Mixtape Monday: Exclusive Kronika Premiere, P.U.D.G.E., DJ Rahdu & More
Once more, Mixtape Monday is bringing you out of the stale present and off toward musical futures unforeseen. This week takes an especially progressive tack, beats-wise, thanks to our exclusive world premiere of Kronika's HOT ATTACK mixtape, a searing new piece of work from the Soulection artist that brings some of the most exciting new material in hip-hop and future-R&B together in one big sonic bonfire. Things stay hot and futuristic with new work from UK prodigy Fwdslxsh, a street-ready batch of tunes from Donnie Most, a dense grip of Chuck D thanks to Bachir & Slurg. And so, let's not waste time. The Mixtape season is prime, and the grooves are ripe.
Sometimes the best way to deal with the summer heat is to just embrace it. On her relentless new mixtape, dubbed HOT ATTACK, Kronika weaves together bar after bar after bar, never letting the intensity waver as she takes us through some of the most progressive music being made today. Kronika, a member of the Californian/global collective Soulection, is a rising star in her own right, and on this new number she proves that she's comfortable with beats hard and futuristic. In the cut you'll heart the Eddie Beatz/Howie Lee new club standard "Bong," along with J-Louis ace flip of Vince Staples, a bit of Missy and multiple joints from Sango. Kronika described the mix herself as such:
This piece is meant for a good ride or run or whatever cardio activity you prefer it to be. I hope my flow gives you a good solid momentum and keeps you going fluidly while pacing yourself occasionally.
Friends & fam, this is HOT ATTACK.
Get up, get out! Burn some then flex some! BRAAAAAAAP!!!!!!!!!!!
Kronika has done her homework and then put in even more work. Okayplayer is thrilled to present the world premiere of HOT ATTACK below. Sweat some then get some.
(dc) - SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
EDDIE BEATZ - BONG (HOWIE LEE EDIT)
SCHOOLBOY Q - UNTITLED (BONUS PIANO MIX)
SANGO - POR TUDO
JERASH HEKWERKEN - 2562
SANGO - ESPECIAL (FEAT. MC TATY)
TUNJI IGE - DAY2DAY (C. JUSTICE, DREWSTHATDUDE & FORTUNE REMIX FEAT. WONDA & MICHAEL CHRISTMAS)
FKi x DJ Sliink - AMDAM IV
DJ CARNAGE - WDYW (FEAT. LIL UZI VERT, A$AP FERG, RICH THE KID)
LIL SILVA - VENTURE
(dc) x DABOW - PEACHES
TRAVIS SCOTT - UPTOWN (INSTRUMENTAL) (PROD. M.L.J. THA BEATMAKER)
TRIPPY TURTLE - FOFO (DREWSTHATDUDE REMIX)
LANCELOT - CONNECTION (MAK & PASTEMAN REMIX)
SLEEPY CAT - FUNK
BASEMENT JAXX - RED ALERT (FUTURE PUMP UP THE FUNK EDIT)
JDEE - PLASTIC DREAMS (ORIGINAL VERSION)
LUDACRIS - BLUEBERRY YUM YUM (KOUNT EDIT)
LIZ - SAY YOU WOULD (REY RUCCIO REMIX)
SAM GELLAITRY - TEMPLE
VIC MENSA - DOWNONMYLUCK (J-LOUIS REMIX)
702 - STEELO (DJ TRAY REMIX)
DJEMBA DJEMBA - CHRONIC HEART FAILURE
MISSY ELLIOT - LICK SHOTS (NICK BIKE REMIX)
LUDACRIS - POWER SUPER CLEAN INSTRUMENTAL)
L S D X O X O - MY MAN (INTRO)
SINGULARIS - ITHOUGHTITWASYOU
AXXXGXXX - LEO’S INTERLUDE
BOSSTONE - STATIC
DVNGLEZ - VOODOOs
A$AP FERG - WORK REMIX (INSTRUMENTAL)
K-WASH - OBRIGADO SANGO
We've yet to meet a "Diamond Soul Experience" mix from DJ Rahdu that we haven't loved, and the great relationship continues on his latest mixtape missive. This one's loaded down with brilliance including, of all things, a bit of Wings-era Paul McCartney and a cover of the Beatles classic "Norwegian Wood." A bit of Bilal and Faze-O gets tossed in for good measure, and in between the lines Rahdu succeeds in bringing on the G funk.
"Turn it up and bring the voice," is the motto behind Bachir & Slurg's new Chuck D mixtape, a set that compiles tracks that have sampled and reconstrued the vocal work of the legendary MC. We've got Kanye, Biggie, Eazy E, Rakim, Shanté, Big Daddy Kane and so much more, so let yourself luxuriate in the versatility of one of hip-hop's greatest mic men.
1. Chuck's Voice By Hank Shocklee
2. Kanye West - "Everything I Am" (ft. DJ Premier)
3. Brand Nubian - "Claimin I'm Criminal"
4. Notorious B.I.G - "Ten Crack Commandements"
5. Copywrite - "Holier Than Thou"
6. Funky DL - "Say Yeah"
7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "Tell Me"
8. Eazy E - "Radio"
9. AZ - "New York" (ft. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah)
10. Da Lench Mob - "You & Your Heroes"
11. Sway & King Tech - "Bum Rush The Sound" (ft. The All City Crew)
12. Kokane - "Bakin' Soda Free"
13. Fat Joe - "Safe 2 Say (Da Incredible)"
14. Rakim - "Guess Who's Back"
15. Non Phixion - "Refuse To Lose"
16. Shanté - "Shanté Gets Wicked"
17. Chad Jackson - "Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)"
18. Above The Law - "Murder Rap"
19. Beastie Boys - "Rhyme the Rhyme Well"
20. EPMD - "Funky Piano"
21. The Afros - "Straight from the Penial"
22. Show & AG - "Party Groove"
23. Ice Cube - "Wicked"
24. King Sun - "King Sun With the Sword"
25. MC Groove - "This Is for the Suckers"
26. Paris - "Sleeping with the Enemy"
27. Big Daddy Kane - "Troubled Man"
28. Ludacris - "How Low"
Breaks, beats and even more breaks are what's cooking in the latest edition of WFMU's "Put the Needle on the Record" show, which brought on a host of top-flight DJs in its last episode, taking the groove level to all-time heights. DJ Ada, Kimzilla and others stop by to throw down a bit of wax and share what they've been digging lately, and given all the rare, dope hip-hop that they brought along, we all owe it to ourselves to listen in. It gets mighty funky. Check out the show's full tracklist here.
This certainly seems brilliant. A new mixtape series, dubbed Thirty:Thirty has been kicked off by Berlin-based photographer/DJ Fabian Brennecke, with him taking the first thirty minutes of an hour-long set, before passing the sonic baton to another DJ. Having just published its inaugural episode, the Brennecke has brought on European powerhouse Iamnobodi to do the honors, and the result is an eminently funky hour that roves through Brazilian funk, spacy afro-jazz and more. Brennecke's sense of imagery, honed by the camera, clearly translates into his music selections; some of the mix's greatest moments are in the midst of his deep cut selections.
What do you get when you cross legendary DJ P.U.D.G.E.
with some of the all-time greatest hip-hop material ever laid to tape? We have a pretty good hypothesis, at least. The selector threw down an all-Native Tongues set recently, and now the audio evidence is available for all.
P.U.D.G.E. is playing a very special NYC show coming up on August 20th, featuring Maseo of De La Soul. Get more information here and listen to the mix below.
If Jakarta Records touches it, our ears are wide open. On the latest installment of the label's "Jakarta Radio" series, they dig deep into traditional Somali folk music--some of the most moving and diverse music to ever be recorded in Northern Africa. In a Facebook post, Jakarta remarked that they've been "obsessed with the Somali music scene of the 80s for a while now, and this mix by Cakh recordings we came across seemed like a good start...the funky sounds of Mogadishu before the war took it all."
A bit more about the mix and its stylistics:
We came across this great mix by caykh recordings of the golden days of somali music. sounds from before the war, songs from before the beautiful city of mogadishu became a battle ground for 2 decades.
This Mix of 70's and 80's Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors.
There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu.
01 Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir - Naga Tag, Kac Hooyaa
02 Waaberi - ? (edit)
03 Kooxda Halgan - badbaado guri hooyo
04 Qadiijo Qalanjo - Diriyam Oo Hoo Diriyam
05 Waaberi Hargeysa - Soo dhowoow
06 Wabari Xishood & Jaceyl - ? (edit)
07 Iftin - Wanaagaaga
08 Waaberi - ? (edit)
09 Qadiijo Qalanjo - Dhesessha
10 Dur-Dur Band - Ethiopian Girl
11 Iftin - Axdigii Waad Oofin Weyde
The vibe on UK remix king fwdslxsh's latest mix, done special for Paris record label Kitsuné is quite simple: the club of the future. Doused in beats loose and progressive-leaning, the short set is a surefire treat for those whose ideal night is spent digging through the unknown depths of SoundCloud. But then, it's a pity that so much great, hard-rocking music on that platform doesn't get enjoyed in loud, open places. This mix could fix all that; let the bass and keys motivate you to get up, and get out.
Fwdslxsh - Be Mine (Unreleased)
Lege Kale & SubtomiK - Cobra
Montell2099 - Arp
Ruff Sqwad - Together (Instrumental)
Lakim w/ Sango - Acucar
Sam Gellaitry - Grot
Post Malone - White Iverson
Durkin - Y Dont U
Shigeto - R Life (feat. Brandon Mitchell & Carlos Garcia
As we draw closer and closer to AFROPUNK's 2015 Brooklyn festival, their mixtape series seems to get only more and more intense. Add to that the crucial anniversary of Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, and you have a collective whose musical endeavors seem more vital than ever before. Their latest mixtape takes on gender dichotomies by way of funk, punk and more. Here's how they described it:
Inspired by the iconic "I AM A MAN" protests in Memphis in 1968, AFROPUNK 2015 invites you to define yourself and celebrate defiance. I am a man, I am a womyn, I am nonbinary, I am extraordinary. Who are you? However you define yourself, we welcome you to join our army of misfits.
"All these people out here--before AFROPUNK--thought they were the only crazy people in the world. Now we all get to be the Island of Misfit Toys in Brooklyn together. So that's what it means; it means I'm not so alone." - W. Kamau Bell 2013
01. Intro: W. Kamau Bell (August 2013)
02. Gary Clark Jr. - Ginder
03. Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
04. Cakes Da Killa - Cunt Manifesto
05. Suicidal Tendencies - Look Up... The Boys Are Back In Town
06. Raury - Devil's Whisper
07. Petite Noir - Down
08. Young Paris - Destined
09. letlive. - Banshee (Ghost Frame)
10. Interlude: Jesse Boykins III (March 2015)
11. Death Grips - The Powers That B
12. Sam Dew - Desperately
13. Interlude: Adia Victoria (April 2015)
14. Adia Victoria - Sea of Sand
15. Danny Brown - Worth It
16. Ms. Lauryn Hill - I've Got Life (Nina Simone Cover)
Shame on us for sleeping on the audio component of Street Etiquette. Thankfully we've wizened up a big, and can now report that the menswear blog's latest commissioned mixtape is pure fire, sewn up courtesy of Donnie Most. Their most recent "Audio Visuals" set has become one of our favorite of the year, and from the early sounds of things this one is on the exact same track. Dig the vinyl-caked dusty grooves below and keep on moving to it--you know we sure will.
SWV - Can We (Hulkhodn RMX)
Sleepy Eyes - Skybox
Iman Omari - That Girl [Flip]
The Internet - Penthouse Cloud
htrspltn - Dance, Laugh, Flight
CH∆L KΣKΣ - ƁΣ ₮HΣЯΣ
ITSDJSMALLZ - We Are Young
Justin Timberlake - Señorita (Soundpalette's Slow Ride Bootleg)
Hymn de Lune - Young Hearts - @hymn-de-lune
Thundercat - For Love (I Come Your Friend)
Black Milk - Hell Below (feat. Gene Obey)
Persian Empire - Blame Her
Slow Magic - Hold Still
Taquwami - Two - @taquwami
Sade - Tattoo (ForteBowie Edit)
Zak Abel - Alchemy
Masis - Higher
Gallant - Weight In Gold (Ta-Ku Remix)
Young Fathers - I Heard
Nami Ramo - Rebirth
ForteBowie - Paid Programming
Brent Faiyaz - Be
Alina Baraz + Galimatias - Make You Feel (Donnie Most Edit)
Moonstruck - Two Inch Punch
D’Angelo - Betray My Heart (Donnie Most Edit)
Frank Liin - Late Night Wonder (Alfa Mist Remix)
WOLFE de MÇHLS - Supernova
Mos Def - Get Ta Steppin (Ft. Vinia Mojica)
Teo - Selfless-ish
PhonyPpl - You Rock My World (Michael Jackson Cover)