Stars was the fastest mix I put together so far. The challenge for "IX" and "X" was only picking downtempo/chill songs. While I enjoy these genres, I don't listen to them that often. So when Jackie approached me with the idea to do a more chilled out mix, I immediately "Youtube'd" Downtempo songs to remind myself what they sound/feel like. I wanted to introduce some tunes that remained chill but offered a bit of an edge (check out "A Drowning" and "Take me to the Mountains"). What I liked most about this mix was that I got to hear some new artists I haven't listened to yet. Enjoy!
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I wanted to make downtempo mixes because 'tis the season for scarves, apple cider and holding hands. Something about it just seemed right. I've compiled here some of my favorite chill/garage/ambient tracks I discovered this season—a contemplative outro to a year that just keeps giving. It starts with a brooding remix of (song of the year?) "Midnight City," two Seams tracks—one remix and one original (think Four Tet x Gold Panda), '80s soft-rock inspired supergroup Gayngs, then slows down with Youandewan, picks up again with some hip hop, then ends all daydreamy with a chillstep remix of Imogen Heap, an ambient track (and great video) from Diamond Messages, and "MTI"—the perfect winter song.
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.