside from writing bangers such as Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” (which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 btw), producing for Rudimental and Gorgon City, and spitting out eclectic remixes of artists like Disclosure and A*M*E, he’s just your regular kid next door… yah know? He also rocks a killer hi-top.  In case you weren’t thoroughly impressed, MNEK released a quick and dirty SIX minute mix of his 90s muses. It’s quite a piece of work, check it out.  

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Mix Mondays
Paris based produced Maximus MMC is stealing hearts. His style brings delicate interpretations to the experimental wave in electronic music. The airy synths in tracks like BLVK TORO and Erykah are juxtaposed by hard hip-hop bass creating an edge-of-the-seat experience. The Flow-Fi collective member has been busily releasing a stream of new music so (hopefully) an EP is in the works.
He recently made this gorgeous mix for Cargo de Nuit containing tidbits of his unreleased material. It’s a no-fret, relaxed hour for the wind-down to summer. Check it out below

Mix Mondays

Paris based produced Maximus MMC is stealing hearts. His style brings delicate interpretations to the experimental wave in electronic music. The airy synths in tracks like BLVK TORO and Erykah are juxtaposed by hard hip-hop bass creating an edge-of-the-seat experience. The Flow-Fi collective member has been busily releasing a stream of new music so (hopefully) an EP is in the works.

He recently made this gorgeous mix for Cargo de Nuit containing tidbits of his unreleased material. It’s a no-fret, relaxed hour for the wind-down to summer. Check it out below

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Mix Mondays
Here is a little energetic Japanese mix to pep up the finals blues from Yokohama’s DJ Wildparty. 

There is an end and it is near. Ganbatte kudasai ^-^

Mix Mondays

Here is a little energetic Japanese mix to pep up the finals blues from Yokohama’s DJ Wildparty

There is an end and it is near. Ganbatte kudasai ^-^

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Mix Mondays
I tried so desperately to find a mix that shook off the slow, hazy ambient theme from the last two mixes but I couldn’t resist. This week we feature Charles Murdoch, the low-key Future Classics' gem of a producer from Brisbane, Australia. His music is equivalent to the feeling of lying in the grass, under the sun, with an occasional breeze passing through. His beats are tremors, his synth lines are liquid, the two join to form a dreamy style that you can’t but lose yourself in. He made a series of mixtapes last month for radio station Triple J that captures his sonic personality to a tee.
Four mixes for four hours. Clutch a pillow. 

Mix Mondays

I tried so desperately to find a mix that shook off the slow, hazy ambient theme from the last two mixes but I couldn’t resist. This week we feature Charles Murdoch, the low-key Future Classics' gem of a producer from Brisbane, Australia. His music is equivalent to the feeling of lying in the grass, under the sun, with an occasional breeze passing through. His beats are tremors, his synth lines are liquid, the two join to form a dreamy style that you can’t but lose yourself in. He made a series of mixtapes last month for radio station Triple J that captures his sonic personality to a tee.

Four mixes for four hours. Clutch a pillow. 

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Mix Mondays
For this installment of Mix Mondays LA based Schumacher brings us a smooth, funky, summery eclectic minimix to dip our toes into. The old school jazzy sound is a  beautiful break from the head banging, drop seeking lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. I promise it’ll be the chillest 14 minutes of your day. 

I need not say more, check it out:

Mix Mondays

For this installment of Mix Mondays LA based Schumacher brings us a smooth, funky, summery eclectic minimix to dip our toes into. The old school jazzy sound is a  beautiful break from the head banging, drop seeking lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. I promise it’ll be the chillest 14 minutes of your day. 

I need not say more, check it out:

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Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop Of Orchid Tapes
Orchid Tapes is a DIY label based in New York that I am absolutely infatuated with. For their four-year anniversary they released this compilation of music from various associated artists and it’s everything you ever wanted from a bedroom pop record. Next time it’s rainy outside and you’re contemplating the meaning of life, pop this beaut in and let your mind wander. Or just listen to it now because it’s awesome. 
<a href=”http://orchidtapes.bandcamp.com/album/boring-ecstasy-the-bedroom-pop-of-orchid-tapes” data-mce-href=”http://orchidtapes.bandcamp.com/album/boring-ecstasy-the-bedroom-pop-of-orchid-tapes”>Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop of Orchid Tapes by ORCHID TAPES</a>

Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop Of Orchid Tapes

Orchid Tapes is a DIY label based in New York that I am absolutely infatuated with. For their four-year anniversary they released this compilation of music from various associated artists and it’s everything you ever wanted from a bedroom pop record. Next time it’s rainy outside and you’re contemplating the meaning of life, pop this beaut in and let your mind wander. Or just listen to it now because it’s awesome. 

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 Dearly Beloved - EvenS Remix

When Kingdom Hearts originally came out in 2002, it quickly became the defining game of my childhood. It was the story of a lonely boy whose friends are stolen away from him by a surreal, evil power. He enlists the help of Disney characters to win back his companions. The second installment in the series was even better, with a darker aesthetic. Both games had great soundtracks which are practically begging for japanese-trap remixes; this one infuses the lighthearted sadness and loneliness from the original series with modern trap influences. All we need next is a Yung Lean collab.

キングダム ハーツ

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Mix Mondays
Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.
His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

Mix Mondays

Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.

His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

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Artist Spotlight: LE1F
To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 
Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday. 
Brace yourselves.

Artist Spotlight: LE1F

To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 

Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday.

Brace yourselves.

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Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI
When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here. 

Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI

When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here

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Sub Focus - Close (Grandtheft Remix)
The Mad Decent Block Party line up came out today, and any music lover can appreciate the eclectic and exciting collection of artists that will be joining the legendary Diplo on this continent-wide tour. Some notable performers include artists that Jazz and Grooves have brought to campus over the last two years (Flume, RJD2 and Kaytranada are all making appearances), and it’s impossible to ignore the huge names like Outkast and JackU, the new side project of Skrillex and Diplo, that are coming along for the ride as well. Check out this mix by Mad Decent’s own Grandtheft, and get your tickets for the Philly stop of this incredible tour (8/08) while you still can! 

Sub Focus - Close (Grandtheft Remix)

The Mad Decent Block Party line up came out today, and any music lover can appreciate the eclectic and exciting collection of artists that will be joining the legendary Diplo on this continent-wide tour. Some notable performers include artists that Jazz and Grooves have brought to campus over the last two years (Flume, RJD2 and Kaytranada are all making appearances), and it’s impossible to ignore the huge names like Outkast and JackUthe new side project of Skrillex and Diplo, that are coming along for the ride as well. Check out this mix by Mad Decent’s own Grandtheft, and get your tickets for the Philly stop of this incredible tour (8/08) while you still can! 

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Artist Spotlight: OBERHOFER
While he may not be from SoCal or Florida, Brad Oberhofer is bringing surf rock back to life in Brooklyn. His band plays his simple, summery and nostalgic tunes with a touch of northeastern angst. Oberhofer has toured alongside Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, The Morning Benders, and Neon Indian. We can’t wait for all the energy, dance-punk, and reverb that Oberhofer will definitely be bringing to the quad this fling. RSVP to the event here.

Artist Spotlight: OBERHOFER

While he may not be from SoCal or Florida, Brad Oberhofer is bringing surf rock back to life in Brooklyn. His band plays his simple, summery and nostalgic tunes with a touch of northeastern angst. Oberhofer has toured alongside Matt & KimSleigh BellsThe Morning Benders, and Neon Indian. We can’t wait for all the energy, dance-punk, and reverb that Oberhofer will definitely be bringing to the quad this fling. RSVP to the event here.

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Jesse Boykins III - Live in Me 

The intro draws you in. Then Boykins' gorgeous vocals saturate an already soulful melody. This Machinedrum-produced song exits with the horns. What more can your ears want??

The album Love Apparatus is set to release on April 14th, I can’t wait. 

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Evil NeedleBack to the 90s 

Huh What and Where Recordings, an LA-based label that’s quickly becoming a household name (in my house), has a roster that never seems to disappoint. On this mix, french producer Evil Needle ties some of the best underground hip hop tracks of the 90s into a exceedingly listenable set. Any fans of rap history or beat music should definitely plan this 40 minute mix into their schedule. It would pair perfectly with summertime, slow-motion cruising in a fresh convertible. Not that I would know what that’s like…

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Pat Lok - Move Slow feat. Kaeyae (GANZ Remix)
I have been obsessively anticipating this remix after GANZ’s label BMKLTSCH RCRDS put out a tantalizing snippet early this week. The original track by Vancouver’s Pat Lok featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kaeyae Alo was fire, but GANZ takes those soppy synth loops and DESTROYS. He’s been busy releasing some fantastic remixes lately, which are definitely worth your ear attention. 

Pat Lok - Move Slow feat. Kaeyae (GANZ Remix)

I have been obsessively anticipating this remix after GANZ’s label BMKLTSCH RCRDS put out a tantalizing snippet early this week. The original track by Vancouver’s Pat Lok featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kaeyae Alo was fire, but GANZ takes those soppy synth loops and DESTROYS. He’s been busy releasing some fantastic remixes lately, which are definitely worth your ear attention. 

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