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
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.
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.
Took me a second to get to this one. This winter has been a little hectic, but in a good way: the collision of work with school with travel to see family and friends. In-between, digging and stumbling between crates continues to be a constant. Besides my usual NYC adventures I was back in Portland for a couple weeks, and a quick day of almost getting caught by the polar vortex in Chicago – but still somehow managed to make it to the record store for an hour despite 2 feet of snow and freezing temperatures. This chaos the past couple months, combined with the ice-cold temperatures, has worked to create a bit of a bizarre tape, with more of a “rock” style edge. I tried to keep it eclectic as usual, and give a broad sampling of a few things I’ve dug up these last few weeks. All vinyl. No tracklisting, just holler if you need that science.
I’d also like to say RIP to Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger. Both had a profound effect on the ways I view and listen to music and politics.
I hope everyone is staying warm.
- DJ Ian Head
Short new mix of hip-hop and beats. Threw it together on a Sunday morning, apologies for the sloppy cuts!
DOWNLOAD: Fall Mixtape
Here’s the second tape in my “seasonal” series – a compilation of eclectic tunes from recent and past digging adventures. Something to bump on the headphones after you zip your hoodie up and stroll up the block, crunchy and soulful. No tracklist for this one – thumb through a crate or two and I’m sure you’ll come up with some of these cuts.
I’m continuing to feature artistic friends of mine with this series of tapes. Big shout out to Brian Burk, whose beautiful photo of a cool fall sky graces the cover. You can check out more of his incredible photos at http://brianburk.smugmug.com.
Also special shout to the homie Turiya, who’s getting back into vinyl and let me feature part of an interview I did with her on this tape.
Hope you all enjoy. Stay warm.
- DJ Ian Head
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