Heavy mellow: two words that can describe so much of the music that’s created in Hawaii. This is what inspired us in our latest mix, the relaxed sounds of our islands that move us deeply.
On June 10th, 2016, clothing company Claymore Minds invited Aloha Got Soul to spin records for the launch party of their “Heavy Mellow” T-shirt series, hosted at About The Goods in Honolulu.
We jumped at the opportunity, embracing the theme to curate a unique selection that showcases the seriously sublime soundscape of Hawaii’s musical palette: new age and folk from the 1980s; psych from the 1970s; hip hop from the 1990s and 2000s; funk and soul from the 1970s.
From the opening track of a subtly forward-thinking, slack key-inspired tune called “Melody Of Hanalei” (mellow-dy?), to the outro that competes for the rest of the world’s currently insatiable hunger for boogie — this mix is an excellent example of what weenjoy spinning when the canvas is wide open. Claymore Minds granted us full creative control to fill the room with the music we love. We couldn’t thank them enough for this.
Recorded live. All vinyl. (Limited time download, just a heads up!)
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