Bell | NYE 2013 Mix

I hadn’t really planned to kick in the post-Best Of 2012 posts yet, until the beginning of the next year. But a Their Bated Breath favorite, singer-songwriter Olga Bell of Bell, put a stop to that decision. Bell posted her own sort of “Best of 2012” list in the form of a real mixtape on soundcloud. It’s not just a selection of great songs from the year, but an inventive mix with inventive transitions, overlapping tracks and a real creativity to it. It’s been a year since Bell released the pretty “DIAMONITE” (2011), so it’s good to hear what kind of music has been inspiring her lately. Listen to the mix below. Here is a tracklist for the songs included in the mix, which ranges wildly from Fiona Apple to Gangnam Style. I just love the mixing of Apple and Grizzly Bear and the transition between Usher’s “Climax” and Cat Power’s “Manhattan”. Throw this mix on at your New Year’s Eve party and let it roll. The signs of a good mixtape are that it flows well (i.e., moves fluidly from mood to mood), that it often causes a listener to re-appreciate a song they’d heard before, or presents a new song a person hasn’t heard before. I must admit, this is the first time I’ve heard Usher’s track — which is beautiful. I’d heard Jessie Ware’s “110%”, but loved it even more here. And Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream” mixes wonderfully into the Jean Grae-esque groove of THEESatisfaction, the Flying Lotus-produced “Emperors New Groove” by Azizi Gibson and the wind-down of “Fuck U All The Time”. This is sweet mixtape. Follow Bell at facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.

Grizzly Bear “Sleeping Ute (outro)”
Fiona Apple “Hot Knife”
Purity Ring “Obedear”
Frank Ocean “Pyramids”
Bear in Heaven “Idle Heart”
PSY “Gangnam Style”
Usher “Climax”
Cat Power “Manhattan”
Chairlift “I Belong in Your Arms (Japanese version)”
Flying Lotus “Putty Boy Strut”
Dirty Projectors “Unto Caesar”
Major Lazer/Amber Coffman “Get Free”
Trimbal “Confidence Boost”
Daphni “Ye Ye”
Hot Chip “Flutes”
Azealia Banks “Liquorice”
Nite Jewel “She’s Always Watching You” (Olga Bell remix)
Liars “WIXIW”
Jessie Ware “110%”
Mykki Blanco “Wavvy”
Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream”
THEESatisfaction “Enchantruss”
Azizi Gibson “Emperor’s New Groove”
Jeremih “Fuck U All The Time”

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