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Los Angeles-based DJ and producer.
Dance & electronic music programmer at Amazon Music.
Creator of various mashups and remixes.
Creator of the Sixx Mixx show on the
former LIVE 105 (now ALT 105)
in San Francisco.
Starred as "Harry" in "Harry and the Hendersons."

Party Ben


DECEMBER 29, 2020
BEST OF 2020
A fun quarantine activity for the lonely and aging.
Despite being stuck inside, the notion of doing anything actually productive or useful has generally felt like torture this year, and that extended to my annual (and indeed only barely useful) tradition of ranking the year's music. First of all, I'm not sure I even like music any more, or anything; and second, my thoughts about music, and everything, are muddled and hazy, like my memories of travel or fun. I pared back my usually loquacious musings this year, at least. If you'd like to read them, you can go look over here (where you can also see my lists going back to the Eisenhower administration!) or the top 10s this year are below.

Kelly Lee OwensAlbums of 2020

1. Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song (Smalltown Supersound)
2. Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
3. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp)
4. DJ Python - Mas Amable (Incensio)
5. The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? (Thrill Jockey)
6. And LaRock - BK (Brobot)
7. Sault - Untitled (Black Is)/Untitled (Rise) (Forever Living Originals)
8. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush (Modular)
9. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death (Partisan)
10. Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (PAN)


India JordanSongs of 2020

1. India Jordan - "For You" (Local Action)
2. Ela Minus - "Dominique" (Domino)
3. Tame Impala - "Lost in Yesterday" (Modular)
4. Bad Bunny - "Safaera" (Rimas)
5. Jayda G - "Both of Us" (Ninja Tune)
6. Megan the Stallion - "Savage (Remix) (feat. Beyonce)" (300)
7. Overmono - "Everything U Need" (XL)
8. The Avalanches - "Wherever You Go (feat. Jamie xx,
Neneh Cherry, CLYPSO)" (Merge)
9. Kelly Lee Owens - "Melt" (Smalltown Supersound)
10. Thundercat - "Dragonball Durag" (Brainfeeder)

Of course, my job requires me to also sum up the year in music in my chosen genre lanes, which I did in cooperation with my fellow dance & electronic musical experts and afficianados. We came up with two song-based lists, which you can check out below:

DanceAmazon Music - Best of 2020: Dance - listen here

1. Joel Corry - "Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)"
2. Jayda G - "Both of Us"
3. Paul Woolford & Diplo - "Looking For Me"
4. Saint Jhn - "Roses (Imanbek Remix)"
5. LOGIC1000 - "Perfume"
6. Disclosure & Fautomata Diawara - "Douha (Mali Mali)"
7. Topic & A75 - "Breaking Me"
8. Cinthie - "Bassline (Ffeat. Gilli.jpg)"
9. Dua Lipa feat. Madonna & Missy Elliott - "Levitating
(The Blessed Madonna Remix)"
10. Loud Luxury - "Aftertaste (feat. Morgan St. Jean)"


ElecAmazon Music - Best of 2020: Electronic - listen here

1. Bicep - "Apricots"
2. India Jordan - "For You"
3. Prospa - "Ecstasy (Over & Over"
4. TSHA - "Sister"
5. Overmono - "Everything U Need"
6. Ela Minus - "Dominique"
7. Bonobo & TEED - "Heartbreak"
8. Yaeji - "WHAT WE DREW"
9. Caribou - "Never Come Back"
10. Arca feat. ROSALIA - "KLK"

 


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JANUARY 12, 2020
NEW MIX SHOW: THE PARTY CAST
Party CastA political party broadcast on behalf of the Slightly Silly Party. Doctors have advised me that to keep my spirits up despite complete irrelevance and approaching armageddon, I should continue doing "things I like," and ther than "drink whiskey" the only thing I could think of was "make radio shows." Since my absorption into the streaming universe means I'm no longer actually on the radio, I figured I'd just have to pretend, so I'm making little hour long music-and-talking things and posting them on the internet.

I'm including mostly house and house-adjacent music, mostly semi-laid back, that hasn't gotten a ton of attention from what I can tell, maybe a few unreleased things people send me.

Go to the Mixes page for Mixcloud players and mp3 downloads, or you can just follow me on Mixcloud here.