Monthly Mix

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January 2013

By the end of last year, compiling Monthly Mixes became a sad task. Each month I’d scan in sadness, watching our strongest songs presented as straight-to-Soundcloud affairs, our music business continuing its inexorable shift away from the transferrable file, now even in its promotional form. So either this month represents a momentary lapse, or artists still believe in making their best shit free to host locally. Whatever. January’s Monthly Mix is the strongest in months, rife with big names and monster jams. We start cinematically via sax god Colin Stetson’s hypnotic new dose of Warfare, then shift into a hardcore swing of Pissed Jeans, Iceage, Milk Music and Screaming Females. The pivot point comes on Flying Lotus’s squelchy new 90-second synth meditation, which dips into DJ Premier x Joey Bada$$’s ’90s hip hop snapshot. That boom-bap and BPM is channeled and morphed over the next slate of tracks, starting with Kill Rock Stars’ LA newcomers’ Hands solid indie dance track “Hands,” and into Lindstrøm’s stretched, high-energy remix of Grizzly Bear’s “gun-shy” (it’s about three minutes before vocals even come in). The house beat is strained into John Grant’s “Blackbelt,” which dives into an extended three-song exeunt of bigger artists doing come-down fare: the Ruby Suns’ “In Real Life,” José González’s Junip, and closing out with the beautiful new Youth Lagoon. This mix’s genre is “Resolutionary.” You should download this.

Monthly Mix: January 2013 (.zip, 96.7MB)

01 Colin Stetson – “High Above A Grey Green Sea”
02 Pissed Jeans – “Cathouse
03 Iceage – “You’re Nothing”
04 Milk Music – “I’ve Got A Wild Feeling”
05 Screaming Females – “Poison Arrow”
06 Flying Lotus – “Such A Square
07 Joey Bada$$ – “Unorthodox” (Prod. by DJ Premier)
08 Hands – “Trouble”
09 Grizzly Bear – “guy-shy (Lindstrøm Remix)
10 John Grant – “Blackbelt
11 The Ruby Sons – “In Real Life
12 Junip – “Line Of Fire
13 Youth Lagoon – “Dropla