Mixtape Monday: Seven Davis Jr. x Okaydeep World Premiere, DJ Dhundee, Rich Medina, Stones Throw Records & More!
It's once again time to gather round and celebrate the beauty of a seamless sonic set. Mixtape Monday is here to help you shake off the weekend's ice and snow and guarantee that the week ahead starts off on the good dancing foot that it deserves. It's an extra-special edition this week thanks to the latest installment in our all-original 'Okaydeep' house mix series, this one coming straight from Ninja Tune Records signee Seven Davis Jr. Beyond that we've got new eclectic sounds from DJ Dhundee, Freddie Anzures, Jon Hopkins, Ratking, Stones Throw Records and more. Get ready to groove all workweek long--the heavy house hits on the very next page.
Okaydeep is back with a bass drum that refuses to let up. Our continuing series of exclusive house mixes, made by the best talent hovering just below the radar, has been burning up dancefloor speaker systems and personal headphones without relent. Now we've tapped Texas-born, LA-based producer and recent Ninja Tune Records-signee Seven Davis Jr. to craft a mix, and the result is something astounding. Interspersed with choice quotes from the likes of Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and (yes) Oprah, Davis has made a set of brilliant remixes and choice selections, very much leaving his own sonic fingerprint on each beat and barline. The set has been dubbed "Future America" by Davis, and is meant to be a love letter to the better future we've all been hoping for. "Being overseas and witnessing all the racial things happening in America as well as unfortunately my own individual racial experiences outside of the country, I wanted to speak out on it in my own unique way which will explain the tone of the mix," Davis told Okayplayer as he delivered the mix. Whether you're listening to this for some dancefloor release or a bit of social justice encouragement, turn it up and enjoy the heaviest house you'll hear all week. That is, of course, unless you check out Davis's fantastic new Wild Hearts EP.
Sun Ra - "Space Is The Place Intro"
Stevie Wonder - "Stevies Love (SDJR Rework Exclusive)"
Stevie Wonder - "Message To America"
Philou Louzolo - "Brother From Another Planet"
Oprah - "Problem Not Solved"
Julio Bashmore featuring J'Danna - "Rhythm Of Auld"
Forest Whitaker & Oprah - "Eliminate Fear"
Mike Steva ft. Osunlade - "Resoulution (SDJR Remix)"
Morgan Freeman - "White Man, Black Man"
Mr Mendel - "Felas Fight"
Samuel L Jackson - "Blame"
Eric Roberson - "Change For Me (Live)"
Tupac - "Self Belief"
Electric Wire Hustle - "Look In The Sky (SDJR Remix)"
Diviniti - "Love Will Stay"
Maya Angelou - "Pulse Of Morning"
Theo Parrish - "Sky Walking (live)"
Just as the weather outside is primed to wreak havoc, Brooklyn's DJ Dhundee has resurfaced with an expertly-wrought slice of chill. His newest Eclectic Relaxation mix is a study in stress-relief, drawing from some of the best new mellow tones that soul, r&b and hip-hop have to offer. Inside Dhundee's eloquent echo chamber you'll hear Jai Paul, Taylor McFerrin, Frank Ocean, Joey Bada$$, D'Angelo, George Maple and many more. In his own words, Dhundee said "The inspiration behind this mix was that i felt there is a need to bridge the gap of these new artist genres. There is a lot of great music coming forward especially with Joey Bada$$ and his Proera brand and the West coast Odd Future camp. I wanted to add demension and dynamics between multiple so called genres of music and show the common thread between the artist."
Mellow out, kick back, and enjoy.
Those of you familiar with the New Museum in Manhattan know that it's become a hub for inventive, avant-garde art. In honor of their "Chris Ofili: Night and Day" exhibit, which runs currently through February 1st, the art center commissioned Rich Medina</strong> to make a brand new mix that fit the mood. Wild and colorful with an emphasis on funk, Medina's mix is a perfect sonic counterpart for Ofili's bright, Afrocentric paintings, with cuts from Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, and Earth Wind and Fire anchoring it all. Put this on and picture yourself at the jazziest museum party on Earth.
At long last a new installment of the Stones Throw Podcast has arrived. It's been a while, but also worth the wait--the brilliant minds at the label always bring in an amazing crew for their semi-regular show and this week is no exception. East Coast by way of LA producer Knxwledge takes the helm for this mix, which is heavy on the bombastic and beautiful soul sample-made beats that only ST does best. It's a rattling eclectic ride--what else would you expect?
Creative director of Wax Poetics magazine and respected tastemaker Freddy Anzures drops a gem for the funk, jazz and soul heads with the arrival of the "Free" mix, which landed on MLK Day and packs a wallop with tracks from John Klemmer, Ohio Players, Prince, Keith Barrow, Jimi Hendrix, Donny Hathaway, Goodie Mob and Deniece Williams. Click the track below to stream the full mix. Scroll down to get a look at all of the players included in this set.
Free by Freddy Anzures on Mixcloud
"FREE": A selection of songs about being free.
Michal Urbaniak “Free” Ecstasy (Marlin) 1978
John Klemmer “Free Soul” Blowin’ Gold (Cadet Concept) 1969
Jimi Hendrix “Tax Free” War Heroes (Polydor) 1971
Ohio Players “I Want To Be Free” Fire (Mercury) 1974
Prince “Free” 1999 (Warner Bros.) 1982
Nat & Cannonball Adderley “Free” Nat & Cannonball Adderley (LRC) 1985
Keith Barrow “Free To Be Me” Physical Attraction (CBS) 1978
Donny Hathaway “Someday We’ll All Be Free” Extension Of A Man (ATCO) 1973
Al Green “Free At Last” Livin’ For You (HI) 1973
Goodie Mob “Free” Soul Food (LaFace) 1995
Deniece Williams “Free” This Is Niecy (Columbia) 1976
Jon Hopkins takes the reigns for his BBC Radio 1 residency with a little help from L.A. producer Nosaj Thing. The mix clocks in just past the 1-hour mark and packs in tunes from Burial, Surgeon, Blue Hawaii and Evenings amongst others. Hopkins premieres joints from Nosaj Thing as well as Nathan Fake and Hodge. Click the track below to stream the full mix. Stay tuned for more from Jon Hopkins.
Jon Hopkins – BBC Radio 1s Residency 2015-01-23 with Nosaj Thing by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud
The man, the myth, the legend Diplo returns for a solo flight with the latest Diplo & Friends mix entitled Just Diplo... Serving up plenty of the bass fans have come to expect, Diplo bodies his Sunday morning set for BBC Radio 1 with a trapped out mash of bounce, dancehall and everything in between. If this doesn't wake you up and get that body moving, its safe to assume that nothing will. Check the track below to stream the full mix. Stay tuned for more from Diplo & Friends.
Diplo & Friends 2015-01-18 Just Diplo... by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud
DJ's Skratch Bastid and Cosmo Baker join forces to serve up some serious heaters from the year in music circa 2014. They drop this mix with a detailed explanation of the love that went into it compiling this set for your listening pleasure:
Another year, another soundtrack.
As you may know by now, this mix and series is different. It's a snapshot of the year, but from a different perspective than your typical year end mix or list. It is not a definitive list of the biggest tunes that came out in 2014, yet our goal is similar - move the listener (whether it’s your heart or your ass), and tell a complete story.
It’s a story of how music that we all listen to becomes this intangible soundtrack to the experiences of the lives we lead. The same way certain smells trigger memories, songs serve the same purpose. And those songs are not bound by release schedules or media exposure. They hit us when they hit us, and become ours. This mix is about THAT.
Listening to music is catharsis. It’s something we need and that we take for granted. We love music, what it means to us, what it does for us, how it makes us feel. This mix is a true labor of love - we hope you enjoy it!
Check out the track below to stream the Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2014 mix. Stay tuned for more from Cosmo Baker and Skratch Bastid.
Skratch Bastid & Cosmo Baker - Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2014 by Skratch Bastid on Mixcloud