I have been meaning to drop a line about Spring Break Tapes ever since I got this wonderful mixtape package you see above – Greetings From Spring Break Tapes Vol. 1. When I get back home I’ll update this with a real pic but that’s good enough for now. But what does it sound like you might ask? Why the hubbub? In response all I can say is that this tape is in constant rotation at home – which is funny because the tape notes start “Greetings is an instrumental hip hop mixtape that is bound to get worn out in your tape deck this Summer” – well ain’t that the truth. I am a hack and have no idea who these dj’s are but I would be interested in hearing more from each and every one of them. Does that happen to me often? No. In the meantime I will be waiting around for SBT Vol. 2 like a Labrador Retriever with a full bladder.
This is top-down, rolling slow, hazy sunset light-buzz music. These tapes won’t last forever folks – get on it.
This upcoming tape (which I am going to buy as quick as my little fingers can get it, once it hits the physical world) is from Ali Helnwein, a composer, conductor and founder of the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. These instrumental pieces sound to me like a cross between Morricone and Tom Waits Swordfish Trombone era with some of that pizzicato-d Mothersbaugh chamber music feel that’s so popular these days. Real beautiful stuff from a fellow who will be on the lips of many very soon.
I have a weakness for eclectic labels – be sure and check out the Don Cash and and Junior Pande albums. Now go give Spring Break Tapes some love – they have great ears and a real bright future.