My own track record has shown that it is troublesome for me to wait until June to put out a mixtape. Traditionally, weather is finally perfect (imo) in Michigan. That equation means more time outside and less dialed in listening. Its also dangerously close to 4th of July, so I’m usually saving beach-ready cuts for my annual DAY, NITE, and NITE (Dance Edition) mixtapes. Yet, here we are again with a June mixtape of my favorite songs of the moment. See you next June, same time, same blog/email/Insta post?
I think we can all agree this is not your typical June, spring, year, and Earth though. During the time on lockdown, I secured a new logo (who wants a sticker?)…but don’t worry we’ll save the classic logo for some throwback opportunities. I also focused more on DJing over the past 3-4 months (Saturdays in Tha House y’all!), so pardon the delay. Songs by RAC, Rolling Coastal Blackout Fever, and Gardens & Villa would probably be reserved a 4th of July Day mix, but why wait? We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so I hope you enjoy my absolute favorite indie, folk, etc. tracks since March.
On a serious note, I know my audience is not large, but I would be remiss and even more privileged to not acknowledge the fight against society’s continued racist actions and systems. Nearly all of my favorite artists of all time (OutKast, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Kaytranada, Timbaland, Pharrell, etc.) are black. I have never profited from this blog/email/Spotify playlist group, but I do know that as an ally, I’ve never been outspoken about the black community’s historic injustice with the urgency that I should have. If even one of you takes these words to heart, it will have been worth the measly text distributed from my very privileged mind.
The pain felt across the country in the past month (and let’s face it, after each horrific killing of a person of color until the media tires of the story) is not just about a movement today. The anger and pain is about shifting a subconscious (and very conscious mindset for many) within the culture of our country that is far past its expiration date for a better future. I’ll never pretend to know or experience those moments of harassment, brutality, judgement, or discrimination. However, I will educate myself and my family, as well as influence damaged societal norms where I’m able to. I am by no means an expert, but I have included some links to organizations that my family has donated to for your consideration. The list is only a fraction of the opportunities to help, but I included some organizations in Atlanta, Detroit, and nationally that we support. Donations are only a small part of the antiracist battle, but can make a difference.
JayeL Audio 6-12-20 – STREAM (Spotify)
- Gardens & Villa-Disco Kitchen
- Jessie Ware-Ooh La La
- Khruangbin-Time (You and I)
- Thundercat-Funny Thing
- Chicano Batman-Pink Elephant
- Liam Kazar-Shoes Too Tight
- RAC-Passion (ft. Louis The Child)
- HAIM-Don’t Wanna
- De Lux-Dancing Is Dangerous In Los Angeles
- Jack Garratt-Better (Radio Edit)
- Perfume Genius-On The Floor
- The 1975-If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
- Gorillaz-Aries (feat. Peter Hook and Georgia)
- The Undercover Dream Lovers-Prisoner of Love
- Angel Olsen-All Mirrors [Johnny Jewel Remix]
- STRFKR-Dear Stranger
- Becca Mancari-Hunter
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats-Don’t Care Darlin’
- CeeLo Green-Doing It All Together
- Tash Sultana-Pretty Lady
- Dirty Projectors-Lose Your Love
- Early James-Blue Pill Blues
- Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit-Dreamsicle
- Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever-She’s There
- The Kooks-All Through Your Life (Magic Shop NYC Demo)
- The Strokes-Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
- Hazel English-Wake UP!
- TOPS-Colder & Closer
- Mt. Joy-My Vibe
- JR JR-The Way I Do
- Fiona Apple-Cosmonauts
- Oh Wonder-Keep On Dancing
- Ray LaMontagne-We’ll Make It Through
- James Blake-You’re Too Precious
- Bon Iver-PDLIF