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VOL. 30      09-25
Monthly mixtape, curated to be listened to in order. We always end it classy here.

Hey there 👋

Happy early fall everyone! September has been quite the busy month for me so far, but having this space to listen, curate, and write about music has always been so creatively rewarding that it keeps me going, even on the hardest of weeks. Whatever season of life you are in right now or whatever obstacles you may be facing, I hope that this month’s playlist can assist you on your journey.

Theme of the Month:

🌏 Detour

Illustration by Nibera

One of my favorite ways to curate a playlist is to tell a story through the songs I’ve picked, and this one is a rather personal one. Many people who have followed this newsletter for a long time or know and have met me in real life know that I’m generally a very positive and joyful person, but not a lot of people know that I suffered from depression when I was an undergrad. I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship and was having roommate issues, all while being far from home for the first time in my life and experiencing a lot of culture shock. There is a quote I later learned from Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk that taught me, “The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.” During those turbulent times, I remember how electronic music—as a wellspring of vitality—became accessible to me and injected my life with a powerful rhythm and force. I remember spending hours on end scouring through music blogs and podcasts (before podcasts were even that ubiquitous) just to find more doses of the layers of beats and melodies I could lose myself in. There was something about the rhythms in which I was able to find temporary solace, escape, distraction, joy, and anchors that could hold me down. Over the years, as I have overcome those obstacles, the same music still reminds me of that perseverance and the fight of personal survival for a better tomorrow.

This month’s curation is my attempt to bring you into that space, and to have you travel with me through a hero’s journey in our galaxy. In the beginning, we will launch off into the unknown, picking up speed as we move toward a powerful, gravitational force that pulls us in. The closer we get to that mysterious source of energy, the deeper and more cacophonic the sound gets. At one point we will get dangerously close to that black hole; yet, just when you feel like you’re losing control, you glance up and see our beautiful earth from afar, just as the crew of Apollo 8 did on Christmas Eve in 1968. It’s enough to remind us to keep pushing forward and to direct our ships back toward what matters most. As we find the fuel and courage to navigate through the treacherous belts of asteroids and space dust, we’re reminded that “home” isn’t even the final destination; the ultimate journey has always been about going beyond and transcending our limited beliefs and ideas. It’s about developing the resilience, skillsets, and power to fly toward the source of light that we know, but unlike Icarus, find a safe and welcoming landing such that we can spend our remaining days basking in the warm light.


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💡TIP FOR LISTENER: Make sure you turn on 7-second crossfade for the most optimal listening experience! Here's the how-to on Spotify

Song Highlights

13

Earth - Lapalux

This central song to my playlist plays a big role in shaping the theme I was envisioning for this month’s curation. There’s something about Lapalux’s music that ages like fine wine for me, and the more I listen to it the more I understand the texture and musical complexities.


15

Begin Again - Ben Böhmer

This German composer’s music captures a lot of the emotions of what it feels like to choose an optimistic view on life again; sometimes not because it’s easier, but because it’s a survival strategy.


17

Breathe This Air - Jon Hopkins

It feels like I have featured Jon Hopkins’ entire discography at this point, but I seriously can listen to this man’s music for days on end. There’s no one who can capture the balancing act of warm and dark sounds in a single track as he does.


25

God Moving Over the Face of The Waters - Reprise Version - Moby,Víkingur Ólafsson

This track gives me a lot of feels. Moby is also one of those pioneers of electronic music that I always knew of, but have recently become intrigued to explore and understand more.


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