My Continental Airlines flight arrived safely from Memphis to Newark Liberty Airport last night. I was tired, physically and mentally, but also really happy to be back. Something that only catalyzed my joy was an amazing mix I had playing on my ipod on the plane and off. Let’s just say the thing is on repeat.
You see, plenty of sites post tracks and mixes that they have heard or received, without as much filtering. Sure, they don’t post the completely terrible stuff, no aural assaults if you will, but I prefer to be really selective about what I post here, making sure that I highlight the songs and mixes that stand out among the rest and, in particular, those that are worthy of your listening to as you start your process of getting dressed to go do whatever is you do. I try to serve as the middle(wo)man in this whole process to save you some time and to generally grant you the privilege of downloading music or following links from here that can go directly to your speakers without a test run to see if it’s worth your time.
My impatience might be a personality trait that comes from being an American. I feel like in the U.S., one thing we like to avoid is wasting time. We like to get to the source, the root, the main point without all the extra fluff and lost minutes. Sure, we miss a lot in the expedition of this process, but we also get to what we want a little quicker. In reflecting on this habit of mine, I thought back to the mix that I had in my headphones as I touched ground and took off all over again, running.
Nacho Lovers, the Canadian DJ duo, were the authors of one the best mixes I have heard, hands down. It’s only an hour and a half, but they pack so much fun in that little space that it’s truly impressive. The tracks are well-chosen and all entirely dance-worthy, even its slow beginning. From the opening and its slide into a re-work of Azari and III’s “Hungry for the Power,” the mix just gets better and better.
But, worry not, I have not forgotten that you also need a drink to go with the music. This is “Mix On Tap” after all. I found it a little ironic that a Canadian DJ team would have a name related to a Mexican/Tex-Mex food, and figured that there must be some link I can make. In turn, I did a little research and decided to find another North American continental favorite that relates to Mexico: tequila.
With that, I give you a recipe for an American favorite made from a Mexican liquor and a mix by Canadians who love Americanized Mexican food…my brain hurts.
Nacho Lovers – Curb Crawlers Mixtape 005 (DL: right click, “save target as”)
for more Curb Crawlers mixtapes, check out their site
Barely Eagle Intro
Hunee – Took My Love
Azari & III – Hungry For The Power (Runaway Remix)
KZA – On&On&On
Linkwood & House of Traps – Barely Eagle
Eddie C – Never Let Go
Rick WIlhite – Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Remix)
Rondenion – Sun Glare
Shimmy Sham Sham! – Shimmy Sham Sham 001 Side A
Soundstream – All Night (Andrew Ross Edit)
6th Borough Project – Planets (The Revenge Lost Groove)
Audio Soul Project – Back To Joy
Indian Ocean – Treehouse / Schoolbell (Lil’ Tony Rework)
Linkwood – Electricity
DJ Sprinkles – Grand Central Pt. 1 – Deep Into The Bowel Of House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Bassline Dub)
Tama Sumo & Prosumer – Alien Mutts
T&K – Mucho Swash
Texas Tea Recipe:
Ingredients: 2 oz 1800® Tequila, 2 oz rum, 2 oz vodka, 2 oz gin, 2 oz bourbon whiskey, 2 oz triple sec, 2 oz sweet and sour mix, Coca-Cola®
Fill a 1 gallon pitcher with ice. Add all the ingredients except the coca-cola. Stir, then add the coca-cola and stir again. Pour into your favorite glass with ice and enjoy.
Recipe c/o www.drinksmixer.com
– Retail DJ