Mixtape Monday: Christian Martir x Daptone Records, Andre Power, Spintelect x Javotti Radio + More!
There's no denying it's been a busy weekend, what with Prince taking Baltimore by storm, the new Hiatus Kaiyote and Knxwledge records spinning like funky flying saucers over the listening landscape. But it's time to pause and reflect on the week that's just begun, and there's no better way to do so than Mixtape Monday. We're getting off to a Latin sort of start with Christian Martir's special mix for Daptone Records,
Christian Martir has made brilliant, Latin-tinged DJ sets and mixtapes his currency for years now, and so when Daptone Records tapped him for a brand new set to go along with their regular podcast, the man came correct with a deluge of Puerto Rican rhythms. Guaguancó rumba, plena and mozambique sounds all abound in the short but sweet set, which should be more than enough to get you shimmying to and fro on the subway (or perhaps in the shower?). NYC residents can catch Martir hosting Pa'Lante!, his regular party night, on May 21st up at APT 78.
Catch more installments of the Daptone Podcast here.
The Soulection crew is so prolific that one could probably run an entire Mixtape Monday supplement, dedicated exclusively to their futuristic output. For the moment, though, we're opting to feature the work of one of their founders, sir Andre Power, who bestowed a brand new set upon MixMag to augment their feature on the burgeoning label/collective which he co-chairs. Progressive, eclectic and funky as always, the mix is yet another bit of genre erasure from one of the best in his class.
J-Louis x IAMNOBODI - "Area Codes"
Jo Def - "Wednesday Night"
Jesse Boykins III - "Show Me Who You Are"
Abjo x JR Jarris - "Golden Vibes"
Elhae - "Golden"
SPZRKT & Sango - "Lonliest Times (Ikaz Boi remix)"
Mr. Carmack - "Fluxed Out"
Future - "Move That Dope (Lakim remix)"
Sango - "Fica Calainha (K-Wash remix)"
Lakim - "Get Out On Your Own"
Oshi - "Thank You"
SPZRKT & Sango - "Soon Enough"
Da-P - "Crisis"
Chris McClenney - "Booty On The Floor"
Esta - "ByYour Side (Always)"
SirOJ - "Directions (Jarreau Vandal remix)"
Orijanus - "72"
KR - "Love 4 You"
JR Jarris - "Love Be Like feat Masego"
Jay Prince - "Good Right Now"
PyrmdPlaza - "Dragon"
In celebration of last month's Record Store Day, DJ Spintelect dropped a damn bomb. His mix for Javotti Media's radio show (Javotti, you may recall, is a collective run by one Talib Kweli) is loaded down with gooey hip-hop funk courtesy of J Dilla, D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Esta...you get the idea. Plenty of brilliant transitions mark the set, which is so choice it would have succeeded even as a mere playlist . As it stands it's a fan-tas-tic kick off to spring--Spintelect, we owe you one for this.
1.Gap Mangione - "Diana In The Autumn Wind"
2.Slum Village - "Fall In Love"
3.Slum Village - "Fall In Love (Remix)"
4.D'Angelo - "Impro (L33 Reflix)"
5.Phantogram - "Fall In Love"
6.Trammps - "Rubber Band"
7.J Dilla - "Dilla Says Go"
8.Pharrell - "Stay With Me(Dim The Lights) Ft Pusha T"
9.Bobby Valentino - "Tell Me(Remix) Ft Lil Wayne"
10.Tribe Called Quest - "Like It Like That"
11.LL Cool J - "Luv U Better"
12.Overdoz - "Up Grown"
13.Justin Timberlake - "Senorita"
14.Usher - "You Don’t Have To Call"
15.Mos Def - "Brown Sugar(Megahertz Remix)"
16.Norman Connors - "Invitation"
17.Mos Def - "Brown Sugar"
18.Fonzworth Bentley - "Everybody Ft Kanye West & Andre 3000"
19.Dwele - "Feels So Good"
20.Frank Ocean - "Whip Appeal"
21.Dam Funk - "Hood Pass Intact (Instrumental)"
22.Esta - "Blessed"
23.Ohbliv - "My Heart Can’t Take(Lakim House Edit)"
24.Disclosure - "Latch (MisterMack Version)"
25.AbJo - "Saudade"
26.Solid Groove - "Throwing Stones"
27.Alicia Keys - "Feeling U,Feeling Me (Yo-Zo Edit)"
28.Mr.Carmack - "DIMEPEICE122"
29.Sango - "Tres Horas"
30.The Art Of Noise - "Moments In Love"
31.Dj Spintelect - "Momentzz"
32.KP & Enyi - "Shorty Swing My WAy"
33.10A - "The One"
34.Omarion - "Admire Ft Problem & Tank"
35.Ludacris - "Splash Waterfalls(Remix) Ft Rapheal Saadiq"
36.Jhene Aiko - "My Mine"
37.Bow Wow - "Let Me Hold You Ft Omarion"
38.The Main Ingredient - "Let Me Prove My To Love You"
39.Alicia Keys - "You Don’t Know My Name"
40.Jay-Z - "Girls, Girls, Girls"
41.Rick Ross - "Super High Ft Ne-Yo"
42.Talib Kweli Ft Ryan Leslie - "Outstanding"
43.Missy Elliott - "All In My Grill"
44.Busta Rhymes - "I Know What You Want (Instrumental)"
45.Flying Lotus - "Never Catch Me Ft Kendrick Lamar"
A blast of breakneck disco, Nick Bike's latest "Bicycle Breaks" set boasts assistance from both Big Jacks and King Most and is a reminder of just how infectious that 70s R&B sound can be. From classics along the lines of Rick James and The Jackson 5 to our personal favorites The Brothers Johnson and Bernard Wright, the set never lets up as it blends seamlessly from joint to joint, keeping the boogie forever front and center. If you've been waiting for the opening salvo of summer party mixes, this is most definitely it right here.
1. Splendor - Take Me To Your Disco
2. Vaughan Mason ft. Butch Dayo - You Can Do it
3. RCR - Give It To You
4. Instant Funk - Give It To You Baby
5. Rick James - Give It To Me
6. The S.O.S. Band - Do It Now
7. K.I.D. - Don’t Stop
8. Raw Silk - Do It To The Music (Kid Color edit)
9. Nancy Martin - Can’t Believe
10. The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine (King Most redirection demo)
11. Stee Down x Q-Tip & Pharrell - She Wants To Move (King Most redirection)
12. Andy Ash - Freak
13. Tito Wun - Do It (Jacques Renault edit)
14. HNNY - Always
(Nick Bike pt. II)
15. Funk Machine - Funk Machine
16. Brothers Johnson - Streetwave
17. Fonzi Thornton - Beverly
18. Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Company - Shadow Dancing
19. William Bell - That’s What You Get
20. Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (edit)
21. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri from Paris remix)
22. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Superappin’
23. Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa
24. Miami - Funk It Up
25. Cameron - Funk Down
26. Skyy - Questions No Answers
27. The Gap Band - Outstanding
28. Slave - Because of You
29. The Alan Parson’s Project - May Be A Price To Pay
30. Wild Style - Cukoo Clocking (Kenny Dope edit)
31. Booker T & The MG’s - Hip Hug Her
32. Fred Wesley - House Party
33. Hedspin & Nick Bike - Forward and Back
34. Kleeer - Happy Me
35. Pyramid Plus - Comin' At Ya
36. Shadow - Sinister Way
37. Jewel - Jewel's Groove
38. Bernard Wright - Chillin’ Out
39. Bobby Broom - Find Yourself
40. L.J. Reynolds - Trust In Me (Big Jacks' discotechnology edit)
Short and sweet and funky as hell, The Letter C's mixtape of Snoop Dogg/Pharrell collaborations is on point and right on time. As the duo prepare to drop their new soulful LP Bush, C has sewn up (almost) every collaboration they've logged up until this point. The result is a glorious blend of cuts like "Beautiful," "Sets Up," "From Tha Chuuuch to Da Palace" and many, many more.
Chicago duo Louis The Child is known for keeping it hyper-aggressive, and their recent double cross (aka 4 tables all banging in sync) set is no exception. Filled with future beat work from Mr. Carmack, Lido and plenty of their own edits. Opening with a bang before coasting into smoother climes, their double-duty set isn't for the faint of heart, but will reward anyone with a thirst for non-stop progressive dance music.
Zella Day - "Compass (Louis The Child Remix)"
Mr. Carmack - "Kick It Up"
Major Lazer - "Get Free (What So Not Remix)"
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail (Adieu Remix)"
Magic Man - "Paris (Louis The Child Remix)"
SoySauce - "Broken Record (Louis The Child Remix)"
Bearson - "Pink Medicine (Manila Killa Remix)"
Logic ft. Jhene Aiko - "Break It Down (Louis Futon Remix)"
Pham - "Movements"
Mark Morrison - "Return of The Mack (SNBRN Remix)"
C2C - "Delta"
Diplo - "Revolution (Absense Remix)"
B. Lewis x Brasstracks - "Panorama"
Corona - "Rhythm of The Night (Hotel Garuda x AO Beats Remix)"
Sam Smith - "Latch (Lido Remix)"
Hermitude - "HyperParadise (Flume Remix -> GANZ Flip)"
Chiefs - "Inside Out (SteLouse x Louis The Child Remix)"
Baby Bash - "Suga Suga (Point Point Remix)"
Jack U - "To U (feat. AlunaGeorge)"
NGHTMRE & Slander - "Gud Vibrations"
A-Trak & Milo & Otis - "Out the Speakers (feat. Rich Kidz) [Vindata Remix]"
Panama - "Always (Wave Racer Remix)"
Giraffage - "Money"
Yo Majesty - "Club Action (Smookie Illson Boot)"
Nadus - "Nxwxrk (RL Grime Edit)"
Miguel - "Do You (Cashmere Cat Remix)"
San Holo - "BWU"
San Holo - "Fly"
Mura Masa - "Lotus Eater"
Ignition (Giraffage Remix) - R.Kelly
Go (Blank Sea) (Diplo Remix) - Zola Jesus
Cashmere Cat - "Wedding Bells (Lazerdisk Remix)"
Oh Wonder - "Body Gold (Louis The Child Remix)"
Great turntablism skills and a knack for nailing transitions can be crucial to composing a top-tier mix. But even more important is a willingness to put in work and really dig. In a landscape that increasingly skews toward digital software and soundcloud cruising, hearing an all-vinyl set of classic obscure sounds is the best breath of fresh air--and that's exactly what DJ Manipulator has turned out with his Studio Kinda Dusty mix. The second installment in what's hopefully going to become a long-running series, his mix knocks from one funky joint to the next and features choice breaks by the dozen. Manipulator had this to say about the set:
To DJ Manipulator, there's nothing more inspiring the a trip to the record store. From the moment he steps in the store and starts flipping through the "New Arrivals" section the gems he comes across sets the tone for the rest of the digging session. Bouncing from the crates filled with funk and soul in the front to psych rock and international section in the back of the store each record he pulls takes him on a trip. This mix series is just a taste of that trip. The second installment of the "Studio Kinda Dusty" series is a continuation of sounds ranging from the familiar to the unknown. Take this mix as a push in the right direction leading you to go out on your on and get your fingers dusty. "There's gold in those stacks, ya just gotta find it".
A staunch celebration of great new(ish) music, ABBFunk's "This That New Sh*t" is a hip-hop lover's dream and sure to autocorrect anyone who thought the good stuff ran out in 1995. Primarily an underground affair, the set features material from DJar One, Boca 45, Emskee and many more.
There might not be a better future-hip-hop mix producer than Hannah Faith. The British DJ has the keenest ear for fresh, soulful instrumentals and has found herself a niche centered at the crossroads of Soulection smooth, trap power and a slightly more classic R&B-type steez. Her newest "In Bloom" mixtape brings it in every way with its selection of Illa J, Minneapolis's own Su Na, Tall Black Guy and, of course, Nujabes to keep things feeling just right.
The Nujabes - "Feather"
Su Na - "Meridian (sleeplate remix)"
Shugar - "Kyo Ken"
MNSTRMKK - "RainyDays"
Illa J - "Strippers (prod Potatohead People & Kaytranada)"
DKO - "Last thing"
Javi.Santiago - "Fire and Air (Pt. 2)"
MZA - "Love"
MNSTRMKK - "ForwardMotion"
EX/\/\A - "Feel Good"
aso - "Golden as Honey"
J.Vibes - "Passion"
Tall Black Guy - "Love to the World"
ReissG - "Casio Noise"
Moods x Siam - "Organic"
DR.M∆D - "Oui (Yes) (Mastered by Harris Cole)"
oriJanus - "15"
Skvtr - "4/7"
Tek.Lun - "Clox"
Sam gellaitry - "To Earth and Back (oshi remix)"
Luminate x Masego - "shadowtricks"
Ξdo Lee - "Chakra"
Whoarei - "Loving you ain't Complicated"
Boogie Knight has hit us right in our sweet spot, using the 90s as inspiration to blend hip-hop and R&B in a way that feels just right. The New York DJ takes it even deeper than all that, though, bringing vintage 808 rap, afrobeat and more. It's an ideal way to drift off into the sunset for this week, so put it on, take a load off and enjoy.