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You Wanna Chill? The Mixtape
Mixed + Compiled by
Anthony Valadez

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Guy – Let’s Chill
Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’Cha
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
Raphael Saadiq – If I Had No Loot
Jodeci – Come And Talk To Me
Tevin Capbell – Can We Talk
112 – Cupid
Stevie Wonder – Hey Love
Teddy Pendergrass – Close The Door
Deniece Williams – Free
Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
Al. B Sure – Night And Day
Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top (Acoustic Version)
Shanice – I Love Your Smile
Soul 4 Real – Candy Rain
Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further
Maxwell – Ascension
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
New Edition – If It Isn’t Love
SWV – Im So Into you
Midnight Star – Curious
The Boys – Dial My Heart
George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
Hi Five – I Like The Way
Michael Jackson – I Wanna Be Where You Are
Chaka Khan – Wha Cha’ Gonna Do For Me?
The O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby
Marvin Gaye – After The Dance
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around

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Life Is Precious With You In It” is a collection of songs that always give me the chills or feels every time I push play. Wether it’s in the car or the headphones, these songs take me to a place that recalibrate my soul. I hope you feel them too. My gift to you.

April 12 2017,.

Tracklist:

Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany
Darondo – Didn’t I
Childish Gambino – Flight Of The Navigator
James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
Toro Y Moi – Cola
Frank Ocean – Self Control
Jon Brion – Little Person
Beastie Boys – I Don’t Know
Scarface – Smile (Feat. 2Pac)
Alabama Shakes – Sound In Color
The Smiths – Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Dirty Projectors – Little Bubble
Drake – Keep The Family Close
Ray LaMontagne – All The Wild Horses
J Cole – Hello
Radiohead – DayDreaming
Nick Hakim – Green Twins
Jamie XX – Loud Places (Feat. Romy)
The Eels – I Need Some Sleep

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TRACKLIST:

The Halftone Society Rhythm Section – Don’t Look Any Further
Reginald Omas Mamode IV – If You Want To Know
Pegasus Warning – Building A Bridgge
Fulgeance – Smashhhh\
Mura Masa – Love$ick (Feat5. A$AP ROCKY (Four Tet Remix)
Duke Hugh – Butterflies
Goldlink – Fall In Love (Feat. Cisero)
Kashif – Help Yourself to My Love (The Revenge Edit)
Rene and Angela – Ill Be Good
Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley
Mink – Who Are You?
Okzharp and Manthe Ribane – Teleport
Onyx Collective – Ode To Roy
Sonder – Too Fast
Nick Hakim – I Bet She Looks Like You (Live Version)
Sonder – Too Fast

Check out Anthony Valadez’s album titled “Fade Away”

www.plugresearch.com/catalog/artist…sts/fade-away/

Album dropped November 4th on Plug Research.
Can purchase on all outlets including I Tunes, Bandcamp,
or Spotify etc. Vinyl will drop shortly on New Math Records.
My 3rd Studio album on Plug Research.

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Slept on gems galore + non album cuts. See you in 2017 Dash!

Tracklist:

J Cole – Everybody Dies
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Sour Mango
Jim James – The World’s Smiling Now
Phony Ppl – This Must Be Heaven
Big Sean – Bounce Back
NX Worries – Khadija
RC and The Gritz – Jazz And Reverse
Guts – Dirty Offer
Kanye West – Famous
Tribe Called Quest – Moving Backwards
Muro Masa – Love Sick (Four Tet Remix) feat. Asap Rocky
Dexter Story – Veggie Wondem (RAS G Remix)
Fakear – Light Bullet (Feat. Andreya Triana)
BaseCamp – In Store (Photay Remix)
StarRo – You (feat. J Rican)
Tall Black Guy – I Will Never Know Feat. Moonchild
Onyx Collective – Disguised Blessing
Yussef Kamaal – Remembrance

 

 

 

 

 

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Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Valadez moved to Venice almost exactly eight years ago. “I moved in the day before Barack Obama got elected,” he recalls, as he takes his dog Smedley for his daily walk. “My first meal here, Obama got elected, and the place was cheering super loud. This is Venice. I like it. Eight years. It flies by.”

Known for his shows on KCRW and Fuse TV, Valadez doesn’t often release his own music. He’s more recognized for interviewing artists about their music than he is for being interviewed about his. But after dealing with the deaths of his mother and grandmother over the past two years, it was time for a release of his own.

“I wanted a proper release with a good label, and I wanted it to sound nice, and good, and cohesive. Kinda like a diary,” Valadez says of his new album, Fade Away, which is out now via Plug Research. “All these things that were happening in my life while I was recording I wanted to put into this cohesive project, and I wanted it to get heard, most importantly. “

As its title implies, Fade Away explores the idea of letting go of different things, people and emotions. “It fades away several things. It’s just how people come and go in our lives,” Valadez explains. “And I think recording, I just had a few people in my family pass away that were monumental to some degree.”

Losing his grandmother last year and his mother two years ago inspired him to make this album. “We were never close, but it was still sad,” says Valadez, who was raised by his grandfather, who passed away in 2001. “That feminine element that puts you in the world is no longer here. When that womb is gone it really makes you look at things differently.”

Recording Fade Away was therapeutic for Valadez, but not in the way he initially intended for it to be. At first, putting all his energy into the music was mainly a distraction. “There were unresolved issues” with his mother and grandmother, he admits. “So maybe to avoid dealing with that, I just kinda worked on music.”

But after a while, it became hard for Valadez to overlook the impact that losing these relatives had on him. The music itself, the instrumentation, reminded him of their influence on his life. He was forced to deal with the very thing he wanted to avoid.

“For some reason, there’s a lot of strings on this album,” he says. “I’ve grown up appreciating strings and I’ve always wanted to make an album that would make me feel a certain way. I’d send a track to people who were performing the strings, and I’m like, ‘I need this song to cry.’”

Valadez’s love of strings started when he was five years old and he heard Diana Ross’ “Theme From Mahogany” for the first time. “There’s a crazy string section in that song. And I’ve always wanted to replicate that because strings move me,” he explains. “And so, when I had access to all these string players, I knew that I wanted to do that on this album. I wanna make people feel the way I did when I was five.”

To make the video for Fade Away track, “Onward Solo Samba” (premiered above), Valadez and his friend Holly Gable took to the streets of L.A. and Long Beach to echo the concept on the album on camera. “The video is about fading away,” Valadez explains. “Fading away into the streets. Fading away into one another or with one another. Fading away across L..A, and finally into the ocean.”

In the end, that’s what Fade Away is about: savoring each passing moment, then releasing it to make room for new moments and experiences. It’s not about death or loss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be sad or depressing, either. It’s about waking up to take Smedley for a walk as the sun rises and the waves come and go. It’s about letting go of the old you and embracing the new.

“As you grow older you react differently to things, you develop new sides to yourself that you didn’t know existed,” Valadez says. “Where does the old you go? It just fades away.”

 

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Here it is! Album drops tomorrow (Nov.4th) on Plug Research with vinyl at the end of the month via New Math Records. We also have a forthcoming video set to drop in support of the release. It’s been an awesome learning lesson. I’ll be doing a FaceBook Live tomorrow with a complete Q&A at noon (PST) on release day. So get your questions ready.

Pre order the album here.

Whew.. Out of breath. Off to walk my dog.

 

 

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Not only did he drop an incredible EP entitled PwEP2, but this man is writing grants that incorporate the parallels between insects and African Amercians, teaching courses in Afrofuturism and experimental music, playing out with various communities across LA at the ACE and NY jazz scenes. And then on top of that you find him playing with Karen, the house band for the Late Late Show on CBS! This turned out to be a great chat. Hope you dig!

MoodSwings airs Tuesday nights at 8pm [PST] on Dash Radio.