Kai Alice Live At Nonis Deep House Mixtape Cover
Kai Alice Live At Nonis Deep House Mixtape Cover

Mixtape Monday: Kai Alcé x Deep House Premiere, Mos Def Throwbacks, Check The Technique, Captain Planet & Many More

Kai Alice Live At Nonis Deep House Mixtape Cover

Welcome back to another autumnal edition of Mixtape Monday, where things are getting a little cooler and crisper with each passing week. Thanks to an extra-productive sound community, we've got an extra-balanced roundup at the ready with something for every lover of great music. First up is the world premiere of a new deep house set from NYC+ATL+Detroit legend Kai Alcé, which he generously bestowed upon us in the name of Mixtape Monday. Past Alcé's bass-heavy selections lies an ingenious mix made of material sampled on Mos Def's now-classic Black on Both Sides, as well as the newest Check the Technique tape, a mix of front-to-back old school beats and rhymes compiled in honor of the Check the Technique hip-hop history book due out this month. Plus there's some guaranteed African and Brazilian dopeness coming, plus rumor has it a brand new Urban Survival Guide is on the way. You best keep your browser locked and your headphones plugged in--the mixtape upload/download is live and ready for you.

Kai Alice Live At Nonis Deep House Mixtape Cover

A lifelong student (and teacher) of hip-hop, techno, disco and house, Kai Alcé is one of the under-sung masters of the DJ world. And now, as an exclusive gift to Okayplayer, the Kaizer has crafted a mix of house and techno that will re-up your appreciation for the art form. Welcome, dear listeners, to OkayDeep. Haitian in his background and East coast in upbringing, Alcé is tied perhaps closest to Detroit and the early days of Techno. That connection rings pulses all through this mix, as pianos and synth lines scurry over the non-stop kick drum that house never fails to provide. It's the first of many more deep house exclusives headed our way in the future, so hit the accelerator and let the bassline do the driving.

Mos Def Black On Both Sides Samples Mixtape Cover

15 years ago, one MC from Brooklyn, NY lived the now for the promise of the infinite. Now, as Black on Both Sides reaches decade-and-a-half status, Mos Def's debut masterpiece is getting all sorts of duly-deserved love. This ingenious, informative set was put together by the minds at Hip Hop is Read in 2008, and is being revisited this October by any and all curious as to just what made BoBS so great. Yes, Mos dropped top-caliber rhymes all over the LP, but the on-point samples of Fela Kuti, Stanley Clarke, MC Shan, Bill Evans and Aretha Franklin were truly what set the debut above the rest in 1999. Read a little more about the samples mixtape's origins on HHiR.

We're sure Mos/Yasiin Bey would appreciate the set; this is one birthday gift we all get to un-rap and enjoy. As a bonus, you can download the entire mix right here.

The Rub Check The Technique 2 Mixtape Cover

Another hip-hop history lessen, this one dating even farther back, comes to us from The Rub with a bit of literary finesse. Compiled in honor of Check the Technique Volume 2, a new hip-hop book written by Brian Coleman and dedicated to expanding on the liner notes of the art form's most iconic moments, the CtT mixtape is a prime and proper affair. Sure shots abound and the likes of The Beatnuts, Smif-N-Wessun, Lord Finesse, Raekwon and Diamond D are only a small sampling of what's simmering in this compilation. The book can be ordered (and read up on) right here and we highly recommend bumping this mix as you press "purchase."


1. Wild Style – "Subway Theme"

2. Mantronix – "Fresh Is The Word"

3. Stetsasonic – "Sally"

4. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – "Brand New Funk"

5. Lord Finesse – "Funky Technician"

6. The Beatnuts – "No Equal"

7. Masta Ace – "Jeep Ass Niguh (OG + Bizcapella)"

8. Company Flow – "Vital Nerve (feat. BMS)"

9. Smif-N-Wessun – "Timz N Hood Chek"

10. Jeru the Damaja – "D. Original"

11. Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killa & Nas – "Verbal Intercourse"

12. Gravediggaz ft. Shabazz the Disciple & Killah Priest – "Diary of A Madman"

13. Dr. Octagon – "Blue Flowers"

14. KMD – "What A Nigga Know (remix feat. MF Grimm)"

15. Kool G. Rap – "On The Run (Al Capone Remix)"

16. Naughty By Nature – "Ghetto Bastard"

17. 3rd Bass – "Wordz of Wizdom"

18. Nice & Smooth – "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow"

19. Diamond D – "Freestyle (Yo That’s That Shit)"

20. Black Sheep – "Gimme The Finga"

21. Kwame – "The Rhythm"

22. Ed O.G. – "I Got To Have It"

23. Mos Def & Talib Kweli feat. Common – "Respiration"

24. The Coup –" Me and Jesus The Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night"

25. Ice Cube – "Once Upon A Time in the Projects"

captain planet okayafrica mixtape cover

We'd be remiss not to reassert the both the good work happening over at Okayafrica and the great mixtapes that regularly land upon their mainpage. Last week was an extra-special one at that, with Captain Planet (aka Charlie Wilder) dropping an exclusive and exhilarating mix of African greats for the long-running Africa in Your Earbuds mixtape series. You'll hear Sarkodie, Fela, E.L., William Onyeabor, and Thomas Mapfumo within this hour-long party, which pulls out the tight kick drums and jangly guitar lines to properly set the tone. Read more about the mix in CP's own words right here, and enjoy the full set below.


1. The Cockerel Boys - Njalo Ngolwesihlanu [South Africa]

2. Ernesto Djedje - Zibote [Cote D'Ivoire]

3. Tau Ea Lesotho - Nyatsi Tloha Pela'ka [Lesotho]

4. Saran - Tounkan (Captain Planet Remix) [Guinea/USA]

5. R2bees ft. Sakodie & Nana Boroo - Agyeiii (Captain Planet Remix) [Ghana/USA]

6. Kabaka International Guitar Band - Mangala Special (Uproot Andy Remix) [Nigeria/USA]

7. Vee - Taku Taku [Botswana]

8. Fela Ransome Kuti - Roforofo Fight [Nigeria]

9. Niama Makalou et African Soul Band - Kognokoura [Mali]

10. Captain Planet ft. Alsarah - Safaru [USA/Sudan]

11. Nephews Of Phela - Mulah 2 [Ethiopia]

12. William Onyeabor - Good Name (Joakim Remix) [Nigeria/France]

13. Owiny Sigoma Band - Doyoi Nyajo Nam (Quantic Dub) [Kenya/UK]

14. E.L. - Obuu Mo [Ghana]

15. Fuse - Azonto (Jus Now Remix) [Ghana/UK]

16. Captain Planet - Dje Dje [USA/Cote D'Ivoire]

17. Gregor Salto & Mokoomba - Messe Messe (Dub) [Netherlands/Zimbabwe]

18. ??? - Mi Nina [Angola?] - any info on this track is much appreciated!

19. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Gbara Case [Sierra Leone]

20. Etoile de Dakar ft. Youssou N'Dour - Absa Gueye [Senegal]

21. Thomas Mapfumo & Wadada Leo Smith - Marimuka [Zimbabwe/USA]

FS Green All Good Volume 3 Mixtape cover

Part crib, part club, the new "All Good Volume 3 mixtape from FS Green defies an easy label. The mix comes loaded with the turnt up work of A$AP Ferg and Bando Jonez, and features more vocoder than we thought we'd ever be able to handle. Also, we're always thrilled to catch "Signs," that dope collab from Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake that never seems to get its due respect. Still, Green's mix is full of surprises, and you'll have to listen for yourself just to get our drift. As a bonus, we've also been gifted with All Good Club Tools, a mini-mix of Green's own material that's included in the larger Volume 3.


TeeFlii – 24 Hours (Midas Hutch Remix) [FS Green Intro Mix]

Fingazz – Rock With You

Redinho – Sharp Shoooter

Snoop Dogg – Signs Ft. Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake

Bando Jonez – Sex You (Midas Hutch Remix)

Lone – Airglow Fires

ILOVEMAKONNEN – Tonight (FS Green Club Edit)

Trippy Turtle – NaNa

Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone

Ray Fuego & GRGY - Yungku Lotto Sacka

Partynextdoor – Recognize Ft. Drake

B. Smyth – Twerkoholic (Midas Hutch Remix)

Jeremih – All The Time (Hi Tom Remix)

MikeQ & DJ Sliink – Werk’d It

FS Geen x Laidback Angello – Be / Show Me Love

Kid Antoine – Expected Encounter

DJ Funeral – Bounce Dat

K-Liber – Magnifico

Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru (Boomclap Edit)

A$AP Ferg – Work

Kid Antoine – And Uh (Cashmere Cat Edit)

A$AP Ferg – Work (SirOJ Sad Edit)

Rich The Kid – Jumpin Like Jordan Ft. Migos (Jeftuz Remix)

Chris Brown – Drunk Texting Ft. Jhené Aiko

Partynextdoor & Meek Mill – Realest In The City

Trippy Turtle – Furthest Thing

DJ Fire – Back Up On It (Jasmine) Ft. Dougie F

FS Green – Watrasei (No Drums Mix)

FS Green x La Rouge – Who Like To Know

Ondrofeni – Den Wani Dolce & Gabbana

DJ Eko Soultronica Volume 6 Mixtape Cover

A change of pace from the distinct throwback flavor of many of this week's mixtapes, DJ Eko's newest Soultronica set is an exercise in newfound goodness. Cuts from Tinashe, Justin Timberlake, Disclosure, Sia x The Weeknd and (yes) even Ed Sheeran are given the smoky backroom treatment by Eko's deft DJ hands from start to finish. Eko has written that this mix was inspired by the love and support she gets from the her community of her beloved Burningman crew, even after the festival had ended and she returned home to a life of (relative) isolation. We recommend following Eko's sentiment and conjuring up mental images of a cool, dry desert night while listening to it with some loving, supporting company of your very own.


Astr - Hold On We're Going Home (Drake Cover)

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Kygo Remix)

Popcaan - Everything Nice

Tinashe - 2 On (Yung Gud Remix)

Cazzette - Sleepless (Charles Deluxe Remix)

Movement - Us (Giraffage Remix)

Tensnake - 58 BPM (Featuring Fiora)

Amerie - Gotta Work ( Phazz Remix )

Fleetwood Mac - Stand Back (eli escobar discomix) 4:30 home

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

Slaptop - Sunrise

Stwo - Try To Resist

Salva - Keys Open Doors

Jamie Lidell & Tensnake - Feel Of Love (Boys Noize & Djedjotronic Remix)

Koreless - Lost in Tokyo (Teen Flirt Edit)

Sia ft. The Weeknd - Elastic Heart

Disclosure - When a Fire Starts to Burn (C2C Remix)

Lido - lost feat. muri (stwo-remix)

SBTRKT - Wildfire

Miguel - Do You… (Cashmere Cat Remix)

Beyonce - Drunk in Love (Hunt for the Breeze Edit)

Cosmo's Midnight - The Dofflin (Wave Racer Remix)

Sam Smith - Money On My Mind (Salute remix)

Justin Timberlake - Spaceship Coupe [Eyelove Remix]

Disclosure - You & Me (Flume remix)

Para One - Empire

Ellie Goulding - Burn (Maths Time Joy Remix)

Ed Motta Wax Poetics Brazilian Mix

The Dr. Who of Brazilian music (Waxpoetics's words, not ours) Ed Motta is back on the map and not too soon. While he preps for his own new album of Christopher Cross-inspired #YachtRock, he's gone global, cooking up a new mix of some of the best syrupy late '70s and '80s funk to ever be heard by human ears.

It's true that this year has already seen a bumper crop of mixtapes from Brazilians, thanks in no small part to the summer's World Cup tournament. But by now hopefully your ears have recovered their taste for bossa-inspired funk, in this case cut with '80s e-pianos and many a smoove vocal harmony. A dutiful track-by-track description is awaiting over at WP, but funk this slick demands you press play immediately. Summer's just begun down in Rio Rio de Janeiro--this mix might inspire you and your tenderoni to book a flight south.

1. Mark Radice - “It’s You My Love” (1977)

2. Dwight Druick - “Prends Ton Temps” (1980)

3. Altay Veloso - “Débora” (1986)

4. Tatsuro Yamashita - “Love Talkin’ (Honey It’s You)” (1982)

5. Arian - “Your Love Makes Me a Winner” (1981)

6. Starbuck - “A Fool in Line” (1977)

7. Valerie Carter - “Crazy” (1978)

8. Shampoo - “Fruta Maçã” (1983)

9. Renee Geyer - “Two Sides” (1975)

10. Adrian Gurvitz - “Untouchable and Free” (1979)

11. Rita Lee - “Atlântida” (1981)

12. James Vincent - “Space Traveler” (1976)

13. Pino Daniele - “Notte Che Fai” (1995)

14. Chas Jankel - “Just a Thought” (1980)

15. Noriyo Ikeda - “Dream in the Street” (1980)

16. Jerry Corbetta - “Caribbean Lady”

17. The Bee’s Knees - “You and I” (1979)

18. Googie and Tom Coppola - “Let This River Flow” (1980)

19. Raul Porchetto - “El Vino Del Alma” (1979)

20. Rick Riso - “Gotta Have the Real Thing”

Guest Selects I Ced Tight Songs

The title, Tight Songs, just about sums it up. i.Ced rolled through the Tight Songs radio show, a regular XRAY FM broadcast hosted by Portland's own Fresh Selects. Taking over the controls for a compact-but-mighty 41 minute set, i.Ced kept things proper with revolving vocal loops and heavy kicks. From the first drop of Adam Santoya's banging "Awake" to DaM-FunK, Andre Cymone and beyond, Ced's mix is truly a standout in the cyber seas of mixtapes.


1. Adam Santoya - "Awake"

2. I, CED feat. Stopha Vasquez - "Soon..."

3. Pete Rock x Camp Lo - "Dream Journey"

4. Hawthorne Headhunters feat. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe & I Am - "Collage"

5. SB (Leon Sylvers IV) - "The Gopher Mix"

6. Quelle Chris feat. Denmark Vessey - "Wait A Minute"

7. This Is The Dope (Black Spade, TeresaJenee & Indiana Rome) - "Theme Music"

8. Mndsgn - "Starving (Iman Omari Remix)"

9. Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal - "Saturday Love (I, CED Re-Edit)"

10. Moniquea - "A Certain Way"

11. DaM-FunK - "Can You Feel This Funk In Me?"

12. Andre Cymone - "Naked (I, CED Moderate Remix)"

13. Positive Force - "Give You My Love"

14. Donny Hathaway - "Memory Of Our Love"

15. I, CED - "Here"

Sofie NTS Radio

Back with another mixtape full of dark and faded tones that bridge the gaps between techno, r&b and full-on trap, Boiler Room's Sofie Fatouretchi continues her SOS Radio series--and we're all the luckier for it. Sofie's mix is overloaded with heavy bass and murky melodies, but somehow it also floats, like heavy smoke that hits the ceiling and comes back down but never quite lands. Joints from Spliff Mackenzie, Ssaliva, KNX and even Bilal + Pharrell reassert that unsober ethos. With only two mixes (that we're aware of) under her belt, Fatouretchi's already built for herself a reliable aesthetic, something many DJs and mix-makers take years to find for themselves. The future is bright, in a dark night sort of way, for this one.


1. DJ Spanish Fly - Outro (My Bit)

2. Ras G - Ice Age

3. Javelin - The Merkin Jerk

4. Kay Franklin - Shhh

5. Black Zheep + DK The Punisher - Big Bank Rolls

6. Spliff Mackenzie - Spheres

7. Micachu The Illest

8. D/P/I - T.T.G

9. Ssaliva - RIVN

10. Former Boys - Sleepwalk

11. Shungu - Call On Me

12. Zeroh - Beaconwizdom (Low_ftf)

13. KNX - Hail [Nytemayrs]

14. Brainorchestra - Stuck

15. Bilal ft. Pharrell - Nightmares (SOS SCRU)

16. Ages - Fred Savage

17. Izy - Main Bitch (Prod. Daddy Aol)

18. AZ - My Niggas (Buckwild)

19. Shozae & Sageinfinite - Nighttime Smugglers pt. 2

20. Shungu - Dem_Franchiz

21. Jonwayne - Unreleased

22. DJ Harrison - World Masquerade

23. Madlib - Forty Four

24. Sir - You Ain't Ready ft. D Smoke 2

25. DJ Screw - Lil Flip & Big Shasta - Sunny Day

26. Mieux - Clowns

27. Crowded House - Dun Dream Itz Over (SOS SCRU)

28. DTCPU - I Keep Holdn On

29. Illingsworth - Drive off the Road

30. MNDSGN - Bloombloom

31. Javelin - Too Many Feelings

32. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Uhnh

33. Graveyard Productions - Black Magic

34. MNDSGN - Kikhabits

35. KNX - Iknluhvubettr

Alexander Wang Jesse Marco Mixtape Cover

We end this week's mixtape roundup, in a way, right where we started, with a club-approved mix of pulsing drums wrapped into heavy and hard beats. NYC's own Jesse Marco teamed up with Alexander Wang for his new Urban Suvival Mix, a trilled-out batch of modern club tracks that shake and rattle from front to the very, very back. Drake kicks thing off (seems to be a pattern with this week's mixes) and from there it's an A$AP Ferg, Duke Dumont and Lil Wayne affair. Told you it was club-ready--put it on and reminisce of the weekend we just left behind. There's another coming soon, however, and until then keep moving to it.


1. Drake - "We Made It"

2. A$AP Ferg - "Work" (Fortune and Mistermack Remix)

3. Baauer - "Clang" (Jesse Marco's Marble Floor Edit)

4. Beyonce - "Drunk In Love" (Dimond Saints Remix)

5. What So Not - "Jaguar" (Jesse Marco's Dead Prez Edit)

6. K Camp - "Cut Her Off" (Jesse Marco's DNB Edit)

7. TUT - "Soundsquad"

8. Drake - "Trophies" (Mr. Carmack Remix)

9. Keyz and Krates - "Dum Dee Dum"

10. Bobby Shmurda - "Hot N*gga" (French Montana Remix)

11. DCUP - "Don't Be Shy" (Wave Racer Remix)

12. Tropkillaz - "Badman"

13. NaS - "Hate Me Now"

14. Mat Zo - "Old School Trip"

15. Alunageorge - "You Know You Like It (Tchami Remix)

16. Friend Within - "The Renegade

17. Banks - "Fall Over" (Djemba Djemba Remix)

18. Aquadrop, The Golden Toyz vs. Nadastrom - "Favelas" (RL Grime Edit)

19. Astronomar - "Gargoile"

20. Tinashe ft. School Boy Q - "2 On" (Wax Motif Remix)

21. Duke Dumont - "Won't Look Back"

22. Chris Brown - "Loyal"

23. Lorde - "Tennis Court" (Diplo Remix)

24. YG - "Who Do You Love" (Renaissance Remix)

25. Aluna George - "You Know You Like It" (DJ Snake Remix)

26. Motez - "Ride Roof Back"

27. Future - "Move That Doh" (4b Bootleg)

28. Zeds Dead - "Bustamove"

29. Jesse Marco - "I Want You Bc"

30. Que - "OG BOBBY Johnson" (Walshy Fire Remix)

31. Drake - "Worst Behavior"

32. Lil Wayne ft. 2 Chainz - "Rich As Fuck"

33. Rick Ross ft. Big Sean & Kanye West - "Sanctified" (Brenmar Remix)