Which 8 current gems will make it on this Hip Cassette round-up? Plug that rusty tape player in, press play and make sure you keep notes…

by Christos Doukakis

SIDE A

The Joy Formidable

‘Into the Blue’

alternative rock

Lady Dan

‘Better Off Alone’

indie folk/indie pop

Brendy

‘Cold Life’

indie r&b/bedroom pop

Kid Travis

‘Menace’

cloud rap/indie r&b

SIDE B

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‘Thumbs Up’

hip-hop

ARIA

‘Pretty Lil Thing’

rap/commercial

Self-Help

‘Whippits’

indie rock

ASTN

‘WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE’

indie r&b/neo soul

I remember Prince gave me a cassette of Purple Rain. It was like 20 minutes long and he asked me to write something on it. I tried for a month and then he came to L.A. I went to see him and said, “I can’t do it. It’s too perfect. It’s like ‘Stairway to Heaven.'” He said OK and then I go, “I can keep the cassette, right?” He said, “Of course and thank you for trying.”

Stevie Nicks