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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apple juice break
bagpak music
bama love soul
bastard jazz
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blind I brownswood recordings
dhundee music
dj deben
dj seano
dojo soundz
fresh selects
friends we love
giant step
grown kids radio
hip hop is cool again
illfonix show
k 15
nujazz spirit
nu-soul magazine
om records
potholes in my blog
project ahimsa
put me on it
record breakin
reva devito
sef diggy
shelltoes music
soul bounce
soundwaves radio
suite 903
tam sam
the bloom effect
the lust killers
trees for breakfast
turntables on the hudson
vitamin dee

Smoke Screen - Melodies Of Silhouette

Big ups to Apple J Break for putting us on to this one!  Smoke Screen is a really dope group out of The Land, Ohio! Heavy sounds.  Lovely.

SMOKE SCREEN - Melodies of a Silouhette by applejuicebreak

House Shoes x Jordan Rockswell | Newports

"DJ and ambassador of all things Detroit, House Shoes, is often over-looked as a producer.  Now, we are blessed with a free mp3 download for Newports featured on the fourth installment of All City Records LA 10” series alongside another Detroit to Los Angeles transplant, Jordan Rockswell.

All City Records LA 10” Series featuring House Shoes and Jordan Rockswell is out now via 10” Vinyl, and on iTunes on May 18th!”

House Shoes “Newports” Mp3 Link

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Cy Tru | Funky Greece

German Beatsmith Cy Tru has been putting out music seriously under the radar for quite sometime and today we came across this new joint, Funky Greece on his soundcloud.  Super headnodder.  Check out his other joints here.

Funky Greece by Cy Tru™

Thank you Shelltoes for putting us on to Cy Tru last year :)

The Narcicyst

Born in Dubai and shipped outta Iraq via Canada, meet The Narcicyst.  The emcee, writer, rapper, actor, engineer and activist promotes critical thinking within the Self and others to promote growth together. We ♥ this.  Learn more about The Narcicyst through the eyes of jfk and check out his single “Hamdulillah” from his latest LP below.

The Narcicyst from SHOT BY JFK on Vimeo.

"To say ‘Hamdulillah’ is to be grateful for what one has.

This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people.”

Purchase The Narcicyst LP on iTunes.

via the lovely @wyldeflower (Weflyink)

Lunch Break | The Narcicyst

Last month we introduced you to emcee, writer, rapper, actor, engineer and activist, The Narcicyst.  Our friends over at LunchBox Theory have started a new interview series, Lunch Break, and have captured the attention of The Narcicyst, digging deep into what moves him musically and politically.  Have a look at the interview and stay tuned to the Lunch Break series for more splendid insight into creatives minds of many. 

Quantic Interview

photo: B+

William Holland is a musical mastermind. His diverse sounds across the global landscape have been influential for over a decade. It’s possible you may have heard of one or several of his projects such as Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quantic & The Flowering Inferno or Quantic & His Combo Barbaro? With roots in the UK and now planted in Cali, Colombia, Mr. Holland is poised to make his next move sharing along the way many musical treasures and maybe even his homemade lemon curd!

We recently caught up with Will to rap about cumbia mashups, “Trees & Seas”, what makes music palatable and what he has in store. Enjoy and don’t forget to download a little Dub Y Guaguanco by clicking the down arrow on the track below :)

What are the first 5 words that come to mind that you might use to describe the music you create?

Soulful, Alternative, Innovative, Explosive, Wholesome.

Saw you absolutely kill the Do Over a couple months ago with your Cali [fornia]-centric cumbia mashups like “Ain’t Nuthin’ But a G Thang”. How have you been able to hone in on such unique sounds making them into one seamless, danceable song?

Well, that came about from making a version originally of J Dilla, after that I got interested in covering other songs. The lines between hiphop and North American Black Music are slowly blurring with Tropical sounds like Cumbia, so it seemed fitting to try and ‘version’ some of these songs. I’ve been learning accordion in Colombia for a couple of years now so making specials like this are a chance for me to get better on the instrument and experiment with rhythms.

After a “bakers dozen” or so of releases what is one piece of musical equipment you couldn’t live without?

Well, I’d like to put it down to a fantastic piece of old equipment or eccentric piece of British sound engineering equipment. But in reality, I couldn’t live without a Mac Powerbook, since the first one I bought (and believe me I’ve got through a lot of them over the years!!!) its been an invaluable part of my production process. Its allowed me to travel the world fairly lightly and record all over Latin America & the States.

I have to ask what was going on when you created “Trees & Seas” and the whole Mishaps Happening album - it’s genius. It’s got the whole simple loopy hip hop, chill, melodic, cinematic vibe infused in it.

Quantic - trees and seas by The Mint Collective

I made Mishaps Happening and particularly ‘Trees and Seas’ whilst living in Brighton, England. I’m not sure what was going through my mind. I’ve always enjoyed working with a loop aesthetic and building up the vibe slowly. I had started renting a small room in a shared studio complex in the centre of the city, I’d often stay there till the early morning making songs. I’d always leave the warm confines of the studio and listen to the songs I had made on the walk back home. I remember vividly listening to this song on completion, walking up the hill to my house in the Brighton mist at 3 in the morning.

photo: B+

Your music is so palatable to really any type of listener. P.s. my dad loves “Dub Y Guaguanco”. Is this a conscious effort?

Mmm… well I’m really into trying to make music as universal as possible. The only danger with this is that you risk softening up or watering down the music in the process. I’m trying always to tread carefully and make each song live up to its full potential. Some songs are more universal than others, and a style Reggae is one of the most universal there is.

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Dub y Guaguanco by The Mint Collective

Heard you play Ana Tijoux (who we love) on both the Soundwaves Radio show in LA last month and the Tropicalismo mix w/ the Mochilla cats & Sabo. What other female emcees/vocalists are you into at the moment?

Ana Tijoux - 1977 by The Mint Collective

I’m not sure why but I’ve always preferred listening to female rappers than male. I grew up with two sisters and a mother who were always singing so maybe that has something to do with it. Its also maybe that I’m not super into Macho Hiphop styles. Ana is great, very talented and definitely pushing things forward. I also like Goyo from Colombia’s Chocquibtown.

You’re based in Colombia and originally from the UK, where do you think you’ll live and dig for sounds next?

I really want to do something in Trinidad, a calypso orientated project of some kind. I’ve also been trying to get to Angola for years, hoping to get round to that this summer. Colombia has been very good to me and I enjoy living here dearly, but let’s see where life takes me.

Best show you’ve played, ever?

Oh god that’s a hard one. One of favourite DJ shows was in Sicily, in the yard of an old Wine Factory with Blossom falling from the trees onto the turntables. With the Combo Barbaro we recently played a fantastic show at the Worldwide festival in Sete, France, that was magnificent as the stage was set in an Amphitheater up on the cliffs looking over the sea.

Something most people don’t know about you?

I make a good Lemon Curd.

What are you looking forward to?

I’ m looking forward to performing at the Shock Awards in Colombia this week. I’ m also off to my family home in Dec, so looking forward to a good cider and English cheddar (two things Colombia just cannot supply me).

-J Marie

Just wanted to thank Will and Jasmine at Tru Thoughts for making this interview happen. This is a huge honor for me, I have been a Quantic fan for a musical lifetime. ♥♥♥ xx-jm

Graphic + Black Acre interview  -> Knowledge Mag

Well, we were going to do a post on solely The Fantastic Mr Fox, then we delved a bit deeper into the label that puts out FM_Fox's stuff and discovered a wealth of music!  Amazing stuff!  The Black Acre imprint serves up a serious amount of genre straddling sounds including but not limited to dubstep, 2-step grime, beautiful electronic glitchy goodness all whilst maintaining a consistent hip hop vibe. 

Home to artists like Mr Fox, DZA, Tokimonsta and 1000 Names - this label is definitely one to keep tabs on.  Our attention was captured by this amazing project Evelyn, from The Fantastic Mr Fox - released nearly a month ago and sustained by a plethora of other amazing releases.  Enjoy below and make sure you do your label research to find out more about emerging artists worldwide.

1000names - Before Sunrise / Kaleidoscope / Pocket Calculators (Lynx & Hellrazor RMX) by Black Acre Records Brokenchord - A Girl of 13 Summers / Orion by Black Acre Records

Fulgeance | Glamoure EP + MIX

Ohai there.  We totally spaced on posting this fantastic new EP, GLAMOURE, from Paris-based Fulgeance that came out last month and just got a rude awakening when we saw his label post a sweet new mix with some of the tracks off the EP.  Get ready to get FONKY.

What Musique Large had to say about this fly new mix:

"So, ok, we know that we already spammed a lot with this new Fulgeance's GLAMOURE ep, but this mix is more here to present Fulgeance’s likes in music this last years.  Not just the new shits, but more a panoramic view of what inspired him from 90’s and more.  And of course, to present all the tracks from GLAMOURE ep, included into that mix.”


Sweet mix here:

Lamixette#48 Fulgeance “Gl-Amour-E” by La Mixette on Mixcloud

Peep the GLAMOURE project here:

Fulgeance - GLAMOURE Ep - Musique Large by fulgeance

The Find Mag Goes To Print!


Usually you see a print magazine go online, but in this very special case, Netherlands-based The Find Magazine goes the opposite direction!  This is very exciting news coming from a project that started in 2008 as downloadable PDF’s now coming to fruition in real, tangible paper!  The first print mag is chalk full of bits from amazing artists like FS Green & Full Crate, Gaslamp Killer, Bonobo, the Brainfeeder Crew and much much more!  Support here and getcha own!  FULL STORY.

Issue 4 - Preview from The Find Magazine on Vimeo.

We caught up with the Find Mag’s founder Danny today to ask him about how he started the magazine, what trends he sees coming musically and how to really piss off a music blogger with a cold email pitch! 

So how did you start The Find?

The Find started off in 2008, ironically in a mood out of boredom and frustration about the fact there weren’t many (good) hip hop magazines.  So we did an Issue Zero to see how far we could get. Responses were better as expected, so we continued with new PDF/digital download releases, always with the ambition to go printed once. Made the website a year later to keep readers updated on a daily basis.. and fastforward: we realized our #1 ambition now!

So cool! Is it just you, or do you have partners?

When it comes to partners: we do some Pick-of-the-Weeks for Laid Back Radio (, released t-shirts together with European label Project Mooncircle, have a network of affiliated djs/writers/artists/illustrators and we have some connections with a bunch of blogs

Did you found the site? 

I’m originally the ‘founder’ and let’s say ‘chief editor’, but over time we expanded our team and now there are around 15 writers or so..

Question, how much did it cost you to produce your first print project?

And the costs…the pressing process was around 1.700eu (i think around 2.000 USD), but my study covered those costs so add shipping/envelop/etc costs, so pretty much.. But all non profit!  In the end we don’t deserve a thing, maybe even loose money, haha

Nice, nice!  So you do this for the love of music?  And you are focused in hip hop mostly?

Hip hop is the main ingredient, but we also focus on genres as jazz, soul, electronic and funk.  Basically you have to put that into a blender and that’s what you get.

What is the worst email pitch a PR person or artist has event sent?

Haha good one.  I think one like, with EXCLUSIVE!!!!! in the subject line while 1.000 blogs are in the CC’d.

LOL…oh maaaaaan!

Or someone saying “check out this artists named __, he’s too dope” but then you find out its the artist himself who sends it…

Is there a certain email etiquette when pitching to a music blog?

There’s an article in our printed mag about it (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Blogosphere), but personally I’d say: always approach blogs personally instead of random generated newsletters people don’t want.  Build a connection/bond rather than one-way stream of spam and always stay in touch and give appreciation back, don’t go MIA after the blog posted about you.  OH and don’t send 10MB e-mails ;)

PR people who don’t take 3 seconds to check out (in this case) thefindmag and then expect you to spend a lot of time on interview/review/whatever.  Got a mail once about a possible R***  R*** feature………I mean, what do you think?! You dont check out two seconds to check us out and you want us to spend hours to check you out!  Interesting subject matter btw, really, with all due respect but 90% of artists approach blogs the wrong way!

Yeah man, totally feel you! 

Exactly!  I mean I wanna check out dope music, but why should I put in time if you (the artist) don’t put in time?

What’s your favorite thing about music?

ONE fav aspect is hard, but: the fact it can be good in any mood, that it unites people at shows/etc, the creativity and never-ending possibilities and the passion.


Passion is by far the best I think… saw Flying Lotus last summer and seeing him smiling through his entire DJ set is priceless

Sooooooo what do you think about underground hip hop right now?  Who is doing it really well?

In my opinion independent/underground/whatever people call it hip hop is blooming!  I don’t see a reason why to be negative/skeptical.  Look at all the releases of 2010 ie… tooo many good stuff!  But if I should point out one name… Shad.

Who are some artists to watch for in 2011?

Bun from Japan is someone we try/tried to pitch…along the lines of experimental acts like the Brainfeeder, mad talented producer and deserves more shine.  I wish The Sound Providers are coming back.  Grap Luva’s upcoming releases are fresh.  James Blake, but everyone says that!

Beyond your blog and print are you doing any events to unify the on and offline communities?

Well we try to overlay online with print.  We have a digital mix added to each magazine order, which contains tracks in the same order as pages of the mag.  People can press play on the mix and read the magazine, so they hear what they are reading about.

Wow, that’s rad!

-j marie

Lefto | Worldwide Family

One of our favorite djs is that dood they call Lefto.  Belgium’s own seamlessly blends sounds into vast universes of unique, unlimited combinations that never cease to amaze us.  Lefto linked up with Red Bull Music Academy Radio to make a nice mix in support of his recently released Worldwide Family compilation (Brownswood) he put together alongside his comrade and global tastemaker, Simbad.

Get the Worldwide Family comp over here.

Lefto & Simbad present Worldwide Family Vol.1 // Lefto Teaser by Brownswood

Jay Electronica - Jazzmatazz (Guru Tribute) - CDR
Illum Sphere - One For Dimlite - Fat City
Lunice - Hitmane’s Anthem - LuckyMe
fLako - Kelau - Project: Mooncircle
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - NY Is Killing Me - Young Turks
Horsepower Productions - Poison Wine - Tempa
Orchestre Baka De Gbiné - Bosenga - March Hare
Los Mirlos - Cabalgando Con Ella - Vampisoul
Owiney Sigoma Band - Margaret (Kubo Dub) - Brownswood
Miles Davis - Spanish Key - Columbia
Gabor Szabo - Spellbinder - Impulse
Homework - I Got One (Mercury Remix) - Exploited
Onra - The Perfect Match - Brownswood
Cubic Zirconia - Fuck Work (Dâm-Funk Remix) - LuckyMe
Disclosure - Street Light Chronicle - Moshi Moshi
The Hi-Fly Orchestra - Hi-Fly Stomp - Freestyle
doP - Hard Knock - Bootleg - CDR
Curren$Y - A Gee - CDR

Apollo Brown | Never In a Million Years

God gawd Detroit, relax! Your beats are out of control - in the best way possible! In celebration of Apollo's latest instrumental release on Mellow Music, Clouds, check out this dope visual accompaniment to “Never In A Million Years’.  Download track here. Buy the album here.

Apollo Brown - Never In A Million Years from Mello Music Group on Vimeo.

Blitz The Ambassdor | Dear Africa

BAM! Blitz the Ambassador is back with a fresh new jam featuring Grammy Nominated duo, Les Nubians titled “Dear Africa” - the first single off Blitz’s Native Sun album due out in May.  “Dear Africa” pays homage to “Momma Africa” with Blitz’s spot on lyrical quickness and Les Nubians’ delightful dreamy chorus.

Here is what Blitz had to say about the latest jam: ” “It’s easy to throw a bunch of elements together, but you have to find points where they intersect,” Blitz explains. “You have to create something so that you can’t tell where the hip hop begins and where the Afrobeat ends, and where highlife stops and future beats start. You have to create a world of equal parts.”

Listen and download below and download here: Blitz the Ambassador - Dear Africa ft. Les Nubians by embassymvmt

Daisuke Tanabe | B F R 013

Japanese producer, Daisuke Tanabe's music is heavily drenched in love.  His sounds are nothing short of honest, patient, sonic, spacey and melodic. 

Mr. Tanabe just dropped a new gem titled “B F R 013” on his soundcloud a few hours ago that you can listen to below and download here.  Included are also some other streams of his music for good measure.  Keep your eyes peeled for this dude.

Daisuke Tanabe | B F R 013 by The Mint Collective

B F R 012 by Daisuke Tanabe

B F R 08 by Daisuke Tanabe


Lovely vocals from San Diego singer/songwriter Ishe’ and dope experimental beats from Philly’s own producer/songwriter Hezekiah equal a splendid project.  The project is a perfect blend of hip hop, soul, funk basslines and uptempo grooves to get the summer on track.

Listen/Download the whole album on their bandcamp.

Duke Hugh | Silver Lining

26-year old Duke Hugh of The Netherlands, a very fresh producer and beat finagler is working on a new project he calls Silver Lining.  Every week starting with the beautiful track below he will release a new song until he feels “finished”.  The separate tracks have a limited amount of free downloads and the final project will, when it is “finished” be released on a 7”! 

Although Duke Hugh is generally known for his melodic, hip-hop oriented beats with jazz guitar samples and Brazilian influences, on last winter’s “St. Louis to Madrid” (with remixes of Olivier Daysoul’s Mr. Saint Louis EP) Duke showed more range by moving into the realms of reggae, broken beats and future soul. On “Silver Lining” Duke Hugh will push further into the experimental territory of syncopated rhythms and soundscapes, while never losing the melody.