Making “‘90s” mixes is never easy. I always try hitting every genre I liked from that era, and I always exceed ten tracks. “Nineteen Ninety-Fun” starts off with none other than Dru Hill, or as I like to call them, Sisqó & Friends. Had I known at a young age what the Dru was really singing about, my brain would have exploded. Next we detour to songs of want, sadness, and optimism when it comes to love from 98 Degrees, Shanice, 702, Des’ree, Mandy Moore, and PM Dawn. I couldn’t forget to throw in a some guitars in this mix, and who better to help than ‘90s alt-rock queen, Sheryl Crow? Christina Aguilera rounds out the mix with the perfect dose of ear-candy pop, just before SWV reminds us of how awesome falling in love is.
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I haven't been able to stop listening to R&B over the last few months. '90s mix aside, these R&B jams are regular listens for me. Aaliyah's "Try Again" is technically from 2000, but it's one of my favorites of hers. There are a lot of songs that I remember from middle school dances that we used to dance awkwardly to. When I think about it now, I'm kind of grossed out! INOJ brings out some pop, while Geto Boys sprinkle in some feel-good hip hop. The smooth jams are sandwiched with two important songs from my music history — Ace of Base, who's Happy Nation cassette was one of the first I owned when I was 7, and "Better Off Alone," arguably one of the tracks that initially got me into this crazy genre called EDM.
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.