Mixtape Monday: Passport Rav, Nanna.B, DistantStarr, Astralblak + More
This Mixtape Monday we dig new music from Passport Rav, Nanna.B, DistantStarr, Astralblak and more.
Passport Rav is the Fanciest Negro, Nanna.B makes waves with Solen, DistantStarr joins Buddy Leezle on SKXLXTOR 2, Minneapolis collective Astralblak drops Seeds and Dallas’ own Bobby Sessions returns with RVLTN – Chapter 2.
Chris Crack follows with Just Gimme A Minute, Raticus and Ruste Juxx are the Kings of Crime Heights, Big Ghost revisits Jay-Z’s The Black Album, New Zealand collective Yoko-Zuna drop Voyager and Waahiid makes his NINETOFIVE debut with Meanwhile.
Nanna.B – Solen
Nanna.B delivers the highly-anticipated album Solen featuring production from Anderson.Paak, Shafiq Husayn, Iman Omari, Astronote, Mndsgn and more.
SOLEN is a (audio-visual) journey beginning with the sun, ending with the moon. It’s about my journey as a woman and a artist, searching for a feeling of home and belonging. On this 12 track journey I’m going through various experiences and moods that touches upon joy, creativity, depression, inner strength and power, love, separation and courage. Throughout the story i keep returning to myself as the answer to that longing for home. The album is produced almost entirely by friends and family that i have met on my travels to LA and finally both Iman Omari and Anderson .Paak helped me pick out and wrap up the songs for the final outcome. Working on each song opened up new relationships for me, and the only person on the album I never met and worked with in person is Astronote. I wanted to make an album that reflected my journey as a human and artist, the growing comfortable in my own skin, the discovery of my own power and strength, which i really found by moving out of my comfort zone in Denmark. Almost like an unfolding of myself.
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Passport Rav – Fanciest Negro
Passport Rav returns with the self-produced and mastered follow up to The Foreigners EP entitled Fanciest Negro.
DistantStarr x Buddy Leezle – SKXLXTOR 2
DistantStarr follows February’s Discover Tape and the more recent Distant&Mute with the Buddy Leezle collaborative project SKXLXTOR 2.
Astralblak – Seeds
Minneapolis experimental and future-funk collective Astralblak follows a handful of recent singles with the fifteen-track project Seeds. Seeds is a gem for fans of artists like BLVCK SPVDE, J*Davey, Society of Soul, Parliament and Sa-Ra Creative Partners.
A flame, then ash, once soil. Breaking through devastation, with patience, suddenly appears a life. A life that left roots familiar, to dance its way on a journey to create roots of its own. A life that will transform the land around it from a barren landscape into a lush oasis; a wellspring of peace and prosperity.
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Bobby Sessions – RVLTN – Chapter 2
Months removed from the release of RVLTN – Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa, Dallas native Bobby Sessions takes another deep dive into the Black American experience on RVLTN – Chapter 2: The Art of Resistance.
Chris Crack- Just Gimme A Minute
Fresh off of Lets Just Be Friends and Being Woke Ain’t Fun, Chris Crack returns with the twenty-one track project Just Gimme A Minute.
Just Gimme a Minute is a collection of short songs, all just about a minute in length, where Chris meshes cunning hip hop lyricism with crooning R&B.
Ruste Juxx x Raticus – King of Crime Heights
Following his Vast Aire collaborative project, Brooklyn producer Raticus teams with Ruste Juxx to drop the twenty-track King of Crime Heights tape. Features include Kil Ripkin, Guilty Simpson, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, Dro Pesci and Blaq Poet.
Big Ghost x JAY-Z – The Black Album Revisited
Fifteen years after the release of JAY-Z’s The Black Album, Big Ghost goes back to 2003 for a fresh take on one of Hov’s most celebrated releases.
Ayo the purpose of this project was to hop in the DeLorean n transport the listener back to 11-14-03 to this alternate reality where another Black Album exists… Not the Prince or Metallica ones.. The Hov one still.. but a different Hov one. One where A-List celebrity producers played no part…n it was no politics involved nahmean. No hype or pitches to the artist from whoever whoever… Just the feel of that early 00s shit when the R.O.C. had established itself as the pinnacle n the heartbeat of the culture n the greatest rapper of all time pump faked his retirement. Enjoy yall…PEACE
Yoko-Zuna – Voyager
Progressive New Zealand collective Yoko-Zuna follow their 2015 debut This Place Here and the subsequent Luminols EP with Voyager.
The album further expands on their unique sound of combining sub-electronic frequencies, melodic moments and immense bass-synth-fuelled drops. Their unique instrumental sound joins on the album with some of the country’s finest vocalists, including Noah Slee, Ladi6, MeloDownz, JessB, SWIDT & more, showing a growing variety to their sound. Voyager is just that, a voyage. Crafted and honed both in studio with the respective artists and across many festival performances, Voyager shows, across 16 tracks and over one hour, an act with a truly inimitable sound.
Waahiid – Meanwhile
Left Coast producer Waahiid explores the experience of consuming music as ambient noise on his full-length NINETOFIVE debut Meanwhile.
The beats you’ll hear on this project were made in coffee shops, in Waahiid’s local laundromat, and on Los Angeles’ public transit system – among many other locations. They’re dusty-yet-polished, complex, and unapologetically retro, and we’re proud to bring them to you. So grab some coffee, hop on the train, relax after work and live your life to this one.