Mixtape Monday: Datu Kayumanggi, MekDot, Mona Lisa, EDICA + More
Only at Okayplayer can you get the best expertly crafted DJ sets and dope tapes for the week of March 27. This episode of Mixtape Monday starts things off with DJ Lil Dave and his Illvibe Collective. Then we have the Left Coast hip-hop crew Datu Kayumanggi who drop their debut mixtape, Live At The Pie Vol. 1.
Throwing into the mix is the legendary MekDot of 2DopeBoyz, who toasts to both DJ Premier and Kendrick Lamar's The Heart series. Last, but certainly not least, we have new sounds from Melbourne's ILLSTRTD, who pays his respects to '90s R&B; EDICA+, a Texas phenom who now lives in Brooklyn, who keeps it "wild live," and Lex De Kalhex and Mona Lisa who drop a grip of unreleased beats and a soulful mix, respectively, that sets the table for all the other mixes collected in this week's roundup.
DJ Lil Dave - IVC Lounge Vol. 13 : Reflections
DJ Lil’ Dave mans the controls for volume 13 of the Illvibe Collective's IVC Lounge mixtape series. The latest installment features a selection of progressive modern sounds, but still maintains the deep, jazzy vibes and abstract soulfulness that have become a hallmark of the longstanding series. A diverse range of artists are featured in this set, including Sam Gellaitry, Jill Scott, Omar, Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAve, Quantic and more.
Mona Lisa - Paths Of Rhythm (03.20.17)
L.A. representative and Backspin Crew member Mona Lisa is back at the controls for the March 2017 edition of her stellar Dublab monthly, Paths of Rhythm. This go-round she’s mixing things up with a soulful dance set featuring classic breaks and rare grooves. The mix includes cuts from Cleveland Eaton, Stardrive, Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, Cannonball Adderley, Sunfire, Gary Bartz, Platypus, David Axelrod, Maxayn and more.
Datu Kayumanggi - Live At The Pie Vol. 1
Representing lovely for the brown chiefs, L.A. based hip-hop outfit Datu Kayumanggi dives headfirst into a deep well of Filipino heritage on their debut Live At The Pie Vol. 1 mixtape, recorded and mixed by Nels Jensen at The Pie Studios. Channeling the Soulquarians as easily as they vamp on funky chords and foundational jazz, the crew piloted by MC Art of Verse and keyboardist DanMichael Reyes delivers a haunting and beautiful ode to the immigrant experience at a pivotal and politically fraught time in American history. Did I mention it also goes hard?
ILLSTRTD - #throwbacktothe90s Mixtape
Melbourne based producer ILLSTRTD pays tribute to the post-New Jack 90s with the 4-track #throwbacktothe90s mixtape, featuring his reworks of “four seminal r&b tracks taken from the decade.” Illstrtd puts his distinctive touch on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” TLC’s “No Scrubs, Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do,” and Ginuwine’s “Pony.” His reverence for the genre is the common thread that connects these joints, which all get a fresh future beats makeover that should speak to lovers of r&b, electronic and dance.
EDICA+ - Wild Live Mix
Tune gyal and Brooklyn-based selector EDICA+ digs rhythms from around the world with the arrival of the Wild Live tape, featuring tracks from Africa, Asia, Europe and the West Indies.
WILD LIVE is a live dj mix featuring a mashup of cultural music from around the world to tell the story of a journey 'longside nature, amongst the planet and those who roam it freely. Relax & join me on this trip while we get ancestral through music therapy.
MekDot of 2DopeBoyz drops a primer on all things Premo with the 50 For 50: Happy Birthday, DJ Premier mix. The tape compiled to celebrate the legendary producer’s 51st birthday features 50 of the most important, impactful and otherwise dope tracks from his massive catalog. Along with the requisite Gang Starr classics, Mekdot also packs in heat from Jay Z, Biggie, Fat Joe, Bumpy Knuckles, Prhyme, Yasiin Bey and more.
MekDot - Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart" Mix
In the second of two mixes from MekDot, the 2DBZ co-founder compiles a crash course on Kendrick Lamar’s "The Heart" tracks to commemorate the fourth installment in the ongoing single series from K.Dot. The “quickstrike mix” includes not only Kendrick’s recordings, but the tracks they sampled. Though this is a small bite at 21 minutes, it should be a given that the mix packs a powerful punch when you consider the source.
Lex de Kalhex - Radio Juicy S02E55: Fusion
Parisian producer Alex Besikian aka Lex de Kalhex drops a 37-minute set full of originals for the 55th episode of Radio Juicy’s second season. The Akromégalie Records and Kalhex crew representative serves up 15 unreleased tracks during the set, delivering what amounts to beat tape gold. If you produce or dig producers, this is the mix for you.
Matt Nelkin & DJ Roane - Liquid Beat Radio 03/24/17
Matt Nelkin and DJ Roane drop the latest edition of their XRAY.FM Friday night weekly, Liquid Beat Radio. The March 24th set is propelled by a heaping helping of future soul and jazz funk with a backbone of breakbeats and other cuts at the core of b-boy culture and Golden Era hip-hop classics. The mix includes joints from Henry Wu, Tall Black Guy, Lizz Fields, Hugh Masekela, Barney Artist, James Brown and more.
Justin Isbell - Broadview Radio Show #114
Justin Isbell drops the 114th installment of his Broadview Radio series, “an eclectic mix of electronica, soul, funk, disco, jazz, deep house, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat and dub.” One-minute shy of the 2-hour mark, this set features tracks from Pepe Bradock, Kaytranada, Axel Boman, Kutiman, Andrew Weatherall, The Emperor Machine and more.