I put together a new mix for my Dutch compadre Cortez for the fifth anniversary of his fabulous Club Cortez blog. You can find it there now.
Club Cortez has been around as long as Office Naps. Cortez’s tastes in music immediately stuck out from the pack then – believe it or not, there just weren’t that many of us around in 2006 – and, moreover, they still do. That we share eclecticism and certain stylistic sensibilities – a broad appreciation for musical beauty, for one – doesn’t hurt, of course. Either way, I hope and fully expect us to be rhapsodizing about music and our latest obscure finds five years from now.
When I delivered the mix over to Cortez, I was feeling a bit abstract, describing it to him this way:
A mix for the bittersweet hours.
Here is mystery and melancholy strewn with chunks of ecstatic, post-War energy: Jazz on a rhythm & blues kick, rock ‘n’ roll on a mambo kick, a palpable sense of clubland’s frayed edges. Put the lights out behind you when you leave.
But I’d say that’s about right. If you enjoy Office Naps (or the Exotica Project or the Lonely Beat), you’ll dig it, anyway.
Get the mix and playlist at Club Cortez, and do check out what he’s got going on over there. Thanks to Cortez for inviting me aboard and, again, congratulations.