Pure Potentiality (#31) Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party Announcement & Mixtape

Mixtape download of our favorites in pop, psych & soul, for REDEFINE magazine’s Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party, featuring Gardens & Villa, Supreme Cuts, Slow Magic, Diane Coffee, Psychic Twin, Tops, Tei Shi, Midday Veil, and more.

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Remembering Freedom Fighter Leroi Jones & Examining His Recorded Output as Amiri Baraka

On January 9, 2014, we lost one of the most eloquent voices of the freedom fight, Imamu Amiri Baraka, the man formerly known as Everett LeRoi Jones. Amiri Baraka was one of the most published and respected artists of the Black Arts Movement, and his work had an extreme polarizing effect. He was made the Poet Laureate of New Jersey, only to have that title stripped away because of his poem “Somebody Blew Up America”, was a controversial statement about 9/11. He was a lifelong advocate for equality, but has been accused of anti-semitism, misogyny, and racism. He was a contradiction. Amiri Baraka was an artist at the crossroads: between pre-war and baby boom; between black and white; between free-jazz

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Chinese Indie Music Mixtape (#30): 马肉 2014 – Curated by Josh Feola of Pangbianr

马肉 (Horse Meat) 2014: a mix of Chinese music by Josh Feola of Pangbianr (旁边儿) for REDEFINE. World premieres, practice demos, deep cuts, and stone cold classics from the Chinese rock underground circa 2014. (Editor’s Note: Happy Chinese New Year on January 31st, 2014! It’s the Year of the Horse.)

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South African Music: Feel-Good Mixtape (#29) – Curated by Umlilo

As the Northern Hemisphere goes full blast into the wintry days, those in the Southern Hemisphere are in for hotter and sweatier times, perfect for feel-good sounds that scream of sunshine and socialization more than darkness and hermitude. After our experimental foray into South African house music proved to delight audiences domestically and abroad, we’ve invited the androgynous genre-hopping musician Umlilo to offer up a hand-picked selection of noteworthy South African musicians, as marked with the seal of approval by a local. So before we launch into the mixtape, complete with Umlilo’s thoughtfully written track descriptions, please enjoy his latest music video for “The Elements”, which shows off his interest in fashion, gender-bending, and explorations of vocal styles galore. Umlilo

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