The world was rocked by the loss of an icon with the untimely passing of Prince Rogers Nelson on April 21st, 2016.
Today, we celebrate the artistic genius of the legendary Minneapolis native with a special edition of Mixtape Monday dedicated to the life and musical catalog of Prince.
Fifteen entries deep, this roundup kicks off with a handful of archived sets from Son of Sound, DJ Spinna, Krafty Kuts, J.Rocc, AllyAl, Bill Brewster and DJ’s Junior and Lil’ Dave of Eavesdrop Radio. All of them produce great tributes full of choice edits and purple collaborators.
DJ Mr. Lob mashes Prince, Michael Jackson and James Brown to kick off the second portion. Rinse FM follows with the 100% Prince Tribute. Mysterius J digs Prince b-sides and remixes, DJ 1derful serves up a purple soulful house set, and Tim Richardson closes things out with the Ultimate Prince Tribute.
Son of Sound – This Thing Called Life
Son of Sound digs personal favorites for the fifty-minute This Thing Called Life (A Prince Tribute) mix.
I put together a tribute mix of some of my choice Prince joints. I also added some sound bites and dressed it up. Sorry no Purple Rain, 1999 or Little Red Corvettes because we already know where to find those. Don’t worry there are plenty of hits, I’m not trying to be a music snob with something to prove either. This project isn’t about me at all, it was for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Alright man, gonna leave it here cause I got work to get back to. RIP and once again, thank you.
DJ Spinna – Prince Wrote It
DJ Spinna spun an exclusive set for Frolab Radio in 2015 featuring “b-sides, collabo’s & affiliations” of the one and only Prince.
Krafty Kuts – A Tribute To Prince
Krafty Kuts took a journey to the funkier side with the appropriately titled 2017 A Tribute To Prince mix.
Ahead of my exclusive Prince set in Sydney at the Oxford Arts Centre I decided it was the perfect time to dedicate a mix to one of the most incredible and amazing artists of all time …. the Legendary Prince. I was devastated like the rest of the world at his untimely passing at such a young age, but his music will live on forever. Here are some of the tunes that inspired me and I hope you enjoy this little journey into the funk. RIP Prince.
J.Rocc – Thank U Prince
J.Rocc’s two-hour Thank U Prince tribute mix is an unsurprisingly deep dive featuring edits, originals and more from the Purple One.
AllyAl – Conditions Of The Heart Vol. 5
AllyAl kicked off Summer 2017 with the final installment of his Conditions Of The Heart Prince tribute series. Volume 5 makes its return to entice listeners to dig through the previous editions of the series. Each mix is absolutely worth it.
Bill Brewster – If You Feel Like Dancing
Bill Brewster teamed with Frank Broughton in 2016 to deliver a multimedia tribute to Prince for Stamp The Wax. Revisiting the musical portion, we take Brewster’s If You Feel Like Dancing Prince tribute mix for a spin.
A words & music tribute for Prince on his 58th birthday from DJ History and Low Life co-founders Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.
DJ Junior x Lil Dave – Eavesdrop Radio #283
DJ Junior and Lil’ Dave put in work on the three-hour Prince Tribute for Eavesdrop Radio #283. Prince edits, bootlegs, remixes, and originals round out the mix set which also features tracks from Toro Y Moi, The Internet, Foreign Exchange, Little Dragon, Hawthorne Headhunters and Dam-Funk.
DJ Mr. Lob – Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. JB
DJ Mr. Lob dropped an homage to three “icons who changed music forever” with the Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. James Brown mix. Clocking in twenty-two minutes past the one-hour mark, the dance mix is a clash of the titans that explores the funky lineage they all share.
Rinse FM – 100% Prince Tribute
Rinse FM keeps things pretty simple with the straightforward 2016 100% Prince tribute mix featuring all of the purple boogie, funk, rock, and soul they could pack into a two-hour set.
DJ Mysterius J – Purple Rain
DJ Mysterius J keeps the party going, packing over an hour of b-sides, extended versions and remixes into the Purple Rain Prince tribute mix.
DJ Skitz – The Purple Tape
Toronto representative DJ Skitz lifts a glass to Prince with a one-hour tribute mix entitled The Purple Tape.
Luke Solomon – Diamonds & Pearls Tribute Mix
London selector and Classic Record Company chief Luke Solomon pays tribute to Prince with the Diamonds & Pearls Tribute Mix for Gouranga.
The day Prince died and went in to my studio and started to pull out everything I owned. From the age of 13 I was a convert. Beyond fanatical. Collected, bought, watched. I was a fully fledged member of the NPG website even. It felt different. I refused to believe he was dead and it helped my deal with it. I still do.
I started to digitise my entire collection. I wanted to put everything in one place and share it with my friends. It felt cathartic. I had texts from friends who knew what an impact he has had on my life, and for a few days I felt like some kind of gate keeper, as I am sure many other fans did. Being a Prince fan always felt like you were in some kind of Purple gang. The same week a friend asked me to play a tribute party at Dalston Superstore and I naturally agreed. I played and recorded the night. I’m pretty sure most people were there to hear Purple Rain – but to me, there was always another side. The result was a collection of my personal favourites, overdubbed with loops from different singles , edits that I have done over the years, and interviews I collected.”
DJ 1derful – Soulful House Prince Tribute
DJ 1derful serves up one hour of club-ready gems during the Soulful House Prince Tribute. The set is a refreshing take on the music of Prince’s celebrated catalog.
Kil’s 2017 Rhapsody In Purple Vol. 1 is the first in a series of hit-driven Prince tributes for Shibe Park Media Group.
Just one of the many Prince mixtapes I’ll be dropping over the following weeks to salute the legacy of a great man and the dopest to ever do it. And yes, I did say EVER! And yeah…I’ve heard of Mike Jackson…I’m good.
Tim Richardson – The Ultimate Prince Tribute
Tim Richardson’s 2016 Prince tribute mix is simply titled The Ultimate. Packed with over eleven hours of jams, I’d say he makes a serious case for the aforementioned title. You be the judge.