Background

Wasn't it beautiful, weren't we cool... Oh those days! We used to mix tapes for ourselves, our friends and... for the cutest girls whom we would impress with personalized tapes, full of music they didn't know yet. For hours we would lock ourselves in our rooms, alone with records, 12"-s, singles, a turntable and a tape-deck. A perfect mix of two times 45 minutes, and you will be remembered for ever!

Who does not remember the time 'auto reverse' was introduced? Wow, that was innovation! And innovation lasted: now we have online libraries packed full with a huge range of artists and genres.

Concept

Strangelove (a creative advertising agency based in Amsterdam) had the idea to ask music professionals to make a Mixed-Tape; a very simple idea with a really nice result. Via Spotify or Deezer, we ask music artists, record labels, DJ's and all types of creative like-minded people to put together a unique and personal playlist. Sometimes it can be related to a specific theme / event / launch, or maybe the complete opposite of what one might expect from a certain 'character'.

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150 Harper Blynn’s Mixed-Tape

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Harper Blynn

‘If pop hooks were Monopoly money, this foursome would be buying hotels on Park Place by now.’
-Time Out New York

And that's exactly what Harper Blynn is! Bam!

In this band, democracy rules, and that certainly extends to what gets pumped through the van speakers on long drives. Choice of tunes is paramount, and the right selection of ear candy involves a complex algorithm of factors, including (but not limited to) morale, length of drive, DJ skills, scenery and hunger level. This mix is a cross-section of what Harper Blynn plays in the van and also what we listen to in our spare time. Some we chose out of nostalgia, some we chose because it's new and we are excited to check it out. All of it is good. We dedicate this stellar collection of tunes to the late, great Levon Helm.

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150 Harper Blynn’s Mixed-Tape

by Harper Blynn

A while ago Absolutepunk wrote:" 'On their debut record Loneliest Generation, Harper Blynn takes a giant step beyond their contemporaries, and moves into a category all their own..." And now their new album 'Busy Hands' is released... Find a free download at www.harperblynn.com!

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Harper Blynn

230 Songs of desperation

by Bart van der Lee

This is a very diverse selection of songs that are both lyrically and musically very appealing and inspiring to me. These songs captivate me thematically by the loneliness, intensity or eloquence with which it infallibly and relentlessly is dragged into your ears. At the same time, they are intriguing by the structure and the musical decoration. Each one awakes in me a euphoric feeling of a desolate and lonely existence, by realizing that this is the way life is, these songs offer me a sense of refuge and relief.

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Bart van der Lee

63 Kill Your Darlings

by Joline Jolink

A list full of Fleet Foxes, Eddie Vedder and also some Emiliana torrini. Mucho like!

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Joline Jolink

46 The Vices We Admire

by Lost Bear

Altogether it's a mixtape that sounds a lot like a Lost Bear album, or how a Lost Bear album could be. You can check it for yourself, their album is out TODAY! Limshasa, get it now!

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Lost Bear

90 Kraantje Playlist

by Kraantje Pappie

This is a compilation of tracks that I've been listening to lately. A couple of tracks are tracks that I really love and some others are in this list because I kinda studied them. By studying I mean; I was listening to the structures within a popsong. I wanted to figure out if there's a formula in it so I can use it in my own music projects. Enjoy.

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Kraantje Pappie

147 Bigger than life

by School Is Cool

A journey into the influences of School is Cool. Designed to keep you on the edge of your seat, to be jarring, surprising and wide in it's span, in short: to keep you listening. 500 years of music encompassing pretty much everything. From strangely morbid native folk to the greatest melody in baroque history; from Kate Bush's idosyncratic style to a string quartet playing Arcade Fire's wildest track; from Black Francis' furious belting to Vivaldi's furioso; from a corny Bonnie Raitt ballad to gritty Skip James. Music is bigger than life. -Johannes Genard, singer of School iIs Cool -

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School Is Cool

142 Life Changing Songs

by ED

"Each song on this playlist is special for me. They made a giant impact on my life when I heard them for the first time. For instance: Voodoo Chile really made me pick up the guitar to start making music myself. I hope the list will grow a little bit bigger in my years to follow...but not to big...because these songs are like best friends: you don't have a lot off them."

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ED

165 Ralf Kollmann’s ADE picks

by Mobilee Records

Mobilee Records own Ralf Kollmann with a great selection of ADE bombs

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Mobilee Records

247 Unwind from the hustle and bustle 

by iDOUBLEYOU

As a true music lover I listen to a varying range of music to unwind. Being active in the nightlife I love electronic music. For this mixed tape I choose a variety of post-modern classical music to chill wave and indie, from lo-fi to minimalistic of course with an electronic touch. So relax and unwind, forgetting the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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iDOUBLEYOU

248 Krach Kollection

by Krach

This is music that we like, obviously. Make sure to play this music LOUD. Thank you.

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Krach