Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve mad one of these bad boys, huh? I asked you readers a few weeks back for suggestions about how to improve the site. Practically every response begged for more mixtapes, and who am I to disappoint my loyal readers (all six of you)? The first Instrumental Mixtape was thrown together quickly, but I personally think that it’s the best mixtape I’ve made on ATG, so I figured I’d take a stab at another. You’ll notice that normal instrumental favorites Ratatat, Air, and Explosions in the Sky have been passed up for newer and more obscure acts such as TRS-80 and Ornament. This is not to say that I don’t absolutely adore those three bands (because i do), but I felt that, recently, my mixtapes haven’t branched out enough, so I went out on a limb a bit more on this one. Also, in honor of the newest mixtape, I have re-upped all of the previous mixes, which can be downloaded by clicking on the mixtapes tab at the top of the site.
The mixtape starts off with TRS-80’s “Bees Inside”, which I fell in love with upon hearing it in this Coca Cola ad that perfectly captures the song’s upbeat tone. The end of “Bees Inside” gets a bit odd, but that craziness pales in comparison to track two, “Windowlicker”. I had only heard Aphex Twin once (in the scary/creepy/horrible/nightmare-inducing “Rubber Johnny” video) before hearing the last minute and a half of “Windowlicker” in the movie Grandma’s Boy, which happens to be one of my favorites. After doing some research, I uncovered the gem that is “Windowlicker”, and promptly placed it onto this mixtape. The video is equally as good/creepy as “Rubber Johnny”, and from the 4:51 of the song until the end is one of my favorite parts of a song, ever. Instrumental heavyweight RJD2 weighs in next with “Act 2”, which sounds a bit like Mountains in the Sky’s “Noah’s Arkestra”, featured on the first instrumental mix. Ornament contributes “Hands All Around”, and flows quite nicely into my favorite song on the mixtape, Phoenix’s “North”. “North” could be fitting on any number of mixtapes (night drive/road trip/sleep/etc.), representing a departure from Pheonix’s more usual danceable tracks. This song just exudes beauty and serenity.
Up next is Caribou’s “Irene”, which is best enjoyed while watching the stunningly beautiful video which, sadly, was recently removed from YouTube. I recommend scouring the internet to find it, it’s worth it. Holy Fuck gives us “Lovely Allen” next, followed by one of Daft Punk’s most subdued and beautiful songs, “Make Love”. My favorite robots craft a song that makes the instruments sound like vocals, something that truly makes an instrumental track special. Dert’s remix of Jose Gonzalez’s “Down the Line” is next, featured on Dert’s beat tape In My Nature (which can be freely downloaded here). The final song on the instrumental mix, “Drawing Mountains” is far and away the most soothing, putting you to sleep after the aural orgasm that is this mixtape.
OH YOU THOUGHT WE WERE DONE. Nah. Justice storms onto the mix as the bonus track, contributing “Genesis” which not only features the coolest beginning to a song, like, ever, but is also criminally underrated and is easily my favorite song on their debut.
DOWNLOAD: All Things Go Instrumental Mixtape II [follow link]
MP3: 01. TRS-80 – “Bees Inside”
MP3: 02. Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”
MP3: 03. RJD2 – “Act 2”
MP3: 04. Ornament – “Hands All Around”
MP3: 05. Phoenix – “North”
MP3: 06. Caribou – “Irene”
MP3: 07. Holy Fuck – “Lovely Allen”
MP3: 08. Daft Punk – “Make Love”
MP3: 09. Dert – “Down the Line”
MP3: 10. The Album Leaf – “Drawing Mountains”
MP3: Bonus: Justice – “Genesis”
I hope you enjoyed the Instrumental Mixtape II. Remember that all of the mixtapes can now be downloaded over at the Mixtapes tab up on the top of the screen. If you liked these songs, be sure to go pick up the albums. Every single one is worth it. Alternate links after the jump.
MP3: 01. TRS-80 – “Bees Inside” [alternate link]
MP3: 02. Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker” [alternate link]
MP3: 03. RJD2 – “Act 2” [alternate link]
MP3: 04. Ornament – “Hands All Around” [alternate link]
MP3: 05. Phoenix – “North” [alternate link]
MP3: 06. Caribou – “Irene” [alternate link]
MP3: 07. Holy Fuck – “Lovely Allen” [alternate link]
MP3: 08. Daft Punk – “Make Love” [alternate link]
MP3: 09. Dert – “Down the Line” [alternate link]
MP3: 10. The Album Leaf – “Drawing Mountains” [alternate link]
MP3: Bonus: Justice – “Genesis” [alternate link]