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Mixed Feelings | Eliza

A special guest-mix series where DJs are invited to create a soundtrack for tomorrow's days. Next up: A mix filled with melancholic good stuff, with an extra stop at that 90s-vibe station, by the Amsterdam-based Eliza.

Every Mixed Feelings podcast is accompanied by a few questions that provide a little insight into the DJ and the mix they've prepared for us and for you.

Which feelings do we find bottled in this mix?

It really is a mixed bag of tender feelings!

I recently learned about a feeling called 'saudade', which is suspected to originate from 13th century Portugal. Women would stare to the horizon hoping their loved ones would return from their sea voyages. They sang about their saudade with melancholic lyrics, expressing their longing for lost lovers and bliss of the past combined with the underlying but ever-present mixture of hope and grief.

This feeling of saudade is strongly tied to 'Fado' and although there is no Portuguese music to be found in this mix, the complexity and multifacetedness of this feeling and themes surrounding the hard realities of life really resonates. It’ll take you from feelings of longing, tenderness, solace and consolation to desire, closeness, hope and a lust for life.

What message does the music you play convey?

To me, music is healing. It helps me to get out of my head into my body, reconnect to my femininity, find words and understanding for feelings, share love, experience joy and gives me a sense of purpose. Although I don’t consciously choose to convey a specific message, the inevitable truth is that all of these themes are reflected in my music.

How is the mix reflecting your current music taste?

Recently I have been really enjoying CDs. They’ve led me back to my teens when I was listening to a lot of trip-hop and other sounds coming from the UK. Digging into these genres, eras and origins again gave me a deeper understanding of not only the music itself, but also why I’m so drawn to it and how it shaped my taste.

The versatility of it amazes me again and again as it is such an interesting coming together of influences with infinite possibilities and unexpected combinations. Ultimately that’s what really excites me, interesting and eclectic music that feels surprisingly new but at the same time hits home in a nostalgic and wholesome way that mirrors my own human experience.

Who should release a new album/EP already?

I’m always eager for more Greentea Peng and FKA Twigs!

D’Angelo definitely cannot go unmentioned here.

Aside from that, I will forever chase the voices of people like Peven Everett, Arnold Jarvis, Robert Owens. Shouts to them for sticking with it!

And I’ve also been keeping an eye out on Jay Sound whose releases are getting me every single time. So I’m very curious to see what’s next.

What's magical about music?

Cliché for good reason: LOVE + EXPRESSION!

What is your main source for finding new music?

Streaming services, Bandcamp, Social Media, Radioshows/platforms (not the pirate ones)

If the mix would be a soundtrack, what (kind of) movie/video/audio-visual content would support it best?

Probably some 80's dystopian Anime about a bunch of teens looking for love and happiness but are too occupied fighting a corporate robot.



  1. Qendresa - Real Love

  2. Everything But The Girl - Corcovado

  3. ABRA - U Ain’t Got To Lie (Coco Bryce Rework)

  4. Massive Attack - Weather Storm

  5. Faithless - Postcards

  6. Kofi - Losing Time For Love

  7. Lynda Dawn - Move

  8. Sun Runners - What Goes Around Comes Around

  9. Bassline - You’ve Gone (ft. Lorraine Chambers - Alternate Mix)

  10. Artemis - Silver Dawn

  11. SADE - Siempre Hay Esperanza

  12. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin’

  13. Bo’vel - Check 4 U

  14. Smith & Mighty - Anyone (Mellow Mix)

  15. Rea & Christian - Spellbound (ft. Veba - Old English Mix)

  16. Massive Attack - Daydreaming (Luv It Dub)

  17. Pangea Sound - Sade / Red Rum (FALCONS bounce)

  18. Everis - Get Your Love (Black S Mix)

  19. Soul II Soul - Love Enuff (4 Wheel Drive Mix)

  20. Loose Ends - Cheap Talk

  21. Ruf Dug - All U Got 2 Do (ft Bradley Zero)

  22. Heights Of Abraham - Still Waiting

  23. Massive Attack - Three

  24. Massive Attack - Unfinished Symphony (Nellee Hooper 12” Mix)


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