Mixtape Monday: BOCA 45, DJ Babu, DJ Rob A x Jee Van Cleef + More!
Once again it's a gorgeous day on which to get down, and Okayplayer is back with our Mixtape Monday roundup of the best sounds on Earth, the moon, Mars and beyond. It's all thanks to Boca 45, who has come correct with a brand new batch of sounds. We've also got a bit of DJ Babu, and past that there are gems waiting from the likes of DJ Rob A and Jee Van Cleef. Also, some Star Wars hip-hop? Time to use the force and dig on into it.
We hate to tease, but then again Boca 45 started it. The legendary all-vinyl selector has prepared a new "Winter Warmers" mixtape designed to keep us all warm on these long, dark nights. The mix has been limited to only 100 CD releases, and will reportedly never be uploaded online unless some pirate decides to leak it (and if you do, hook us up!). As usual, it was all cut from funk and soul 45s. Listen to a preview below and start scavenging ebay, discogs, etc.
DJ MR Thing brought it with some old school material on his "My Favourite Favourites" mix, a set that includes Mobb Deep, Slick Rick, Redman, Jeru and plenty more. "Get your head ready for 48 minutes of nodding and asking yourself "oh sh*t what's this jam?,'" Thing asserts. It's strictly "The bestest producers, the bestest MCs."
We know you dig drum breaks, and if you're chomping at the bit for the next Star Wars release (only 10 more days!), then maybe this wet from Mr. Galactus will offer up the force you're craving.
Mr Galactus follows his hugely popular 'Beat Tape' cassette with the latest in the series being 'Sith Breaks'. It blends together clips from the Iconic films and the darkest of dark breaks and beats. The mix is rumoured to have been found in an obsolete R2 unit and was probably the soundtrack blasted throughout the Death Star.
It's joints both old and new (but mostly new) in this new kick-off episode of Dirty Science Radio, delivered direct by Exile. Sonically the set is wide-ranging and creative, with dancehall, latin jazz and hardcore hip-hop grooves all getting their due.
1. DS RADIO Intro
2. Exile Loops (Unreleased)
3. CONFESS - FASHAWN
4. DOO WOP - BLU ft. Planet Asia
5. Black Liberation Theology - CASHIUS KING
6. Pot of Gold (OG & Denmark RMX) - CHOOSEY
7. Murder - DENMARK VESSEY AND SCUD ONE
8. Clean Hands (RMX) - BLU
9. Let Go - RAY CHARLES SINGERS
10. Silver Moon - EXILE
11. Clique (Refix) - ABJO
12. HeavenBound - DAG SAVAGE ft. Cashius King & Nanna B.
13. Don’t Stop - DAG SAVAGE ft. Blu
14. Ease your Mind - Blu and Exile ft. Andy Allo
15. Spittin’ Image - EXILE ft. Aloe Blacc (Emanon)
16. Maintain - EXILE ft. Blu. Donnel Smokes, Cashius King and Miguel
17. Sunday Morning - ADAD / MADLIB
18. Hey Turtle - ADAD / MADLIB
19. Golden state of Mind - FASHAWN ft. Dom Kennedy
20. The Beginning - DAG SAVAGE
21. Cross Trainers - PAC DIV ft. Blu and Kendrick Lamar
22. Outside - CHOOSEY
23. Resurrection 14’ - OTIS REED
24. Crack Rock - HALO the HUMAN
25. Good Thing - FASHAWN ft. Aloe Blacc and Choosey
26. Supa Fuck - QUELLE
27. D.R.U.G.S. - DAGSAVAGE ft. Thurz
28. You can put it in a Zag Imma’ put it in a Blunt - SNOOP DOGG & WHIZ KHALIFA
29. What you Live For - EMANON (Aloe Blacc and Exile)
30. Spell casting - Blame One
31. It’s Coming Down - Exile ft. Step Brothers
32. Flying High - MED
33. Shouts (Purple Baby Produced by Mainframe)
34. First Things First - Blu And Exile
35. Different - Emanon (Exclusive)
Aussie crooner Chet Faker may be best-known for his wispy vocal performances, but during his recent DJ set for Ray Ban and Boiler Room, the Melbourne native positively did the damn thing. You'll heart quite a bit of techno and house in this one, so if you're looking to strut a while before sliding into them sheets and putting on Thinking in Textures.
1995 is having a moment right now. After DJ Wicked dropped a phenomenal '95 set last week, we're back again repping the Clinton era thanks to a new mixtape from Jee Van Cleef. Translated from the DJ's own French, the rundown goes as follow:
In 1995, the building blocks of the New York rap were in motion on the board : Wu- Tang continued his conquest, Nas and Biggie were beginning Phase 2 of their career, Mobb Deep released their first classic, and somewhere in Brooklyn , a Jay-Z was trying somehow to find a label for signing. High since the rank of legends , these artists were as the tip of a scene East Coast in full emulation. In this first part of a triptych East / West / South , Jee Van Cleef selects sixty singles , famous or unknown , which marked the year 1995 around New York . It captures the spirit and sound identity which, twenty years later, became the dominant symbol of rap nostalgia.
We pasted the East Coast installment below, but be sure to dig on the West Coast and Southern-styled editions as well.
Back in the days when I was a fifth grader, before I had an iPhone and a content aggregator, you could find the DJ Rob A selecting vibrant hip-hop, blogs told him it reminded them of the record shop.
(It's a spot-on mixtape of KRS-One, Natural Elements and other choice picks. Pardon that rap session).
DJ ROB A-# 32 Independent Selecta
1. Krs One-Outta Here
2. K Otix-CPR
3. Masta Ace-Don’t Understand
5. Camo Large- Holden Steel
6. Jigmastas-Beyond Real
7. Pop Da Brown Hornet-Gp Connection
9.Shadez of BK-When it Rains
10. Ak Skillz-One Life to Live
11. L-Da Head Toucha-Too Complex
12. Shabamm Sequeq-So Real
13. Natural Elements- Shine
14. Finsta Bundy-Sunnyside
15. G Dep-Head of Wheels
Pretty much the top-tier of current hip-hop beatmakers, flippers, remixers and selectors was on deck for the latest installment of Street Corner Music's Devil's Pie Radio show. Leading off is Iman Omari, followed by SC head don House Shoes, along with 14KT and jimettarose. It's all got a hazy, wavy flavor to it and works for both higly-dope background music and some direct, concentrated listening. Get some.
Because everyone's gotta get weird once in a while, here's Modeselektor's hour long Solid Steel radio set for Ninja Tune, a dark and strange journey through minimalist beats, strange electronica and stuff not often heard on this here site. Expand your brain a bit as your mind floats off elsewhere, but remember--keep moving to it.
Gabi - Koo Koo
Ben Zimmermann - Life Without Liz
Benge - Yamaha CS70M
Porter Ricks - Port Gentil
Planetary Assault Systems - Railer (Further Exploration)
Zenker Brothers - Bias
Andrea - Outlines
Truncate - Dial 20
Truncate - 1986
Untold - Targa
Atoms For Peace - Other Side
Bambounou - See You Soon
Benjamin Damage - Up Synth Short (accapella)
DJ Babu did the damn thing last month with his new installment of the Barbershop classic hip-hop mix series. You'll hear it all in this one, strictly proper.
Classic cuts from the golden age of hip hop . This mix contains heavy doses of dope lyrical skills, creative producers and conscious vibes ready to spark tons of conversations of memories from the 90s.
Look out for freestyles by BIG L, Tu Pac and Biggie. Please share with a lover of music, comments and feedback are highly encouraged.