Rapper Big Pooh, Abstract Orchestra and SlopFunkDust drop new music this Mixtape Monday.
Rapper Big Pooh returns with RPM, Abstract Orchestra pays tribute to Madlib and DOOM, and SlopFunkDust digs up beats. A few rising acts join them for the first portion of this week’s roundup with fresh projects for fans of hip-hop, electronic and R&B. Rahiem Supreme drops Drip Bond 2. Newcomer Franky Hill explores his vices on User and Rotterdam producer Moods pushes his own boundaries on Zoom Out.
Representing first for the selectors, Moo Latte drops a set for Soul Circle Radio. Zephyr Ann spins two hours of deep, soulful cuts for The Lot Radio. Darien Birks keeps pace with an 80s r&b and soul mix, Elder Island drop a set for Kaltblut Magazine, DJ Rashad Hayes brings the love vibes and Chris Hound rounds out this week’s selections with a new mix for Paxico Records.
Abstract Orchestra – Madvillain Vol. 1
The UK’s own Abstract Orchestra pays tribute to Madlib and DOOM with Madvillain Vol. 1. Saxophonist and bandleader, Rob Mitchell, explains the thinking behind the release:
”MADVILLAINY’ is a jazz album as much as it is a hip-hop album and I wanted to explore this reciprocal territory there has always been between jazz and hip-hop. 70’s cop show soundtracks have always captured my interest and imagination, and I discovered so much amazing music through TV themes, Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin in particular. They explored sounds that were menacing, angular, dissonant, frantic and yet captivating. They were also able to write music that was the flip side of all that dark chaos, and write lush and beautiful music. Arranging and scoring up MADVILLAIN Vol 1. Has allowed me to explore these sounds that I’ve always loved, yet keeping a strong hip-hop identity as the core of its sound.”
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Rapper Big Pooh – RPM
Rapper Big Pooh gets back to work with the arrival of his twelve-track effort entitled RPM or Rapper Pooh Music. The project produced by Focus boasts features from Chaundon, Ab Liva, Thurz, Akilz Amari, and more.
SlopFunkDust – ASR-10 Beat Archive Vol. 2
SlopFunkDust teams with RappersIKnow to drop ASR-10 Beat Archive Vol. 2. The ten-track tape compiles beats produced by the Beat Fanatic co-founder between 1996 and 2000.
Rahiem Supreme – Drip Bond Pt. 2
DMV rapper Rahiem Supreme returns with the audio accompaniment to his short film The Formula and the latest in the Drip Bond series, entitled Drip Bond 2. The nine-track project piloted by DJ Mastamind features appearances from DJ Alizay and Ankhlejohn.
Franky Hill – User
Jersey-bred rapper Franky Hill grapples with his demons and attempts healing on the eight-track debut entitled User. The project features contributions from Kam Dela, Ivy Sole, NightChild, and Sharrell.
Moods – Zoom Out
Dutch producer Nick Lubbersen, aka Moods, presents his progressive fourteen-track debut entitled Zoom Out.
“For Zoom Out, I wanted to approach the LP with a focus on songs rather than ‘beats’,” explains Lubbersen. “The whole project really threw me out of my comfort zones. When you’re working with vocalists directly you really have think and arrange things differently. The process felt a lot more collaborative and it definitely made me think a little more outside the box. There’s nothing more satisfying than challenging yourself and showing a new edge to what you do, but I was able to do this without losing the essence and signature style of the Moods project in the process.”
Moo Latte – SCR Mix Series Vol. 29
Poland and Denmark representative Moo Latte drops a set for Soul Circle Radio’s Mix Series Vol. 29.
I like to blend my jazz and classical background into my music by constructing harmonies and melodies as well as experimenting with the macro structures of entire albums. My last release “Syd” includes all of those things as well as introducing inspiration from my African heritage. Having a Congolese father, a Polish mother and spending the last 6 years in Scandinavia really pushed me to blend all those cultures together in a 16 track long piece. For the 29th installment of SCR Mix Series, I included discoveries from the beat scene and blended in two tracks from my older releases. Those tracks go along my musical road and remind me of the necessity of being up to date with what is happening around the world, because there is so much good music out there.
Zephyr Ann – The Lot Radio 10.24.18
Brooklyn’s own Zephyr Ann holds it down for Fatik with a two-hour guest set for Second Hand Love on The Lot Radio.
Darien Birks – 80s Mix
The Stuyvesants’ own Darien Birks drops a killer 80s Mix to kick off the month of November. The one-hour set full of obscure r&b and soul tracks includes music from Sherrick, Kyrstol, Atlantic Starr, Maxx Traxx, and Sass.
Elder Island – Kaltblut Magazine Mixtape Vol. 1
Bristol trio Elder Island drop a “straight-to-tape” mix for Kaltblut Magazine ahead of their forthcoming debut album.
Bristol-based Elder Island use a mixture of jiving analogue beats, alongside a myriad of affected keys, guitar, bass and cello to create something between dream pop and techno. In February 2019 the musical triad is looking to release their debut album ‘The Omnitone Collection’ with the help of fans through Pledge Music. Here’s a tasty little straight-to-tape mix Elder Island have put together featuring tracks that have inspired their debut LP including artists such as George Benson, Kaytranada, Funkadelic and Grace Jones.
DJ Rashad Hayes – Love Vibes Pt. 3
DJ Rashad Hayes follows a prolific summer of remixes, edits and mix sets with his first offering of the fall entitled Love Vibes Pt. 3. The forty-four-minute mix features a great collection of progressive soul, R&B and experimental artists.
The third edition of Love Vibes. You already know the steez: love, light, & life. Featuring great music from The Internet, Sabrina Claudio, Jorja Smith, Masego, Miguel, Ella Mai, GoldLink, ebrahim, classic Janet Jackson, & PartyNextDoor mixed by yours truly.
Chris Hound – Tell Me Mix
Paxico Records chief Chris Hound dedicates a set to love and vulnerability with the arrival of the forty-four minute Tell Me mix. The tracklisting includes joints from Groove Theory, Coutel, Ginuwine, Zo!, and more.
Tell Me is a rough yet smooth ode to the romance and vulnerability that comes from early days in a relationship. Bump it where you can belt your insecurities.