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Peanut Butter Wolf’s RIP 2016 mix goes way deeper than Prince and Bowie

The most masterful mix of artists we lost in the last year.

- Jan 4, 2017

If you spent the last month catching up on year end music coverage, you've probably listened to at least as much "Life On Mars?" and "Little Red Corvette" as you have "Formation" and "Ultralight Beam." 2016 lost us a lot of musical heroes, and that made a major impact on the music we listened to last year. But, come on, these heroes have more than a few songs.

Today, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Stones Throw founder/creative director, gives us the artist we lost in 2016 mix that can only come from a really skilled crate digger — one that makes the music seem new, fresh, even novel.

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RIP 2016 gives you some Prince and Bowie and George Michael, but they're all inventive picks you might not have expected (or maybe even heard). And he also mixes in influential but less ballyhooed figures like Rod Temperton, Prince Buster, and a ton of funk and soul names that should have always been in the conversation.

Take a listen below to all three parts of Peanut Butter Wolf's RIP 2016 below and keep reading for the full tracklisting.

Part 1

1. Now – Bobby Hutcherson
2. Where The Moon Goes – Weather Report (Victor Bailey)
3. The Star Of The Story – Heatwave (Rod Temperton)
4. 4 Moms – A Tribe Called Quest (Malik Isaac Taylor aka Phife Dawg)
5. Mom – Earth, Wind, & Fire (Maurice White)
6. This Masquerade – Leon Russell
7. We Can Work It Out – Prince
8. Time and Space – Ohio Players (Marshall Jones)
9. When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I’ll Be Your Valentine- Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake)
10. Aranjuez – Tomita
11. On A Clear Day – Billy Paul
12. Today – Jefferson Airplane (Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson)
13. Thirteen Eight – Mother Gong (Gillian “Gilli” Mary Smyth)

Part 2

1. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne – Suicide (Alan Vega)
2. V-2 Schneider – David Bowie
3. Breakdown – Colourbox (Steven Young)
4. The Mood – Kashif
5. Make-Up – Vanity 6
6. The Elephant Never Forgets – Jean Jacques Perrey
7. Blue Jay Way – The Beatles (George Martin)
8. Pictures Of Matchstick Men – Status Quo (Richard John Parfitt)
9. I’ll Be With You – Bernie Worrell
10. Nothing Looks The Same In The Light – Wham! (George Michael)
11. I’m Not Gonna Let You – Colonel Abrams
12. Inspiration Information – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
13. The Dip – The Whispers (Nicolas Caldwell)
14. Judge Dread – Prince Buster
15. Howlin For Judy – Jeremy Steig
16. Space Invaders – Alphonse Mouzon

Vol 3
1. My Conversation - The Uniques (Jimmy Riley)
2. When I Think – Andy “Thunderclap” Newman
3. Winter Lady - Leonard Cohen
4. Those Shoes - Eagles (Glen Frey)
5. Red Light - Siouxsie & The Banshees (Nigel Gray)
6. Selfish Side - Dead Or Alive (Pete Burns)
7. Beri-Beri - Kleenex (Marlene Marder)
8. Egg Raid On Mojo - The Beastie Boys (John Berry)
9. Sesame Street - Blowfly
10. My Old Flame - Paul Bley
11. Cold Gray Dawn - Lee Andrews
12. Dónde Andará - Juan Gabriel
13. Ode To A Forgetful MInd - Prince B
14. Im Out To Catch - Leon Haywood
15. I Just Wanna Love You - Force MD's (Trisco Pearson)
16. Adios Part II - Gato Barbieri
17. Da Da Da - Trio (Peter Behrens)

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