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
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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

Frank(e) - Forward Listening 11

Check out FRANK(E) on The Noise Academy w/ Forward Listening Session #11.

Hour 1

Undersea Poem- Te Encontrar [ Undersea Poem; Six Degrees ]
Fitz & The Tantrums- Darkest Street [ Songs For A Break Up Volume 1: Canyon Productions ]
The Noisettes- Never Forget You [ Wild Young Hearts; Mercury ]
Zero 7- Mr. McGee [ Yeah Ghost; Atlantic ]
Daedelus- Get Off Your HiHats [ Love To Make Music To; Ninja Tune ]
Creation Rockers- Complete Control [ Shatter The Hotel: A Dub Inspired Tribute To Joe Strummer; Mojo Brand ]
Nneka- Walking [ Concrete Jungle; Yo Mama ]
Deela- One Eyed Captain *Radio Citizen Remix [ Everything Counts EP; Switchstance Recordings ]
Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada- Vendende Saude And Fe [ Coconut Rock; Eighteenth Street ]
Otto- Janaina [ Certa Manha Acordei de Sonhos Intraquilos; Nublu ]
Clipse- I’m Good *instrumental [ Digital 12” ; Columbia ]
Si*Se- This Love [ Gold EP; Self Release ]
Strong Arm Steady- Chittlins & Pepsi Feat. Planet Asia [ In Search of Stoney Jackson; Stones Throw ]
Shafiq Husayn- Cheeba *Nottz Remix [ Promo; Plug Research ]
Josh One- The Same Thing [ Tolerance; Boomnote ]

Hour 2

RJD2- Tin Flower [ The Colossus; RJ’s Electrical Connections ]
Javelin- Tell Me What Will It Be? [ No Mas;  Luaka Bop ]
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens- What Have You Done? [ What Have You Done, My Brother?; Daptone ]
Charlie Earland- Sing A Simple Song [ 7”; Prestige ]
James Brown- Sidewinder [ James Brown Plays James Brown Today  & Yesterday; Smash ]
Barrio Jazz Gang- Jumpclub [ Volume 2; Funky Juice ]
Rocky Dawuni- Freefall *Jeremy Sole Remix [ Hymns For The Rebel Soul Exclusive Download Remix; Aquarian ]
Dubxanne- Roxanne [ The Police In Dub; Echo Beach ]
Gang of Four- Call Me Up [ A Brief History of The Twentieth Century; Warner Bros. ]
Spoon- The Mystery Zone [ Transference; Merge ]
Gorillaz- To Binge *Feat. Little Dragon [ Plastic Beach; Virgin ]
Zap Mama- African Diamond *Feat. Tony Allen & Meshell Ndegeocello [ ReCreation; Heads Up ]
Gil Scott-Heron- New York Is Killing Me [ I’m New Here; XL Recordings ]
Wax Tailor- B-Boy On Wax *Feat. Speech Defect [ In The Mood For Life; Le Plan ]

Jose James (live) + Quadron


Next Wednesday Zanibar LA and OM - a spiritual quest for unifying sounds brings you the Los Angeles debut of both Jose James and Quadron!  If you are in LA, you def will NOT want to sleep on this one.


Jose James - Code by TheMintCollective

Quadron - Average Fruit by TheMintCollective

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno

William Holland The dood who brought you Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quantic y Su Combo Barbaro is back at it with the some of freshest sounds on planet with a new project -> Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno. 

"With the Flowering InfernoWill ‘Quantic’ Holland brings dub and reggae flavours to the Latin American and African sounds that he has been chasing round the globe since he first started collecting records. He introduced this project to the world with 2008’s stunning and highly acclaimed   Death Of The Revolution  , and considers this follow-up album a more cohesive whole – a deeper and more intrinsic fusion of these varying musical strands. An album inspired by soundsystem culture but widened out far beyond just reggae and dancehall styles Dog With A Rope is a Tropical soundclash - encompassing a heavy bass and reggae aesthetic alongside the Tropical dance-orientated music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia. While lots of DJs are currently playing both classic and obscure old reggae, funk and Cumbia, Holland noted that not many people are currently making new music of this type and building on these styles in a modern way, so with his signature combination of faith in the past and hunger to push forward, with this album he strove to make the connection. He recorded the album in his Sonido Del Valle studio in Cali, Colombia, the city he has called home since his relocation in 2007.  

As well as the straight up reverb reggae of the lush, instrumental title track, the “Dog With A Rope” single also brings you “Dog With A Rope (Dub)”, a killer deep dub version exclusive to this single. You can also feast your ears on “Dub Y Guaguanco”, a steadily building mix of reggae piano stylings from Alfredito Linares and the Colombian rhythm Guaguanco, with a vocal coro from Colombian singers Orlando and Virgilio Hurtado (who also provided the vocals to “Mambo Los Quantic” on Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro’s highly lauded ‘Tradition In Transition’ LP, trivia fans).” -Jazz

Listen to the wonderful interview by Jeremy Sole on KCRW, as him and Quantic rap about the recording process, growing up in the UK, commonalities between Latin and Reggae music, and how this new record has married the two styles. CLICK HERE.

The “Dog On A Rope” single drops June 8 on with the full Dog On A Rope album releasing July 13 on the world-renowned Tru Thoughts imprint.  Enjoy a couple previews from the new album below :)

  Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Dub y Guaguanco by TheMintCollective Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Dog With A Rope (Dub) by TheMintCollective

Frank(E) | Forward Listening

Super dooper eclectic Forward Listening session from Frank For Real via The Noise Academy!

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Carl Anderson- Buttercup [ The Wonder of Stevie; Harmless Records ]
DJ Center- Center’s Groove [ Everything In Time; Push The Fader ]
Quadron- Simili Life [ Quadron; Plug Research ]
The Latin Project- Onda [ Musica De La Noche; TLP Musica Recordings ]
M64 (Ohmega Watts + Ragen Fykes)- Rhythm of The Drum [ 7” ; Record Breakin ]
Daz-I-Kue- Midnight Clear *Feat. Rasiyah [ Promo; Promo ]
BP & Odds- The Return *Feat. Insight [ The Medium; Self Released ]
KMD- Plumskinnz [ Black Bastards; Metal Face Records ]
Sound Providers- Autumn’s Evening Breeze [ An Evening W The Sound Providers; ABB ]
Late Bloomers- Talkin Talkin [ Promo; Promo ]
Erykah Badu- Fall in Love [ New Amerykah Part 2; Motown ]
Erykah Badu- Agitation [ New Amerykah Part 2; Motown ]
Bembe Segue Vs. David Sancious- Sense Of Humor [ Promo; Promo ]
Forro In The Dark- Nonsensical *Uproot Andy Remix [ Perro Loco Remixes; Nublu ]
Soulico- SOS *Instrumental [ Put Em Up Single; JDUB ]

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Javelin- Intervales Theme [ No Mas; Luaka Bop ]
Bobbi Humphrey- Uno Esta [ The Mizell Brothers: Sky High; Blue Note ]
The Souljazz Orchestra- Mamaya [ Rising Sun; Strut ]
Mr. Scruff- Kalimba [ Ninja Tuna; Ninja Tune ]
Novalima- Coba Guarango [ Coba Coba; Cumbancha ]
Gilles Peterson- Arroz Con Pollo [ Havana Cultura; Brownswood ]
Groove Armada- Time & Space *Feat. SaintSaviour & Jess Larrabee [ Black Light; OM ]
Wayward Saints- Dream Merchant *Noel Zancanella Remix [ Future Vintage; Concrete Grooves ]
Undersea Poem- Juju’s Theme [ Undersea Poem; Six Degrees ]
Phantogram- Running From The Cops [ Eyelid Movies; Barsuk ]
Vikter Duplaix- Electric Love *Nicolay Vocal Remix [ Promo; Promo ]
Trackademicks- Topsidin *Instrumental [ Enjoy What You Do Single; RCRD LBL ]
Blacktop- Reversed *Opolopo Remix [ Reversed; Exchange Bureau Music ]

Jeremy Sole X Quantic mixtape

With the release of Quantic's latest project Dog On A Rope via Tru Thoughts this week, KCRW's Jeremy Sole has compiled a fresh mixtape that uniquely travels through the many sounds of Quantic.  Download here.

Bigups XLR8R for images, Mochilla for being dope and Jazz for putting us on!

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

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

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

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