Music for Headphones: A Year of Seasonal Mixes

With Spring here and Summer fast approaching, it is a good time to ponder the things to come and reflect on the year that has been… what better way to do that then with a selection of curated mixes celebrating the four seasons and the unique mindset which each engenders in all of us.

Throw on your headphones and clear the schedule, here is more than five hours of music to groove to courtesy of Vancouver, British Columbia DJ, music creator and mixmaster Scott Eastlick. Check out all of Eastlick’s work at

The Spring Music Mix

Where my Winter Mix was an obscure selection intended to be enjoyed in isolation while shrouded in headphones and framed by frosted windows, the spring season finds me emerging from my musical shell with a more social selection – fresh like newly grown flowers or a pair of recently purchased sneakers.

If my last mix was dark and foreboding, this one is playful and romantic, reflecting the fact that in springtime lust and love feel like the same thing.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Amelia Airhorn – Pretty Music Class
  • Washed Out – Don’t Wanna
  • Thanks – All the Boys I Know
  • The Flying Stars of Brooklyn – My God Has a Telephone
  • Toro Y Moi – Freelance
  • Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things
  • The Bird and the Bee – I Can’t Go For That
  • Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit
  • HNNY – Cheer Up, My Brother
  • Joe Warricker – Bobby Blue (Lissvik Remix)
  • Damien – Fresh People
  • Vince – Superworld
  • Parallel Dance Ensemble – Graffiti Girls
  • The Invisible – Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix)
  • Ben Pirani – Dreamin’s For Free
  • Arling & Cameron – W.E.E.K.E.N.D.
  • The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown – The Wozard of Iz
  • Pablo – Record Shop

The Summertime Music Mix

In the winter she itches in uncomfortable sweaters, waiting to shed her December skin. If she worships the sun, the feelings are mutual. It seems to try harder when she’s around. Summer is the only thing that truly makes her happy, just as sure as winters bring her down. Like fresh fruit and fashion, music is seasonal, and so summer prescribes its own kind of soundtrack. Where the best winter music celebrates solitude, summer selections should be generously inclusive: Like nachos, cold beer, and BBQs, this music is meant for sharing. Whether you’re at the beach, by the poolside, or in a dense South American jungle plotting the overthrow of a government with a group of like-minded revolutionaries, what’s playing in the background should unite everybody, just like a sunset.

Like summer itself, the effect should inspire nostalgia for the past and hope for the future in a single baited breath.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Avalanches - Light Up
  • Mellow - Take Me Higher
  • Air - Sing Sang Sung
  • Shawn Lee feat. Nino Moschella - Kiss the Sky
  • Cameron Neil - Wait For Love
  • David Axelrod - Holy Are You (Alternate Version)
  • Jake Hottell - Horizon
  • Aphrodite’s Child - Aegian Sea
  • The Machine - ∞
  • The Velvet Underground - Oh Sweet Nuthin’
  • King Crimson - I Talk to the Wind (Alternate Version)
  • Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
  • Archie Whitehall - Cross Country
  • Galt MacDermot - Summer Summer
  • Pratt, Moody- Words, Words, Words
  • Taxie - I Think I’m Falling In Love
  • Kamasi Washington - Cherokee
  • Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip - Nakamarra
  • Cream Dream - Jungle Master
  • E Ruscha V - Who Are You
  • Toshio Matsuura - I Am the Black Gold of the Sun
  • Avalanches - Sunshine

The Fall Music Mix

The transition from summer to fall can be a disheartening one. It seems to happen slowly and instantly all at once. Just as our clothing moves from t-shirts to sweaters, and our food from barbecues to simmering pots, our music tastes are inclined to follow suit. The more inclusive and lighthearted fare that played well at beach parties and poolsides now seem conspicuously out of place.

The sound of autumn is more introspective, with sounds that play like musical earth tones and feel less like cotton and more like wool. The transition from summer may be disheartening, but it can feel great once you arrive and allow yourself to embrace the fall.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Vakula - For Jim
  • Jac Berrocal, David French - Rock 'n Roll Station
  • Carla Dal Forno - Clusters
  • Fever Ray - Keep the Streets Empty For Me
  • Loma - Black Willow
  • King Krule - Czech One
  • Young Echo - Never
  • Blue Daisy feat. Lizbet Sempa - Mermaids
  • Tara Jane O'Neil - The Signal, Left
  • Perfume Genius - Every Night
  • Excavate - A Kind of Place
  • Julian Cope - Las Vegas Basement
  • Mazzy Starr - Look On Down From the Bridge
  • This Mortal Coil - Help Me Lift You Up
  • Chromatics - Shining Violence (Reprise)
  • Excerpt from “The Wire”
  • Gui Boratto - Godet
  • Spacemen 3 - Let Me Down Gently
  • Le Loup - Howl
  • Neu! - Weissensee
  • Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Midnight Black Earth
  • Onyx Collective -  Fruit Stand
  • Larry Clinton - Deep Purple (Reprise)
  • Pat Boone - September Song
  • Chet Baker - I Get Along Without You Very Well

The Winter Mix

While in summer months my music selections beg for everyone to come to the party, the winter finds me celebrating isolation. My most experimental of the seasonal series, this winter selection features minimalist electronic music picked for pristine production to reflect the crispness of the weather outside, while favouring a low-frequency warmth intended to heat whatever room you’re in like a smouldering fireplace. This delicate and patient cold weather soundscape is ideal for nights spent indoors, aware that being alone isn’t the same as being lonely.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Burial - Young Death
  • Bjork - Headphones (Mika Vainio Mix)
  • Nils Frahm - You (Teen Daze Remix)
  • Diskjokke - Golotrok
  • The KLF - Elvis on the Radio, Steel Guitar in My Mind
  • Skee Mask - Cerroverb
  • Arovane & Hior Chronik
  • Ulf Lohmann - Because Before (The Orb Mix)
  • Dead Heat - The Dam (The Field Remix)
  • Pogo - Unicorns
  • TWOS - With You
  • How To Dress Well - When i Was In Trouble
  • Nicolas Jaar - Killing Time
  • The Knife - Still Light
  • June11 - Memories
  • Gaussian Curve - Talk To the Church
  • DJ Sprinkles - Grand Central - Part 2
  • Bill Wells, Annie Whitehead, Barbara Morgenstern - Brown Recluse
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Black Snow
  • Planningtorock - Wounds
  • DJ Healer - Great Escape
  • Woodkid & Nils Frahm feat. Robert DeNiro - Winter Morning II
  • Aphex Twin - Aisatsana
  • William Basinski - Disintegration Loops (Excerpt)

ednaz's picture

Yeah, now everyone's thinking about Vivaldi and a concert hall, but for a new twist, there's Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi- The Four Seasons. I enjoyed it, and found it made me think about the original differently. Also happens to be spectacular on headphones. IMO, open backs.

Joshua919's picture

These mixes are all fire!! Perfect for my days in the gym on the treadmill.