Chilla[xxx]ation (#28): A Minimal, Soulful Electronic Mixtape Download & Stream

Chillaxxxation Mixtape

As the falling leaves turn to frost and hint at the impending cold to come, something happens to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who are lucky enough to experience wintry climates but not so unlucky as to live in the frozen tundra. We turn indoors, often shunning social activity completely, to become intimate with the isolation of the great indoors. We enjoy the pampering of ourselves with warm baths, hot soups, and plenty of television — and, if we’re lucky, we find other bodies with which to share those comforts of isolation. This mixtape is dedicated to that kind of sharing — not quite as public as that of holiday festivities but just as important — of sexy intertwining beneath comforters, and discovering just how much a heater pales in comparison to the heat generated by another body.

These tracks have been collected throughout the duration of 2013, with some dating slightly further back. It’s been a long time in the making — but what all these musicians have in common is a shared sensibility towards the warmth that can be found in electronic music, when it is not tinny, rigid, and overly logical — but relaxed, soulful, and downright human.

Curated by Vivian Hua and Troy Micheau; Mixed by Troy Micheau

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[audiotrack title=”Chillaxxxation” songwriter=”REDEFINE magazine” mp3=”/wp-content/uploads/traxxx/REDEFINE_027_Chillaxxxation.mp3″] Download Mixtape (77.6 MB)

  1. Bondax – “All Inside” (Ultra Music)
  2. Seekae – “Two” (Rice Is Nice)
  3. Antilux – “Another Train” (Boya Entertainment)
  4. The Meryl Streeps – “One” (Club Mod)
  5. fLako – “Mating Dance” (Five Easy Pieces)
  6. Tirzah – “Slow Jam” (Greco-Roman)
  7. Elephant & Castle – “I Will” (Plug Research)
  8. Boards of Canada – “Reach for the Dead” (Warp Records)
  9. Jessy Lanza – “5785021” (Hyperdub)
  10. Shigeto – “Miss U” (Ghostly International)
  11. Barker & Baumecker – “No Body” (Ostgut Ton)
  12. Forest Swords – “Anneka’s Battle” (Tri Angle Records)
  13. Cécile – “Your Eyes” (Club Mod)
  14. Zapp & Roger – “Computer Love” (Warner Brothers Records)

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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