Mixtape Monday: Purple Prince Mix Retrospective + More
This week's episode of Mixtape Monday strikes directly at the heart, as it marks the one year anniversary of Prince Rogers Nelson's untimely passing. If you're like us and are a devout parishioner at the altar of the Purple One — then you know just how hard it might be to hear the supreme creative's name.
A handful of selectors pull double duty as dedicated musicologists, taking listeners on a ride through Prince's expansive catalog of hits, b-sides, rarities, live jams and more. There are re-ups of old mixes, new rendering of mixes and efforts split into volumes. There are projects that dive deep into Prince's sensual side and ones that are heavy on the funk.
Through it all, there are also a few easter eggs tucked into this week's round-up from Soulection, Across The Tracks Radio and Elegant Animals. Are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down? Oh no, let's go!
Four mixes from DJ AllyAl make the cut this week, beginning with the third and final installment of his 12”s of Funk series, dedicated to Prince. Dig into the latest, then scroll down to get a taste of three other impressive sets exploring the genius of The Purple One.
Howdy Listeners Hope all is well in your worlds For your listening pleasure the third and final instalment of the 12"s of Funk series, featuring the music of the late, great Prince. When I started to put this mix together I thought I might mot have enough material and then realised I'd not used some stone cold classics on the previous two, almost like fate So without foither ado, hey you ! get out on this dance floor !!
B-Boy Sound Squad - The Purple Yoda: Dark Side Of The Cherry Moon
The B-Boy Sound Squad dropped a mix two years ago that found them digging deep into Prince’s otherworldly funk from the Dark Side of the Cherry Moon. Here, we revisit their ultra stanky tribute to The Purple Yoda, which features tracks from Prince, Sheila E. and 94 East. Drink champagne from a glass with chocolate handles...
InSein Radio - This Is Not A Prince Tribute
Belgium’s own InSein Radio crew went deep into the crates to give up the ghost for His Royal Badness about a year ago. Their love for Prince and his music are made very clear throughout the set. Just don’t call this a tribute mix.
Ceci n'est pas un hommage à Prince! The Belgian Purple Prince Disciples of InSein Radio cleaned out their vinyl closet and dug up some of their favorite tunes of His Royal Badness. 150 minutes of pure Purple Greatness. The ideal sexy time mix. From hard & heavy to steamy & sweaty. May you enjoy your seventy-two well earned virgins and teach them all about erotics. We will join you anytime soon!
Kenny Fresh - Tight Songs - Episode #99: Prince Edition
Kenny Fresh of Portland’s Fresh Selects label surfaced a few days after Prince’s passing last year, with the Tight Songs tribute to his celebrated catalog. The straightforward mix is a great launchpad for the Prince curious. If you missed this when it first landed, here is your chance to catch up.
Two hours of our favorite Prince album cuts & b-sides, respectfully. No tracklist this time. This one's more fun if you don't know what's next. Artwork by Nate James. Please play this one as LOUD as possible!!!!!! It's the only way.
NTS Radio - Who’s That Girl?
The women of the Purple Power Generation get nothing but love for the duration of the 2015 Who’s That Girl? mix from NTS Radio. Vanity, Anna Fantastic, Candy Dulfer, Sheila E. and Kathy Jensen are amongst the ladies featured across the 1-hour mix. Opening with the topics of femininity, masculinity, spirituality and sex, the set compels listeners to explore the complexities of Prince’s sound according to his relationships with female collaborators.
Freddy Anzures - Wax Poetics Issue 50 Mix
Throwing it back to the 2012 release of Wax Poetics’ 50th issue, we revisit the debut of the magazine in its updated format, which featured Prince. Wax Poetics celebrated the subject of their cover story with a mix highlighting the musical output and artistic influence of The Purple One. If you know anything about Wax Poetics, you know this isn’t one to miss. Nevermind the fact that this is Freddy Anzures digging Prince for Wax Poetics.
Beantown’s own Soul Clap got word of Prince’s passing last year during Coachella weekend. Rocked by the news, like the rest of the world, they put their love for the man and his music to work with a Weekend 2 performance dedicated entirely to The Purple One.
News of Prince’s passing came smack dab in the middle of our first ever Coachella experience. We were of course shocked and knew immediately that a tribute of some sort was in order… But HOW could we POSSIBLY pick one song or two to represent our gratitude for The Purple One's immeasurable musical contributions? We wondered, what songs would other artists be playing? Should it be a slow intro or a peak moment? After hours of deliberation we realized that we had to dedicate our ENTIRE 2nd weekend performance to one of our greatest musical heroes. Partially planned but mostly improvised, we took the crowd, ourselves and each other on a journey through some of our favorite Prince hits. By the end the Yuma Tent was full of tears and love and dancing bodies, all celebrating the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson. It was a truly humbling experience, thank you for joining us.
DJ Byron “B-Note” Brown pays tribute to the legendary Prince Rogers Nelson with a pair of mixes dedicated to his singular sound. Clocking in at a whopping four hours combined, the sets from the Eclectic Sound Lounge give listeners plenty to digest, from slow drag favorites to two-step ready funk. Nothing super obscure here, just a heaping helping of Prince jams.
Fatnice x Mr. Sonny James - Across The Tracks Ep. 100
Dynamic duo Fatnice and Mr. Sonny James take listeners on yet another trip to the other side with the 100th episode of the Across The Tracks Radio show. Digging jazz, funk, soul and r&b, they light up the set for Blazin 267 Radio. The mix celebrating their first major milestone features joints from Marvin Gaye, Jeru The Damaja, Goldlink, A Tribe Called Quest, SiR, Keelay & Zaire and more. Raise a glass for the mandem.
Kiefer - Soulection Radio Show #304
Man of the hour, Kiefer, joins chief selector Joe Kay to round out a 2-hour set for Soulection Radio #304. Digging future forward soul, r&b, dance and hip-hop, they deliver a heavy dose of infectious grooves and insightful conversation. The mix includes tracks from Jodeci, The Internet, Chance The Rapper, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kelis, Little Dragon, Gang Starr, Butcher Brown and more. Naturally, some Kiefer originals also make the cut.
Elegant Animals - Warm Blood Pt. 2
Elegant Animals takes a journey through experimental music and found sound with his Warm Blood Pt. 2 tape. The 4-track release is a soulful journey that channels dubplate reggae and dance on “Danger” as effectively as it mines the aesthetic of sexpot era Prince on “Amateur Video.” The project is rounded out with the bright, electronic ballad “Saved.” Dig into Warm Blood Pt. 2, then scroll down to revisit Part 1.