I didn’t expect seeing Slowdive would feel like a once-in-a-lifetime privilege, but after the sheer volume and power of “Golden Hair”, it was hard to feel another way. Long live shoegaze.

Inside the gym and out, I’ve been getting a lot out of BBC’s Essential Mix over the last year. I ran my first half marathon to Steve Angello (2013) in the spring after doing my longer warmups to Eric Prydz (2013) and Arty (2014). These are mostly dance-centric, though, which never really have much staying power with me.

The mixes I’ve gravitated to outside of the gym have had much more profound impact. Flying Lotus’ 2008 mix avoids the dance floor for most of its run time, and may be my favourite work of the LA producer. It embraces his ubiquitous synaptic style through most of its run time, before elevating it into his own life-affirming form of dub house (something we hadn’t heard before from Lotus and haven’t heard from since).

The one that stands above all, though, is this fascinating, arresting 2012 mix from Nicolas Jaar. Nothing here represents what Essential Mix is at its core. A show that starts at 1 a.m. on Saturday night should be fun, it should be lively, and it should get you moving. Jaar - as the intro details - instead stays in the dark woods, playing with classical, movie soundtrack, and vocals from Feist, Beyonce and (yes) N’Sync to achieve two hours that demand your full attention.

Jaar shows that the mix is a liquid form that takes the shape of the artist creating it. Much like his work on Darkside, this mix shows the American-Chilean producer has a lot more musical IQ than you or I - which works out in the favour of both sides.

On Jonas Valanciunas and His Patented Pump Fake

My first piece for SB Nation’s Raptors HQ is on Jonas and the need for improvement in one easily attainable area. I woke up today to find this on SB Nation’s NBA home page, in the Best of NBA section - which is humbling and amazing.

This still gives me massive chills. What didn’t translate on a hot summer day certainly does on a rainy evening inside.

A great song to put a long August in perspective. The melody and strumming sings of the dog days of summer, as the lyrics simply overwhelm.

Stream Twin Peaks: Wild Onion on Pitchfork Advance

Everyone was talking up Twin Peaks as the local can’t-miss band at Pitchfork this year. I failed to can’t-miss it, so please help me make up for it by streaming their excellent new LP.

Related to my last post: this new King Tuff single was included with Vol. 3 (the launch party for this issue hasn’t even happened yet, so this track is very new). It’s a nice jangling, loose tune for Saturday night if you’re into things like that. 

Got a great deal on a Pitchfork Review subscription (for a Canadian) while at the festival. Now that I’m home, I’ve got some reading and listening to get through a lazy Saturday.

The articles are predictably all written from the “haha, we know this artist and you don’t” angle. Visually though, it’s obviously fantastic.

Rustie lit a fire under Danny Brown with this one. “Attak” is fire right from the opening, and drives Danny’s vocal cords ragged by the end. Yeah, it takes a couple repeats to fathom - his lines are hard to understand on timid tracks, but this is another Green Language banger that gets us prepped for a very promising release from Rustie.