now futur 007 mixtape
now futur 007 mixtape

Mixtape Mondays: New Mixtapes From No(w)FUTUR, James Blake, Frankie Knuckles Tributes + More

now futur 007 mixtape

If it's Monday it must be Mixtapes time. Today we have the newest installment (number 7, that is, 007 ) of our Okayplayer-exclusive No(W)FUTUR series curated by Mr. Mass and Simsima, straight outta the slums of Alphaville. DJ Jamad turns in a 2-part mix giving us a taste for the Art Of Cool Festival in NC. You also get a Boiler Room set from J Rocc, and BBC radio set from James Blake and tributes to the dearly departed house pioneer Frankie Knuckle coming in from Mister Cee, Grown Kids Radio and Evil Dee. Gorillaz' Damon Albarn drops a FACT mix, QBert goes scratch picklous, Tensnake make you dance and DJ Lexis turns in a refreshing Spring mix (no greens) for Music Is My Sanctuary. Not only does this mix of mixes set the mood for Spring, there's enough music to last you until actual, factual Spring weather arrives. So don't just sit there: Click through and get Spring started already.

now futur 007 mixtape

From "Shitsville" to Alphaville, you can count on the No(W)FUTUR crew to curate the best in that very select genre that carries golden-era styles and production values into the future. For their 7th installment, Mr. Mass and Simsima went for a 007 theme, with goldfingery, Bond-tastic results. Play below and scroll down for the tracklisting:

UPTOWN XO DUCK DOWN

FATIN : CHICAGO WIND (FEAT. HALO AND THEE TOM HARDY)

KURIOUS : DELUSIONAL

J57 : BEEN A LONG TIME (FEAT. ATR)

JERN EYE : HOW EVER (SOUL II STRO) (FEAT. JOSIE STINGRAY)

ERIK FLOWCHILD : HURDLES (FEAT. JOE BUDDEN & DJ GROUCH)

FREDDIE GIBBS AND MADLIB : SHITSVILLE

STALLEY : MIDWEST BLUES

SMTH : LAST STRAW (FEAT. CAPITAL STEEZ)

BROWN BAG ALLSTARS : BRWN (PROD. BY EP OF THE DOPPELGANGAZ)

BARAK THE RAPPER X THE MILITIA : DOIN' MY THING

7EVENTHIRTY : GETUP!!!

WILLIE THE KID FT. ROC MARCIANO : AVALON

BARAK THE RAPPER X THE MILITIA : PERCEPTION

JEFF SPEC : LET'S FIND LOVE (WEEK 1)

SILENT KNIGHT : SK ULTRA (GROUNDHOG DAY)

UPTOWN XO : UPTOWN ANTHEM

SEAN C & LV : HAND IN MY POCKET (FEAT. PUSHA T AND ASAP FERG)

7EVENTHIRTY : FUTURE FLOW (FEAT. HEZEKIAH)

UPTOWN XO : PIMP HARDER

SEAN PRICE X ILLAGHEE : DAVE WINFIELD

RYSHON JONES : THREE KAY

SEAN BOOG, SUNDOWN OF ACTUAL PROOF, GQ : KUNG FU PRACTICE

MC MELODEE : BE ABOUT IT (FEAT. FELICIANA)

DYME-A-DUZIN : WHITE GIRL

The Art Of Cool Festival Brings The Best In Funk, Soul & Jazz To Durham, North Carolina On April 25th & 26th

With this 2-part Art of Cool mix, DJ Jamad gives us a preview of what to expect at Durham, North Carolina's upcoming The Art of Cool Festival. What to expect is all things soulful, jazzy, funky and okayplayerish, from Amel Larrieux to Zo! Just peep the tracklist--and the epic, festival billing, above. If you are anywhere in the mid-Atlantic region, come true! Okayplayer is co-signing and co-presenting this unique festival in the heart of historic Tobacco country and it's guaranteed to be 48 hours to remember.

1. Thundercat - For Love (I Come Your Friend)

2. Bilal - West Side Girl

3. Zo! feat. Eric Roberson - This Could Be The Night

4. MdCL - Hot Music

5. Butcher Brown - All I Know

6. King - Supernatural

7. Laura Reed - Wake Up

8. Thundercat - Lotus and the Jondy

9. Kneebody - Lowell

10. The Foreign Exchange - Don't Let It Be So

11. Wale - My Sweetie

12. Stanley Baird - TrafficJam

13. Cody ChestnuTT - I've Been Life

14. Amel Larrieux - Afraid

15. The Brand New Life - Bara Mbaye

16. The Foreign Exchange ft. Paris Strother & Amber Strother - Ahmed Sirour Remix

17. Bilal - Reminisce

18. Butcher Brown - We Walk Tall

19. Lois Deloatch w/ Scott Sawyer/ Gabe Evens/ Beverly Botsford/ John Brown - Wade in The Water

20. Alice Smith - Fool For You

21. Gizmo - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

22. Christian Scott - K.K.P.D.

23. Brian Horton - Brand New Day

1. The Hot at Nights - Try This!

2. Butcher Brown - This Side of Sunshine

3. King - Go Slow

4. Carolyn Malachi - Orion

5. Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz - Let's Face The Music And Dance

6. Bilal - Sometimes

7. Maceo Parker - Shake Everything You Got

8. The Real Laww - I Got It

9. Thundercat - Walkin

10. MdCL - Minnie

11. The Foreign Exchange - So What If It Is

12. Christian Scott - The Eraser

13. Deborah Bond - Say It (Nicolay Remix)

14. Kneebody - Trite

15. Brian Horton - Brand New Day

16. The Hot at Nights - ACSlater (Nicolay Remix)

17. Bilal feat. Robert Glasper - Butterfly

18. King - The Story

19. Butcher Brown - Sunset Boulevard

20. Zo! feat. Gwen Bunn - Count To Five

21. ………. You Made My Day

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

James Blake's appearances on BBC 1 Radio are always an event, not least because he always drops some unreleased gems, including his own remixes, edits, and DJ tools. Case in point Blake's 'Harmonomix' of Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d. city." Can you say; future sound of Compton?

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

J Rocc is one of our favorite DJs in the entire world, so you know when he steps into the Boiler Room, pipes will bust.

Frankie Knuckles Tribute

One week ago, this house ceased to be a home for so many of us, when pioneering Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles (not to be confused with The Roots' percussionist Frank Knuckles) shuffled off this mortal coil to the tune of "The Whistle Song." Fittingly, many DJs around the world have paid tribute in the days since and here we share 3 of the best, from Mister Cee, Evil Dee and our friends at Grown Kids Radio. First up is the GKR tribute:

Mister Cee Frankie Knuckles Tribute

Mister Cee pays tribute to Frankie Knuckles:

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

DJ Evil Dee pays tribute to Frankie Knuckles:

FACT mix Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn's FACT mix delights and surprises, with selections that run the gamut from straight Okayplayer (Erykah Badu) to straight Okayafrica (Mulatu Astatke, among others). You really shouldn't be surprised, though, when you remember Albarn was the dude behind the Gorillaz, Mali Music and Bobby Womack's last album. Press play below to enjoy:

Tracklist:

01. Joaquin Phoenix, Intro; Dog Harp Fireworks

02. Erykah Badu, ‘Strawberry Incense’

03. The Guinness Cassanovas, ‘Stormy’

04. Matias Aguayo, ‘El Sucu Tucu’

05. Damon Albarn, ‘Electric Demo’

06. East Side Symphony, ‘Hot Pants Road’

07. Henry Mancini, ‘Lujon’

08. Prince Charles and The City Beat Band, ‘Cash (Money)’

09. K Frimpong And His Cubanos Fiesta, ‘Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu’

10. Holly Golightly And The Greenhornes, ‘There Is An End’

11. The Great Beauty soundtrack

12. Dengue Fever, ‘One Thousand Tears Of A Taratula’

13. Mulatu Astatke, ‘Yegell’e Teleta (My Own Memory)’

14. 2 Pac And Friends, ‘California Love’

15. Damon Albarn, ‘You and Me’

16. The Man in the Rain Coat soundtrack

Tensnake mix

German dance specialist Tensnake delivers an exclusive "On Repeat" mix for Rolling Stone, bringing a soulful 80s baby perspective to house & techno that sounds like an answer to the question: what if Prince was Derrick May? Press play below and hit RS for his accompanying interview.

DJ QBert Sway All Out Mixes

DJ Q-bert of DMC/Skratch Piklz/Dr. Octagon fame shows merely mortal DJs what a turntable is for (and also makes it do a few things it was never intended for).

it happens every spring

DJ Lexis of the Music Is My Sanctuary crew closes us out with a Spring mix of some of our favorites from Jean Grae to Jazzanova, Gilberto Gil to Jill Scott. He also drops Knxledge on some new tunes that may be unfamiliar but maybe new favorites by the end of this mix. Like a DJ is supposed to. Happy Monday and Happy Spring.

IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING - Mixed & Selected by Lexis by Music Is My Sanctuary on Mixcloud

I Monster – Daydream in Blue

Kenlo Craqnuques – Fumeuse

Knxldge – Draggin

Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Nag Champa

James Tatum – Lotta Chant

Cortex – I Heard A Sight

Jean Grae – You And Me and Everyone We Know

Cunninglynguists – Seasons (Feat. Masta Ace)

Blame One – Drifting

J Dilla & Blu – Sun in My Face

Trinidad Senolia – You Showed Me

Jublet – Not Yet

Roberto Menescal – Inverno

Gilberto Gil – Viramundo

Catia de Franca – Quem Vai Quem Vem

Kitty Winter Gipsy Nova – New Morning

Les Parisiennes – On Recoit, On Envoie

Kelis – Little Suzie

Weldon Irvine – I Love You

Rasa – When Will The Day Come

Flowers – For Real

Bill Withers – The Same Love That Made Me Laugh

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

George Costanza – Spring Rebirth Rejuvenation

Dudley Perkins / Soul II Soul – Flowers / Back to Life

Towa Tei – Technova

VLooper & Modlee – Snowloops

Aim – Pier 57

Nujabes – Flowers

Jill Scott – Still Lovely (Nirobi Edit)

Outboxx – Brighten My Day

Nebraska – The Other Side

Bennetrhodes – Tenderness

Flako – Mating Dance

Maribou State – Moon Circles

Dntel – To Go Beyond

Gabrielle – Sunshine (Wookie Remix)

Vikter Duplaix – I See The Sun

Brian McMillan – Signs

Bobby Cole – A Perfect Day

Jon Lucien – A Sunny Day

Ryo Fukui – Early Summer

Troyka – Early Morning

Omar – In The Morning

The Dramatics – In The Rain

Nina Simone – It Might As Well Be Spring

Macha Gharibian – La Douceur