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.

Minty Fam
j. marie
lady j
yawn snoozicka
minty [at] themintcollective [dot] com

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All About WotNot


WotNot music is a conglomeration of uber talented gentleman based in London that make so many different genres of music come together beautifully, that it’s pretty much impossible to pigeonhole them. SPLENDID, really.

The state of music as of late has been in large part a resurgence of simple electronic sounds which have then been flipped and chopped into entirely new sounds making the old sounds new and new sounds insane!

The WotNot label is a perfect example of this shift in sound as the collective runs the gamut of juke, house, hip hop, beat-infused bass, footwork, future bass, drum and bass, moody breaks and much, much more.


I recently met up with JJ Jumbles, co-founder of WotNot [and amazing beatmaker] as well as Deft, epic producer and labelmate while I was in London last month. I was late to meet with the guys (typical) and yet they were so gracious and helpful as I was traversing south London to connect with them in a city I’d never been to. It was about 7pm, warm and still very light outside. London is such a beautiful city. We met right near the River Thames on the South Bank and the two greeted me with smiles and hugs. We walked across Golden Jubilee Foot Bridge (that pretty bridge below)


and decided that instead of conducting an interview in a quiet room in the Royal Festival Hall, that we’d go on a mission for food since we were all hungry. We walked around Soho and before I knew it JJ lead us down some random stairway into what definitely did not look like a place with food but in fact turned out to be an underground noodle spot! Score!

We sat down over noodles and proceeded to completely geek out about music – all translations of it – the state of radio, events in London and worldwide, what music we listened to growing up and even our guilty music pleasures. I learned a lot that night about each of the gents. For one, I discovered that Croydon-based (deep south London) Deft, teaches kids how to produce music and when he was growing up he was heavy into punk and ska – how cool is that? You’d never guess if you listened to his Clotting EP:

WotNot co-founder JJ Mumbles is equally as awesome and had such charisma about him – a very engaging, yet humble dude. I found out we have a common musical love interest called MachineDrum and I also was put onto a sweet band from Canada called New Look.


JJ, Deft and I talked for quite some time while I took a shitload of notes but the one thing that really stuck out was when I asked JJ how and why WotNot was started and he nonchalantly said “WotNot’s sole reason for existence is to bring visibility to music we love”. At this point, I was floored and everything else the two said seemed to be wrapped in gold leaf or something, because what they said after that point made so much sense. This hit me as a call to action to remember to do what you love and love what you do. WotNot serves as a reminder to us all to lift those up who are awesome, to contribute to the bigger picture and to make a difference with your art whether it’s inspiring others or being inspired by others – increasing visibility for creative expression only fuels goodness.

Instead of boring you some more with a description of our noodle extravaganza, I’ll just let the music speak for itself. Here is a perfect sampling of the labels’ music mixed by Charo – WotNot’s other Co-Founder.

To learn more about WotNot go here to learn more about their rad artist roster click on any of the links below:








Mani D

JJ Mumbles

Glenn Astro

Chesslo Junior


- J Marie for The Mint Collective

Atu - Pictures on Silence

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Heard of Atu? The 20-year-old Malawian producer who has lived in 5 countries and now based in Michigan dropped his first full length album today, Pictures on Silence, on Soulection. It’s pretty amazing.

Atu delicately fuses bass and soul, adding his signature, elegant vocal sampling to the mix. He incorporates unique time signatures and plays nicely with the silence, consistently leaving you wanting more.

Free download here for a limited time, then lookout for the album on all major digital platforms April 12, 2013.

Video by Andre Power!



Oh hey! A late pass on JSTJR, bass music producer from the Boston area who is kind of killin’ it with his rad remixes and original productions. Definitely a little harder than the sounds we usually post, but if this shit doesn’t make you move, you might as well go back to sleep.

Here are a few of our picks from JSTJR, find them all here.

Esgar | Gimme

Photo: Esgar (L) & Kutmah (R) @ Boiler Room London, summer 2013.

Looking for a dancefloor banger? Well, don’t say we never put you on. Oxnard’s own Esgar just dropped his debut album on IZWID. Heard of IZWID? It’s Kutmah’s label, you know the dude who is arguably a godfather of the LA beat scene now based in London. Anywho, stay locked to this dude Esgar, he’s got jams for days and has been grinding for quite some time so it’s really nice to be able to hear the fruits of his labors.

Listen to Esgar’s debut album hereenjoy the “Gimme” banger which is lifted from the album and peep Esgar’s latest session on Dublab here.

Sivey | Fabric London Hit&Run Mix


Manchester’s own Sivey put out the best mix we’ve heard in ages. The mix was originally made as a promotional tool for the Hit&Run takeover of RM3 at Fabric London last week. Producer and DJ, Sivey, nails it just about every time - each song on this mix is perfect.

Check the tracklist to learn more about the music you hear and then go dig for more!


1. Sivey - Multiples
2. Leon Vynehall - I Know Your Face, Heroine
3. Max Graef - A Tale of Love
4. Kaytranada - At All
5. Labuzinski & Max Graef - Löwengummi
6. Aztek - Am
7. Jaw Jam - Untitled
8. Werkha - Cube & Puzzle
9. Glenn Astro - The Power
10. Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (Evil Needle Remix)
11. Sivey - Waterbed Slow-Mo (Forthcoming Soulection)
12. Ariel Camusso & Persian Empire - Time (123Mrk remix) 
13. Geode - Some Friday Flavour
14. Iamnobodi - Maputo Dance
15. Sivey - Doin It Again (Forthcoming Soulection)
16. Aztek - Peccadillo (Forthcoming Dusty Records)
17. Nikitch & Mart One - WNBDWN (Forthcoming ??)
18. Opal Block - Shivering Artery (Forthcoming Astral Black)

Can’t wait to hear more releases from Sivey in the future. Check here for past relases.

Mr. Carmack Though

Music is what Mr. Carmack does. Also, he does it extremely well and without a care about what you think. With a keen pair of parentals who’ve always been supportive and musical, it’s really no surprise that Mr. Carmack is able to combine so many different styles into one, cohesive sound. A background as a pianist since the age of 3, a drummer [who followed in his mother’s percussive footsteps] with a hip hop sensibility, a lover of house music and a knack for heavy hitting sounds, Mr. Carmack has really carved a unique style into the electronic music ecosystem.

Carmack doesn’t like to beef up his accomplishments or pat himself on the back, but if you walk into a conscious dance club on any given night around the globe, you will probably her a Carmack production or two without even knowing it. He’s stealth like that. Supported by worldwide tastemakers like RL Grime, Kaytranada, Djemba Djemba, Okayplayer and BBC Radio 1, Mr. Carmack has only begun to show us what he’s capable of – always leaving folks patiently anticipating his next musical moves.
After Carmack dismembered his Soundcloud – basically removing everything old from his page and uploading a dozen new sounds, we’ve low key [ok very high key] fallen in love with them all.

The first little nugget called “Ones” is by him and Canada’s Kaytranada (if you don’t know about Kay - seriously go here) and is kind of off the chain. ”Ones” is a super mellow bass-heavy tune that you can vibe out to at any time really.
The second selection here would be Carmack’s remix of Da-P’s “Dark Hadou”. The original track is a masterpiece in itself, but with that added little Carmack fake out where you think it’s going to be a cheesy trance song from the intro and then the bass drops and you loose your shit making the everything seem as though it’s in its right place. When that bass drops it totally changes your perspective on the predictability factor of electronic music. Very skilled this dude is.

Finally, you can do no wrong with an Aaliyah remix, especially this one. The ultimate waved out, sexy bass-filled tune we’ve heard in a long time. Definitely does more than justice to the original baby girl track.

Can’t wait to hear what Carmack does next. He’s definitely one of the most compelling artists in recent musical times - someone we’ll be following closely.