Welcome to the Mixtape! This is a an ongoing effort to highlight the many talented independent musicians that hang out on the Fediverse! All of the songs below are regularly broadcast on Radio Free Fedi, an online radio station consisting only of music by fedizens.
Thanks to a recent poll, our readers indicated that they wanted a mix that focused on driving. We’ve taken that idea and ran with it, crafting a mix that combines soft, relaxed introspection punctuated by moments of excitement. Sticking with the same format as last time, here are ten deep cuts pulled from the author’s catalogue of favorite recent tracks.
I love Inner Source. Something about it feels like the emergence of a beautiful, complex idea, as layers build up to a more cohesive whole. This is a great one for speeding along the highway in front of a glistening city, silently contemplating the world around us.
Tim Woodruff seems to be having a lot of fun doing synthwave mixes. The rhythm and tempo are evocative of Todd Terje’s excellent Delorean Dynamite, with nostalgic instrumentals that seem to have stepped right out of the 80’s. This feels like a race against time through crowded streets.
“Who Are You Now” – Mira
Everything about this takes me to another time and place – one of long-distance relationships, driving for hours through multiple states to see someone, and late night conversations over the phone. Mira does a really great job with modulations and compression, creating something that feels both high and low resolution at the same time.
Blue Nagoon really is something special. Many of their tracks differ wildly from one another, featuring a variety of styles, singers, and symbolism. This song is simple and sweet, with some killer instrumentals to really bring it home. It gives me the feeling of the end of the night, dropping off someone after a long adventure together.
The sun is rising, you’re on top of a steep hill at the end of a long drive. Staring down into the valley, you see golden rays illustrate the dirt road snaking around steep cliffs and hillsides. Off in the distance, you gaze at the morning mist, and the red light melting off of the mountains.