V/A - Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (2xCassette)
‘Master Mix’ embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”
The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as “catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time.”
Jose Gonzalez – This Is How We Walk On The Moon
Lonnie Holley – Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)
Robyn – Tell You
Hot Chip – Go Bang
Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost
Lonnie Holley – In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)
Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Keeping Up
Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo – This Love Is Crying
Rubblebucket & Nitemoves – Eli
The Revival Hour – Hiding Your Present from You
Sam Amidon – Lucky Cloud
Devendra Banhart – Losing My Taste For The Night Life
Phosphorescent – You Can Make Me Feel Bad
Blood Orange – Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning
Scissor Sisters – That’s Us/Wild Combination
VEGA INTL. – Arm Around You
Oh Mercy – Planted A Thought
Lonnie Holley – Hop On Down (Interlude)
Cults – Being It
Richard Reed Parry – Just A Blip
Glen Hansard – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart
The Autumn Defense – Oh Fernanda Why
Alexis Taylor – Our Last Night Together
Lonnie Holley – The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)
Redding Hunter – Close My Eyes
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