Mixtape Monday: The Music Snobs, Malik Abdul-Rahmaan, Astro Raw, Nasimoto + More
Dope new sounds, certified classics and ill remixes make up this week's episode of Mixtape Monday, as we continue to introduce you to the illest rising solo artists and producers. DJ Ally Al kicks things off with the latest work from The Music Snobs' In The Mix series, entitled Snob Classics Vol. 1. Josh Hey and Malik Abdul-Rahmaan dig crates around the globe in celebration of Field Research Malaysia. Lion Babe's Astro Raw drops a grip of original tunes and remixes with the arrival of Rawmix Vol. 1 and D. Begun mashes up the works of two rap legends with the Nasimoto tape. If you need a little lagniappe, there's plenty more after the jump!
The Music Snobs - In The Mix 13 (Snob Classics Vol. 1) feat. DJ Ally Al
The Music Snobs hand the reigns to DJ Ally Al for the 13th edition of their In The Mix series, entitled Snob Classics Vol. 1. The mix is a clinic in funky rhythms and lush grooves that features joints from Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, Large Professor, Steve Arrington, George Clinton, Mr. Fingers and more.
Josh Hey x Malik Abdul-Rahmaan - Paxico Records Presents: Field Research Malaysia Mix
Tape gawd and Paxico Records representative Josh Hey drops a 20-minute “hypermix” chronicling Malik Abdul-Rahmaan’s highly-anticipated Field Research Malaysia project, which arrived on May 5th. The project heralded by the likes of Count Bass D, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and Mndsgn is a masterpiece of sample selection and sonic craftsmanship that combines Malik’s formidable ear with found sounds and vintage South Asian vinyl.
Field Research: Malaysia chronicles my hunt for record shops, sellers and collections in the country. It’s the haul of over 100 albums that I purchased out there; a cross section of local folk music, Bollywood, and East and South Asian funk, disco and rock. It's the countless hours of the Islamic call to prayer recorded from my window, street vendors and other built and natural environments that I passed by on foot. I hope you’ll dig the tracks, but more importantly hear the sounds that are complex and unique to the story of this beautiful country. And before I sign off, I invite you to be my travel companion as I bring you elsewhere around the world. Until next time.
D. Begun - Nasimoto (Nas x Quasimoto) Mixtape
What if Lord Quas and Nasty Nas had a baby? Well, they sorta did and it was appropriately named Nasimoto. Producer David Begun closed out the month of April with the release of the 21-track Nasimoto remixtape, which fuses some of the best verses from Nasir Jones' catalog with instrumentals from The Unseen. As much fun as it probably was to complete, this project is a lot of fun to dig through.
Astro Raw - Rawmix Vol. 1
Astro Raw aka Lucas Goodman steps away from his duties as one half of Lion Babe to drop the introductory solo project Rawmix Vol. 1. The 14-track mix comes just ahead of the duo’s forthcoming project and features Raw’s original compositions alongside remix takes on classics from Busta Rhymes, Jay Z and more.
Che Ecru - Buries
Newcomer Che Ecru plants his flag with the 15-track Buries tape. The debut from the Soulection representative is the follow up to the CHEGOTWINGS project, which found him working with producer du jour, Cardo. Buries is a window into the musical inclinations and multiple talents of Ecru that sports a number of influences, including OVO Sound and the almighty Swing Mob.
Niggagod - Hip-Hop Schwing
Throwing in a nod to Wayne's World, NG serves up a sinfully delicious 1-hour mix of underground hip-hop, future funk and other soulful gems for the groove junkies of the world. Tracks from The Platinum Pied Pipers, Tom Misch x Jordan Rakei, Electric Wire Hustle and more make the cut.
MekDot - A Salute To Just Blaze
MekDot of 2DopeBoyz is back on the turntables to toast the catalog of super producer Just Blaze with A Salute To Just Blaze. The 1-hour mix is a combination of original samples, jams from his Roc-A-Fella Records days, Jay Electronica tracks and other classics. This mix from MekDot follows his tributes to J Dilla, DJ Premier, and Kendrick Lamar.
Royal Groove - The Police Won’t Find Your Car
Royal Groove pays tribute to the Steven Soderbergh film Traffic with the Police Won’t Find Your Car mix. The title of the mix is a nod to the track of the same name, by Cliff Martinez, from the film’s soundtrack. The set features tracks from The Heliocentrics, El Michaels Affair, Emanative, Toco, The Stepkids and more.
Trapanese - Lil’ Tokyo Mixtape
Harvard undergrad Kenny Ogaki aka Trapanese digs his cultural roots on the Lil’ Tokyo mixtape, which fuses Japanese funk and soul with the percussive trends of trap. The tape produced in his dorm room is a sonic journey that plays like a nod to lo-fi beat tape culture. What Lil’ Tokyo lacks in proper wordplay, it makes up for with dope samples.
The Chasers - Meekend Music Mixtape
Dreamchasers boss Meek Mill celebrated his 30th birthday over the weekend. To celebrate, The Chasers dropped the 3-track Meekend Music microtape. Joined by A$AP Ferg and Young Thug, Meek toasts to life, relishes the come up and looks back on his humble beginnings down Norf.
DJ Nolita - Top Shot Vol. 1 Mixtape
DJ Nolita serves up a set for your head top with the debut installment of her latest mix series Top Shot. The mix combines classic street bangers like Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" with fun tracks like Nickelodeon's All That theme song and more recents cuts like Future's "Mask Off." The 40-minute sports themed set is the perfect soundtrack for the close of the NBA playoffs.