Check out these two fine summer mixes from my friend Ben. Uno (You scared? Go to Church): smooth n’ mellow summertime hip-hop jams, and Uno mas (Different Strokes for Different Folks): classical rock n’ roll vibes.
Ben (McRubes, Rubix, Beezle, the McBeezlebub–I cannot stress enough how well this man wears a nickname! Damn!) is an editor at Centerstage Chicago, so I’m always asking what he’s listening to. Dude knows. So naive and impressionable I am, he has shown me the way: Atmosphere, People Under the Stairs, Spoon…Bernardo di Beeze has turned me on to all kinds of crazy good shit over the years.
There are tracks on these mixes that are straight-up ridiculous. Um, how can you not sigh (and mean it) when you hear Lou Reed “Perfect Day” or just feel baller driving around with The Coup “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” playing. But “Ben” (sometimes it suits him), is a master of the pacing. Bang. I said it. See what I mean: