Aaron Frank woke up early on his bornday
This month’s mix is mostly instrumental, but it’s difficult to ignore the vast crop of talented producers coming out of the UK at the moment. In waiting a couple extra days to put this mix together, I was able to score new tracks from two of my current favorites, Percussions (aka Four Tet) and Daniel Avery, whose Essential Mix 2014 I’ve had on repeat for the past few weeks. Though it is quite long, I made a point to include the full version of Avery’s Factory Floor remix, one of the most powerfully stimulating dance tracks I’ve heard all year.
The mix also features SZA and Low Leaf, two wonderfully talented female vocalists with great ears for production. Low Leaf’s collaboration with King Britt is more on the avant-garde side, while SZA’s “Babylon” walks a fine line between pop and underground, featuring a slow-burning beat from DJ Dahi, who borrows inspiration from Shlohmo and the Low End Theory scene. With this mix, my goal was to loosely imitate the feeling of spring, and in my mind, “Babylon” and the opening track from producer Leon Vynehall help set the perfect tone.
1. Leon Vynehall – “Inside The Deku Tree”
2. Jamie XX – “Sleep Sound”
3. Factory Floory – “How You Say” (Daniel Avery Remix)
4. SZA feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Babylon”
5. Percussions – “KHLHI”
6. Jacques Greene – “No Excuse”
7. Niia – “Generation Blue” (Ricky Eat Acid Remix)
8. DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn & Taso – “Luchini VIP”
9. Seven Davis Jr. – “Summers”
10. Low Leaf and King Britt – “A Light Within”
11. BADBADNOTGOOD – “Hedron”
12. Jay Electronica feat. LaTonya Givens – “Better In Tune With The Infinite”