Radar Mixtape: Rasmus Wingårdh

Here is this year’s first mixtape, brought to us by DJ, designer, and fashion profile Rasmus Wingårdh.

Tell us more about your mixtape.
– This mixtape is slightly melancholic, yet strangely hopeful. Its dedicated to my grandfather who just past away, so I suppose it kind of reflects my morbid mood a bit. It is a bit of a callback to the sound of old school hip hop, which is something I have been going back to lately. You know that jazzy sound. My grandfather was great jazz guitarist so it seems fitting at the moment.

– He was always trying to get me into music, and when I started to DJ I mostly played this jazzy type of hip hop that I was into, and somehow we bonded a bit over that. He was perhaps not into hip hop, but he knew where the samples came from. I feel drawn to this kind of hip hop at the moment, and I think hip hop has been quite bad lately, lacking something, some soul. But I’m hopeful, I see signs of a new hip hop movement going a lot more in this direction again.

When do you think one should listen to it?
– I think it has a very nice flow to it. I tried to put it together so it could work anytime and anywhere. It is not a party mixtape, more of a “headphone, walk about town” kind of mixtape.

If your life was a movie, what would be the soundtrack?
– It would be a very eclectic mix of music. I usually don’t like it when you only listen to one type of music, so one song or one artist would kill me. But lets say that it would span from Serge Gainsbourg, via A Tribe Called Quest, on to Disclosure.

Photograph by Fredrik Skogkvist.