as we did all our music videos since the very beginning except for garden we thought it could be interesting to tell you guys how they all happened. this will go in chronologic order:
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Nicolas Jaar made an amazing/sprawling, 66-minute mix — "a strange and lovely bricolage" — for Resident Advisor, to commemorate the venerable electronic music site's 500th podcast. Recorded in December 2015, in Brooklyn, New York, and featuring Talk Talk, Terry Riley, a couple of Jaar's own tracks + more...
Here's our annual year-end retrospective, a definitive 80-minute mix of the songs by which we'll remember 2015 (it also doubles as a very emotional and hopefully serviceable misty-eyed New Year's Eve soundtrack). Thanks for hanging with us this year, see y'all in 2016.
We're psyched to present one of our favorite annual Christmas presents from the Reverberation Appreciation Society: the official and kind of overwhelmingly awesome LEVITATION 2016 festival mixtape by Al Lover, featuring a track from each of the 40+ acts on this year's next-level lineup, including Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Animal Collective, Slowdive, Caribou, Shabazz Palaces, Nicolas Jaar, Flying Lotus, Ty Segall, Dungen, Lee Scratch Perry, and more...
A few weeks late on this one, but this dreamily melancholy new mixtape from London, Ontario, duo You'll Never Get To Heaven has become our soothing, go-to late-night jam over the last couple of evenings. The group says the mix is made up of "moody, minimal and ambient selections, international in scope, mostly circa late 70s-mid 80s". The highlight though: they've also slipped a track from their forthcoming new LP (the follow-up to one of our favorite records of 2014) into the mix, and it's lovely. Download the mixtape below:
Shout out to Son Raw over at Passion of the Weiss for the heads up on Israeli dancehall MC Miss Red, who just dropped her unbelievably dope, self-released debut mixtape, produced by The Bug and featuring riddims from Andy Stott, Evian Christ, and more. Check out the NSFW video for the thick-as-fuck title track below + download the whole tape for free here.
We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.
With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:
Listen to our November 2015 mix, featuring new tracks ABRA, DJDS, jj, Young Thug + more...