Podcast 250: Lemonade

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Lemonade is a band. It's not often that bands get invited to take part in the XLR8R podcast series, but the Brooklyn trio is not the average indie outfit, even if its new full-length, Diver, is loaded with the kind of wonderfully emotive, synth-driven pop that rarely appears on our website. In fairness, the record also includes nods to early-'90s R&B, grime, new age, 2-step, Balearic house, '80s freestyle, and other styles too numerous to list. Basically, many of Lemonade's tastes line up pretty closely with our own. Furthermore, XLR8R has been following—and, more importantly, liking—the exploits of this group since its early days as a DIY psychedelic/tropical rave outfit, even before the release of its self-titled debut in 2008. All these years later, the release of Diver marks a major milestone for Lemonade, not to mention an important stylistic turning point for the band. To commemorate the occasion, we invited its members to put together this exclusive mix. In truth, Lemonade has put together a collection of tunes that essentially represents the band's collective headspace. While plenty of people will undoubtedly attempt to ascertain what Diver is "about," plenty of the answers are right here, as Lemonade cruises through new-age bliss, '90s house nostalgia, sun-soaked tropical grooves, inventive bass explorations, and more. The tracklist may appear fractured, but it's a remarkably cohesive listen. Whether behind the decks or in the recording studio, it appears that Lemonade has learned to bring together disparate influences and form a focused musical statement.

01 The Art Of Noise "Camilla - The Old, Old Story" (China)
02 The System "Don't Disturb This Groove" (Atlantic)
03 Dream 2 Science "My Love Turns to Liquid" (Rush Hour)
04 Jacques Renault "Searching for Some Real Love" (On The Prowl Party Breaks)
05 Kresy "Holding Space (Relaxed Version)" (Hivern Discs)
06 Lauer "Trainmann (Tensnake Tranceman Mix)" (Running Back)
07 Solid Sessions "Janeiro" (Combined Forces)
08 Apollo Four Forty "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Dub (Armand Van Helden Moonraker Remix)" (550 Music)
09 Mike Monday "Grace (Justin Martin Remix)" (Dirtybird)
10 Girl Unit "Ensemble (Club Mix)" (Night Slugs)
11 Funkystepz "Jigga" (Forever Live Young)
12 Beaumont "Adrift" (Hotflush)
13 Hyetal "Beach Scene" (Black Acre)
14 Rabbit in the Moon "Out of Body Experience (Original)" (Hardkiss)
15 Lemonade "Neptune (Sinjin Hawke Remix)" (True Panther)

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