Monthly Mix

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2012

Welcome to this month’s mix, which clocks in with 13 tracks and just over 50 minutes of contemporary genre-mashing beauty. It’s a great gift for the well-rounded listener in your life. And it is FREE. Sometimes life really is just that good. If you take this free gift, you’ll be blessed with a double-shot of “Life” (as in Cold Showers’ Cars cover “Double Life” and Frank Ocean’s own sweet one) before blooming into a stack of fantastic rap (Earl and Capitan Murphy on FlyLo; Angel Haze’s spitfire NY track “New York”; Le1f’s slick and slippery bounce cut “Wut”) and, eventually, the microsample sorcery of The Field. As regards “life,” this mix packs some primo, first-world existential angst via Yoni Wolf’s WHY? (“Sod In The Seed”) and then relieves it with Sundress’s sunbleached ’90s-tipping “California Dames” and Ariel Pink’s own California love dream with the ’60s-tipping “Only In My Dreams.” The perfect closer for this mix would be the horizon melting, lush/skronk rock of Talk Normal’s “Bad Date,” which is why the mix ends with Talk Normal’s lush/skronk rock “Bad Date.” Logical. Please download and enjoy. As always, no skipping:

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2012 (.zip, 102.4MB)

01 Cold Showers – “Double Life” (The Cars Cover)
02 Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”
03 Flying Lotus – “Between Friends” (Feat. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy)
04 Le1f – “Wut”
05 Angel Haze – “New York”
06 MNDR – “Faster Horses”
07 The Field – “Comenius Garden”
08 Future Islands – “Cotton Flower”
09 ERAAS – “Fang”
10 WHY? – “Sod In The Seed”
11 Sundress – “California Dames”
12 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Only In My Dreams”
13 Talk Normal – “Bad Date”