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Lowkey Livin'

Lowkey Livin'
Created by: eric
Tracks: 11
Length: 00:53:56
Keywords 1. Quiet
2. Relaxing
3. Lowkey
Created on 5/12/06 03:58pm
Level 9
Points 4051
Total visitors 612
Unique visitors 185
description:
My (wonderful / beautiful) girlfriend was begging me for a low-key mix she could listen to when she was working mornings a few months back. After mixing up some of my favourite songs, I gave it to her.

It must have been pretty good, as I ended up having to make three new copies for her -- her coworkers kept stealing it.

...And that's the best mixtaping compliment I've ever received.

tracklist

1 American Analog Set : Continuous Hit Music
I compare the American Analog Set to Cake in that, despite being around for over a decade, very little progres [...]
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Track 1 from Promise of Love
Length: 00:04:27
Year: 2003
Track Description:
I compare the American Analog Set to Cake in that, despite being around for over a decade, very little progress has been made in terms of their sound.

But don't get me wrong, I adore their pulsing beats, smooth-as-silk guitar tone and way-back-in-the-mix vocals.

When the guitar busts out around the 2 minute mark, you can't help but smile.
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2 RJD2 : Iced Lightning
RJD2 is God. Or at least that's what the title of a random bootleg I have tells me.

This song is VA [...]
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Track 9 from Since We Last Spoke
Length: 00:04:06
Year: 2004
Track Description:
RJD2 is God. Or at least that's what the title of a random bootleg I have tells me.

This song is VAST. It's just a guy pushing some buttons, but it sounds *huge*.
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3 Blockhead : Insomniac Olympics
A totally predictable track, it feels almost cookie cutter -- except for that damn high-pitch distortion vocal [...]
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Track 1 from
Length: 00:05:06
Year:
Track Description:
A totally predictable track, it feels almost cookie cutter -- except for that damn high-pitch distortion vocal hook that I can't get enough of.

Blockhead's best work was with Aesop Rock, without a doubt, but this cut is pretty decent, on the whole.
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4 Air : The Vagabond
One of my all-time favourite summer songs. Featuring Beck and his silly harmonica, it's a fun ride from start [...]
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Track 4 from 10,000 Hz Legend
Length: 00:05:37
Year: 2001
Track Description:
One of my all-time favourite summer songs. Featuring Beck and his silly harmonica, it's a fun ride from start to finish.
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5 DJ Shadow : Fixed income
Even though 'The Private Press' is kind of weak, this song really rocks my pants off. Almost hypnotic, Shadow [...]
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Track 2 from The Private Press
Length: 00:04:49
Year: 2002
Track Description:
Even though 'The Private Press' is kind of weak, this song really rocks my pants off. Almost hypnotic, Shadow can't be touched in terms of his production.
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6 American Analog Set : Fool Around
I know it's bad etiquette to put two songs by the same artist on a mix, but screw it -- this song is rad. The [...]
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Track 7 from Promise of Love
Length: 00:05:36
Year: 2003
Track Description:
I know it's bad etiquette to put two songs by the same artist on a mix, but screw it -- this song is rad. The brush drumming has this awesome backbeat that really drives the song, creating an immense amount of momentum that is in direct juxtaposition with the songs 'low key' nature.

I don't fool around when I fool around.
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7 Dan the Automator : Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
One of the ultimate makeout songs of all time, this gem is simply stunning. So good, in fact, that it blends i [...]
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Track 5 from Wanna Buy a Monkey?
Length: 00:06:35
Year: 2002
Track Description:
One of the ultimate makeout songs of all time, this gem is simply stunning. So good, in fact, that it blends into the background, and after a minute or two, you forget you're listening to anything at all.

Plus, it's an Automator remix of an Air song, which makes it at least 4 times as badassed.
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8 Lovage : Koala's Lament
Love that Lovage, baby. Another Automator-influenced track, it has such a swell vibe that you can't not enjoy [...]
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Track 13 from Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
Length: 00:03:53
Year: 2001
Track Description:
Love that Lovage, baby. Another Automator-influenced track, it has such a swell vibe that you can't not enjoy it.
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9 The Smashing Pumpkins : Set the Ray to Jerry
It may seem out of place, but the low-end of this song ties it in with the mix. Perhaps one of the best baseli [...]
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Track 6 from 1979 EP
Length: 00:04:10
Year: 2001
Track Description:
It may seem out of place, but the low-end of this song ties it in with the mix. Perhaps one of the best baselines ever recorded by the Pumpkins, it's got a nice foot-tapping drive to it.

Never before have I heard such appropriate, sublime drumming.
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10 Talking Heads : This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Again, a Talking Head's track may seem a bit out of place, but the synth fills really flows.

One o [...]
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Track 18 from Sand in the Vaseline (disc 2)
Length: 00:04:56
Year: 1992
Track Description:
Again, a Talking Head's track may seem a bit out of place, but the synth fills really flows.

One of my favourite Talking Head cuts, I always associate it with driving the stretch of I-5 between Corvallis and Ashland, because this song always seems to find it's way onto my personal roadtrip mixes.
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11 Ratatat : El Pico
Ratatat is an amazingly underrated bad. The orchestration of the instruments is insane. This song explodes aft [...]
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Track 2 from Ratatat
Length: 00:04:41
Year: 2004
Track Description:
Ratatat is an amazingly underrated bad. The orchestration of the instruments is insane. This song explodes after a 3-minute buildup so slight that you don't even really notice it. When the overdriven guitar kicks in: goosebumps.

This song always makes me smile, without fail.
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If it weren't for this mix, I wouldn't know about Ratatat. Three thumbs up.
3/13/08 01:48pm
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nice rap
4/05/07 05:16pm
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I second ShinyObject. That song is beautiful and the whole mix sounds wonderfully chill.
1/11/07 09:48am
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"This Must Be The Place" is in my Top 5 All-Time songs to bring it down a notch. AAA is mighty fine.
11/22/06 08:35pm
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Way to wager it all and still come back to be second place. Uncanny!
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I love that Ratatat song, it's very catchy.
11/17/06 10:21am
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