Neo-Soul Undercurrents

117 / February 2020 / Joe Choi

  1. Biking (Solo)Frank Ocean
  2. Love AffairUMI
  3. Nico's Red TruckDijon
  4. RuthlessThe Marias
  5. HeartSlow Hollows
  6. MountainMonsune
  7. Sleight OrchestraDawn Golden
  8. BubbaJack Larsen
  9. PlaygroundSteve Lacy
  10. Make It BetterAnderson .Paak
  11. Dark & HandsomeBlood Orange, Toro y Moi
  12. All My LoveJohn Eatherly
  13. Rearrange UsMt. Joy
  14. Blessin' MeRed Hearse

I know it’s a few years old but Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ was a constant for me throughout the past year.  ‘Nikes’, ‘Solo’ and ‘Nights’ were all on various iterations of this mix at one point until I came across the ‘Biking’ record, which serves as this mix's main inspiration.  The first six tracks have been locked in for the past couple months and they do a good job of maintaining the slower-tempo neo-soul vibe that I was going for.  The rest of is a bit of a mixed bag with the Steve Lacy and Anderson .Paak tracks as last minute additions.  The building in the photo is the Pier 99 Sanitation Pier in NYC right at the edge of the Hudson River Park and Riverside Park. Hope you’re all doing well and you find something you enjoy!

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  1. Frank Ocean / Biking (Solo)

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    Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer/songwriter and member of the gleefully hedonistic hip-hop collective OFWGKTA. He was born Christopher Edwin Breaux in Long Beach, California. He has helped pen tracks for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyonce Knowles over the last few years. In 2011, Ocean released his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, for free via his Tumblr. Venting about his decision to drop the record his own way, he took to Twitter on March 1, 2011: "i. Read more on Last.fm more...

  2. UMI / Love Affair

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    Umi from P.O.W./PEOPLES ARMY/RBG FAM was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. The doctor that helped deliver him claims, time stood still when umi came into this World. Yes, it was ironic, but not surprising, that he was born on July 4th. His rebellious nature helps remind people everyday that their true independence is still waiting to be claimed. He continues to show listeners that music can be used not only to get money, but also to mobilize and motivate the people. Read more on Last.fm more...

  3. Dijon / Nico's Red Truck

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    “There’s just something about symbology and what I want to do — and what I hope to do — in music,” says the 26-year-old, who’s currently best known as the former vocalist of the R&B duo Abhi//Dijon. Read more on Last.fm more...

  4. The Marias / Ruthless

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  5. Slow Hollows / Heart

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    Slow Hollows is a Los Angeles based indie rock four piece started by lead singer Austin Anderson in 2013. Formerly Hollows, the band changed their name in 2014 and released their proper debut "Atelophobia," via Danger Collective. The band's current lineup includes Austin Feinstein (vocals/guitar), Dylan Thinnes (guitar), Aaron Jassenoff (bass), and Jackson Katz (drums). Read more on Last.fm more...

  6. Monsune / Mountain

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  7. Dawn Golden / Sleight Orchestra

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    Dawn Golden, a solo electronic production and songwriting project helmed by Dexter Tortoriello of Houses, officially started in late 2010 when a series of Bandcamp demos caught Diplo’s attention with their stark emotion and forward-thinking production. Quickly signed to Mad Decent and Downtown Records, Dawn Golden (formerly Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross) released its first EP, Blow, in April 2011. The effort, which featured standouts like “Blacks” and “White Sun,” garnered critical acclaim from NPR and Pitchfork. Read more on Last.fm more...

  8. Jack Larsen / Bubba

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  9. Steve Lacy / Playground

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    Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya (born May 23, 1998), better known as Steve Lacy, is an American musician, guitarist, bassist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He was born in Compton, California and gained recognition as a member of the Grammy-nominated R&B band, The Internet, in 2015. In February 2017, Lacy released his debut project, a song-series, titled Steve Lacy's Demo and his debut album, Apollo XXI, was released on May 2019. Read more on Last.fm more...

  10. Anderson .Paak / Make It Better

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    Formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy. Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 9, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, rapper, and producer from Oxnard, California. Paak released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol.1 in 2012 under the name Breezy Lovejoy. He released Venice on October 28, 2014 as Anderson .Paak, which was followed by Malibu, on January 15, 2016. On January 30th, Paak announced via Twitter he has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Read more on Last.fm more...

  11. Blood Orange, Toro y Moi / Dark & Handsome

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    Blood Orange is the name of more than one artist. 1) alias of Devonté Hynes 2) rock band from Nottingham, UK 3) A Swiss Goth band. 1. Blood Orange is another alias of Devonté Hynes also known as Lightspeed Champion and member of the now defunct Test Icicles. His first release under the 'Blood Orange' moniker was in June 2009 via his personal blog. 'Said No' and 'Champagne Coast' appeared as a ltd. 7" bonus disc for the fourth release on Rise's album of the month club. Read more on Last.fm more...

  12. John Eatherly / All My Love

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  13. Mt. Joy / Rearrange Us

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    Mt. Joy is an American indie folk group. The name of the band refers to Mount Joy in the Valley Forge National Park, Pennsylvania. The members of the band, Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper, are said to have learned how to write songs on Mt. Joy. Read more on Last.fm more...

  14. Red Hearse / Blessin' Me

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    Red Hearse are an American alternative rock band composed of frontman Jack Antonoff, singer Sam Dew, and hip-hop producer Sounwave. Read more on Last.fm more...

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