Mixtape Monday: Radio Jakarta Arabian Vinyl Premiere, Jazzy Jeff J Dilla Tribute, Gilles Peterson + More!
Mixtape Monday is back once again, roaring in like a lion on what’s shaping up to be a wildly varied week. Things begin with one of the most exclusive, unexpected premieres Okayplayer has ever featured: an all-vinyl mix of rare North African recordings picked up by Jakarta Records co-founder Jannis Stürtz. Also in this crop of mixes is the latest Strata East set from UK groove admiral Gilles Peterson, a dense and intelligent two hours of 70s jazz from the barely-known label of the same name. Toss in a top-notch Rakim tribute mix from DJ Revolution and the top three leadoff sets have a dominant throwback theme, that’s plain. But we’ve got plenty of more modern sounds on deck, that’s to be sure. New mixes from HWLS, DJ2D2 and Eden Hagos guarantee that there’s plenty of modernity to go around, and a couple of hip-hop sessions from the likes of Monk One and DJ Big Texas. Oh, and lest we forget, there’s a fresh Jazzy Jeff tribute mix to J Dilla, which was recorded live in Philly this weekend. So here’s hoping the weekend refreshed your mental memory banks, because we’ve got some unforgettable sounds to get cracking on. Begin.