Mixtape Monday: The Du-Rites, Maïa, Waajeed, The Putbacks + More
New music from The Du-Rites, Maïa, Waajeed, The Putbacks and more make the cut this Mixtape Monday.
The Du-Rites serve up an ode to funky TV show themes with the arrival of Gamma Ray Jones. Maïa drops the Motion EP, Waajeed is back with From The Dirt, The Putbacks drop their self-titled debut and Daniel Crawford delivers Revolution.
Representing for hip-hop, Mankind and The Deity Complex take a trip on the Sol Trane. Statik Selektah and Termanology follow with Still 1982. After years on the scene, Big Twins makes his formal debut with Grimey Life, Willie The Kid and Klever Skemes team again for Gold Rush 2 and Pakistani producer Hasan drops Soul Knocks.
Maïa – Motion EP
Brisbane’s own Maïa follows her buzzworthy 2016 lofi mixtape with the lush, self-produced Motion EP.
The Du-Rites – Gamma Ray Jones
J-Zone and Pablo Martin are back as The Du-Rites with the release of their latest project entitled Gamma Ray Jones.
Inspired by the musical scores of the iconic cop shows of the 1960s and ‘70s, Gamma Ray Jones is the musical backdrop for a lost 1972 TV series that never made it past the cutting room floor at NBC. With the rival crime-fighting shows of the day brawling for airtime (Mannix, McCloud, Banacek, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, The Mod Squad, The Rockford Files, etc.), Gamma Ray Jones proved too real, too violent and too expensive to produce, prompting the network to cease production on the series after the pilot episode, Get This Turkey Outta Here!, was filmed. The fact that the star of the show was none other than NYC’s own street justice warrior, Pedro “Gamma Ray” Jones, Hollywood execs didn’t want the smoke. The pilot sat in a film reel vault for 46 years with one glaring omission – the music. Enter: The Du-Rites.
Waajeed – From The Dirt LP
One year after the release of his acclaimed Shango EP, Dirt Tech Reck founder, and Detroit institution, Waajeed drops his ten-track album From The Dirt.
The Putbacks – The Putbacks
Channeling primetime house bands of the 60s and 70s, Melbourne collective The Putbacks release their stellar self-titled debut.
The Putbacks – Melbourne’s dirtiest, darkest and heaviest funk rhythm section – bring you an album of crunchy post-soul post-jazz mystery-cinema instrumentals for your turntable and your sampler. Produced by Paul Bender (Hiatus Kaiyote) and featuring collaborations with luminaries such as Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this record is a hard-hitting, abstract journey into an alternate reality where The Meters specialised in Sci-Fi soundtrack art and Dick Dale played guitar on Madlib records. Known for their instrumental 7inch funk cuts and their collaboration with Emma Donovan, this self-titled LP is the first full-length release to the band’s name and is well worth the wait.
Daniel Crawford – Revolution
Daniel Crawford tackles police brutality and completes a trilogy of releases that began in 2012 with the recent arrival of Revolution. The album boasts appearances from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dayne Jordan, Maimouna Youssef, Kaidi Tatham, Osunlade and Jimetta Rose.
Mankind x The Deity Complex – Mankind: Sol-Trane
Mankind spits over production from The Deity Complex on their thirteen-track collaborative ode to the classic True York City sound entitled Mankind: Sol-Trane.
Statik Selektah x Termanology – Still 1982
Statik Selektah and Termanology drop the sequel to their 2010 album 1982 with the release of Still 1982, featuring appearances from Benny The Butcher, Conway, CJ Fly, and Lil’ Fame.
Big Twins – Grimey Life
Big Twins follows the Prodigy-assisted single “Loyalty Over Love” with his long-awaited full-length debut Grimey Life. The 15-track album features appearances from Mobb Deep, Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Big Noyd, Hus Kingpin and more.
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Willie The Kid x Klever Skemes – Gold Rush 2
Grand Rapids spitter Willie The Kid is back on wax alongside producer and frequent collaborator Klever Skemes as the pair deliver the follow-up to the October 2018 project Gold Rush, entitled Gold Rush 2.
Hasan – Soul Knocks
Peshawar-based producer Hasan drops a gem for the beat junkies with the arrival of Soul Knocks.
Normally, Hasan is known for his straight lofi beats. But when the soul knocks on the door, he lets him in and influences his new release “Soul Knocks”. Of course, he didn’t just made a simple tape with soul samples, but he uses this sound and creates his own style, that you love from the producer from Peshawar, Pakistan.