Beats & Burn Volume 21 - PDX Mandem

Cover Art By Amanda Franz

Change is in the air. We’re not only welcoming a new season but also our Fall 2017 collection and a new retail location in Downtown Los Angeles. Things are feeling fresh and bright, with just the right amount of unknown. You’ll find these themes reflected in this month’s Beats & Burn playlist; let it propel you straight into the newness that is Fall.

Cover art by Amanda Franz.

This is the 21st volume of our monthly Beats & Burn series, a collaboration with Portland's local, independent radio station XRAY.fm.

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Playlist by DJ's EmVKush and Skelli Skel / PDX Mandem

“This mix represents the changing of the seasons with the fall equinox.  From obvious things like songs named 'Fall' or 'September' to tracks that just fit the weather, this mix is the perfect thing to listen to to transition into Autumn.  Packed with exclusives from Grape God, Slick Devious, Bukkha, Blind Prophet and more.”

More about PDX Mandem:

“The PDX Mandem are a collective of DJ's, MC's and musicians founded by XRAY FM DJ's EmVKush and Skelli Skel.  The collective includes PDX MC's Grape God, Slick Devious and producers like Dan O and Party on Marz, all native Portlanders.  With roots in everything from Jazz Fusion to Hip Hop to Dub Reggae, the PDX Mandem cover a wide range music from different time periods and continents.”
Check out PDX Mandem on Facebook or follow along on Instagram: @PDXMandem @skelliskel @EmVKush

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Cover art by Amanda Franz / wideeyespaperco.com / @wideeyespaperco

“Ahh, Sweet September.  The leaves are changing and a new season is upon us.  Life feels unpredictable and exciting all at the same time. The design for the September playlist cover is inspired by the nostalgic feeling of the changing of the seasons. The design reminds me of an undiscovered path and a sudden shift of perspective.”

More about Amanda:

Amanda’s ever-evolving design style is inspired by her carefree upbringing in sunny Southern California, educational background in graphic design, and love for the outdoors. With the goal to tell an authentic story with each design, she pushes the boundaries using wild patterns and does not allow herself to become constrained by trends. Amanda’s unique style is ever present in her paper company, Wide Eyes Paper Co, where she specializes in creating custom wedding stationary.


When she’s not taking an improv class or seeking design inspiration from her surroundings, Amanda is growing her brand by integrating a lifestyle blog into her website, collaborating with other local businesses, and creating content for a future podcast.

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Click to stream past Beats & Burn playlists on Mixcloud.