…plus an unreleased track from R Plus Seven:
“It’s the end of the year, so to commemorate the global underground touring we did— to all the people who were interested in coming to and putting on a Blue Hawaii show in Bangkok or Vilnius— we decided to put together a free mixtape of edits — somewhere between the dreamy record and the banging live show…” — ;) Agor (the boy in Blue Hawaii)
Listen to Agor’s edits below, and download the whole mixtape here.
In lieu of a boring year-end list, Man of the Year Recycle Culture releases a “remixtape” made up of inspired re-imaginings of his favorite tracks of 2014, featuring Ariel Pink, Lana Del Rey, Lewis, Grouper, Taylor Swift, How To Dress Well, jj, Dean Blunt, HTRK + more. Just a few highlights: the glorious Mark Barrott x Pure X mix that opens the tape, the brilliant goth-pop LDR jam, the QT remix, and the 9bach track. Listen to both “programs” below, and download the whole tape here:
[directed by Isaiah Saxon + Sean Hellfritsch of Encyclopedia Pictura]
We’ve established that we’re unabashed fans of the “Wicked Game” cover in general, whether the take is eerie and drugged out, super dream-wavy, or even sultry-but-straightforward-and-kind-of-unremarkable. But this haunting Lydia Ainsworth version might be the most beautiful + elegant rendition of the late ’80s classic yet; download it below:
Following last week’s definitive albums of the year list, we present our favorite songs of 2014. We went deep this year on this one. Disclaimer: some of these aren’t technically 2014 releases (notably, a few of the PC Music-affiliated jams) so I guess we’re going with the nebulous “year of impact” concept here. Check the list + follow along with a nearly comprehensive 5-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we’d love to hear your favorites too.