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

access hip hop
ampsoul movements
angela "spinorita" blanca
apple juice break
bagpak music
bama love soul
bastard jazz
beats n crates
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

Taylor McFerrin Interviews Dego

The one man show known as Taylor McFerrin builds songs from scratch with his ambitious solo project. Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, samples, vocals and beatboxing are meshed together in his Brooklyn bedroom studio as Taylor builds from his roots in ‘60s soul to his vision of future hip-hop.  Throw Dego McFarlane, London-based dj and producer and founding member of both 4 Hero and Silhouette Brown in the mix and you have an intense musical conversation.  Check it as Taylor jumps into Dego’s musical mind to get some insight on past present and the future.

Shouts to Playa Hadyn for putting us on!

Kidkanevil | Basho Basho Remixed Remixed

Back in October we had a post by the title “Kidkanevil and stuff” - what a proper title huh? HA.  To leave the “and stuff” part in there was super appropriate because this dood is doing so much in this musical world!  As of late his Basho Basho remix album has been remixed once again by folks like LA’s Tokimonsta and Daedelus as well as Singapore’s Cherry Chan and Kiat and London’s own, BUG.  Check out the glory below and stay tuned to Kidkanevil and First World Records.

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.

Trap.Arnold | The List

We were put on to Trap Arnold today we visited Soulection Radio in Long Beach to join special guest K15 (London) and Joe Kay. This song literally blew one of the speakers in the studios and then we were all in love.

Download this head banger and enjoy!

Funkineven & Fatima | Phone Line

The lovely Ms. Fatima and the majestic Funkineven at it again with a video for the summery 'Phone Line' jam.

LOVE it.

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

Chesslo Junior | Graphic Description

Chesslo Junior of the Wotnot camp is making some serious sound waves from London to L.A., Japan and back. Poised to drop his third EP Graphic Description, on November 12th, this release proves to be a super special, bar-raising adventure.

Listen to a preview of the EP:

Enjoy our top jam from Graphic Description:

Watch a fresh visual from Graphic Description’s first track ‘Move South’ created by Visto

You’ll Soon Know’s Tim Parker | Boiler Room


Tim Parker from You’ll Soon Know, one of our favorite blogs and bi-weekly radio shows on NTS has a killer set from the Boiler Room up now! Enjoy!

Podcast is here if you please.


Wanda Group - No C Never Ever.
Sir Froderick - Makeafamily ft TimeWharp.
The Weeknd - The Fall (Sango Remix).
CID RIM - Danger Ranger.
XXYYXX - Fields.
Howse - 08.
Manni Dee & Deft - This One, The Art Of The Possible.
Dane Chadwick - Cool EP.
Fulgeance - Tokyo Blue Nostalgia.
Manni Dee - Heatwave.
Sibot - Magnet Jam.
Dane Chadwick - Stilettos.
Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe - Harmonics Pt1.
Terrorhytmus - Swagshirt.
The Range - Lonely.
P-Fang - The Beyond.
Tokimonsta - Day Job.
Manni Dee - Flowlight (Alphabets Heaven Remix).
Chesslo Junior - Al Kindi.
V.Raeter - Iloveit.
Soosh - For You (devonwho remix).

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.