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
Cover photo by Daniel Littlewood
I enjoyed making this tape. It’s a bit different from my more crunchy, vinyl-heavy mixes, but hopefully still bump-able at the local evening picnic or house party. I feel like you can do silly dances to it, or just cool out and sip a nice iced beverage while it rocks in the background. Either way, don’t sleep on the Vijay Iyer’s jazz cover of MIA’s “Galang.”
I’m planning on doing a series of “seasonal” mixes, in combination with covers from a variety of artists and photographers I know. The first cover is from world traveler, documentarian and incredible photographer Daniel Littlewood, a close friend since high school. You can find more of his photos at the address above.
– DJ Ian Head
JuJu Orchestra – “Nao Posso Demorar”
Platinum Pied Pipers – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Erykah Badu – “I Want Moombah” (J Boogie Edit)
Johnny Hammond – “Tell Me What to Do” (Whiskey Barons ReWork)
Jazzanova – “Boom Klicky Boom Klack” (Mr. Scruff’s Vocal Mix)
Up, Bustle and Out – “La Morena en El Viento Andaluz”
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth – “The Creator” (Surfboard Mix)
Cal Tjader – “Borneo” (The Gaff Edit)
Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – “Orisa” (Atjazz Love Soul Remix)
Five Corners Quintet – “Unsquare Bossa”
Visioneers – “Rocket Man (Afro-Latin Joint)”
Vijay Iyer Trio – “Galang” (Trio Riot Version)
Louie Gee Ensemble – “Scrabble”
Spent the past few months caught up with job+school grind, and had to step back from the turntables for a minute. Still got in a couple vinyl excursions in-between, but it’s frustrating to be buying all this music and not have time to play it that much, even for myself.
So now it’s June and time to get back to it. Trying to plot out a couple music/visual creations for the coming months, but figured I’d knock out a short mix as the weather heats up. Strictly 45rpm soul crunchiness – selections to slow it down and vibe out to.
Hope everyone is well.
– DJ Ian Head
With the start of March, I’m still trying to get a handle on some new routines and find time to dedicate to digging, mixtapes and beats. Definitely working toward some bigger, conceptual mix projects in the coming month or two, but here’s a little something for the headphones – the latest Occasional Mix, which is mostly an excuse to play newish hip-hop and give myself something to listen to when riding the train to work. Hope there’s something on here you haven’t heard before.
Dope mix from Giles. Love that he took a second to focus on the non-“Bluenote Breaks” stuff that Byrd did. He had a lot of beautiful records before he got with the Mizell brothers. RIP. (h/t Pipomixes)
500mixes.com is a new mix site from curator Eric Nord. Lots of great stuff to last you hours of listening pleasure.