Mixtape Volume 3: Home / Dance Melt 2020
2020 will be a hard year to forget, no doubt. But dancing has always remained one of those human expressions that moves us.
Take a moment, or actually an hour, ten minutes and 21 seconds. This is Volume 03: Home / Dance Melt 2020. Make some space. Experience the transport, wherever that takes you with these hand-picked gems that'll be hard to deny on your living room floor!
Another 'HOME' themed series mixtape, this time titled "Melt 2020 x Dance!" in collaboration with Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-based Marlon Regis, aka DJ Pelau. Click the arrow to play here or listen on Soundcloud.
We are happy to share this curated music mixtape in collaboration with DJ Pelau. Make some space at home, to lose yourself as we say goodbye to 2020.
We also wanted to share some moments, musicians, stories and playlists from some of our collection of artists and designers who told us about the role music plays in their creative practice or in life.
Abacus Row, Christine Trac / Jewelry Designer
I'm a big fan of culture writer, author, poet Hanif Abdurraqib who has created 68to05.com which has been a place to discover/dive deep into music fandom. I follow him on IG and one of his recent posts led me to Carly Rae Jepson's Emotions album which I forgot how much I loved.
Maddalena Bearzi / Jewelry Designer
Music has always played a huge role in my life, and this pandemic time is not different. Music inspires me when I make jewelry, helps me to unwind when I am stressed and charge me when I mostly need it. I even listen to jazz or classical music when I write; it helps my creativity.
I love all type of music and American singer-songwriters and guitarist.James Taylor is one of my favorites.
My husband is - among other things - a musician so I love to listen to him whenever he plays.
Music is always around me and I can’t imagine life without music.
Linda Benenati / Encaustic Mixed Media Collage
I was born in Detroit and although my family came to California when I was seven, I have always been an old-school Motown girl. My teen friends liked the Beatles and I liked The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
A new habit I have with music is to take long walks while listening to Spanish Classical Guitar. My body walks well to the tunes, the plucking of the strings. Without lyrics, the music, alone, allows me, without distraction, to consider an art piece I'm working on, to think creatively and to figure out how to overcome any challenges I'm encountering with the piece. The sound of Classical Spanish Guitar becomes a part of me as I walk and think. Because I live with family, listening to music while I walk is also a way for me to be in my own world for a while.
~ Bonnie & Jeffrey
PS Please follow DJ Pelau here on Soundcloud. We’d love our collaboration to support him gaining a new audience. Give our playlist a like by clicking the heart, repost it on your Soundcloud feed, and comment on the waveform where you are most moved! There's a contribution button, too, if you can. And lastly, please share with friends. Let's get the good vibes circulating! TY!
About Marlon Regis / DJ Pelau:
Now based in NY but always focused on the world, Caribbean-born Marlon 'DJ Pelau' Regis (pronounced “Peh-Laow”), is a multi-talented music stylist that has always lived being surrounded by rich music via life’s travels. Whether in his youthful days on the festive, multicultural streets of his birthplace in Trinidad, right home in Petit Valley listening to his dad's enormous jazz collection (his older brother's name is 'Miles') or in his adopted homes of Atlanta, NYC, Los Angeles and now Brooklyn, the direction of his music through DJing or producing compilations first aims to connect to the people. With an unwillingness to limit himself to one particular genre or social scene for that matter, expect a wide variety, hence his blog: …is the spice of life!
His selections, as music curator + programmer in the past, whether on the rooftop of The Standard Rooftop Bar (as a resident DJ in DTLA) or through corporate mediums such as DMX Music Inc, have always found SOUL in a constant rotation at well-established stores, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and beyond... Marlon has written for HuffPost, The Beat Magazine, HipHopSite, BPM, Unleashed Magazine, HipHopDX, Rolling Stone, The Source, Vibe, URB, Upscale, Rappages, ATM (UK), ColorfulTimes and Jahworks. Read more here.
We are so excited to showcase Marlon's music curation talents as a free streaming, non-commercial gift of good vibes– bringing you his soulful grooves, to transport you to moments that allow you to sink in, escape and connect.