Every week I update ‘THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE’ with a fresh mix of 54 tracks from 54 different artists, all of which have been featured on a HI54 MIX CD and/or a HI54 MIX TAPE at some point over the years. In other words, it’s a shuffle of all the songs/artists I liked more than the other songs/artists I’ve come across whilst music blogging, which makes it a pretty solid playlist to follow on Spotify / check out over here on the weekly (or jump over to Soundsgood for listening options other than Spotify).
But the thing about playlists is —as nice of an alternative to radio they are to throw on while you distractedly go about whatever it is you’re distractedly going about today— sometimes we lose sight of the individual-ness of of all the individual tracks. Especially, in this case, when there are 54 tracks/artists and the selection of 54 changes every week. Things can get “lost in the shuffle” as they say.
So that’s why I started pulling out 8 gems from each week’s shuffle update & putting the Bandcamp/Soundcloud embeds below (to appease the Hype Machine gods, now that HI54 is listed on there like a real music blog) + some artist links to explore further + different playlists where you can listen to each track mingling with a different batch of songs (because, remember, THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE self-destructs with new music each week).
You can also find this track on the HI54 MIX CD ‘OPEN ROAD’, which is a good playlist to have at your ready the next time you find yourself itching for a long drive with the windows down (and the system up, to an appropriate level).
You can also find this track on the HI54 MIX CD ‘BEETS’, which, like the name of Sam’s album this track comes from, is a collection of beats.
You can also find this track over on the HI54 MIX CD ‘EVENINGS ON MOUNTOWN FM’, which is a 95 track playlist made with ‘the enjoying of an evening beverage in a mountain town’ in mind (but it also works in non-MounTowns)
You can also find this track on the HI54 MIX CD ‘U…KAY?", which is a collection of 54 UK artists that you can stick in your headphones the next time you want to visit jolly ole but can’t afford the plane ticket.
This track is also featured in the HI54 MIX CD ‘NOT LOST / NOT FOUND’, which is a good playlist to pop on the next time you find yourself not sure whether you’re wandering around in the dawn or the dusk.
Ok, that’s the SHUFFLE UP’D EIGHT for this week’s ‘THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE’ update (and yes, you’re right: “shuffle up’d eight” does sound a lot like “shuffle update”). Hopefully you found a few new pieces of ear candy for your personal collection, whether that be from the 8 tracks highlighted above, or one of the many other tasty tracks you can find these 8 sitting next to on a HI54 RADIO somewhere.
And remember, when you hear something you like, share it with someone you like. Because good music getting around to more ears is never a bad thing.