Mixtape Monday: Ryan Hemsworth, Friendzone, and Flight Facilities


It’s Monday, for better or worse. By now you’ve listened to that amazing Phoenix album in all of its poor audio rip glory and re-played that Daft Punk teaser about 40 times, so let’s get you through the week with some new jams. In fact, our mixtape Monday headliner manages to appear twice in this space today. I’m talking, of course, about the unstoppable Ryan Hemsworth.


Hemsworth started making a huge splash last year with his killer mixtapes (including the amazing Slowed Summer mix) as well as remixes and production credits for acts like Main Attrakionz and Frank Ocean. While his solo music has left a lot to be desired, each new mixtape gives me the hope that his full-length will be amazing. This time around, the Canadian producer gives us some end-of-winter vibes for The Fader with everything from new solo jams to Broken Social Scene edits to Boyz II Men. And that’s not all…

I probably couldn’t think of a producer more unfortunately named than Friendzone, that irritatingly dumb and sexist term coined by Reddit users. It’s meant to be ironic, but I certainly have some friends that will never listen to him based on the name alone. That’s a shame, since he’s become one of the most promising producers around, whether he’s running the cloud rap game or collaborating with Lo-Fi-Fnk. This time around, he has a new installment of his Kuchibiru Network series featuring like-minded acts like Mr. Hemsworth, Finally Boys, Jerome LOL, and Main Attrakionz. It’s a gorgeous, shimmering listen, regardless of your feelings on terrible artist names. Download it here.

Finally, I’m a few weeks late to a wonderful pair of mixes from the increasingly great Flight Facilities. Hot off the success of “Clair De Lune,” the duo put together a series of decade mixes for Australia’s Triple J station, hopefully with two more on the way. Equal parts informative, familiar, and fun, Flight Facilities take you on a journey from 1972-92 in the span of two hours, paying equal respect to Stevie Wonder, New Order and Italo disco star Sylvester. For a certain kind of electronic music fan, this is like a mission statement of wonderful influences, and there are some pretty stellar edits from the boys as well. Stream and download 1972-1982 above and 1982-1992 below. Get dancing.

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