We’ve reached that time of year where pumpkins are plentiful, turkey is on the brain and jingle bells are nigh — and you know what that means. Soon the last-minute costume hunt will begin, stress levels will rise, mashed potatoes will be eaten (hopefully) and our ears will once again hear the familiar wintery arrangements we’ve all come to know and love.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together three mixtapes celebrating the impending holiday season — from the mysterious, eerie songs to commemorate the premiere of Stranger Things season 2 (er...we mean Halloween), to a gratitude-inspiring lyrical themed mixtape, finally to all the jingle bells you could ask for. Tis the season(s), after all.
Grab your bikes, your flashlights and get ready for an adventure. Inspired by soundtracks from the likes of Stranger Things, Blade Runner 2049 and Drive, this mixtape is complete with minimal, analog electronic textures arranged to create a tense, mysterious atmosphere. Press play and channel your inner Dustin.
Lyrical Theme: Giving
It’s in the name — Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for all the good we have in our lives. This mix will be the perfect soundtrack while you do that...or help calm your nerves and remind you that there’s more to the holiday than stressing over turkey. Comprised of songs centered around the theme giving, this mixtape will wrap you up in warmth and brightness, with organic tones and optimistic choruses, reminding you to sit back, relax and give thanks.
Happy Holiday Vibes
For anyone looking to step aside from the classic carols, this playlist is the answer. Different but nonetheless jolly, these holiday gems span alternative to pop to throwback funk, and all have one thing in common — capturing feelings of wonder, optimism and cheer (and also jingle bells). From the Tim Burton-esque twinkle of “Discourse On Possibility (Holiday Alt.)” by Jules Blueprints to the whimsical claps and bells in “Holidays” by Trimountaine, this mix will help you embrace the holiday spirit...on your own terms.