DJ’s lead this Mixtape Monday with tribute sets and new mixes from DJ Rahdu, DJ Filthy Rich and j.Digs.
DJ Rahdu drops a set full of Herbie Hancock remakes and covers; Filthy Rich pays tribute to Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn; and j.Digs teams with Gervy Sotana for Up. Radio Show #05. Honey Oat drops with their evocative, self-titled debut; Clark & The Community tease the forthcoming Garden Snake album; and 92 Colby drops THREAT.
Gangster Doodles follows with Gangster Music Vol. 1. El Camino is back on deck with Don’t Eat The Fruit. MichaelAngelo drops Commericante D’Arte. And Phalo Pantoja teams with Moemaw Naedon for Hard Head Mush Brain. Rounding things out this week, newcomer Qdajuice shares What A Life.
DJ Rahdu drops a rack of Herbie Hancock jams with the arrival of Some Jazz 23 for Bamalovesoul.
Miles gets a lot of credit for electrifying Jazz but Herbie did a lot as well, embracing and even seeking out technology and incorporating it into his performances and recordings. I recently read Herbie is working on an album which will feature Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Snoop and Flying Lotus who has already received a Hancock composition, Tesla. Herbie Hancock’s ability to thrive in an often uncompromising music genre, and enhance its sound by continuing to look forward without restraint has influenced many musicians. I’ve included many here, but there are so many others. I’m loving the new Jazz scene right now. Enjoy Some Jazz 23 and seek the new blood…
DJ Filthy Rich – Hard To Earn 25th Anniversary Tribute
DJ Filthy Rich follows gigantic tributes to A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, and Black Moon with a nod to Gang Starr’s 1994 album Hard To Earn.
DJ Premier & Guru (R.I.P.), the duo more popularly known as Gang Starr, released their 4th album ‘Hard To Earn’ on March 8, 1994. Tired of being labeled as ‘jazz-rap’, Preemo decided to move away from sampling jazz records, and instead opted for a stripped down style of production. The result was a raw, harder hitting sound, and arguably their best album ever. ‘Hard To Earn’ is near & dear to me, so I had to get back in the lab and record this 25-year tribute to this legendary album. I’ve gathered their hits, album cuts & b-sides, and combined them with some original samples, interview soundbites, and my own custom blends.
j.Digs x Gervy Sotana – Up. Radio Show #05
Vancouver’s own j.Digs is back with Episode 5 of the Up. Radio Show featuring guest selector Gervy Sotana.
My guest this week is Gervy Sotana from The Bounce crew. I kick things off with a 20 min set of Future Beats vibes, with tracks from Geotheory, Thrice Groove, sans, Jay Prince, and more. Then he gets into a smooth set of house and funk vibes.
Honey Oat – Honey Oat
Experimental duo Honey Oat drop their self-titled, twelve-track debut packed with plenty of future sounds and soul.
Admiring traditions of jazz, funk, and Shona music while pulsing with post-genre nuance, the duo of old friends known as Honey Oat is drawing silk diagrams of oblique time through sound. Honey Oat’s tiered walls of vocal layerings and blissful Wurlitzer glissandi condense into clouds of complex melodic residue. Gabe Stout’s evocative jazz drumming clusters together beats of improbability and wonder, a bedrock for his own tenderly leaping falsettos. In tandem, Janak JP paints timescapes with an electric piano, coursing through progressive jazz and keys-forward pop features with fluidity. In intimate cross-chatter, Honey Oat activates intensities ranging from knuckles-on-the-keys vamps (‘Wonder In Sights’) to delicate, youthful lullabies (‘Wallpaint’) and levels in between.
Clark & The Community – Garden Snake (Instrumentals)
Fresh off the War Monkey Instrumentals, Clark & The Community tease the forthcoming Garden Snake album with the Garden Snake (Instrumentals).
92 Colby – THREAT
Left coast producer 92 Colby follows the laidback boogie funk opus Wes Wes with the sixteen-track THREAT tape.
Gangster Doodles – Gangster Music Vol. 1
Ever prolific, Gangster Doodles follows a rack of original artwork and a book with the twenty-six track Gangster Music Vol. 1 compilation featuring all of your faves. Yes, that means Madlib and Max B.
El Camino – Don’t Eat The Fruit
El Camino is back in the saddle alongside Benny The Butcher, Meyhem Lauren, DirtyDiggs, Conway, and Crimeapple on his latest titled Don’t Eat The Fruit.
MichaelAngelo – Commericante D’Arte
Producer MichaelAngelo enlists a who’s who of the gritty underground to drop bars on the Commerciante D’Arte compilation. Features include Crimeapple, Rigz, Estee Nack and Primo Profit.
Phalo Pantoja x Moemaw Naedon – Hard Head Mush Brain
Fresh off The Other Side, Moemaw Naedon teams with Phalo Pantoja for the nineteen-track collaborative project Hard Head Mush Brain.
Qdajuice – What A Life
Cleveland native and rising newcomer Qdajuice unleashes his rapid-fire flow across the eleven-track What A Life tape.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb.