The Mint Collective

The Mint Collective increases visibility for creative endeavors through music, the arts, live events and conversation.

Our mission is to foster a learning environment through creative expression and exploration.

We ♥ We ♥ music, the arts, creating, traveling, technology, food and drink, laughing and lots more. Its fun, really, sometimes even splendid.

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Stay connected w/ Anthony Valadez

New mix of gems that rarely get club play.  Enjoy, we sure did!


Red– I Should Tell Your Mama on You 
Isley Brothers – Footsteps in the Dark (King Britt Remix)
Miles Bonny – Lumberjack Soul 
King Coya – Villa Donde 
Tricky – Over Come 
Bonobo feat. Andreya Triana – The Keeper 
Dwele – Eve
Electric Wire Hustle – Waters/​Perception
Gretchen Parlito w/ Self Scientific – Love bird
Quadron – Unpatience 
Emanative – We Travel The Space Beats
Kan kick – Untitled / Tribe Chant
La Melodia – Keep It On (Instrumental)
Boom Clap Bachelors – Kommer Aldrig 
Nite Funk (Dam Funk w/ Nite Jewel – Am I Gonna Make It? 
Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle 
Consequence w/ John Legend + Kanye West – What Ever U Want
Fertile Ground – Light Shed
Black Joy – Golden 1
Mathew Hebert – Gans of Boys
Linkwood – Fudge Brownie 
The Emperor Machine – You Clapper 
Robert Glasper w/ Bilal – All Matter
Tortured Soul – I Might Do Something Wrong
Al Kent – Come Back Home
Beirut – Nantes 
Michael Jackson – Shake Your Body (78 Demo)

Check out the latest Suite903 Podcast mixed by OP!
Mixed By OP!
1. Anthony Valadez feat. Kissey Asplund – Fire Fly2. Nneka – Walk The Line3. 88 Keys feat. J*DaVeY – Dirty Peaches4. Zo! feat. Phonte – My Flame5. Nicholas Ryan Gant – Mystery6. Reggie B. & Miles Bonny – My Sunshine7. Trizonna McClendon – NewFamiliar8. Tumi feat. Zaki Ibrahim – Health, Wealth, and Shelter9. Quadron – Average Fruit10. Meshell Ndegeocello – Love You Dow
Thanks to RecordBreakin for putting us on

Check out the latest Suite903 Podcast mixed by OP!


Mixed By OP!

1. Anthony Valadez feat. Kissey Asplund – Fire Fly
2. Nneka – Walk The Line
3. 88 Keys feat. J*DaVeY – Dirty Peaches
4. Zo! feat. Phonte – My Flame
5. Nicholas Ryan Gant – Mystery
6. Reggie B.Miles Bonny – My Sunshine
7. Trizonna McClendon – NewFamiliar
8. Tumi feat. Zaki Ibrahim – Health, Wealth, and Shelter
9. Quadron – Average Fruit
10. Meshell Ndegeocello – Love You Dow

Thanks to RecordBreakin for putting us on

Anthony Valadez | Sounds Like Tomorrow

Tastemaker DJ, producer and nice guy Anthony Valdez comes through with yet another fresh mix of current musical tidbits.  Check him every Monday 12a-3a on KCRW for quality music.

SOUNDS LIKE TOMORROW MIX by anthonyvaladez

Strictly Social Mixed Vol. 7

Long time Los Angeles mover and shaker, DJ Destroyer, has been busy uniting people through music on the dancefloor, via his own vinyl releases, forward-thinking events + overall collective effort put forth into this universe.  As the originator of the 3+ year strong running Strictly Social event along with co-founder Nu-Soul Magazine, Norman Mayers, the two have been busy coordinating, hustling and curating the best of what happens when you combine soul & RnB LIVE with electronica. 

As a tribute to the event and to continue the mix legacy he has started, DJ Destroyer has slapped together this amazing mix flowing from soul to broken beat to house and right back to future rhythms.  Listen, download (click down arrow), enjoy and get more familiar with Destroyer and the Strictly Social Crew, there is much much more where this came from.

DJ Destroyer - Strictly Social 7 mixtape by The Mint Collective

Anthony Valadez | Balanced

Hey ya’ll.  Hope you are lovely.  We’ve just been passed this mix, Balance, from our friend dj/producer/funny dood Anthony Valadez as a listening gift.  It is such a wonderful mix filled with gems from amazing artists and we’d like to share it with you and your ears. Enjoy Enjoy!

Stay tuned for Sir Valadez’s AUDIO/VISUAL remix album out soon on Recordbreakin’ Music.

BALANCED strikes a unique harmony between smooth-soulful and emotive-experimental! Masterfully layered, and thankfully not too quick mix-schitzo! A calm, refined, inspiring treat! Have to say, I’ve always been a fan of my young Bro, DJ Anthony Valadez.” - Carlos Niño (Build An Ark, Spaceways Radio)

Anthony Valadez Presents Balanced by anthonyvaladez

Blundetto - Voices
Andreya Triana - Draw The Stars
Bilal - Levels
James Blake - I Never Learnt To Share
Hygher Baby - Let U Go (Asaparagus Remix)
Taylor McFerrin - Awake To You
Pacific Heights feat. Mara TK
Maylee Todd - Heartthrob (Circle Remix Remix)
Samon Kawamura - You Are The Only One
Stateless - Falling Into You
Raphael Gualazzi - Reality & Fantasy (GP Remix)
Nufrequency - Fallen Hero (Motorcity Drum Ensemble feat. Ben Onono)
Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Do The Astral Plane (Viola Solo Mix)
Flying Lotus - Do The Astral Plane
DVA - Just Vybe (feat. Fatima)
Ashley Thomas - Somethings Got To Give
Nina Simone - See Line (Recorded Live)
Machine Drum - Mean Mean
SBTRKT & Sampha -Evening Glow
Mount Kimbie - Blind Night Errand
Willie Rosario - Calypso Blues

Maylee Todd | Vocalist + Harpist

Been geeking out on Maylee Todd since Anthony Valadez passed us this video last week.  Spotted it again today on Saturn Never Sleeps, watched again and fell in love, again.  Watch Maylee and her seahorse earrings in action.

Belleruche | Turntable Soul

Any group that can be referred to as purveyors of fine “turntable soul” we are down with, no questions askedBelleruche, the Hackney (near London) based band is about to drop 270 Stories on Oct 12 courtesy of Tru Thoughts and here is a lovely mix showcasing some gems from the trio.  Carefully crafted and mixed and by KCRW's own Anthony Valadez, this little ditty takes you on a soulful journey through hip hop, soul, blues, dance music and beyond.  Float on…..

KCRW Belleruche album preview.

Belleruche Megamix (Turntable Soul Stories) by anthonyvaladez

Soundwaves | Minty Selections

A couple weeks ago I was invited as a guest to the Soundwaves radio show on KPFK FM in Los Angeles.  Little did I know the 12am-2am show was going to be some of the most fun I’ve had in months (aside from the Electric Wire Hustle show a few days before:) ).  The show’s creator, Abraham Beltran, and his lovely co-hosts Ms. Cecilia and DJ Seano a.k.a. The Lord of Lounge were absolutely wonderful hosts and really  down to earth music lovers.    


The show started off with one of the most talented guitarists I’ve ever heard, 19-year old Kris Escajeda with a really nice acoustic set.  He brought along Ms. Eddicka Organista (El-Haru Kuroi) who sang a lovely lullaby.  They were amazing!  Really, truly talented.

The Soundwaves crew let me take over the spaceship for a bit where I was able to play some dope joints - some new, some old!  Towards the end of our journey Abraham interviewed Junior from Recordbreakin, delving into the past, present and future for the Philadelphia-based label. 

All in all, it was a wonderful experience to share the airwaves with these amazingly talented and genuine people.  Check the technique from episode #101 and stay tuned every Saturday for Soundwaves on or 90.3FM in Los Angeles area. -J Marie


1. Suff Daddy feat. Miles Bonny – 5 O’Clock Suff

2. Olivier Day Soul – Just A Song

3. Suff Daddy feat. Mar – Deep Shit

4. Kris Escajeda – El Gafanhoto

5. Kris Escajeda y Eddika Organista – O Telefono Toco Novamente

6. Olivier Day Soul – Foolish

7. Kris Escajeda – Untitled

8. Kira Neris – Un Ete Sans Fin

9. Electric Wire Hustle – Gimme That Kinda

10. Byron & Onra feat. Isis – Blush

11. Onra – My Comet

12. Hygher Baby – Let U Go (DJ Asparagus Mix)

13. Swede:Art feat. Stray – Linguistics (B. Bravo Remix)

14. FS Green – Monoshow

15. Ana Tijoux – 1977

16. Interview snippet w/ Junior of Recordbreakin (catch the full audio here)

17. Anthony Valadez – Vibrations

18. Anthony Valadez – Azucar

19. Sir Froderick – Inglorious Bastard

20. Kissey Asplund – Move Me

21. Mndsgn – Airways

22. I, Ced – The Finale

23. Dotmatic – The Line (Put It On)

24. Anthony Valadez – Homeless Hipster Theme (Mr. Sonny James PBR Remix)

25. D n S – GUM (Daz-I-Kue Remix)

26. M64 (Ragen Fykes + Ohmega Watts) – Rhythm of the Drum

27. Spinnerty feat. Jacqueline Marie – Just Listen Pt. 2

28. Joy Jones – The Joy (Drop It Mix)

29. La Melodia feat. Steve Hartley – Working On It

Interview | Electric Wire Hustle

all photos c/o: Dan Carino

The New Zealand-based Electric Wire Hustle recently made their U.S. debut in Los Angeles.  There was no doubt that they would be amazing live and I’m very excited to report that they absolutely demolished any and every expectation I had.  The show was electric, funky and just an old fashioned good time.

Getting things started off properly Taylor Mcferrin and an amazing drummer he brought along set it off with some rad beatboxing/Rhodes keys/drum breaks and experimental glory.  Immediately after Mr. Mcferrin, Master Blazter (Dam Funk, J1 THE DEER & Computer Jay) proceeded to serve up the funk on a gold platter with some of the best LA energy ever getting everyone nice and hyped up for Electric Wire Hustle.

Prior to EWH’s set, I was able to step outside with them and get to know the trio a bit better.  Watch below as they share their vast influences, views on public policy, what they look forward to, who they’d like to collaborate with, and Mara TK’s cooking specialties!


Electric Wire Hustle Interview from The Mint Collective on Vimeo.

Super special thank you’s to Aaron Byrd and Hayley Digwall for coordination and support, Anthony Valadez for the use of his camera when both of my recording devices failed, Aaron Gleen from BeatsNcrates for filming and SefDiggy & Greg The Dude for their super sweet expert assistance in post-production.  Much love to all who were in attendance and to those who have supported amazing, quality through their creative endeavors. -J. Marie

Anthony Valadez | Islands

Anthony is working away on album #2 and just sent us over a sneak peek.  The forthcoming album from Valadez features amazing artists like Joya Mooi, Anna Wise (Sonnymoon), Nick Rosen, I,Ced (Hawthorne Headhunters) to name a few.  Enjoy the track and download to your own music library.

Islands by anthonyvaladez

Islands from anthony valadez on Vimeo.

Video still concept by Lefto. Thanks to Natika & Jamal Warner for assistance.

The Park | The Process

The Bay Area’s The Park rules.  They’ve been teasing us with a track here and track there leading up to this amazing project The Process which they finally layed on us yesterday.  The Process is the perfect combination of soul, funk, rock and roll guitar and glorious melody.  Support fabulous music here.

Also have a look-see at this session of The Park recorded by the unicorn-loving Anthony Valadez.

José James Interview


José James has masterfully combined jazz, hip hop, soul and freestyle elements into his music, has propelled some of the most epic musical projects of the past few years and is poised to elevate genre-blending consciousness for many years to come. From covering Coltrane’s “Equinox” - which got the attention of worldwide musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson who later put out his first album, to re-inventing Freestyle Fellowship’s “Park Bench People” José James has carved a very special and much needed niche into musical culture worldwide.

Prior to José’s recent Los Angeles show, we had the distinct pleasure of speaking with him to touch base and get a more in-depth look at how he’s gotten to where he is, what this next steps will be and who he’s collaborating with musically, spiritually and wholeheartedly to get there. We rapped about his Panamanian percussive influence from his father, tried to pinpoint why experimental music is more abundant overseas as well as where he’s had some of his most memorable shows.

Watch out for José James + Taylor McFerrin in Jan 2012 with a Japan tour slated and then up next, José’s new album - set to drop in early 2012.

It was a pleasure and honor to chat with José and we are deeply grateful for his music and many infinite blessings he’s shared with us.

Preview Minty posts on José here, here, here and here. Yeah, we  him.


KCRW: Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Jeremy Sole @ Zanzibar


José gettin’ it in!


José and his epic trumpet player, Takuya Kuroda


José’s amazing bassist, Solomon Dorsey


José & Takuya going off!


Peaceful melodies


Fan club shot!

-J Marie for The Mint Collective

Grown Kids Radio X Mint Collective Unofficial SXSW Showcase

We are excited to announce our first SXSW Unofficial Showcase along with our friends from Grown Kids Radio. Come on down and party with us along with some super talented artists that will be showcasing their creativity through sound.

Electric Wire Hustle Added to Grown Kids Radio x Mint Collective Unofficial SXSW Showcase

A slight but FANTASTIC update to our unofficial South-By-Southwest showcase  - we’ve added one of our favorite groups in the history of ever, Electric Wire Hustle!

EWH, hailing all the way from new Zealand, has been been around sine 2007 and last year they came to tour the U.S. for the first time and we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing them. Not only are they amazing artists with a super unique sound, but they are also hilarious and super sharp gentleman. 

Electric Wire Hustle Interview from The Mint Collective on Vimeo.

Along with EWH, we have some amazingly talented artists to showcase and to celebrate everything coming together so beautifully, Grown Kids Radio’s Brown Maj has curated and blended this mixtape to give you an idea of what to expect.

Enjoy, spread the love and come see us if you’ll be in Austin on March 14.

RSVP here:


Electric Wire Hustle - Buy Some Land, Put A House On It

Miles Bonny - Too High

Hawthorne Headhunters - Teleport

Anthony Valadez - Rising Love feat. Vivian Perez and Samiyam

Secret Sidewalk - Babingka

Maus Haus - You Made My Radar

Spinnerty - Just Listen Pt. 2 feat. Jacqueline Mari

Myron & E - The Pot Club

Zuzuka Poderosa and Kush Arora - Seda (H3 remix)

B. Bravo & The Starship Connection - The Rollout v.2

The Park - These are the days

MC ZULU and Kush Arora - Vigilante Gun Court

Hawthorne Headhunters - Hole in the World

Electric Wire Hustle - Thank You Steve