Mixtape Monday: J. Rocc x Hanni El Khatib World Premiere, O. Wang x Bill Withers, DJ Underdog & More!
Good morning and happy MLK Day from every member of the Okayplayer family. Mixtape Monday isn't taking the day off, but it is ruminating on how far things have come and how far the world still has to go. We've got a sonically progressive grip of mixtapes in store for you, including the world premiere of the "Moonlight" Mixtape from the legendary J.Rocc and Hanni El Khatib, a phenomenal blend of beats both bright and dark. All that, plus futuristic electronics from Okayfuture and DJ Underdog, plus Detroit's own Rick Wilhite. Hip-hop heads you can keep on rejoicing--a fantastic House Shoes set and new live sounds from Mr. Carmack are waiting in the wings as well. It's only going to get better as the day goes on, so keep it locked as we make it funky.
Beat Junkies founder and current Stones Throw star J. Rocc has never ceased to amaze us with his ear for choice tracks and brilliant skills atop the turntable decks. For the new "Moonlight Mixtape", which Okayplayer is very proud to present to the world, Rocc joined forces with San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib to craft a dance-centric half hour filled with throwback style and loads of extended drum breaks. The mix is a rework of Khatib's Moonlight album, which drops later this month. For now, enjoy J. Rocc's preview and all the smokey guitar lines and gritty drums that come along with it.
Ever the wildcard, DJ Underdog has once again thrown down a sprawling and strange mixtape that's full of excellent moments. Underdog specializes in bridging the gap between futuristic and tribal, and as such his new The Unseen mix is loaded with Bacardi House drums, clattering hi-hats, rich synths, and wild vocals. Be sure to catch MA Nguzu Ironsoul's chop of Kelela's "Enemy" and the aptly-named "Spacey" from Jeftuz.
Capleton - "Fire Chant"
Oneohtrix Point Never - "Rush (Unreleased)"
Kindness - "With You (Feat. Kelela)"
Jeftuz - "Spacey"
Barry White and Quincy Jones - "Secret Garden"
Theophilus London Feat. Jesse Boykins III - "Tribe (Sliink & Nadus Remix)"
Dragons Tear - ???
FATIMA - "Ridin Round Sky High Prod Scoop DeVille"
Kingdom - "Court"
Kelela - "Enemy (MA Nguzu Ironsoul Edit)"
DJ Perigoso - "DecalÃ©Ã© (Original Mix)"
Capoeira Beat - ???
Boyz II Men - "Can You Stand The Rain [Burn Water Heavy A capella Rework]"
Janet Jackson - "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)"
J-Dub - "Feel"
DJ Paypal x DJ Taye x Boylan x DJ Big Hank - "Love"
Earl & Taye - "Again"
Chappy - Glacier "BaeBae"
LV & Josh Idehen - "Shake (Keysound Recordings)"
Andre 3000 - "Lo Vibration"
AIVA Redflower - "Love Vibration"
"The Future" Fade - "Love Calls"
Prototype - "Underwater"
BURN ft. Dj Uniique
05 V X X D X X P V S S Y (Extended)
Dia Da Moka (Original Mix)
07 Cuba Electronic
Gant - "Jungle Juke"
07 G r A t a T a
Hysterics - "Club Life"
PROTOTYPE - "DON'T PLAY"
O. Wang continues his spree of throwback gold mixes with his latest delivery, an hour-long tribute to r&b master Bill Withers. Wang has been a fervent fan of Withers for decades, to be sure, but this brand new all-Bill mix is the latest outpouring of his affection--a full and fitting tribute. Ranging from the obscure to the obvious, Wang's mix gives to the living legend his due across all periods of his long-running career. The entire set ends with a smattering of Withers covers...perhaps you'll hear a little bit of that band they call The Roots?
Detroit was done proud by House Shoes last month when he stopped through JuiceLand Radio and delivered a soulful live set loaded with Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Raj Mahal and plenty of his own material. Always a scion of the old school, Shoes's interpretations are as good as they've ever been. This set clatters and shakes at just the right pace and is perfect for a night of kicking back at home.
Tracklist (via House Shoes):
EXT - Best Times*
Flying Lotus - Getting There/Jimetta Rose-Castles
DJ Khalil exclusive
Jay Dee shit
DRUGS BEATS - Easy*
Seige Monstrocity exclusive
NAMELESS - Tendered*
OH NO - Elegant Smoke
Denmark Vessey - Future*
DertFloyd - You're My Sorrow
EXT - Strings UP*
EXT - Fender Bender*
NAMELESS - Rainbow Read*
Tuamie - Simple N Clean*
Samiyam - Dream (Green Feelings)
DertFloyd - Live From Rock Bottom
DertBeats - Distorted Joy*
T-White - Eternal Lee*
M-Phazes - James Blake flip
Denitia and Sene - Call U
Raj Mahal - Willful*
Raj Mahal - Mystic Sea*
Raj Mahal - Let's Join The Earth Kids*
Cream of Beats - Slick & Sly*
Cream of Beats - Game Time*
Knx - BestFriends
House Shoes - The Makings
House Shoes - Broken*
House Shoes - Empire
House Shoes - Cry Now
House Shoes - Suspended
House Shoes - Keep On
Stro - Hey Hey
Cream of Beats - Gaturs Tag*
OH NO - Dam Joint
Tall Black Guy - WheneverItComesToYou*
Sha'shu - Summer High*
Tall Black Guy - With You
Tuamie - Eva-Re-Moanin
Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, had a banner mixtape year in 2014, netting the BBC's high honor of Essential Mix of the year. Losing no steam, Snaith brought yet another mix to the BBC last week, this time rolling through Radio 6 to drop a soulful dance set loaded with his own music, plus tracks from Sonya Spence, Raheem Hershel, and DJ Koze. Rumor has it the mix also includes some unfinished, unreleased future Caribou material. "I kicked off the show with a track that I can't tell you the details about. I'm sworn to secrecy about it, but you're welcome to take a guess, and then maybe take another guess," Snaith said at the beginning of the broadcast. Consider us delighted and intrigued.
Connie Laverne – Can’t Live Without You [GSF Records]
Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On [High Note]
Shake Inc – Lost In Space [Guess Records]
Floating Points – Nectarines [EgloRecords]
Caribou – Your Love Will Set You Free (C2’s Set U Free RMX) [City Slang/Jiaolong]
Lô Borges – Tudo Que Você Podia Ser [Odeon]
Neon – Voices [Target Records]
Longineu Parsons – The Gathering [Luv N’ Haight]
E.S.P. – It’s You (Vocal) [Underground]
KB Project vs. Delusion – Nothing Can Stop You [Elevate (US)]
Raheem Hershel – Raheem’s Knowledge [Crème Organization]
DJ Koze – Brutalga Square [Kompakt]
Lil’ Louis – Club Lonely (Mr K Edit) [Epic]
Taxie – Rock Don’t Stop [Archwoods Records]
Snuky Tate – He’s The Groove [Blackmouth Music]
[unknown] – Unknown [Unknown]
Daphni – Tin [Unreleased Demo]
Bob Lind – Cool Summer [Verve Folkways]
Caribou – Silver [City Slang]
Sunrise Ltd. – Our Love Will Grow [Pizzazz Records]
Field Rotation – Rotation 3
Marquis Hawkes – Can’t Find A Reason [Houndstooth]
UR – Hardlife [Underground Resistance]
The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice [Ropeadope Records]
Bobby Bowens & Shades of Magic – Gonna Love Somebody [Move]
Saâda Bonaire – I Am So Curious [Captured Tracks,]
DJ Deeon – Hypnosis [Strut]
Jun-ray – Hana [The Leaf Label]
The Beach Boys – Meant For You [Capitol Records]
It's a little too soon to say for sure, but this may be the longest mixtape of 2015. Four Tet and UK techno stars Floating Points took over the decks at London's Plastic People club to mark the unfortunate closing of the club's doors. At least it's safe to say that the duo gave the joint a very fitting send-off, spinning the kind of artful dance and downtempo music that Plastic People, as well as the London scene in general, are known for. It's not often we post a mix that can take you through almost all of a single work day. Take advantage of that.
Always on point with his inventive bass and spacious chord progressions, Cali-by-way-of-Hawaii producer Mr. Carmack threw down a live session for Red Bull last week and it's all on tape. Hearing his fresh selections of trap, house, hip-hop and ambient it becomes clear just how wide Carmack's ears are--and how much his own material benefits from it.
Our good family at Okayfuture have been busy. For their own latest installment of Mixtape Monday, OKF headmistress Lilly Vanilli commissioned a brand new electronic set of space-age bass and dark atmospherics. Sprinkled with bare hi-hats and the occasional computerized beep, the mix sounds like something that Flying Lotus might have made from atop a space station's radio tower in the year 2235. In truth, the mix was crafted by Bleep Bloop, aka producer and DJ Aaron Triggs. The set isn't completely abstract, though, and features hip-hop sounds from DJ Rashad, UGK, and Mac Dre. Read the full breakdown of the mix here and get ready for a dazzling digital excursion.
Bleep Bloop’s Okayfuture Mix 008 Tracklist:
Bleep Bloop – A Rough Landing1
G Jones & Bleep Bloop – Untitled
Eprom – Samurai
NastyNasty – Sweaty Bodies
UGK – The Game Belongs to Me (Slowed and Lowed by Bleep Bloop)
Bleep Bloop – Midichlorian
Flying Lotus – Ready Err Not (Slowed and Lowed by Bleep Bloop)
Logos – Seawolf
Kaiju – Hunter ft Flowdan
Mumdance – Take Time ft Novelist
Doshy & Bleep Bloop – WTF
Mystic Cat – ???? X Crime Mob – Nuck if You Buck
Lady Leshurr – SHURRAQ
Terror Danjah – Green Street
Royal T – Music Please (Devil’s Mix)
Mac Dre – California Bear
Dubee – I Spit that Mob
Big Lurch – I Can Do This
Mr. Oizo – Bad Start
DJ Rashad – I Don’t Give A Fuck
Bleep Bloop – War Dub
6BLOCC – War in the Jungle
A gorgeous blend of meditative cuts, TokiMonsta'sLove With Sound mix bridges the gap between downtempo, indie electro, hip-hop, ambient and more. Originally cut back in 2011 and just recently uploaded for the world to enjoy, the mix homes in on the sensation of love and all the baggage that comes with it. Tracks from Baths, Tupac and Darkside all sit nicely beside each other, getting cozy in the warm shell of groove that Toki has lit.
White Noise - Love without Sound
Baths - Lovely Bloodflow
The Long Lost - The Art of Kissing
Mono / Poly - Glow
Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
Tupac - Do for Love (instrumental)
Express Rising - Neighborhood
Jose Larralde - Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito remix)
Telepopmusik - Breathe (TOKiMONSTA remix)
TOKiMONSTA - Stigmatizing Sex
TOKiMONSTA - Brugge
Matthewdavid - Like you Mean It
Houses - All Night
Jonwayne - Feature Mndsgn
Ras G - Shinelight
Dark Star - Aidy's Girl is a Computer
TOKiMONSTA - Bright Shadows
Mono / Poly - 1000 Petaled Lotus (Awakened)
Ending things on a high house note, we're proud to give props to Rick Wilhite, an unsung hero of the Detroit beat scene that brought pure fire to Red Bull Music Academy last week. With selections both spacious and strong, Wilhite puts on a textbook display of just how wonderful early, gritty house and early disco can be--and how it's still they're genres worth every spare second of your free time. Until next week, keep moving to it.