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Friday Mixtape

Donut Beats

by Mosi Reeves

Donut Beats

About this playlist

I admit that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. When I was a preteen, I used to buy a crate of 12 Dunkin' Donuts and devour the whole box in one night. I've cleaned up my diet since then (a little), but my taste for sugary things remains. Perhaps it's a California thing: As the stereotype goes, West Coast heads love funk and melody, while East Coast heads love rhythm and noise. So this mixtape collects sounds that are sweet and poppy and loopy and lovely. J Dilla's Donuts figures heavily, of course, though I spared you from Minnie Riperton's "Les Fleur," and I forgot to include any Tribe Called Quest. Other themes lurk in the shadows, but I'll leave you to suss those out.