mating ritual

Interview by Dersu Rhodes artwork by Nik Ewing

“I was raised on Ray Lynch, Enya, and Lorry Anderson, their music was very little drum work, all pads, sync work, and sweeping orchestral melodies.”

We sit across from Ryan Lawhon the genius behind Mating Ritual in his Los Angeles Arts District apartment. I watch his cat walk across one of his keyboards and imagine him as a 4 year old in Oakland Hills on the east bay of San Francisco, listening to his mothers records, in a blissful trance, his mind subconsciously logging every tiny detail of his favorite songs.

“Later came Pure Moods.” Ryan laughs, “I can remember driving in the redwoods listening to the Miami Vice theme song and Pure Moods 2.”


Ryan is finishing his first EP as Mating Ritual. It’s an homage to relationships, and mortality, and a slight glimpse into his own life. Although Ryan claims his inspiration being more about his reflection on friends and society, “Cold” sung by his girlfriend Lizzy Land, who has sung on tracks with Empire of the Sun, feels rather intimate and personal.

This self-titled EP has evolved from living in a darker world along with us previous releases and instead seems to lift from the darkness as Ryan says his overall mood has. Tracks like Don’t Know Your Name are seemingly positive sing along anthems that encompass the hooks that Ryan has coveted since he first fell in love with music.

“Spoon is one of my modern favorites. I love that they have these massive hooks in their songs and they mute them so that you’re not sick of them in three listens.”

“I wrote my first full on happy song…and I released it!” Ryan laughs again describing the first song of the EP, I Wear Glasses. “It’s about getting drunk at a bar and approaching a woman who’s out of your league, and instead of being smooth you say something very stupid.”

Compared to Mating Ritual’s previously released singles, there is evidence of a slight shift of sound in the new EP, although Ryan’s earlier singles such as Game and Hum Hum have a spot in my heart and became key songs of my last summer.


He describes his music producing as taking a “blue collar approach.” Although he’s been listening to music heavily his entire life, the last five years he has dedicated himself over time to making it. His home studio is equipped to go to war on wherever his sound takes him; films, commercials, co-writing, or producing first Pacific Air and now Mating Ritual.

The hard work has paid off and not only is he writing songs with Ariel Pink, but his band is taking the stage at a residency at Satellite. “I’m really excited to tour” Ryan smiles looking down at his hands. “But I know that then I’ll miss my studio and I’ll be ready to get back.”

Make sure to go see Mating Ritual at the Satellite this month. Tickets here.


What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, Miley Cyrus and Rufus Wainwright have in common? Not a whole lot per se….other than their love for American summers and a feature on this mixtape! This compilation is an adult capri sun on a hot summers day. Pure auditory confetti. So while the days are still long and the nights even longer, cap off the rest of your summer with some made to order sounds from Room Service. Knock knock, your order is ready.


Pajaro Sunrise Minolta (Rayko Remix) – Lovemonk
Adore You (Louis La Roche Reconstruction) – Miley Cyrus
Arnold- A Luke Million
Put A Smile On Me (Yusek Dub Edit)- Black Yaya
Out Of Yourself (Roosevelt Remix)- Truls
Circles – Klar&PF
Sun Walking – Crussen
Paint Me Like A French Girl (Max Manie Scheinizzl Remix) – Breakdlaw feat. the Glitchfork
Let Me Down Gently (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – La Roux
Someone (Glitches Rework) – We Have Band
Hey Now (Tensnake Remix) – London Grammar
A New Chance (Mungolian Jet Set remix) – The Tough Alliance
Love Inflation (NSFW Remix)
Fade Out Line – John Asking & Benjamin Knows Edit
I Eat Dinner (Lekesch & Schekel Edit) – Rufus Wainwright
After Midnight (The Tailors Djs Remix) – JJ Cale


Public Notice PL_WT

Have you ever found yourself standing in line at the bank, enjoying watching people going about their day around you? You’re able to stand patiently, watch the world pass you by, content and calm. You may wait 2 minutes or maybe it’s 15. You’re fine. And then there are the days you shift from side to side, you can’t stop checking your phone, you find yourself using that tone of voice with the teller that you’re not proud of, and even if you hear yourself and you hate what’s coming out, you can’t seem to quiet the angry little demon sitting on your shoulder.

There are two ways to do everything. You can let the guy cut in front of you in his neon green Ford mustang and just smile, and wonder where he’s heading in such a hurry. You can open the door and wait for a ridiculously slow moving stranger. Take notice. Learn from those around you. Standing in line is a social experiment.

Listen to this month’s mixtape, ‘Social Experiment’ here:

Compilation – Nissa Rhodes
Image & Design – Luke Van Van Voorhis & Dersu Rhodes



Slower Expectations doesn’t lower expectations by any means. Christoph Woerner, responsible for one of my favorite sets of the year has just released a follow up set that is a little more down-tempo yet doesn’t lack detail and keeps you engaged all the way through.

I asked Christoph where the inspiration for his sets comes from, what would he say his influences are and where he seeks out his music.

“I try to play friends, artists that I know, and where I can feel the person when I listen to their music.”

One of the countless reasons that I connect with this culture is the fact that influence and inspiration can pass so easily and un-selfishly through hands and ears to friends and beyond. The ability to reach across the ocean and impact people through these curated pieces of music allows me to fall deeper in love with this genre.

Listen to more from Christoph on his Soundcloud and stalk him until you can go see him live when he plays next.



This set is fucking incredible. I can’t thank Kassel, Germany born Christoph Woerner enough for mixing one of the most brilliant sets I’ve heard. Mixed for Klangextase, this set manages to dance amongst the heavy hitting minimal house that we love, and the heartfelt melodies that elevate the genre. “This is so Berlin.” I say to myself, closing my eyes for a moment and I am transported to the floors of Zur wilden Renate, or the late smoke filled Kater Holzig.

Please take the time to enjoy this absolutely fantastic set from Christoph Woerner, and download the set below for free.



This Monday we are bringing you a mixtape from Nick Angelillo. Nicks music taste has always been fresh air at any party, dinner, or car ride and we found it only right to begin to feature his mixtapes on the blog.

Our first “Nix” is called Old Paths Lead to New Places

A playlist for any path with music to set your pace. When this playlist ends so will the path and I’ll meet you there. See you on the other side…. Enjoy. – Nick



This is the set of the year so far for me. Live from the Boiler Room Berlin, David August takes us on a journey through deep space. We start with a dreamy building soundscape that quickly develops into a jaw-dropping series of mixes. He plays the synth live, while mixing in everything from a segregation RFK speech on vinyl, to some of the funkiest move-your-fucking-body beats to come across Soundcloud.

Please take the time to watch the set below, as well as listen to it on Soundcloud.

Spirit Fingers_Witness_This

Spirit Fingers_Witness_This
I asked a handful of friends a very simple question yesterday – “First thing that pops into your head – what do you think is super underrated?” The answers were interesting, weird, nonsensical and generally awesome. I giggled, I judged, and I gained new insight into the complex mind’s of many whom I thought I knew so well. What i quickly realized is this was just a way better way of asking them what they are thankful for. I learned that by tweaking a basic question and asking it in a different way, the responses were way more entertaining and even unexpected.

Answers below, in no particular order…

missing the lunch rush.
clean drinking water and fresh air.
in-suite laundry.
smiles from strangers.
jean jacket vests.
a perfectly ripened nectarine.
sand castles.
exercising at lunch time. (followed by an, “I was just thinking about how lame and old that sounds”)
Riesling. (apparently it’s the most versatile grape and it pairs with everything – despite the misconception that’s it’s always sweet)
sleeping in.
clean socks.
baby wipes for adults.
the feeling of cleaning your ears with Q-tips.
being barefoot.
almond butter and weed. weed should be legal highly praised. (word for word)
pregnancy jeans – don’t know why all jeans aren’t made with a belly band.
dance routines with friends.
deep friend cauliflower.
open marriage.
track suits.
pickles and cheese.

My personal favorite answer? “No doubt, spiderwebs.”

Really? I was intrigued. What part of spiderwebs does he love so much? Is it how they look? How they’re made?

“Oh god no”, he responded. “The songSpiderwebs‘ by No Doubt. And socks.” Right, I thought to myself. Of course.

So now I must ask you – What do you think is super underrated? Don’t think too hard, first thing that pops into your head.

My own answer to that question? Spirit fingers.

Listen here.

Compilation – Nissa Rhodes
Image & Design – Luke Van Van Voorhis & Dersu Rhodes




Tim Sweeney brings forth another epic set as he hosts John Talabot and Jamie XX (from the XX) in playing a non-stop 2 hour set, playing 2 and 2. The soundscape provided by these two breaks away from any pre-conceived notions I had on what their sound would be. It’s glorious in the way it leads you through a schizophrenic tempo forest without being harsh or unsettling and the fact that they are able to combine so many genres and sounds into one cohesive piece is beyond impressive.

Enjoy the two part set below and make sure to check out more from Beats in Space here.





When I die,
I want to fall in my bed exhausted,
covered in scars,
stories buzzing in my head,
of memories and inside jokes,
from a lifetime of misadventure.
My broken bones barely healed,
my weathered skin and matted hair,
A body running on fumes.
And I will lay there,a room full of grand children,
minds alive with curiosity,
for a world waiting to be explored.
And a beautiful wife, with soft hands in mine,
smiling because she knows me best,
and then she would look at me,
and see the stories sparkling in my eyes,
and she would squeeze my hand, as I left,
on one last adventure.

– a t t i c u s

Compilation – Nissa Rhodes
Design – Luke Van Van Voorhis & Dersu Rhodes

Listen here.


Torstrasse | Witness This
Album artwork by Laura Mckeller

Inspired by my move to Berlin and the time I spent lost in the city. There is no other place on earth that can evoke such a powerful, lonely, wondrous, state of mind. I lived for part of the time on Torstrasse in Mitte, sleeping on the floor of a friends study. During that time, I fell in love with deep house as it became the soundtrack to my explorations throughout the city. This is my attempt at sharing a part of that story.

Follow me on soundcloud:



FM Attack creates soundtracks to another era, his albums speak to another time and place in such a manner that I find myself gazing off into the distance, imagining myself ripping off down the road next to Ryan Gosling in Drive, or throwing parties with Cruise in Risky Business. Shawn Ward is the man behind FM Attack, whom we’ve featured in our Genius section a few years back. With the release of the new album Deja Vu, I had a chance to sit down with Shawn while we listened to the album on a Fall evening in San Diego.

This album for Shawn seems to be an extension of the last, not only in style and sound, but in the way he collaborated with Kristine from Athens Greece. “I thought about singing on the track, but then after I sent it to Kristine, she sent be back the first version and it was perfect.”
The play between Shawn and Kristine throughout the album really feels like a lost-in-space love story, his vocals intertwine with hers on tracks like Runaway and add another layer to the song.

“What’s your goal, what are you aiming for?” I ask Shawn as we sit listening to the last track on the album Lost Angeles. “I think I have reached it in a way already.” Shawn thinks for a moment. “It’s not about blowing up and being massive for me. I’m so happy where I am and what I’m doing right now.”
He lives in Mazatlán Mexico, making music in his studio next to the ocean, he has a tight group of friends that all make music, and in play shows all over the area. He has a gorgeous local girl whom they have been together for years now. He tours when he wants to, and gets to make the music that has inspired him his whole life. To Shawn it seems that it is more about the experience and for lack of better terms, the path. He’s enjoying his steps, and Deja Vu is another step that he enjoyed all the way through. I sense a sort of peace in Shawn as he sits next to me at the table. “I feel lucky to be able to make money doing what I love, that’s what matters for me right now.”

Make sure you check out FM Attack’s newest LP Deja Vu here and purchase it here.