Atmosphere's Slug like to play DJ via his Twitter
, (and we like to follow) so it's not much of a surprise to us his playlist is filled with a wide range of styles and tastes. Pop it on as you coast your way into the long weekend, and if you like what you hear, follow @Atmosphere
for a new song every morning.
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" - Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Slow tempo. Melancholy voice with effects. Chorus that sounds like a verse, verse that sounds like a chorus. Perfect for driving at night. This song got me into this band, which ended up getting me into a bunch of bands, which made me briefly consider moving to Canada.
2. "Anti Love Song" - Betty Davis - Betty Davis
Part of me doesn't even want to mention that she was married to Miles Davis, for fear that it may be the only reason you check her out. But whatever. Just check her out. Sexy strut soul for that nut. What? Nasty. so much so, that now whenever I hear the Kim Carnes song "Bette Davis Eyes" I close Sean Daley's eyes and pretend that this is the Betty Davis she is singing about.
3. "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" - Cherrelle - Fragile
Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. They reinvented the snare as far as I'm concerned. Plus rumor around my middle school was that she was kicking it with Alexander O'Neal (who would show up the next year on the song "Saturday Love"). Whether or not that rumor was true didn't matter, she was now firmly planted in my Minneapolis music roots. As a pre-teen Slug, the only way I could have liked this song more was if she had someone in a gorilla suit break dance in the video.
4. "You Don't Like It (So What)" - Jean Grae - Cookies Or Comas
song is hot, cool and vicious. From the start to the extended outro. Jean Grae is one of the best. Do yourself a favor and listen to her as often as possible. And if you see her, tell her I said hello.
5. "The Western Prayer" - Beauty Pill - The unsustainable Lifestyle
I saw these guys play once in St. Paul at a small place called Big V's. When they performed this song, one of the members started beating on the floor with wood blocks and I levitated.
6. "Metronomic Underground" - Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
I'm probably just an idiot, but something about this song reminds me a little of Gil Scott Heron, and a little of Curtis Mayfield. I love the build up, I love the peak.
7. "Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
I have no excuse. Stevie Nicks cast a spell on me when I was a little dude. I dig Fleetwood Mac, and I really dig this song about being crushed under the weight of what you can't control. I even liked when smashing pumpkins covered this joint. I am a stan for Stevie.
8. "Paper Thin" - MC Lyte - Lyte As A Rock
When MC Lyte first broke into my brain, I fell in love. I was a little younger, and I was shy. She was assertive, independent, and she looked good in sweatpants. She had a lightning fast tongue but made it sound effortless. I still love you Lyte.
9. "A Love Bizarre" - Sheila E. - Romance 1600
Am I the only one in the room who's virginity was lost to this song? This is basically a Prince song. Actually it's basically "she's always in my hair," which may have been some sort of cryptic-hidden-easter-egg-style-message from the purple yoda. The first time I heard them sing the line, "it get's kind of rough in the back of our limousines," I knew I was gonna grow up to be a melo-dramatic fuck. I miss Sheila E. I'm gonna go watch Krush Groove on Netflix.
10. "God Loves Ugly" - Jordin Sparks - Jordin Sparks
Nothing more needs to be said.