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.

Dom Paczko

Owner, operator and creator of the Choose My Music record label and blog