Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Brainiac EP
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire follows a healthy hiatus with the 6-track Brainiac EP. The follow-up to his 2015 Live Forever EP, Brainiac boasts proper bars and features contributions from Alchemist, CONSTROBUZ, Mayhem Lauren and Canya Reial.
foisey. – Byrds
Following a grip of loosies and self-released projects, Connecticut producer Foisey. celebrates the official release of his formal debut Byrds, out now via Street Corner Music. As one might expect, the 20-track instrumental project comes with a glowing recommendation from House Shoes.
“Foisey’s music got into my hands thru Mutant Academy. I became aware of these RVA kids last year and told them to send a pack. What initially stood out was the beats from Foisey, a young cat from Connecticut. He kept sending packs and I put together a dope collection of his instrumentals. Laid back vibes with a punch. You won’t be disappointed.”
Ty Farris – Ramen Noodle Nights
Just months after the January release of Room 39, Detroit rapper and producer Ty Farris follows with Ramen Noodle Nights. The eight track project features production from J Bansky, Thelonious Martin, Vanderslice & Green Steez, Nascent & Jay (of The Olympics) and frequent collaborator Trox. If you know anything about Motor City spitters, you would be right to suspect that Ty puts in work.
Qool DJ Marv – Live @ South London Soul Train Party
Qool DJ Marv joins the South London Soul Train on its “thrice monthly multi-level mission to positively funk up your mind and body.” His fast paced guest set combines disco, r&b and house gems with bonafide party classics from Michael Jackson, Experience Unlimited, Earth Wind & Fire, Lenny Kravitz and more.
Matthew Law – LIVE @ Sway In The Morning
Matthew Law is back in the mix with Sway In The Morning for his return to SiriusXM. A short interview precedes the uptempo guest set, which finds Law — as always — putting on for the City of Brotherly Love.
On Thursday, June 29th, I made my Sirius XM debut as the featured guest DJ for Sway In The Morning on Shade 45. It was my first time catching up with Sway since he interviewed me on RapFix (his former talk show on MTVJams) and nice to link again with the legendary host & Hip-Hop icon. Big thanks to my friend and resident DJ/Host for Sway In The Morning, DJ Wonder, for the plug. I rarely get to do radio appearances, so this was a huge deal! Very, very grateful.
DJ Mza – La Douleur Exquise Mix
DJ Mza digs afro-house with the arrival of his La Douleur Exquise or “The Exquisite Pain” mix. Clocking in just under two hours, the trance-inducing set is designed to make you leave it all on the dance floor.
A Deep & soulful Afro House mix which takes you on a musical journey through love, lust, infatuation & heartache. We all experienced it at one point in our lives. One way or another, embrace it. Handpicked and arranged delicately for your listening enjoyment!
The Narcotechs – Soulfrito
The Narcotechs aka Doza the Drum Dealer, Ark and Dax, follow the official video for “Chicken Lo Mein” with the release of Soulfrito. The boogaloo and soul inflected release features contributions from AG Da Coroner, Cortez, Asha and more. Dishing up a heaping helping of that uncut raw, The Narcotechs soundtrack the end of summer with a project that might become a gritty New York City classic.
Danny Akalepse x Big Crown Records – Akalepse Picks 10
Danny Akalepse selects ten choice cuts for Big Crown Records’ Picks 10 Spotify playlist series, which also includes short collections from El Michels Affair, Lady Wray and Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band for the month of August. Akalepse digs joints from Dr. Dre, The Impressions, Yesterday’s New Quintet, Kendrick Lamar and Ka.
Theory Hazit – TH DOOM
Theory Hazit meets DOOM on the TH DOOM project, which finds the Portland producer combining classic Metal Face verses with his atmospheric, boom-bap beats. The tracks match the intensity of the rhymes, making this remix project a certified release. Lord Quas even makes an appearance.
Chris Read – Mecca & The Soul Brother 25th Anniversary Mixtape
DJ Chris Read is back in the mix for WhoSampled and Wax Poetics to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth’s seminal 1992 Mecca & The Soul Brother LP.
Among the many greats of hip hop’s golden era currently celebrating their 25th year, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s debut long player ‘Mecca & the Soul Brother’ is rightly considered a standout – frequently lauded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The album owes its distinctive sound in no small part to the eclectic and inspired choice of sample material. In addition to drawing on sampled staples popularised in the late 80s (James Brown, The J.B.’s), the album references jazz heavily and was pioneering in its use of layered samples, creating coherent tracks from small snippets of multiple disparate sources. In keeping with tradition, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape of album tracks, remixes, and of course original sample material, mixed by Chris Read