Mixtape Monday: Foushee, Cookin Soul, Mecca:83, Shaolin Jazz + More
New projects from Foushee, Cookin Soul, Mecca:83 and Shaolin Jazz make for great listening this Mixtape Monday.
Soul singer Foushee is first up with her timely debut project Speak Up. Cookin Soul follows with the latest instrumental project entitled Snow Beach. Mecca:83 scores the late night with the Midnight Radio EP and Shaolin Jazz mashes Nancy Wilson with the Wu-Tang Clan on Sweet Nancy.
Federico Martínez Penna digs South America’s best with the hour-long Brazilian Crates (1970-1980) mix. Producer Eric Boss mashes Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Migos on the Crossroads tape.
Rahiem Supreme is back with Black Cinema, DJ Dejavu drops Le Lys Dans Lla Vallée III, PENPALS return with To Whom It May Concern, and DTX producer Ben Hixon closes things out with Rare 80’s & Gospel Volumes 1 and 2.
Foushee – Speak Up
Left-of-center soul singer Foushee follows the ESSENCE debut of the official video for “By One” with her debut project Speak Up.
Speak Up’ pokes fun at a phrase I was constantly told growing up. I was a shy, soft-spoken kid, but I was very creative so I used music and art as an expressive outlet. Now that I’ve grown and experienced life, I finally feel like I found my voice. Now I’m ready to speak up and I have so much to say. This EP touches on topics like substance abuse, the current race war, situational friendships, & of course love! My goal was to give these topics a fresh perspective and sound. – Fousheé
Cookin Soul – Soul Beach
Cookin Soul is fresh from the kitchen with the thirteen-track Soul Beach tape. The instrumental project dedicated to the warmest season of the year is teeming with sunny soul and jazz vibes. Points for the stylistic nods to Raekwon and Ralph in the packaging.
Shaolin Jazz – Sweet Nancy From Shaolin
The Shaolin Jazz crew return with their latest project entitled Sweet Nancy from Shaolin. The thirteen-track project “dedicated to the unsung and incomparable Nancy Wilson” pairs her music with bars from Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, D’Angelo and more.
Federico Martínez Penna – Brazilian Crates (1970-1980)
Federico Martínez Penna lends his ear and a storehouse of vintage jams to the Brazilian Crates (1970-1980) mix. Combining funk, disco, psych rock, and fusion, he dives deep to spin some of the very best in South America’s musical vaults. Tracks from Neno Exporta Som, Om with Dom Um Romão, Azymuth, Eumir Deodato, Arthur Verocai, Gerson King Combo, Hermeto Pascoal and more make the cut.
Rahiem Supreme – Black Cinema
Prolific D.C. spitter Rahiem Supreme officially racks up three projects in three consecutive months. Following the March release of his Vintage Fendi EP and the April release of Connoisseur, he drops the smoking ten-track Black Cinema tape produced by QB.
Eric Boss – Crossroads
Producer Eric Boss combines favorites from the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony catalog with Migos tracks on the appropriately titled Crossroads mashup tape.
Mecca:83- Midnight Radio EP
Mecca:83 returns to soundtrack the twilight hours with the Midnight Radio EP. The seven-track project combines jazz samples and Fender Rhodes progressions. Mecca:83 caps the arrangements with guest appearances from Marak, brothermartino, and K Le’Maestro.
DJ Dejavu – Le Lys Dans La Valee III
Billed as “a mixtape that tells a story of love and desire,” DJ Dejavu’s Le Lys Dans La Valee III features cuts from Beatspoke, Goldlink, Anderson .Paak, Sade, The Roots and more
PENPALS – To Whom It May Concern
Rapswell, Cynic The Apache and Squires aka New York’s own PENPALS follow their self-titled 2015 album with To Whom It May Concern. Tracks from in-house producer Squires rub elbows with production from The Doppelgangaz, Quelle Chris, Loupo, Lars Viola, Damn Ricky and Anzem.
Ben Hixon – Rare 80’s & Gospel Vol. 1 & 2
DTX producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Hixon follows the hard as nails Twisted Black Remixes with two volumes of Rare 80’s & Gospel. The pair of sets both clock in over the forty minute mark and deliver exactly what the title advertises. A real gem for the diggers.