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Our mission is to foster a learning environment through creative expression and exploration.

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Jose James Profile + Blackmagic = ♥

Oh well hello there friends!  We are sooooooo excited because one of our fav new artists, Jose James, is about to release his second body of work, Blackmagic, next Monday on Brownswood Recordings.  It’s been about a year since  his last release “The Dreamer" - an amazing piece of work stitching together hiphop, jazz and soul into a full-bodied musical blanket of lovin!

The Blackmagic album features the glitchy yet soulful stylings of producer Flying Lotus as well as collabs with Taylor McFerrin, Moodyman and Dj Mitsu The Beats. To gather a full perspective on what Jose James is all about please watch this lovely video from our friends over at Friends We Love.

José James, Vocalist + Lyricist + Songwriter :: Artist Profile from on Vimeo.

Here is a peek at what is on the BlackMagic album.  Enjoy Jose James’ “Love Conversation” feat/ Brooklyn-based vocalist Jordana De Lovely.

Jose James-love conversation (ft. jordana de lovely) by TheMintCollective

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!

Taylor McFerrin | E▴rly Riser Preview

Hello lovelies!   Hope all is well.  Just came across this sweet Early Risers preview from Brooklyn-based producer/beat-boxer/dj/cool dude, Taylor McFerrin (yes his Dad is Bobby McFerrin).  Saw him a couple years ago in Miami at the Winter Music Conference during his one-man show performance on a rooftop at sunset and have been hooked since. 

Wow this “Done For” track, one of the 3 tracks he is previewing just might have you in a little  dubsteppy, glitchy-beat heavy+ all atmospheric and love-y mind-state.   Keep your ears open for the fresh collab with RYAT, Philly-based producer/singer/instrumentalist with a unique, Bjork-esque sound.  Preview his set on soundcloud

For good measure check out a really nice Sao Paulo remix he did for one of our favorite Cinematic Orchestra jams, “Child Song”, Amp Fiddler + Corrine Baily Rae remix for “If I Don’t” AND to top it off Mr. McFerrin worked out the “Love Conversation” jam feat/ Jordana DeLovely for Jose James' Blackmagic album.  DANG!

Oooooh and a piece from the NY Post Mr. McFerrin did right before Obama was elected:

Taylor McFerrin is redefining the one-man show. Combining his skills as a producer and performer, Taylor is making music heads around the world take notice as he seamlessly 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.

Taylor McFerrin - Track Preview from EARLY RISER by Taylor McFerrin

The Cinematic Orchestra “Child Song feat Eska” -Taylor McFerrin Sao Paulo Remix by Taylor McFerrin

LOVE CONVERSATION - From Jose James’ BLACKMAGIC album by Taylor McFerrin

Joe Kay - Universal Connect

Artwork by 96

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Kay recently at Andre Power's Art In The Park event in San Diego.  I knew once I walked into the spot and a Vinia Mojica jawn filled my ears, I was in good hands with Mr. Kay.  One facebook exchange lead to anohter and next thing I knew, there was an epic mix sitting in my inbox this morning from birthday boy Joe for minty!  Now to share with all of you.  It’s rad.  Download it. Do it.

Joe Kay - Minty Mix -> Universal Connect by The Mint Collective

01. M_Slago - Downtown
02. Twizz - Rememberlude ft. PM
03. Hazeem - So Fly
04. Tall Black Guy - Rock the Stage (Rock With You)
05. Dr. Dre - The Message (Instrumental)
06. B. Lewis - Day 4: First of Me ft. Mar
07. Alicia Keys - Feeling U, Feeling Me (Freddie Joachim Remix)
08. Bluntmosphere - Pillow Factory
09. Beat-Maker-Beat - 3000
10. Tall Black Guy - Stay With me (Lady of My Life)
11. SABeats - Journey to Space
12. Full Crate - Never Never
13. Shlohmo -Tomato Smash
14. eLAn & Filthy Ingredients - Swaziland Delicacy
15. Taylor McFerrin - Georgia
16. Dibiase - Alright
17. FS Green - Monoshow
18. Hazeem - Mercury Wisdom
19. Knxwledge - Dirteeknees
20. Dibiase - Abstract
21. Beat-Maker-Beat - Soul Good
22. Eric Lau - Bendy
23. Devonwho - Slapshot
24. Kyle Hall - Kaychunk
25. Sepalcure - Down
26. Surra - Alethia

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

Taylor McFerrin + Ryat

Came across this video a couple days ago and have probably listened to it 10 times so definitely had to share!

Taylor McFerrin & Ryat Jam Session from Simon Benjamin on Vimeo.

Taylor McFerrin + Ryat | Place in My ♥

Taylor McFerrin feat. Ryat - Place in My Heart from Simon Benjamin on Vimeo.

We’ve been following Taylor McFerrin for some time and most recently we raved about the raw jam session with him and the lovely Ryat.  Excited to share the video of Taylor’s first single “Place In my Heart” released on the Brainfeeder imprint.  What a beautifully captured piece by Simon Benjamin.  Enjoy

Eavesdrop Radio | Broken Beat Special

Our favorite Philly Radio show, Eavesdrop Radio, does it again with an amazing broken beat throwback episode. This is a nice reminder of the genre - that some of us often forget but love nevertheless. Thanks to Junior and Lil’ Dave for always keeping it fresh.


New Sector Movements - The Sun ft. Dwele
Eska’s World - Dream Saftey
Mark de Clive Lowe - Relax Unwind
Mark Force - 40 Days/40 Nights
Beatless - Life Mirrors (Opaque Remix)
Reel People - Spiritual (Seiji Remix)
King Britt & Lady Alma - Give it all you got (Domu Rmix)
MM BLack ft. Roy Ayers - 2000 Black
4hero - Natures Plan
Afronaut feat Son de Batey - Carnival
Afronaut feat Son de Batey - Golpe Tuyo Calinda
Wale Oyejide - Cooba (Daz-I-Kue Edit)
Dom um Romao - Lake of Perseverance (Seiji remix)
Tate’s Place ft. Julie Dexter - Burning (Jazzanova Remix)
Susumu Yokota - Can Heaven Ever be Like This (Bugz in the Attic Rmix)
Yukihiro Fukutomi feat. Carl Hancock Rux - I am
Quango - Frantic (Boogie Rework)
IG Culture - DJ Power
DKD - Future Rage
Mpho Skeef - Whatcha Waitin’ For
Phil Asher - Namby It Ain’t (I Am Sorry)
Freedom Soundz - Feelings
Daz-I-Kue & Exile - Mellon Bounce
Ty - Wait a Minute (Dwele Remix)
Jeremy Ellis - Lotus Bloom
Pavel Kostriuck and Guest - Brand New Day
Don Ray feat Lady Alma - Give A Little (Dubline remix)
Taylor McFerrin - Broken Vibes (Isol8 remix)
Bugz in the Attic - Once Twice
Karizma - ICU
Agent K - Feed the Cat

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

Mint Collective’s Most Epic of 2011

We’ve been sifting through 2012’s stand-out music, events, mixes and much more and wanted to call out some amazing contributions we’ve seen both on and offline.

It’s been an epic year of infinite blessings shared worldwide and it’s most definitely our pleasure [and mission] to share with you some of the things we find. We appreciate the support from all of you wholeheartedly and wish you health, happiness and creative energy in 2012.

Much Love, Minty Fam


Daisuke Tanabe  | DFR Series

Def Sound | Again 

DJ Ele | Heartbeat 

Goapele  | Play 

Hindi Zahra

Mike Baker | Mike Plays It Cool


Pablo Ygá

Submotion Orchestra | All Yours

Taylor McFerrin Feat/ Ryat | Place in My Heart

Tenka | Summer Nights 


Collective Perspective | Los Angeles

Homebase | New York

J Dilla Tribute | San Diego

Revivalist: Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Kanye West + Robert Glasper Experiment | New York 

Roy Ayers | Los Angeles

UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | Los Angeles











Tokyo Dawn Records

Tru Thoughts


Artists Remembered

Amy Jade Winehouse 

Gil Scott Heron 

Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers))

J 1 (Javon Coleman)

Nate Dogg (Nathaniel D. Hale)


Ana Tijoux | Elefante | Mixed By Dj Dacel

Best of Quantic | Mixed By J Rocc 

Eavesdrop Radio | Brokenbeat Special 

Label Love III | Compiled By Jasmine De La Paz

Lichiban | Love Takes You Higher | Mixed by Melo-X 

Mark De Clive Lowe Presents | Church Vol 3 

Soulection | Compiled by Joe Kay & Andre Power!

The Stuyvesants | The Finer Things 

Tropicalismo | Live | Mixed By Quantic, Coleman, Sabo, B+

Vinia Mojica Tribute By Mint Collective | Mixed By DJ Seano 

Wonway | Makossa Classics V 2 


Dego (4Hero)

Jose James 

Mo Kolours | Honesty In Music & Influence & Instrumentation

Mux Mool