The Mixtape Project - Mix B1

Compiled By: Heather M (Wrexham, Wales)

Compiled For: Nicola H (London, England)

With our newly arranged order lists, designed to reduce wait times, it was down to Heather to kick off what will now be known as our B List.

I didn't receive too much information from Heather about why she picked some of the tracks she did, but listening to her mix it is clear there are a number of songs within it that she has held dear for many years.

My response to Heather from hearing her mix was that I am convinced we would have been buddies in school.

1.    Nirvana – Blew

2.    Beck – Devil’s Haircut

3.    Hole – Violet

4.    Portishead – Cowboys

5.    Eels – Novocaine for the soul

6.    Suede – Animal Nitrate

7.    Múm – Weeping Rock,Rock

8.    Gorky’s Zycotic Mynci – Poodle Rockin’

9.    Manuchao – Rainin in Paradize

10.  The Start – Millionaire

11.  Bonobo – Nightlite

12.  Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks

13.  Sneaky – Feel Like a King

14.  Jack White – That Black Bat Liquorice

15.  Jack Savoretti – Lifetime

16.  Elastica – Connection

17.  Kasabian – Processed Beats

18.  Lamb – B-Line

19.  Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me

20.  White Stripes – Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground   

The Mixtape Project - Mix #5

Compiled by: Justine A (Manchester, England)

Compiled for: Eileen M (London, England)

Justine was the lady responsible for Mix #5, and for those who do not know her as @AldoWanKenobi on Twitter...well you should.

Through her own various musical projects such as the wonderful Masterpieces blog (RIP) and her RND compilation series, she has been something of a influence & encourager of all things Choose My Music.

See Justine's wonderful track list below, with some reasons for her selections at the very bottom of this page

1 It's All Over Now Baby Blue by Them
2 Lover Killer by My Brightest Diamond
3 Lonely Daze by Kate Tempest
4 The Seed (feat. Jake Reid) by Nordic Giants
5 Gin House Blues (live) by Nina Simone
6 What Have You Done For Me Lately? by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
7 Soul Limbo by Booker T. & The M.G.'s
8 Do It Again by Röyksopp & Robyn
9 As by Stevie Wonder
10 The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak) by Ibibio Sound Machine
11 99 Red Balloons by Nena
12 How We Be by Sinkane
13 Yes by McAlmont & Butler
14 Spinning Round The Sun by Gavin Clark
15 Moments of Pleasure by Kate Bush

Making mixtapes is something I do quite often, and enjoy, but I found this quite hard!  
The song that i enjoyed from the album I received is track 5, Nina Simone - I had never heard this version before and it is brilliant.  (Mandinka by Sinead O'Connor came a close second in this race, but I figured most people had heard that)
Track 9, As by Stevie Wonder is the one that influenced my music taste.  My parents are massive music fans, avid gig goers and listen to new music every day, but looking back Stevie was the one I remember most from growing up, Songs In The Key Of Life in particular.
I was recently introduced to Sinkane (track 12) by an old friend, and I love it. Tracks 2, 3 and 4 are also recent discoveries for me, and all brilliant.

The Mixtape Project - Mix #4

Compiled by: Lynsey H (Dublin, Ireland)

Compiled for: Justine A (Manchester, England)

Crossing rivers and oceans, Mixtape #4 made its way back to England from Dublin and into the hands of Justine - more on her next week. Put together by a new friend to Choose My Music, Mix #4 was a solid mix mainly made up of 80's/90's tunes, with a whole bunch of surprises along the way. See below for more from Lynsey.

1. Surfin' USM (Live) - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt - DJ Shadow

3. Embarrassment - Madness

4. Gin House Blues - Nina Simone

5. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P

6. Ring Ring Ring - De La Soul

7. Mandinka - Sinead O'Connor

8. Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

9. A New England - Billy Bragg

10. Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry

11. I Can't Figure You Out - Hugh

12. Olympians - Fuck Buttons

13. This Must Be The Place - Talking Heads

14. Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Baz Luhmann

When compiling my mixtape, I made a list of songs once and I stuck with it (which is a bit strange considering I have zero discipline). I have since revised it a million times in my head. None of what I guess you would call my favourite bands have made the cut but I have included a track from my favourite album (Endtroducing by DJ Shadow).

The song that first influenced my taste in music is #3 Embarrassment by Madness. Well, Queen, Madness and Madonna would be level pegging but Queen has already been covered on a previous mixtape! Madness is the sound of me being at primary school where I met fellow fan Naomi who is still my best mate to this day. I love Suggs' ability to tell a story (especially in this song and My Girl).

The song I enjoyed the most from the mix I received is #9 A New England by Billy Bragg. I haven't heard this song for ages and it really got to me hearing it again!

And the new song I've heard recently that I enjoyed is #11 I Can't Figure You Out by Hugh. There were a few contenders for this (including SBTRKT and Clark) but I love the production on this one and it doesn't sound like anything around at the moment.

The Mixtape Project - Mix #3

Compiled By: Simon J (Aylesbury, England)

Compiled For: Lynsey H (Dublin, Ireland)

A short hop over the Irish Sea for CMM Mix #3 and into the ears of Lynsey.

Put together by friend, music lover and fellow Spurs fan Simon J of the Rumbles & Grumbles blog - he gives us a short run down of the tracks he selected below.

Mix #3 Track Listing

1. Dead Pt.1 - Napalm Death

2. Hurt - Johnny Cash

3. Hangin' With Howard Marks - Super Fury Animals

4. A New England - Billy Bragg

5. Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young

6. The Compass - Projekt

7. Imidiwan Afrik Tendam - Tinariwen

8. Circus - Sunday Driver

9. Unknown

10. That's How I'm Living - Ice-T

11. Animal Nitrate - Suede

12. Absolute Beginners - The Jam

13. Hit - Sugarcubes

14. Black Steel - Tricky

It was almost an impossible task to even know where to start, aside from one song from the previous, and one recent one, so while listening to shuffle something hit me – so many individual songs have changed my musical direction, swerving me off into genres new, some just for a while, some like Johnny Cash into now owning about 100 albums of his.

Not all the best tracks by the bands in question, in some cases not even close to my favourite tracks by them, but ones I can remember hearing and being able to trace back to the moment.

Ice-T for example at Reading Festival, just cut such a stage presence I was transfixed, and when I got home instantly tried to find the track that had “…it was fly” in it. Projekt, I was introduced to by @WelshSpur (also off twitter) and from that I got to know all the Recharged Radio crew and their bands as well. All the chance links that just change direction for you.


Many obviously from the radio, Peel especially for Napalm Death and Bragg, but each track has a story I could expand on for hundreds of words.


My new track is the Sunday Driver one, which was a recent introduction from @substandardnerd (also off twitter) when we were going to a gig and he said to make sure we were there for the support as they were excellent, and they were so I bought their album there and then.


The Mixtape Project - Mix #2

Compiled By: Julia (Toronto, Canada)

Compiled For: Simon (Aylesbury, England)

Following Mix #1 making its 3300 mile journey from England to Canada, Mix #2 comes back on itself, finding a home in Aylesbury and into the hands of Simon.

The mix creator Julia also gave us a run down of her selection process, which can be found below.

Mix #2 Track Listing

1. Crusades - Fucked Up 

2. Young Bloods - The Bronx

3. Bodies - Sex Pistols

4. Oh it's Such a Shame - Jay Reatard

5. Eyes in the Back of Your Head - The Adicts

6. People are Strange - The Doors

7. Killer Queen - Queen

8. New Lands - Justice

9. 40 Day Dream - Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros

10. Keep the Car Running - The Arcade Fire 

11. Stay Alive - Jose Gonzales

12. Stubborn Love - The Lumineers

13. Don't Change - INXS ft. Andrew Farriss & Kirk Pengilly

14. Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi Cover) - Lissie

The song that first influenced my taste in music - THERE'S TWO. I kind of cheated. My parents split up when I was 5 but both of them were super passionate about music and introducing me to it at a young age. So #6 (People Are Strange) thanks to my Dad and #7 (Killer Queen) thanks to my Mom.

The song I enjoyed the most from the mix I received - #3 Bodies by The Sex Pistols. Mainly because I've always liked them, but never really gotten into any of their stuff outside of their typical radio tunes, so it was cool to hear something of theirs I hadn't heard before.

And the new song I've heard recently that I enjoyed is #12 Stubborn Love by the Lumineers - It took me a while to really get into this band because they've been overplayed here so thoroughly it started to put me off, but once i actually sat down and listened to this record, it was a very enjoyable change of pace for me.