December 14, 2010

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For the past two years, Phaseone has released mixes that perfectly coincide with the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Anyone afflicted will tell you they notice an almost immediate change in mood after Daylight Saving Time ends. Even in Los Angeles where it’s relatively warm throughout the winter, the melatonin deficiency triggers a natural preference for  darker, dubbed out tracks to echo your mood and make you feel like you aren’t the only one going crazy.

Phaseone’s talents are similarly such that he’s able to sample and screw Drake’s voice to create something that we can actually enjoy (see new track “Hands.”) Like his previous mixes Thanks But No Thanks and White Collar Crime, this mix is packed with mostly original material and remixes. This most recent one  also features “Being With You” and “Right & Wrong,” which will officially be released this week as part of the Way Slow series from Lefse Records. The slowed down subtlety of “Being With You” evokes more emotional resonance than we’ve seen from the St. Louis-based producer, causing high hopes for his official debut. Plus, the inclusion of the Twista classic, “Who Am I” proves that Phase knows what’s up — or at least enough to get me through these blustery 70 degree days.

Tracklist below the jump.  –– Aaron Frank

Download: Phaseone-December Mix

Cocteau Twins – Lazy Calm [4AD]
Phaseone – All To Herself [Dub]
Phaseone – Desperate Housewives [Dub]
Phaseone – True Romance [Dub]
Basic Channel – Radiance III [Basic Channel]
Phaseone – Zen [Dub]
Phaseone – Being With You [Forthcoming Way Slow]
Phaseone – Above The Rim [Dub]
Phaseone – Right & Wrong [Forthcoming Way Slow]
Phaseone – Richard Dreyfuss [Dub]
Twista – Who Am I? [Blackground]
Digital Mystikz – Pop Pop Epic (Phaseone Remix) [Dub]
Phaseone – Hands [Dub]
Phaseone – Get Rich Quick [Dub]
Phaseone – Airmax [Dub]
Bjork – Hidden Place (Phaseone Remix) [Dub]
Phaseone – Stealing To Feed Your Family (Excerpt) [Dub]