Mixtape Monday: Underground System, Allysha Joy, Kryptonyte, Mahalia + More
Brooklyn’s own Underground System kicks off Mixtape Monday with an exclusive mix for Okayplayer.
This week’s roundup is another healthy collection of projects beginning with a solo debut from 30/70 Collective’s own Allysha Joy. Jade Fox, Lord Byron and Pink Siifu team with Ben Hixon as Kryptonyte. UK singer Mahalia has jams for any kind of weather on Seasons and The Regulars drop Regular Rap Instrumentals.
Other projects this week include heat from Estee Nack & Friends, Dice Raw, Good Food’s Strangers In A Crowded Room, London Livin’ by Snips, a re-release of Deliver Us From Evil by Jabee and Thelonious Martin, and Pay Me In Love by rising Philly spitter Sudan.
Underground System – Mixtape Monday Exclusive Mix
Brooklyn-based musical collective Underground System follows the September 7th Soul Clap release of their full-length album What Are You with an exclusive mix for Okayplayer’s Mixtape Monday. The thirty-minute set features tracks from Captain Planet, Marcellus Pitman, DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, Tony Allen, Sunlightsquare and more.
Allysha Joy – Acadie: Raw
Singer, songwriter and producer, Allysha Joy makes her solo debut with Acadie: Raw. The frontwoman for Melbourne’s acclaimed 30/70 Collective infuses each of the project’s ten tracks with her unmistakable vocal signature, infectious Fender-Rhodes chords and plenty of Aussie soul.
Dice Raw – The Narrative
Legendary Roots Crew veteran and modern day renaissance man Dice Raw continues his interrogation of manhood, the black experience, partisan politics, systemic injustice and more on his latest solo release, entitled The Narrative. The project is the musical companion to Dice’s new novel of the same name.
Estee Nack & Friends – #MINIMANSIONDUST VOL. 2
Estee Nack teams with Al Divino and Mr. Rose on the seven-track #MINIMANSIONDUST VOL. 2 tape. The project is a clinic in booming, mechanical beats and rock solid bars that plays like another win for gutter, East Coast rap.
Kryptonyte – Kryptonyte
Jade Fox, Lord Byron and Pink Siifu link with Ben Hixon to form Kryptonyte as of their eleven-track collaborative of the same name. Hixon provides the music for his collaborators, who take turns bodying a selection of Memphis inspired tracks.
Mahalia – Seasons
UK songstress Mahalia follows her lead single “Surprise Me” with the lush Seasons EP featuring an appearance from Kojey Radical.
Good Food – Strangers In A Crowded Room
Good Food follows After School Special with the twenty-one track tape Strangers In A Crowded Room. The release packed with instrumentals and edits cites diverse sonic influences and finds Good Food moving effortlessly from boom-bap to dance and more.
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Quincey White – White Noise
South Central’s own Quincey White formally caps his #30for30challenge with the White Noise EP, which unsurprisingly finds him rapping his face off. White pairs introspective verses with classic soul loops and bonafide slappers.
Sudan – Pay Me In Love
Sudan caps Summer 2018 with his debut album Pay Me In Love. The deeply personal, eight-track release is a dream for fans of introspective bars and ethereal beats. Sudan taps his mother, poet Ursula Rucker, to cap the project.
Jabee x Thelonious Martin – Deliver Us From Evil
Jabee and Thelonious Martin kick off Fall 2018 with the re-release of their collaborative As It Is In Heaven and Deliver Us From Evil EP’s. Might be nice to commemorate the occasion with a stream of the latter, which boasts an appearance from Kool A.D.
The Regulars – Regular Rap Instrumentals
Oakland’s own Otayo Dubb and Tahaj The First combine as The Regulars to deliver a solid eleven tracks of heat with the release of the Regular Rap Instrumentals, out now via Rappers I Know. A solid listen for the loop diggers and lovers of dusty beats.
Snips – London Livin’ EP
UK producer Snips follows the Kamaal vs. Wu-Tang remix project with the London Livin’ EP featuring appearances from William Stowe, Emmavie and Awate.
London club staple and Livin’ Proof co Founder Snips delivers his first release on his newly launched Barbershop Records. Stretching over an array of different sounds and influences Snips draws on some of Londons most talented artists to piece together a coherent journey through House, Jazz, Nu Soul, Hip Hop and Disco. The EP kicks off with a Jazz Funk inspired downtempo house record featuring Spoken Word artist William Stowe, taking the listener on a journey through the nuanced experience of existing in modern day Hackney. Soul Vocalist Emmavie appears on the second track assisting Snips in making what can only be described as a return to RnBs golden era. The flipside starts with an instrumental future club classic exploring Snips ability to flip and filter samples to create entirely new soundscapes. The EP then comes to an end with North London MC Awate lending his vocals to a timeless Hip Hop production, rooted in classic boom bap sensibilities and topped off with an obligatory scratch hook. A must have release for fans of real music.
milo – budding ornithologists…
Rory Ferreira aka milo is back on the board with a handful of collaborators on the fifteen-track tape entitled budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies.
this record is on the other side of time and guarded from the avantgarde and their cynicisms as well as the mainstream and their perpetual boredom tropes. my collaborators and i got funky and we dared to share that feeling with you, we allowed ourselves to feel ourselves and what followed was exhilarating. a long time coming been coming a long time. budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies.