In past years, our Chocolate Grinder Mixes were informal groupings of our favorite songs in a mix format, the order of which was chosen by the selected mixer. But we tried something different for 2012: the order this time around was determined by randomly drawing names from a hat, and rather than simply picking our personal favorites, writers were instructed to choose based on the previous writer’s selected track, without knowing who chose it, which track came before it (if there was one at all), and who was choosing next. Ultimately, writers could pick any track, but it had to at the very least be justified (sonically, lyrically, aesthetically, conceptually, etc.) in relation to the previous song.
With this approach — called an Exquisite Corpse, a method of art-making from the surrealists of the 20th century — we were somewhat venturing into the unknown. We could’ve had a mix composed entirely of drone songs. We could’ve had multiple songs by the same artist. Hell, we could’ve even had the same song by the same artist! That didn’t happen, but the resulting mix is still, of course, unexpected — we have Kitty Pryde and Om separated by only one track on Side A — but not knowing how the mix would turn out was part of the fun and reflects what the Exquisite Corpse is all about.
Take a listen and enjoy!
[00:00] Lil B - “The BasedGods Layer”
[03:55] Le1f - “Bubbles”
[06:35] Farrah Abraham - “After Prom”
[08:38] Mark Van Hoen - “Holy Me”
[13:26] Sean McCann / Matthew Sullivan - “An Unknown Gentleman”
[18:04] Jam City - “How We Relate To The Body”
[23:08] Jad Fair + Hifiklub + kptmichigan - “Let’s Win”
[26:57] Sic Alps - “Wake Up It’s Over II”
[30:06] Black Dice - “Spy Vs Spy”
[34:41] Ava Mendoza - “Quit Your Unnatural Ways”
[38:01] Om - “State of Non-Return”
[43:51] Austin Cesear - “Cloud Hall”
[48:58] Kitty Pryde - “Okay Cupid”
[51:40] iamamiwhoami - “Idle Talk”
[56:27] Beach House - “Myth”