Mixtape Monday: DJ Harrison, Karriem Riggins, Marco Polo, Kon + More
Mixtape Monday is full of exciting newcomers, tough beats and old souls this week. Butcher Brown’s DJ Harrison starts things off with a mix for NTS Live. Karriem Riggins plays originals and digs some great joints in session with J.Rocc. Marco Polo shares his contribution to Fat Beats’ Bakers Dozen series and Kon adds his legendary ear to the mix for Stamp The Wax. Brother Mynor, Tamara Renee and Rejjie Snow represent for the newcomers, while Jack Martin rounds things out with the double-sided gospel funk gem PRAISE for Acorn Tapes.
DJ Harrison - NTS Live 05.18.17
Just months removed from the release of The Healer, Butcher Brown’s DJ Harrison tags up the tables for NTS Radio with the latest live session. The result is a 1-hour set full of productions from Harrison, from remixes to original compositions and beats. If you have ever heard any of DJ Harrison’s output, you know this is worth a listen. If you are new to the party, consider this a primer.
Marco Polo - Baker’s Dozen
Marco Polo is the latest to drop a set for Fat Beats’ Bakers Dozen series with 12 tracks of certified grown folks rap. Chasing the demo sound, Marco Polo pulls the majority of his contributions straight from the MPC to deliver a solid set of rare and unreleased slappers.
Baker’s Dozen heads back to the East Coast where veteran producer Marco Polo brings a welcomed boom bap flavor to the series. New York City is the birthplace of Fat Beats (and as many would say, Hip-Hop in general) and current NYC resident Marco Polo is true to form in representing our roots.
Rejjie Snow - The Moon And You
Rejjie Snow follows “Flexin” and the Joey Bada$$ assisted “Purple Tuesday” with a full stream of The Moon And You mixtape. The wavy 13-track release produced primarily by Benjamin Miller and ShunGu boasts features from Joyce Wrice and Jesse Boykins, amongst others. Sporting a backbone of drum & bass, trap and bonafide soul, the tape is a whimsical, melodic and often thoughtful trip that should endear Snow to a wider audience and formally mark his arrival.
Karriem Riggins - Adventures In Stereo
Just months removed from the release of his acclaimed Headnod Suite LP, Karriem Riggins joins J.Rocc in session for the latest edition of Adventures In Stereo for SoCal’s KPFK. Taking the reigns from J.Rocc after his short intro set, Riggins spins joints from Elzhi, Ohio Players, Kanye West, Junie Morrison, James Brown and more. He also sits for a short interview.
Ghettospheric - A Ghetto Hour #39: Brazil
Bristol collective Ghettospheric digs a South American musical storehouse with the arrival of A Ghetto Hour #39: Brazil. Capping just shy of the 1-hour mark, the mix features vinyl sourced from Rio and Sao Paulo. Nothing too complicated or hard to find makes the cut for this set, just quality soul, boogie funk and breezy traditional gems that should delight anyone in need of proper traveling music.
Kon - Stamp The Wax Mix #87
World-renowned selector and self-proclaimed King of Nothing, Kon takes the reigns for Stamp The Wax Mix #87, with a 41-minute set. Kon is known for dropping heat and this set is no deviation from the norm. Spinning nothing but 45s, he drops a rich collection of tracks including joints from The Gap Band, Heatwave, Johnnie Hamon, Rob Mehl, The Gospeleers and more.
Tamara Renee - CONJUR WOMAN
Brooklyn native Tamara Renee released her 12-track debut project Conjur Woman on May 18th. The tape is a hazy collection of tracks that find Renee deploying a dense, syrupy vocal to convey her experiences and innermost thoughts. Her performance is set against soulful, experimental and sometimes spare production that recalls the work of artists like The Soulquarians, Bell Biv Devoe and Sun Ra.
Brother Mynor - Passionfruit Falls
Brother Mynor dropped his Passionfruit Falls tape at the tail end of April for Inner Ocean Records. I’m a little late in stumbling upon the 22-track release, but luckily the material remains fresh. The follow-up to his 2016 Celebrities Doing Thaangs project, Passionfruit Falls is a lush, lo-fi excursion that plays with plenty of reverence for intoxicating breaks and analog warmth...if you dig that sort of stuff.
The Cooks - Fresh Taste #44
The Cooks serve up all of the rare grooves, soulful reissues and baby-making music you can stand with the Fresh Taste #44 mix for Brooklyn Radio. Starting things off with Sir Was, they drop joints from Moonchild, Takuya Kuroda, MURS, Amp Fiddler, Goldlink, Henry Wu, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Lojii & Swarvy and more.
Jack Martin - PRAISE
Jack Martin delivers a lesson in righteous funk with the 40-minute vinyl only PRAISE mix for Acorn Tapes. This pair of sets is the result of painstaking work on the part of the selector. Rare gospel recordings and other faith based funk gems rule the roost for the entirety of the mix. If you dig artists like Andrew Wartts and The Gospel Storytellers or Andrae Crouch -- even if you just love to dig for records, this one is for you.
PRAISE IS A COLLECTION OF DEEPLY SOULFUL, FUNKY GOSPEL RECORDS. RESPECT TO THE HIGHLY TALENTED MUSICIANS WHO PLAYED ON AND RECORDED THESE SONGS