”Distance“ begins with what sounds like the intro theme to your favorite coming-of-age ‘90s sitcom. Next jump into a puddle (literally) of bass with Des McMahon’s “Front Porch” remix. Curses’ “Watch & Do” is my favorite track off this mix—so future! Take a romantic trip with Blood Diamonds’ chilled/powerful “Osaka.” The Ninetys chills even harder with “Steal Corners.” I LOVE what Joe Hertz did w/“Rydia.” This song reminds me of middle school when dudes like Brian McKnight ruled MTV and BET. Disclosure return with a remix by Onra. This remix should be the last song at every prom. It’s wild seeing Trap style break into “Top 40s” Pop. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is incredibly catch-y—Extra points for featuring the Trippy Mane, Juicy J., too! Relax with Friendzone before Sleigh Bells hits you in the face with guitars and electronics!
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Keeping Family Knux, if nothing else, has been the best catalogue of the last couple years of my life – a pretty significant trigger of nostalgia, music is. And here I've got each month of it documented with a soundtrack and short essay. So here's the last month, the anniversary of my 27th year as a human on earth. A few slow jams to start, first hearken genuine young love vibes (vocals by 12-year old Willow Smith), then a melodic return from IAMNOBODI followed by some local talent who modulate Mariah. My favorite Jim-e Stack single is a slow minimal chugger, perfect to segue the playlist. And since it's my musical wheelhouse right now, a few lady trap songs in the mix, including a subtly enhanced remix of the Biebs from a, let's be honest, pretty dope original. Also, peep the Jamie xx track for some pretty inventive xx-infused house music.
A few years ago we started trading mixtapes as a fun way to share new (or old) songs that we thought our brother-from-another-mother (or sister-from-another-mister) might enjoy. It began with a simple set of parameters — 10 tracks and a title — and quickly* became this little site where we can share with the world the mixtapes we've shared with each other.
* This site was completed in under 24 hours on a chilly, winter evening warmed by the glows of our computers.
Andy is a 26-year-old graphic designer and musician from California. He works as a designer and spends his free time practicing DJing. Andy's favorite genres span—Dubstep, Electro-House, Moombahton, Hardcore/Punk, Shoegaze, Indie and many more.
Jackie is an interaction designer living and working in the Bay Area, often at the side of a cat who think's he's a dog, her best friend, and her favorite things: design, music and food. She created Family Knux as a place where she can give you two out of three. Maybe one day you'll get all three. Hmm.