Ta Ku Drive Slow Homie Pt 3
Ta Ku Drive Slow Homie Pt 3

Mixtape Mondays: Jill Scott, New Ta-Ku, The Heatwave + More

Mixtape Mondays: Blackmale Beats

Mixtape Mondays has arrived yet again to kick your week off with the freshest beats around. To wit, kindred soldier DJ Rahdu drops Honey Molasses, his Jill Scott flips and remixes project and while our eyes were watching Texas our boy J. Period dropped the final chapter in his trilogy of Notorious B.I.G. tribute mixtapes, #MARCH9REVISITED. If that ain't enough, we have Ta-Ku delivering part III of his Drive Slow, Homie collection, The Heatwave collective sharing new dancehall tracks, Jasmine SolanoMeLo-X stirring up reggae and electro jams as Electric Punanny. LeftO returns, Aloha Got Soul Weekends West soothe your winter-scarredsoul with local Hawaiian grooves, and Shem of Blackmale Beats soundtracks Fashion Africa (passed to us by the ladies of Les Nubians--beaucoups respects!). Click through to please your ears and your soul.

Ta Ku Drive Slow Homie Pt 3

Ta-Ku is one of our favorite beatmakers and his Drive Slow, Homie series has become sort of a mixtape institution already. We 've been waiting for anxiously to see if there was indeed a part 3 on the way and now that it's not here, it does not disappoint. From B.Lewis to the Biebs--with space for Pharcyde refixes in between--there's not a wrong note on here, even if we are riding the slow subway while we listen instead of pushing the requisite Delorean.


B.Lewis - LaxedOut [Unreleased]

M-Phazes - Swaggerific [Unreleased]

M-Phazes - Mojito [Unreleased]

Louis Futon - Sir Rock [Unreleased]

Iamnobodi - Schillerpromenade [Unreleased]

The Pharcyde - Runnin' (Abjo Refix)

Khadisma - Relativley

Khadisma - Lately

Fwdslxsh - 4U

RLP - Me&You

Falcxne - Feel Me [Unreleased]

R.Kelly - Legs Shakin (Promnite Remix)

Emoji King - Slow It Down BB

R-ASH - You Are My High

Yung Stn - Down [Unreleased]

Justin Bieber - All That Matters (ETM Remix) [Unreleased]

Mixtape: Jill Scott Flips, Honey Molasses by DJ Rahdu

The homie DJ Rahdu delivers another in Bama Love Soul's excellent series of Flips, Covers & Remixes, mostly dedicated to the Soulquarians we heart best. The newest Okayplayer to get the Bama-Love-Soulquarian treatment is Miss Jill Scott. With the aptly named Honey Molasses. If you like songs about food and sex or just soulful music, this is probably the mix for you. Here's what BLS had to say about it:

Jill Scott made a comment during her performance on VH-1's Storytellers about her music selection process that stuck with me. She said that even without her, the music has to have a story of it�s own for her to write to it. Apparently she picks them well; Jill has the uncanny ability to connect to numerous demographics, an uncommon skill in today�s stratified musical climate. I'�ve heard some joke that Jill'�s songs are about either food or sex, and yet others that say Jill speaks to and for them. Honey Molasses is a compilation of the artists that feel that Jill�'s songs could somehow help tell their story. Thanks to DJ Rahdu for selecting and mixing them for our listening pleasure. Welcome to the soundtrack of Spring!


Vlooper and Modlee - Honey Molasses

Whatever - Audiosavage's Summer Madness Remix)

Crown Royal - Record Breakin & Sun Circle Re Edit)

A Long Walk (Madlib Remix)

A Long Walk (Stay With Me Mix)

Cross My Mind (Duff Remix)

The Robert Glasper Experiment - Calls (Mr. Porter Remix) feat Jill Scott

and Pharoahe Monch

Substantial - Talk 2 Me feat The Real Jay Mills

Golden (Rotary Connected Remix)

Golden (Zo! Remix)

Lupe Fiasco - Daydreamin' (Jerry Folk Remix) feat Jill Scott

Slowly Surely (Theo Parrish remix)

Gimme (Beset's MoombahSoul Re-Work)

Love Rain (Detroit Swindle's Seasonal Redux)

Jaidene Veda - Lyzel in E Flat (Jazzanova vs Jill Scott Mix)

My Love (Soul1LDN Remix)

Hear My Call (Pablo Martinez Remix)

It's Better (Essential Sivad Edit)

Spring Summer Feeling (The Ron Trent Remix)

Imagination (Panther72 Mix)

All I (Manousos Remix)

Love Rain (Head Nod Joachim Remix) ft Mos Def

Hate on Me (Cosmic Remix)

Sahand - Mit Dir (Slowly Surely Mix)

Slowly Surely (Ge-ology Remix)


Hopefully you were already alerted to J. Period's tribute mix honoring Biggie Smalls--third in a series--by this rare Jay Electronica verse we shared (possibly record originally for J.'s Nneka mix a few years back, pending confirmation) but out Mixtape Mondays line-up wouldn't look right if we did not include it here as well.

1. Victory (Hate Me) feat. Busta Rhymes (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

2. Let’s Get It On (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

3. Notorious feat. Lil Kim & Puffy (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

4. One Last Chance (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

5. B.I.G.’s Different (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

6. Benjamins feat. Lil Kim (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

7. Spread Love (Cool Out Remix) [Produced by J.PERIOD] (Exclusive)

8. Hey Ma (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

9. Warning Message (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

10. Queen B feat. Lil Kim & JAY Z (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

11. Welcome to Brooklyn (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

12. In the System feat.  Jay Electronica (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

13. Better Moves (Interlude) feat. JAY Z

14. Sky’s The Limit (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

15. Media Hype (Interlude) feat. Snoop Dogg

16. Dreams & Nightmares (J.Period Remix) (Exclusive)

17. You’re Nobody (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

18. Beamer Benz (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

19. Armed & Dangerous (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

20. The One In Front Of The Gun feat. T.I. (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

21. Darkness Falls (J.PERIOD Remix) (Exclusive)

22. Bonus: Party & Bullsh*t (Ratatat Remix)


If you liked the LargeUp selections from our SXSW edition of Mixtape Mondays--or liked what you saw on this House of Marley recap of their Rice & Peas x The Heatwave bashment at Empire Patio--grab the new mixtape from the UK half of that dancehall superhero team up. The Heatwave's Texas Carnival mix debuted on FADER and from Austin to Kingston, it's all heat.


1. Ninjaman – Border Clash (The Heatwave Special)

2. Serani – No Games

3. Konshens – Gal A Bubble

4. Konshens – Stop Sign

5. Aidonia – Bruki

6. Alison Hinds – Roll It Gal (Shelshok Remix)

7. Busy Signal & Major Lazer – Bumaye

8. Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie (The Heatwave Refix)

9. Beenie Man, Future Fambo & Busta Rhymes – Rum & Red Bull (Remix)

10. Beenie Man – I’m OK

11. Khago – Nah Sell Out

12. Popcaan, Konshens & Stylo G – Look Right Through (The Heatwave Refix)

13. Natasja & Enur – Calabria

14. Bunji Garlin & Busta Rhymes – Differentology (Remix)

15. Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

Jasmine Solano Electric Punanny

Speaking of bashment, the homies Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X put their own Brooklyn nu-punkmantic spin on dancehall with their Electric Punanny events--and thankfully for non New Yorkers--their Electric Punanny mixtapes as well. Check out the newest which just dropped this week:

1. KiT - "Maria Ta Jora" INTRO

2. Joey B ft. Sarkodie - "Tonga"

3. Mr. Vegas - "Road"

4. QQ - "One Drop (Deejay Theory Remix)"

5. DeeWunn ft. Marcy Chin - "Bunx Up"

6. Sean Paul ft. Prince Royce - "Dangerous Ground"

7. RDX - "Pum Pum Medley"

8. Vybz Kartel - "Pussy Me Say"

9. Konshens - "Big People Ting"

10. Aidonia - "Boom Flick"

11. Wax Wreckaz ft. Million Stylez - "High Grade (Dan Gerous Birth Control Blend)"

12. Lady Leshurr - "Upset"

13. Alkaline - "Gyal Bruk Out"

14. Beenie Man & Cee Gee - "Roll Pan It"

15. Spice - "So Mi Like It"

16. Schlachthofbronx x Sabo x Nadastrom - "Mulle"

17. Marcy Chin ft. Ward 21 - "The Bounce"

18. Major Lazer ft. T.O.K. - "Shell It Down"

19. Aidonia - "Bruki (Fi Di Jockey Pt. 2)"

20. Kerwin Du Bois - "Doh Beg"

21. Orlando Octave - "Trinbago Nice"

22. Cecile & Mr. Vegas - "Mash Up The Place"

23. Patrice Roberts - "Doh Rough Meh"

24. RDX - "Drop (Kotch Pt. 2)"

25. Timaya & Machel Montano - "Shake Yuh Bum Bum (Remix)"

26. Swappi & Kes - "Gyal Song"

27. Bunji Garlin - "Differentology (Famous Eno & Smutlee Remix)"

28. Dubbel Dutch - "Dip So"

29. Leikeli47 - "C&C"

30. Bandana (Shatta Wale) - "Dancehall King"

31. Terry G - "So High"

32. Full Crate ft. Papa Ghana - "L'Afrique"

33. Shy FX ft. Liam Bailey - "Soon Come"

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

It's been a minute since we checked in with DJ LeftO so this week we get 2 mixes for the price of one! Start playing below to get the best of his recent radio shows covering everything from Gal Costa to The Fugees to Mr. Carmack to BADBADNOTGOOD to Kelis, Onra, THEESatisfaction and you name it! The tracklist below is for the most recent show, #576.

gal costa - pais tropical

dopegems - footsteps in the dark

theophilus london (Cid Rim Production) - do girls

fugees - how many mics

king geedorah - fazers

black milk - dirt bells

ella fitzgerald - sunshine of your love

homeboy sandman - wade in the water

badbadnotgood - sustain

bill withers - use me

illmind - double cross me 2

mickey pearce - jars

boeboe - drift

sbtrkt - resolute

namebrandsound - name brand ah murdah

addison groove - just you

teebs - wavxxes ft. lars horntveth

michael kiwanuka - you've got nothing to lose

ilk - guido mescalito

zara mcfarlane - open heart (swindle remix)

j.period & b.i.g. - in the system ft. jay electronica

adi dick - tea leaf dancers

raekwon - knucklehdeadz (ft. ghostface & u-god)

kalbata - prisoner in love

burhan tonguc ritm grubu - dubiba

the phantom - sport (part 1)

anushka - world in a room

lv - havana cultral band (dub)

that man monkz - the feeling

sampha - too much

andrew ashong - special

Aloha Got time Mixtape

Our fellow music snobs at Wax Poetics put us up on this mellow tropical gem comprising all-Hawaiian soul selections. The perfect tiki cocktail to take you away from the arctic east coast and/or put the lime in the coconut of your SXSW hangover:

Blackmale Beats Mixtape

This blend of Native Tonguery and eclectic nu-African jams selected by Blackmale Beats comes to us via the ladies of Les Nubians. A nice balance of new and old, Afro and Afrocentric, it puts us more in the mood of a stylish café in the 18th arrondissement than an afropolitan rave-up in Jozi. But that's cool, too.

Track 1: Luck of Lucien - by. A Tribe Called Quest

Track 2: African Rhtyms - by. J Dilla

Track 3: Madlib - African Voodoo Queen (Drama)

Track 4: Mo Kolours - Banana Wine

Track 5: Common - Time Travelin' (A Tribute To Fela)

Track 6: Um Ricka - Wale Ft. K'Naan

Track 7: K'NAAN - T.I.A.

Track 8: Manifest -- Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)

Track 9: Fela Kuti - Water no get enemy

Track 10: Arai Kerai -(Produced By Blackmale Beats)

Track 11: Mos Def - Umi Says

Track 12: Les Nubians - Demain (Jazz)

Track 13: Plantation Girls Revenge - (Produced By Blackmale Beats)

Track 14: D'Angelo - Africa

Track 15: A Toast to the People - Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Track 16: Talib Kweli - African Drum

Track 17: FOKN Bois - Jesus Is Coming ft Wusuwaah

Track 18: African King - (Produced By Blackmale Beats)

Track 19: William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind

Track 20: Village Fire - (Produced By Blackmale Beats)

Track 21: Wizkid - Don't Dull

Track 22: Davido - Dami Duro

Track 23: D'Banj - Oliver Twist