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Mixtape Monday kicks off with new music from Tensei, Soul Clap Records, KLIM and Jansport J.
Tensei drops Constellate, Soul Clap follows with Italo Funk, KLIM shares the beat compilation Last Call and Jansport J serves up the yeaaight.[Beat Tape]. Sweden’s own Moose Dawa rounds out the first portion with The Swap.
Revolutionary Rhythm pick up the pace with From The Soul, Nottingham spitter Juga-Naut drops Bon Vivant, 38 Spesh is back with 5 Shots, Who? drops Thank You, Come Again, newcomer Richard Wright represents South Central on Where The SideWalk Ends and Kaio Kane brings The Perfect Storm.
Digging alongside the purveyors of Italian Funk, Soul Clap Records has produced the Italo Funk compilation. It captures the very special musical exchange between Italian and American funk and soul artists from the 60s to the present.
Midas Wells and Chris Kramer combine as Tensei to deliver Constellate. Their effervescent combination of spiritual jazz, soul, psych rock, electronic and boom-bap is a clinic in quality music that features appearances from Jimetta Rose, Liv Warfield, Sam Trump, Najite Olokun, A. Billi Free and more.
In a time where there is so much division among people due to politics, deep rooted hate, and social injustice, Tensei choose to ‘Constellate’, drawing on the power of positive vibrations to provide an uplifting collection of modern soul fusion.
Produced on the MPC 2000XL, LAST CALL is the latest from Kiev producer KLIM. The ten-track project is a collection of laidback, boom-bap instrumentals he’s teasing as a full-length release. Reach out and tell KLIM to pull the trigger.
yeaaight. [Beat Tape]
Just one month removed from It’s A Wonderful Beat Tape, Jansport J is back with the twelve-track yeaaight [Beat Tape]. Dig through the tracklisting for some choice flips of funk and soul classics as well as some of your 90s r&b faves.
Sweden’s own Moose Dawa drops a gem for NINETOFIVE with his latest release titled The Swap, which draws inspiration from the cyclical nature of life and the interconnectedness of all things.
The Swap! Everything goes around like a circle. From the records we get our hands on, to the beats we make from sampling the past into the present. We swap ideas, thoughts & vibrations among each other to inspire & hopefully generate a creative energy to feed on. That energy can sometimes come in very spontaneous ways and create small bits & pieces of what you felt at that moment.
From The Soul
Revolutionary Rhythm put on for the City of Angels on their sunny, five-track chillhop excursion From The Soul produced by Waahiid, GUMS and Smuff Tha Quiz.
Nottingham spitter Juga-Naut drops a gem for fans of the finer things in life with the drippy, aspirational rap opus Bon Vivant. The partially self-produced release from Jugz is “best played in a 2003 Nissan Nightmare with Coogi interior sipping a Hennessy Turmeric Latte, late for work.”
A bon vivant enjoys fine dining, socialising and traveling in style — in general, he prefers the most luxurious experiences. The phrase is French, meaning “one fond of good living” or “one who lives well,
38 Spesh serves up a straightforward collection of joints for the streets with the release of the self-produced project 5 Shots. An appetizer following his epic Summer 2018 release Son of G. Rap, 5 Shots still packs a healthy dose of beats and bars.
Thank You, Come Again
Rising spitter and the latest to add his touch to Virginia’s deep rap legacy, Who? plants his flag with Thank You, Come Again. The seven-track EP co-produced by Alex Ghenea boasts heavy bass, swagger heavy slice-of-life bars and an appearance from Anthony Alston Jr.
Where The SideWalk Ends
South Central’s own Richard Wright makes a splash with Where The SideWalk Ends. Taking a page from Shel Silverstein’s design sensibility and otherwise rapping his face off over production from Huss, Wright’s latest is a bop that bodes well for what’s to come.
The Perfect Storm
North Carolina spitter Kaio Kane follows Scratching The Surface with the eleven-track mixtape The Perfect Storm. Full of swagger, vice and struggle, the tape anchored by his booming voice is a nod to doing whatever it takes to get it out the mud.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb.