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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Abjo | LeftCoastCruisin’

Exactly what left coast crusin in the sunshine should sound like.  Check the latest sounds from San Diego’s Abjo.  Be on the lookout for this young talent - he’s got beats for dayyyyyyyyys.

LeftCoastCruisin’. by AbJo

noon ep | Ichiro_

Just found some amazing spaced out melodic beats from Japan’s own Ichiro_.  Every track from the noon ep is so rad that we’ve previewed them all below.  Buy the EP for just $3.00 on Ichiro’s bandcamp and support good music!  Thanks to Shigeto for the heads up!

K15 | Theme Music For A Pariah

Based in London and born out of jazz, soul, broken beat, hip hop and then some, K15 has been flying under-the-radar for quite some. His last project A New Path (2008)was a 5-track plate of delightfully soulful, base-driven treats with angelic vocals from New Zealand’s Lisa Preston (LP). Since 2008, K15 has been cooking up new sounds in the studio, djing regularly [a.k.a 6+ years] at world-renowned Jazz Cafe (London), putting out mixtapes [most recently a tribute to jazz pianist/musician Kaidi Tatham], oh and spitting out remixes like this dope one of a Spinnerty joint on the Recordbreakin label.

K15’s latest EP, Theme Music For a Pariah is out tomorrow on the Wot Not Records, a boutique label with a catalog of amazing little musical treats. 

Have a listen to the title track from the new EP, take a journey back in time to his music with LP and chill out to this amazing mix K15 did recently to honor the great Kaidi Tatham.

Label Love | Vol 4

Label Love is back again and it’s epic. Volume’s 1, 2 and 3 were home to some of the best worldwide tracks of the past couple years compiled by Miss Jasmine De La Paz. Back again with a firey tracklisting for Label Love 4 – Jazz shares with us [for the love of music] an amazing sampling of music from labels all over the universe and specifically from some of our favorites like Quantic & Alice Russell, Charles Bradley, Onra and Dotmatic to name a few. Have a listen to some of our favorite jams then head here to download all of these bangers!


B. Lewis[ness]

B. Lewis came on the scene a couple years ago and has been bubbling amongst music lovers worldwide ever since. In September 2012, he dropped his La Semaine project - a lovely assortment of glitchy yet ancestral hip hop headnodders. Since then, he’s been banging out EP’s and LP’s like a mad man with 5 releases under his belt.

Today, his Soundcloud was populated with a creative remix of Marble’s “L.L” jam, an already dreamy assemblage of warm synths, symbols and percussion. A hard song to top, but Mr. Lewis pulls it off with style, grace and das bass.


Ta-ku | “Handful” (Time In Between)


To celebrate his four millionth play on Soundcloud, Australian beatmaker Ta-ku, who undoubtedly also has the best hair in the game (see: exhibit a), has shared his groovy “Handful” track that was just recently released on Soulection's Time In Between comp. Ta-ku has been doing it right from the very beginning by a) making AWESOME music, b) utilizing the digital musical landscape effectively and c) collaborating with a number of top record labels worldwide like Sunday Records [his own], Mushroom Music (AUS), HW&W (L.A.), Project Mooncircle (GER), Paper Chain (AUS), Soulection (L.A.) and LiveForTheFunk (L.A.).

Music creators should be taking notes from this guy. Stay tuned for more from Ta-ku here, here and 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.

JMSN | †Pllaje†


Last week JMSN's †Pllaje† dropped on his own White Room Records imprint. The Detroit-bred musician gently weaves his vocals through melodies and sounds that he has produced himself - giving him an interesting edge in this musical atmosphere where there’s often a vocal and production collaboration that happen independently of each other.

Here’s the single “The One”from †Pllaje† which actually happens to be our favorite jams on the album.

Get †Pllaje† digitally here and on cd/vinyl here.

Having done several interesting collaborations with folks like Sango, Ab-Soul and Kaytranda its easy to fall in love quickly with JMSN’s eclectic style and ease navigating diverse sounds. 

Based in LA and currently touring the U.S. and Canada, keep up to date with live shows and news for JMSN on his Facebook.