John Gaudes

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Sunday Coffee v16

Returning to the friendly confines of your apartment should feel good, but with a relentless heat wave this week in Winnipeg, there's been little solace coming back to a humid one-bedroom. I've been able to distract myself with some fresh music discoveries and I'm passing them along to you in a longer-than-usual Sunday Coffee mix.

This version's (v is short for version!) warm-up includes Botany's eclectic, buzzing "Jotu", which leads into FKA twigs' "In Time" from the brand new M3LL155X EP - a 16-minute album made by an artist in her prime, and one that will absolutely end up on year-end lists. The silky smooth duo of Darius & FKJ's "Ô" and Obey City's "Airy" (with vocals from Kelela) leads into Autograf's magnetic remix of GRiZ's "For The Love". The front half is capped by the gorgeous Recycle Culture remix of Valet's "Clouds", a Gorilla vs. Bear summer track if there ever was one.

The second half starts with one of the year's best deep tracks. "Wondering" from Yotto has two strengths working for it - the vocal hook from his brother CAPS and the slow, dramatic build that still manages to carry a dreamy, underground vibe. After Lane 8's classic "The One", Dusky returns to my mixes with a second track from the Another One EP. "Squeezer" is more aggressive than "Skin Deep", but shares a lot of the characteristics - including a beautiful middle section where the vocals are allowed to blossom and make an impact.

Capping the mix are a couple workout favourites, with Mat Zo's disco-inspired remix of Arty's "Stronger" and some straight-forward, effective pop from Cash Cash and a host of guests on "Devil".

Tracklist follows, enjoy the weekend (and drink your liquids).

0:00 - Botany - Jotu
2:14 - FKA twigs - In Time
6:24 - Darius & FKJ - Ô
10:43 - Obey City - Airy (feat. Kelela)
15:18 - GRiZ - For The Love (feat. Talib Kweli) [Autograf Remix]
19:35 - Valet - Clouds (Recycle Culture Magellanic Remix)
23:50 - Yotto - Wondering (feat. CAPS)
28:09 - Lane 8 - The One (feat. Patrick Baker)
32:45 - Dusky - Squeezer
37:55 - Arty - Stronger (feat. Ray Dalton) [Mat Zo Remix]
43:14 - Cash Cash - Devil (feat. Busta Rhymes, B.o.B. & Neon Hitch)