Midnight In A Perfect World: Ryan Hemsworth

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Colin Medley

Canadian artist Ryan Hemsworth is a chameleonic figure in the music world, equally adept at producing club bangers, emotional ballads, and charming indie folk music. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ryan emerged as an innovative producer in the early 2010s with a unique cinematic sound that blurred the boundaries between hip-hop, electronic, R&B, and progressive club styles. His first proper solo album Guilt Trips came out in 2013 and won the Juno Award the following year for Electronic Album Of The Year. Since then he's gone on to release two additional albums, numerous EPs and mixtapes, and he's also consistently showcased his infectious collaborative spirit, producing tracks for a wide array of artists ranging from Mitski to E-40, and launching his own label Secret Songs to provide a platform for emerging new artists. Ryan continued to expand his resume in 2020 with his signing to beloved indie label Saddle Creek Records for the launch of Quarter-Life Crisis, a new project that taps into his love of emotional indie pop and indie folk music. Quarter-Life Crisis' self-titled debut release came out in early December 2020 and featured appearances by Hand Habits, Yohuna, Claud, Hop Along's Frances Quinlan, and Hovvdy's Charlie Martin.

His guest mix for Midnight In A Perfect World perfectly captures Ryan's ability to conjure up whimsical and emotional sounds out of multiple genres, beautifully stitching together ambient, dream pop, downtempo, indie rock, and more disparate styles with a cohesive touch. Along the way he sneaks in a couple unreleased tracks and unearths some stunning under-the-radar gems.

Midnight In A Perfect World Intro
Tohji & Malibu Oreo (Malibu Seven Seas Mix)
Teethe On Everything
Quarter-Life Crisis Fatigue
NNAMDI Flowers To My Demons (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Inochi Maitreya Bodhisattva
Oh Shu Ya Hoi
Masakatsu Takagi Binary Star
Cobalt Rabbit professional daydreamer
kamome sano equation
Goldensuns Cover It Up
Peace Pill Morning Heights Warmer
Frances Quinlan Lean (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Zero 7 Destiny (Hefner's Destiny Chill)
Joasihno We Are Dreaming Of The Dark
Overmono Quadraluv
The Radio Dept David (The Rice Twins Remix)
Hauschka & Múm Random Summer
Esthero Superheroes
Shrimpnose Cherish
Alicks Hold Your Breath
Nathan Micay Grad Walk
Ryan Hemsworth & Kensuke Ushio Untitled
Ryan Hemsworth & Kensuke Ushio Untitled

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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