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Soulection Radio June 24 Show 213 Cover Art
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Mixtape Monday: NOw FUTUR's French Touch Tribute, Jannis Stürtz's Habibi Funk, Nas x AZ & More

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

It's that time again--time to put an ear to the very best new sessions that the world's hard-working DJs and producers have to offer. Mixtape Monday is back and is proud to premiere the French Touch edition of "Sims Samples," an incredible tribute to Daft Punk and the French electro scene at large, courtesy of the wild Parisians at NOw FUTUR. Beyond that, a set of nothing but Nas and AZ mashed up has us thinking that "Life's A Bitch" isn't such a bad motto after all. Additional sets from Kenny Dope, Dan Digs, the Soulection crew and so much more await, so keep your headphones locked in and prepare for take off.

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

The one and only Sims of French music collective NOw FUTUR has thrown down the electro gauntlet. His latest "Sims Samples" is a tribute not only to the legendary Daft Punk, but the French Touch dance movement at large and features some of the most crucial tracks in the entire genre, both modern and not-so-much. Opening with a textbook "then and now" blend of Daft tracks and the cuts they chopped up (we'll always love the way they flipped ELO on "Face to Face"), the hour-plus set is perfect kindling for your next funky dance soireé. All you need to do is press "play." Oui oui is right.


The Originals - Down To Love Town

Daft Punk - Burnin' (Edit Version) 1

George Duke - I Love You More

Daft Punk - Digital Love

Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman

Daft Punk - Face to Face

sister sledge - il macquillage lady

Daft Punk - Aerodynamic

Eddie Johns - More Spell on You

Daft Punk - One More Time

Black Magic - Freedom (Make It Funky) (Color 1 On & On Strong Vocal Mix)

Ian Pooley - Chord Memory (Daft Punk Remix)

Edwin Birdsong - Cola Bottle Baby

Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Breakwater -Release the Beast

Daft Punk - ROBOT ROCK

vaughan mason & crew - bounce, rock, skate, roll

Daft Punk - Da Funk

Chaka khan - Fate

Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You

Fresh Band - Come back lover

Bob Sinclar - My Only Love

The Jets - Crush On You

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Intro

George Benson - The World Is A Ghetto

Thomas Bangalter - Spinal Scratch

Chic - Soup For One

Modjo - lady (hear me tonight)

Donna_Summer - If It Hurts Just A Little

Cassius - 99 Remix

Grant Green - hurt so bad

Etienne de Crécy - Prix Choc

Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Givin

Cassius - feeling for you

The fatback band - put your love (in my tender care)

Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat

Dynasty - Strokin'

Dj Mehdi - Signature (Thomas Bangalter Edit)

Bb & Q Band - The Imagination

Dj Mehdi - Tunisia Bambaata

Earth Wind & Fire - Brazilian Rhyme

Minos Pour Main Basse (Sur La Ville) - Le Patron Est Devenu Fou!

Gap Band - I don't believe you want to get up and dance (oops!)

Demon - You Are My High

Curtis Mayfield - Right On For The Darkness

Silicone Soul - Right on 4 tha darkness

Freddie Hubbard - Little sunflower

Pepe Bradock - Deep Burnt

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Jakarta Records' head honcho Jannis Stürtz never stops moving. From managing some of the most promising, progressive producers and MCs to voraciously crate-digging amidst his travels, the German is one of those cats that just seems to have more hours in the day than the rest of us. Thankfully, Stürtz is generous with all that hard work and has just shared his third mixtape of "Habibi Funk"--hard-grooving music picked from record bins across the Middle East and north Africa, then sewn up into a concise set for all of us to enjoy. From Morocco to Lebanon, most of the African Mediterranean coast is represented in the 37 minute session, which is sure to be some of the most satisfying and rare listening you'll enjoy all week. In Jannis's own words:

Earlier this month I was in North Africa for another digging trip and ended up finding quite some records I didn’t know before or I had no copy of so I felt it was time for another mix. After every mix I make I feel like „Uhh, getting enough records I like for the next one will be tough“. But every time I end up getting proven wrong by the rich musical heritage of Arabic musicians that worked on combining local influences with western musical traditions. Just like Dalton, the Tunisian band we just re-released on our new Habibi Funk label, who are also prominently featured on this mix.

Apart from the Dalton re-release that you can hear on our soundcloud we are working on rereleasing Fadoul’s music, Morocco’s answer to James Brown, who was also featured on the first two mixes. The artist himself passed in the early 90s but thru a countless number of leads we luckily ended up finding his family in Morocco, one of the highlights of my last trip but more from this later.

For now please enjoy the new mix featuring music from Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon. If you’re in Paris catch me playing some records at Institute Du Monde Arab on the 3rd of July…


Habibi Funk 003 Tracklist:What do you think?

1. Carthago – "Alech" – Tunisia

2. Dalton – "Alech" – Tunisia (As re-released by Habibi Funk)

3. Ishan Al Munzer – "Jamileh" – Lebanon

4. Abd El Azim Abdallah – "Ayam Ma Tayebouh" – Sudan (Habibi EDIT)

5. Hamad Elrebh – "Shahr Shareen" – Sudan

6. Ousmane – "Telass" – Morocco

7. Dalton – "Soul Brother" – Tunisia (As re-released by Habibi Funk)

8. Golden Hands – "Country Scenes" – Morocco

9. Ammar Sheriyi – "Gabar" – Egypt

10. Naima Samih & Abdou El Omari – "Zifaf Filada" – Morocco

11. Ammar Sheriyi – "Shagalouni" – Egypt

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Compiled by DJ Rhude and VIBE editor in chief Datwon, the new "Naz: The Flyest Essence" mixtape invites you to imagine a world in which Nas and AZ continued collaborating at the height of their powers and put together an entire album (maybe even a couple of them). Going much further than just "Life's A Bitch," the playlist is a beat junkie's dream, incorporating cuts from some of the greatest producers that collaborated with both Nas and AZ. In Rude's own words:

Nas and AZ's chemistry in the booth is undeniable as evidenced by their body of work over the years. Despite said chemistry, the two arists have never collaborated on a full length album despite the fans pleas for it. While it probably may never happen, Datwon (Vibe EIC) and I brainstormed about putting together a mixtape as a way of imagining how an album between the two could sound. As a result Naz: the Flyest Essence was born. Featuring beats from The Alchemist, Pete Rock, Large Pro, Sid Roams, Midi Mafia, Salaam Remi and many more.

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Techno, funk, soul, house and even a touch of disco get their due from Kenny Dope in his new video-recorded live 45" set. Things kick off at approximately the 3 minute mark with nothing but tough-as-nails breaks, and given that it's shot from an above angle, you can see just how Kenny works the decks and mixer as he proceeds and continues to keep it proper. A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock and CL Smooth kick things off, and from there its nothing but onward and upward.

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Opening with the soft, lush piano of Abjo's "Largo Rubato (Rest Well Mark)," Soulection's latest radio show mega-mixtape is a true thing of beauty. Hosted, as always, by label exec Joe Kay, this new installment features an interview and guest selections from KR, the show traces its way through beats both vintage and hyper-modern, treating us to Aaliyah, Big Sean, Timbaland, Mr. Carmack, Common, Nas, Raphael Saadiq and so much more. By now required listening for anyone invested in where beat music is going, Soulection Radio reportedly has a big announcement coming in its next installment. We can't wait to hear it, but at least these three hours make it a little easier.


1. AbJo – Largo Rubato (Rest Well Mark)

2. D.W_ - Brook

3. HXNS - 5k double feature

4. Dej Loaf – Try Me (Midas Hutch Remix)

5. Solas – The Made on the Shore

6. Timbaland & Magoo – All Y'all ft. Tweet (instrumental)

7. ESTA – Untitled

8. Drake – On A Wave ft. Tinashe

9. Travis Scott - Antidote

10. Zikomo & James Anderson- That Feeling

11. Gregory Isaacs – Rock On

12. Braeden Bailey – Fingerwork

13. Swindail - Gellaitry Groove

14. Kource – From Love To Hate

15. Wantigga x Jarreau Vandal – So Flute

16. Big Sean – Blessings ft. Drake & Kanye West

17. Lakim – Untitled

18. Elhae – Take Care ft. SPZRKT (Family Remix)

19. Aaliyah – Heartbroken

20. Jay Prince – Polaroids

21. Dry & Heavy – Love Explosion

22. Lakim – analog sequence

23. Gravez – Where We From (Lege Kale Remix)

24. LAKIM – Untitled

25. Timbaland – Keep It Real ft. Ginuwine

26. Playa – Cheers 2 U (instrumental)

27. MadBliss – blatant

28. Mr. Carmack - goldlink mix 2

29. DJ Cable – Justified

30. KAYTRANADA – Drive Me Crazy (featuring Vic Mensa)

31. Common – Be [Instrumental] (Joe Kay's Slowed Edit)

32. Reflection Eternal - Just Begun ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def

(Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)

33. 88 Keys - Viagra ft. Kanye West (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)

34. Nas - Still Dreaming ft. Kanye West (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)

35. Royce Da 5'9" – Heartbeat [Instrumental] (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)

36. Sam Gellaitry – us

37. YoungBloodz & Big Boi – 85 (Instrumental)

38. Tweet – Turn Da Lights Off feat. Missy Elliot

39. Raphael Saadiq – Still Ray

40. Mura Masa – i'll be alright (tonight)

41. El Debarge – Stay With Me

42. Jarreau Vandal – filling pieces

Interview w/ KR (1:30:18 – 2:18:17)

43. Kaytranada & Mr. Carmack - I Cherish Youse (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)

44. Skepta x Bassbear!! x Swisha Sweet - Take Nasty

45. Madbliss - Crazh

46. Skymark - Special E.D

47. Kaelin Ellis - Another Beat

48. Manitee - Snowblind

49. Halpe - Halpe X Esher

50. IAMNOBODI - Turbulence

51. DEFFIE + R.O.M - Grandmaster

52. Common - Come Close (Instrumental)

53. _al. - new old

54. Jhene Aiko - From Time (Atu & Sango Edit)

55. KR - Dearly Beloved (Live @ Red Bull Studio LA)

56. KR - Play My Shit (Live @ Red Bull Studio LA)

Joe Kay’s Session (2:18:17 – End of Session)

57. J-Louis x Pyrmdplaza - Untitled (Joe Kay's Slowed Edit)

58. Drake - Jungle (KidGhost Flip)

59. Ginuwine x Drake - Anxious for the Legend (Sango Edit)

60. RASCAL – Deep

61. Swindail - zen zen hit the ten ten

62. PYRMDPLAZA - House Bump for Joe Kay (Slowed Edit)

63. The Weeknd – The Hills

64. JETS – U-N-I (feat. Jamie Lidell)

65. The Internet – Special Affair

66. Full Crate - Falling Off (Odile)

67. Denzel Curry – Threatz (Ekali & Gravez Remix)

68. JETS – Pink Beat

69. Singularis - Wonderful One

70. Kehlani - Down For You (Gravez & Nehzuil Remix)

71. Mura Masa - You Don't Know My Name

72. Talib Kweli/Mos Def – Thieves In The Night

73. De La Soul – Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)

74. _al. - yeah yeah

75. Jneiro Jarel – Lock Down

76. La Verdolaga – Totó la momposina y Sus Tambores

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

We're not about to front and claim to be up-to-date on our German hip-hop, but thankfully DJ P's "Rathelbecker Weg" mixtape provides an excellent catch-up session in the genre. These straight-from-vinyl Deutschland beats knock hard and the rhymes at least sound solid, on a surface-level phonetic basis, so plug it in and achtung, baby.


1. DJ P - Intro

2. Fresh Face - Crackrap

3. Wun Two - Genista

4. Joe Space & Drumtomski - Sieben Siegel

5. Kids Of The Stone Age - Galaxy (Instrumental)

6. Yoho (Galv & Fuzzl) - Ich geb dir mein Wort

7. Eloquent - Cracksteine

8. Wun Two - Rio Nights

9. Schaufel und Spaten - Der Ralle (Remix)

10. Aem16 & Apfel - Pyjama

11. AdzudemSK - Eine Liebe Part II

12. Bluestaeb - Foli

13. Nordachse - King Allüren

14. Klaus Layer - Through the Looking Glass

Fresh Selects: Tight Songs Guest Mix Submerse

Tokyo's Submerse stopped by the Fresh Selects/Tight Songs radio hour to bring us all a bit of strange, wild bliss. With cuts like Tropes's "Talc" and his own "Bokeh" painting a gorgeous watercolor of progressive beats, clicks, whirrs and moonlit reverberations, the mixtape makes for ideal nighttime listening, bath tub listening, open-road driving or just about...anything.


1. SiR - Seven Sundays Intro [0:00]

2. Tropes - Talc [0:30]

3. 77 Karat Gold - Sunshine [1:46]

4. Darkhouse Family feat. B Bravo - Like No Other [6:21]

5. 18 Carat Affair - Voice Activated [9:04]

6. DJ Harrison - SnoopRX [11:11]

7. Warren Xclnce + Reiss G - Intro (1992) [12:40]

8. submerse - bokeh [13:49]

9. Swarvy - Hella Side Quests [16:36]

10. submerse - take it slow [18:27]

11. SNK∆ - Life Grooves [20:14]

12. Fitz Ambro$e - Wsdns [21:34]

13. submerse - me&you [22:40]

14. Knxwledge - shuremng [24:13]

15. Sleepy Eyes - Burrito Naps [26:31]

16. submerse - blueprints [28:40]

17. SiR - Love You [30:34]

18. yuk - Home [33:11]

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

From the opening bars of Thundercat's "Them Changes," it's clear that Dan Digs's latest Dash Radio show was destined for greatness. Soul wild card Van Hunt pulled through Digs's both to share a few choice selections and talk about his newest LP, and amidst it all we're treated to Chet Faker, Four Tet and more. It's a stellar update on the best modern grooves available, so tune in--we don't remember radio ever sounding quite so smooth.

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

DJ Average's work is anything but, and on his latest set the beat selector blends vibrant electro, house, instrumental hip-hop and funk into a dance mix that's so strong it might even convince the most reluctant heads to get off the wall and get their bodies moving. Dubbed "Tired [of the] Scene Again," the mix is a selection of cuts that Average can't wait to play live in front of people--and the stuff is so infectious, we can't wait to hear it. Thankfully, the entire tape is waiting for you below.


Jesse's Intro

Kai Alce - Amerika

Brame & Hamo - Ghetto For You

MCDE - Raw Cuts #6

Eli Escobar - Seein You

Moods - U Got Me

Brame & Hamo - Parish Rumors

Mndsgn - Phyllis

Mndsgn - Camelblues (Cazal Organism Remix)

Evil Needle - Good Times ft. Octavio N. Santos

Dam Funk - Free

Toro Y Moi - Say That (DaM-FunK Re-Freak)

POOLS - Sew Brand New

Rodriguez - Sugarman (RocknRolla Soundsystem Edit)

Kai Alce - Black Raphsody

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Austrialia-based funk group Kerbside Collection teamed up with Wax Poetics earlier this month to drop a mixtape of some of their most-beloved tracks; songs they look to as key influences in their work as they spread hard-grooving music out of Oz and across the world. Their favorite songs are dope, that's assured, but even better is the original material that the group incorporated into the set. They had this to say about it:

A dusty jazz funk and rare groove DJ mix to coincide with the new 'Trash or Treasure' album. Cooked up by our man behind the pots 'n' pans - Paprika. A selection of sounds that help join the dots and showcase some inspirations and influences for the record. feat tracks from The Whitefield Brothers, Bobby Hughes, Placebo, The Stance Brothers, Unity Sextet, The Bamboos, UK Library sounds plus tracks from the new album.