“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging.
Brooklyn’s Octo Octa–a producer who makes lush, dreamy, deliciously hi-fi dance music–compiled this week’s “Listen In,” a tour through mellow, funky house music of the ’80s and ’90s. And while the mix’s opening section will make a good accompaniment to the wet, languid summer we’ve been having so far, its closing stretch, featuring a string of dancefloor classics from Cheri and Bumblebee Unlimited, and an unexpected detour into jungle with UK Apache with Shy FX, is pure party-starting music.
Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist, and scroll down to see and play individual songs.
Octo Octa will play Cameo Gallery this Friday, July 5.
“Deep Burnt,” Pepe Bradock, 1999
“Jus House,” Move D, 2007
“The Day We Lost the Soul/Tribute! (To the Soul We Lost),” Moodyman, 1995
“Good Kiss (Urban Tribe Mix),” Rick Wilhite, 2009
“Missing You,” Larry Heard, 1999
“Like a Tiger (New York mix),” Michael Zager, 1985
“Murphy’s Law,” Cheri, 1982
“Ladybug,” Bumblebee Unlimited, 1978
“Original Nuttah,” UK Apache with Shy FX, 1994