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
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

AFTA-1 x Nikko - Chemical Reaction

What a beautiful surprise to be once again reunited with this track in our inbox today.  We heard this live at LA’s Strictly Social last month and it was amazing.  Everyday is a day for love.  Enjoy Afta-1 + Nikko Gray with “Chemical Reaction”. Download by clicking the down arrow :)

AFTA-1 x Nikko - Chemical Reaction by TheMintCollective

Albert Vargas | ♥ ♥ ♥ | Video

"Could you stay long enough for love, love, love…" Gladly.  Everybody say hello again to Albert Vargas.  Last month we wrote a raving review of the Miami-based singer/songwriter. The recently released debut EP and single, LoveLoveLove, is now accompanied with quite the visually pleasing video. Uptempo acoustics and electronically tinged mpc patterns keep the cinematic element of the track and video going strong. Now press play and take a momentary vacay…Enjoy! -Lady J

Albert Vargas Love Love Love from LE MUSIC GROUP on Vimeo.

Every One Says I ♥ You

Our Minty New York fam L.E just dropped a super dooper Valentine’s Mix of his favorite love jams from the past decade.  Peep the tracklist and you will see why its super fabulous.  Listen, enjoy & follow L.E on Twitter.

Every One Says I Love You by discjockeyle

1. Angel Feat Dwele - Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
2. Angel (Original) – Dwele
3. More Than You Know – Emanon
4. I Can Give It - Peven Everett
5. Cuz of U – Ave.To
6. All That I Can Say - Mary J. Blige
7. Call Me When You Get This - Corinne Bailey Rae
8. When I See Love (ColdFusion Mix) - Lizz Fields
9. LaLa - Lucy Pearl
10. Stay With Me ft. Tiombe Lockhart (Waajeed vs. DJ Topspin Rmx) – PPP
11. Found My Smile Again – D’Angelo
12. Gingolds Interlude - Damn In Love
13. In Love - Exile
14. Sky Can You Feel Me - Raphael Saadiq
15. Friendly Flowers - Simon S
16. Until - Musiq Soulchild
17. Weak - Gretchen Parlato
18. Don’t Let Me Down - Amel Larrieux

NIKK❍ GR▲Y | ▲ ❍ ▼ ❏ Letters From: Yellow

Nikko Gray, the multi-talented songstress, art goon and all around lover is back with a new project (with a lovely graphic we might add) - a collaboration with Pronounced Love's own Imani Waddy, Love Letters From: Yellow.  As a next piece in the journey that started with Imani’s Love Letters To: Yellow released last December, Nikko has put forth beautiful, raw melodies that she created mostly at home with the intention of capturing the first sparks of her creative energy.  



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

Erykah Badu [IN STUDIO Performance Video] - Fall in Love (Your Funeral)

Just came across some pretty awesome footage of Badu in the studio recording “Fall In Love”.  Everyone is in there - friends, kids, colleagues.  It’s pretty much love. via @Creative Control & NuJazzSpirit.

∂eƒS❍und x NiKK❍ GR▲Y Are Only Children

1 of 10 of The Λ O V _ . Shaped . ▲❍▼❏ . Sounds . Collection.

The Weeknd | Rolling Stone

Another jammy jam from The Weeknd.  Enjoy the freshness!  So lovely.

Nikko Gray | LIVE @ t h e br e a th

Photo By: Chris Captain
Last weekend marked the first m o o n  f e s t i v a l in Pamona, CA with many of the fest happenings going down at The Breath, a boutique label, gallery, & workshop of artist ken barrientos (KenBTS).  We just came across a whole live set from the uber talented Nikko Gray from last weekend’s m o o n f e s t i v a l and really wanted to share it with all of you. 
Stream and download here.

  • Frame .
  • Eyelash Wishes
  • Music Of The Sun
  • Tattoo Of A King   <———— Brand New New !
  • ESP (A Four Page Suite) 
  • Words We Danced
  • Push
  • Water On The Moon
  • Love Scene

  • ∂eƒS❍und & NiKK❍ GR▲Y | Lunar.Sun.Light

    Once again beautiful love music from these two.


    James Hardy | Keep On Lovin’

    17-year old UK-based producer Hardy comes to Minty by way of Soulection's Andre Power and his skillful ears. Hardy has an unforgettable and nostalgic sound, weaving everything from 808 trappy and trill sounds in with broken, angelic rhythms to create something new and fresh.

    Have a listen to some of his gems below.