Updates + New Mix

Friends,

I’ve been moving a lot of records recently, both old and new, and wanted to send a short update around.

First, I want to give thanks to everyone who has supported my record! I’m down to only a few dozen left. You can still grab a copy at my Bandcamp or Juno Records. It’s been a pretty successful past two months and it’s an honor to have so many people support my first vinyl-related endeavor. Thank you!

There are some new projects on the horizon for the fall. I’m plotting a new regular podcast, and fingers-crossed it will come together. Keep checking my Soundcloud and Instagram pages for updates these next few weeks.

For now, here’s a mix of love-ish songs I made for the wedding of my friends Amanda and David (congrats guys!) earlier this year that I thought I’d share with everyone else.


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DOWNLOAD: Love Songs for a Friend’s Wedding

Hope everyone is good.

- Ian


August Mixtape

DOWNLOAD: August Mixtape

A short mixtape to chill out to as we cruise toward the end of summer. An almost-exact (but not quite) tracklist can be found on my Instagram here: instagram.com/p/r0mgScNFYQ/?modal=true

 


NEW RELEASE: “Summer Madness” Limited Edition Vinyl Release

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PURCHASE / DOWNLOAD:
DJ Ian Head “Summer Madness” / “Travel Jazz”
Available on 7″ Vinyl and MP3
Limited edition (200 copies pressed) on clear translucent vinyl with original hand-stamped cover.

Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce my first musical release on vinyl.

The idea of putting music out on wax has been a long time coming, a dream ever since I first started collecting records. As I went through the process these past few months of paperwork, label designs, fees, test pressings and more, I still continued to doubt that there would actually be an endpoint where I would be holding a record with my name on it in my hand. Even now, it still feels surreal.

The two songs on the record – which are also both available digitally! – are pieces I’ve worked on over the past couple years, instrumental beats that were somewhat new experiments for me since most of the music isn’t sample-based but rather me playing keys and live percussion in addition to drum programming. They’ve been sitting in the studio in various forms for a while now, and it feels good to release them into the world. Like my mixtapes, I hope you enjoy them but also find things you might not have expected.
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This record is a DIY, independent effort that I feel good about getting done in-between my dayjob, grad school and other responsibilities. But I don’t think I would have gotten this far without your support over the past 8+ years of my mixtapes and other musical projects. I truly appreciate everyone on this list who has stuck by and supported all my eclectic musical and artistic endeavors. Thank you! Putting out something tangible – especially a vinyl record, including the cover art and the label – is really important to me, especially when so much now revolves around the invisible 1s and 0s of the digital world.

So – please check out the Bandcamp site to order. And if you’re in NYC, hit me up and we can link for the hand-off so you don’t have to pay that shipping fee.

This is only my first release on vinyl – I’m already plotting the next one.

- Ian


Breaks and Snacks (new mixtape)

DOWNLOAD: Breaks and Snacks (mixtape)

Here’s a short tape for the start of summer. I was filing records this past week and figured why not digitize a few before putting them back in the stacks, then slap together a new mixtape?

So here’s a 23 minute break mix with a few goofy vocal samples and accapellas thrown on top – I did it on Serato but it’s all original wax from my personal stash. For the beat-heads, hopefully there’s more surprises in here than not.

It was fun to cut it up. Maybe I’ll do a few more. Hope you enjoy.

- DJ Ian Head


Spring (New Mixtape)



DOWNLOAD: Spring Mixtape

A warm sun finally came out this weekend in NYC and the time felt right to drop the Spring mixtape. After the non-stop barrage of cold weather these past few months, I tried to keep things upbeat and bright, a gathering of mostly-instrumental vinyl selections I’ve picked up recently and not-so-recently. I hope you play it with the breeze blowing in through the apartment windows you’ve finally cracked open.

This is the last piece of my four-part “seasonal” mixtape series, and once again I am blessed to have an incredible photographer donate some of her work for the cover. Everyone should check out the beautiful photography of Hong-An Tran at http://www.hongantran.com/ and http://ruinista.com/. Seriously good.

Again no tracklisting on this one. For those curious about the records used, there’s a few clues on my Instagram.

- DJ Ian Head


Dig These Records Podcast Episode 3 featuring Dawhud

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Dig These Records Episode 3 featuring Dawhud

New episode and interview with producer/rapper Dawhud of Olympia, Washington, whose joint “Battle Anybody (featuring Ace-One)” made DJ Premier’s “Top 20 for 2013.” We caught up over Skype about his family-related record excursions, how he first found out about Bob James, and play an eclectic set of selections in-between. For more of Dawhud’s music, check him out at http://basementaddicts.com.


Occasional Mix #12 (Mixtape)

DOWNLOAD: Occasional Mix #12

Still working on my next “seasonal” mixtape for Spring, thought I’d throw a little something together to continue my Occasional series. Here’s a few cuts, underground joints mixed and compiled off the serato plates.

Track order:
Keyel “Beats+Raps”
Voicemail Interlude
Funkommunity “Never Fading”
Buscrates “Cut Out the Lights”
Frank’n'Dank “Pause”
Canary Sing “Freak Show”
Blu “Cadillac Steez”
Young Chris and Freeway “Red-eye Freestyle”
Kelli Scarr “Are You that Somebody? (Live)”


Dig These Records Podcast – Episode 2 with Daniel Littlewood