Monthly Mixtape | June 2018 | blye.co.uk

Monthly Mixtapes | June 2018

JUNE 2018 MIXTAPE


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It's time for the June mixtape!  I've never really been able to pin down my music taste, as it changes a lot with my mood and the time of year amongst other factors. Therefore, I'm afraid I don't have an expertly picked playlist of songs of similar mood, tempo and genre. However, I think as listeners, and especially as songwriters, we should always step outside our musical comfort zones. In fact, since January, I've been making a conscious effort to expose myself to new genres, as well as reaching back into the past rather than listening to what's on the radio right now. Not everything I've listened to has been enjoyable or even inspiring, but the overwhelming majority of music has been, and I've cultivated a healthy appetite for genres beyond pop and indie guitar music.

This shift is definitely represented in June's mixtape, which features plenty of soul, R&B and hip hop alongside the odd pop track. I think most of the names will be familiar to you, with veterans like Jessie J and Aloe Blacc releasing some gorgeous music in recent months, but there are one or two artists who are new to me this year. For example, I've fallen in love with the soulful vocals of Amber Mark. Conexão is easily one of my favourite songs of 2018 so far and I cannot wait to hear more from her going forwards!

I think you'll recognise that there's a lot of Latin influence in the music I'm listening to recently. Having grown up in a family that blasted Stéphane Pompougnac mixes all summer long, jazzy chords and bossa nova rhythms are part of my genetic makeup, so I'm thrilled to see a resurgence of Latin music. Jay Prince, Cardi B, Tom Misch and Disclosure are bringing all the summer feels with their latest tracks, and I don't know about you, but I love a summer track by the poolside. If you're going on holiday somewhere warm this summer, this is definitely the mixtape for you!

Be sure to follow me on Spotify to stay up to date with the monthly mixtapes!

It's time for the June mixtape!  I've never really been able to pin down my music taste, as it changes a lot with my mood and the time of year amongst other factors. Therefore, I'm afraid I don't have an expertly picked playlist of songs of similar mood, tempo and genre. However, I think as listeners, and especially as songwriters, we should always step outside our musical comfort zones. In fact, since January, I've been making a conscious effort to expose myself to new genres, as well as reaching back into the past rather than listening to what's on the radio right now. Not everything I've listened to has been enjoyable or even inspiring, but the overwhelming majority of music has been, and I've cultivated a healthy appetite for genres beyond pop and indie guitar music.

This shift is definitely represented in June's mixtape, which features plenty of soul, R&B and hip hop alongside the odd pop track. I think most of the names will be familiar to you, with veterans like Jessie J and Aloe Blacc releasing some gorgeous music in recent months, but there are one or two artists who are new to me this year. For example, I've fallen in love with the soulful vocals of Amber Mark. Conexão is easily one of my favourite songs of 2018 so far and I cannot wait to hear more from her going forwards!

I think you'll recognise that there's a lot of Latin influence in the music I'm listening to recently. Having grown up in a family that blasted Stéphane Pompougnac mixes all summer long, jazzy chords and bossa nova rhythms are part of my genetic makeup, so I'm thrilled to see a resurgence of Latin music. Jay Prince, Cardi B, Tom Misch and Disclosure are bringing all the summer feels with their latest tracks, and I don't know about you, but I love a summer track by the poolside. If you're going on holiday somewhere warm this summer, this is definitely the mixtape for you!

Be sure to follow me on Spotify to stay up to date with the monthly mixtapes!