Attempting to keep up with new releases is exhausting. And the never-ending quest to discover an act before they hit >1000 plays on Bandcamp is all but rewarding. Having given up full-time music writing a little while ago, more often than not, I find myself feeling a mix of FOMO and IDGAF about new, local music while compiling my Spotify playlists. With this feature, we (that is I) aim to put together a weekly mixtape—without being (a) judgemental asshole(s).
For this week’s edition, we’ve got the peeps from Mixtape to throw in some reccos—from the team out there and some of their artists—to brighten up your Fri-yay!
“Happy Man” by Jungle
“This band holds a special place in my heart. The way I discovered them, their story as a band, their growth and everything else is just inspiring for me in every way!”
—Naveen Deshpande, Founder @ Mixtape + lighting engineer par excellence
“Din Raat” by Lifafa
“I've watched Lifafa perform a couple of times and got introduced to his music through these performances. He's an artist I found myself trying to dig deeper into after a show and that is always a great feeling. I love his groove. Similar with Peter Cat Recording Co, he's been able to carve an identity that is unique and easily accessible. And for just that I will always be interested to hear more.”
—Anu Anna George, Artist Manager @ Mixtape + fellow Sky Rabbit lover
“Liquorlip Loaded Gun” by Sticky Fingers
“Sticky Fingers is one of those rare bands for me where I can listen to almost their entire discography and not skip a single song. Australian reggae-rock, drenched in colours of summer and the beach, their music has feel good written all over it. This one in contrast is a bit more moody but captures the vibe of the band. This song means so much more to me now after spending a month in Australia with my brothers from Skyharbor while recording our last album, playing this record a fair number of times, driving alongside the ocean in the Australian east coast.”
—Aditya Ashok, Producer @ OX7GEN
“Flake” by Jameszoo
“Flake” opens Jameszoo’s 2016 album, Fool, and we chose it because it exemplifies of a lot of the qualities we love to hear in modern electronic music, and in music in general. It has interesting sounds, cool harmonic and melodic ideas, and injects a distinctly human character into the electronic elements of the music. ‘Flake’ begins with a unique and captivating combination of found sounds, synthesisers, keys, and drums (among other elements), and presents a general sense of wonderful weirdness. It then unexpectedly moves into a funky hook that grows beautifully, marries various warm synth-sounds with tasteful piano-playing, and admirably makes all of the sonic strangeness holding the track together wholly accessible."
—Paraphoniks, Mumbai-based producers who made this!
“Shutdown” by Skepta
“I'd been following Skepta for a while before I finally saw him play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury a few years ago. The way he held the crowd of a 100,000+ people together through his entire set really changed my perspective about Skepta as an artist, and Grime music overall.”
—Sainath Bhagwat, Artist Manager @ Mixtape and DJ @ Carius
“Hideaway” by Jacob Collier
“Jacob Collier delights the listener with an easygoing melody that sits on top of a rich instrumental bed, while the rhythm counters the groove in a subtle grace. Pure compositional class and a band favourite.”
—VOCTRONICA, who you might know from here, here or here
“Lovedrug Climbdown” by Pentagram
“Man, I love this band. I really, really do. It’s a pity that real life, artistic differences (or a hiatus here and there) and busy AF personal schedules end up hampering the progress on new music, touring and other harmonious shit in the life of a band. Like a wise ex-boss once said to me, “Band’s are people too, man—and they’re not making the music for you. The sooner you learn that, the better it will be.” I reckon the wait for new music from the band has all but extinguished from my life, but I don't want to lose the joy in watching them live. So play a goddamn gig soon; let’s make it a Penta-party!
PS. Don’t miss the kickass music video by Sameer Kulavoor."
—Naman Saraiya, Producer, reminiscing the 2014 Lovedrug Climbdown Tour
Check out our previous editions here.