This week’s Friday Mixtape is curated by Francisco Lopez of New York-based creative agency, Mogollon. The studio’s cross-disciplinary practice shows the vast amount of ground Mogollon can cover, from working with brands to influence culture or working more with its hands and designing furniture.
Across these differing projects, one approach in particular sticks with the Mogollon team as it aims to "draw inspiration from the past but always look ahead,” the studio explains. In turn, its mixtape is a mixed bag of all sorts, from genres to decades. The full tracklist can be found here.
Why have you picked these songs, what do they remind you of or make you feel?
Every mixtape I’ve done has a combination of new and old sounds, unknown songs and styles, music from around the world and sometimes classical and soundtrack pieces. I love the idea of creating a mix that can work as a whole piece, almost like a film soundtrack.
When or where should this mixtape be listened to?
This mixtape can be listened to anywhere, but it’s always more powerful to experience it with headphones. Perhaps the best way is to listen to it is while you’re walking in the city or driving.
Are there certain albums you listen to during the different parts of your creative process?
Our all-time favourite albums that we keep coming back to while we work are: King Arthur by Henry Purcell, Miles Davis’ Nefertiti, Sorcerer, E.S.P and Miles Smiles, all the Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno and Velvet Underground albums, Seventeen Seconds and Faith by The Cure, Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk, Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside, Bach, The Specials, The Durutti Column and a lot of dub, like The Upsetters, King Tuby and Mad Professor.
What sort of records did you listen to when you were a teenager?
The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Pixies, The Specials, Earth Sun and Moon by Love and Rockets, Burning from the Inside by Bauhaus, Juju by Siouxie and the Banshees, Music for the Masses by Depeche Mode, Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk, The Cooked and the Raw by Fine Young Cannibals, Talk Talk Talk by The Psychedelic Furs and a lot of Spanish radical Basque rock like Kartatu and La Polla Records.
If a feature film about your life was to be made, what song would be on the trailer and why?
Haunted When The Minutes Drag by Love and Rockets. Every time I hear this song I can travel back in time to my teenage years when my love for music was born.
About the Author
Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.