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 of blahging. In other words, it’s a shuffle of a giant collection of songs that have already been passed thru a HI54 Headphone Filter©, 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 that 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, but also for you to consider adding to your own collections) + some artist links to explore further & some different HI54 playlists that 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 over in the HI54 MIX CD ‘HIP STIR HOP’, which is a hip hop mix maintained by a white guy with a blog, which is a little bit why there’s a play on words wink to “hipster” thrown in the playlist title (but also “stir” can mean “mix” so, all in all it’s just a good title for a hip hop shuffle).
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 + you can also check out what L.A. PEACH thinks you should check out in this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Q&A.
You can also find this track on the HI54 MIX CD ‘NIECHES’, which I keep updated with non-bloke-fronted vibes for my 3 little nieces as they start to get into non-Disney music + you can also check out what MARA CONNOR thinks you should check out in this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Q&A + you can also find the music video popping up in the HI54 ‘FM/TV’ rotation.
You can also find this track in the HI54 MIX CD ‘STOP TALKING I‘M TRYING TO THINK’, which is an ongoing 4hr+ playlist featuring the kind of music that makes you realize how distracting song lyrics can be when you’re trying to concentrate on something.
You can also find this track on the giant HI54 MIX CD ‘420 ≠ ALL DAY", which is a collection of 420 tracks from 420 different artists that you can press play on and be set for a soundtrack for the next 24 hours(song selection tweaked on the regular, so come back for shuffle often).
You can also find this track in the HI54 MIX CD ‘DO YOU ¿ YOGA’, which is full of songs that work good for when you need to lay on the floor while also stretching out those parts of your body that you tend to forget to stretch out most days + you can also find the music video bouncing around in the HI54 ‘FM/TV’ rotation.
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 for your personal headphone collection, whether that be from the 8 tracks highlighted above, or from one of the many other avenues of exploration 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 — in fact, I would argue that it is a demonstrably good thing.