This episode marks the 13th birthday of the radio show, and what a week of music it has been! Whilst this mix travels through a lot of musical boundaries, there are a lot of new releases to enjoy, including a new tune of the forthcoming Crazy P album, a welcome return from the Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Dogg & Kokane. Long time veteran Hip Hop veteran Grand Daddy IU drops another smooth number, and Melbourne's long time B Boy Sard Boogie drops a new party tune - and I road test the new release from the Mild High Club on…
I've always loved the "breaks mix" style of mixtape, a tradition at goes as far back as the early 80s when Hip Hop's first generation of DJs created mixtapes based around nothing but the "get down" partsĀ of the tunes they were playing at the time. It must have been Afrika Bamabaataa's Death Mix that was the first of this kind to be pressed on vinyl (and also became the inspiration for the cover art for this mixtape).
In this episode I play new releases from the latest Ne-Yo album, a new one from Mayer Hawthorn & Jake One's new project Tuxedo which pays homage to Nate Dog, and a new one from Fortknox Five featuring Raashan Ahmad on vocal duties. As always, I drop a bunch of classics as well - Including an edit by the Blade runners who take the knife to T La Rock, some heavy latin house vibes from Ray Manteca, before ending with the folk stylings of Cinematic Orchestra member Grey Reverand, and some deep house goodness from Tokyo Black Star.
The fouth mixtape in my Sample Spotters series, this time taking a look back through the catalog of New York rappper OC from the Diggin In The Crates crew. As with the previous releases in the series I've matched up many of the original sources with the track OC has used the sample on - and you can expect a heavy selection of original Funk, Soul, Jazz and of course some straight up boom bap..
Classic material in this weeks episode, kicking off with an unassuming funk monster from the Acid Jazz label with The Whole Thing's 'S All In, before we take it back to the chase scene classic Iron Side from Quincy Jones. As we move on in, I serve up a smattering of Hip Hop provided by west coast legend Def Jeff, Big Daddy Kane, and Yun Gun before we head into the disco soul sounds of Double Exposure and Ashord & Simpson. Finishing up with some upfront club material from Oliver Heldens and Jackin Box.
The Groove Therapy podcast is back with the first episode of the year, and already there are some great releases including a brand new one from the legendary Big Daddy Kane who gives us a taste of his 2015 flows. Joell Ortiz drops a huge Hip Hop number with Get Down, and I also play one of the better tracks from the new Mary J Blige album London Sessions. As always, there is plenty of disco classics, including a track off the recently Sean P compiled Rock It... Don't Stop it.
With 2014 coming to a close it's time for my annual mastermix. It's always an incredibly hard deciding what tracks make the cut, and as always there are a bunch of tracks that I would have liked to include but couldn't due to the two hour restriction. However, what is included is a balanced snapshot of future classics and other tracks that should have made more noise than they did. I hope you enjoy this years mastermix as much as I did putting it together..
Davy DMX's classic electro tune 'One For The Treble' has been getting a lot of play again of recent - Probably because the good people at Fraternity Records recently re-released the 45 (With a minified Tuff City cover). It's just one of those tunes from the era that still stands up 30 years later. I had recently picked up the original 45 a few months back and was reminded this week how The Sunburst band did a great job of using it as the basis for their track 'Jazz The DMX' - So it seemed like a fitting start to…
A huge variety of sounds on this weeks episode, including new releases from Pusha T produced by Kanye West, and a future summer anthem from Baauer that will sound just as huge in the club or the whip. Melbourne producer Plutonic Lab drops a great new beat, and french duo Ibeyi provide my track of the week with the sublime 'River'. Expect new Hip Hop from canadian rapper Shad, and a smooth Neo-Soul number from Grae produced by Pharrell that hits all the right places.
This week marked the passing of a Hip Hop legend, Big Bank Hank who was one third of the Sugarhill Gang. Whilst it can be argued that groups biggest hit was never written by the trio (Musically and lyrically), it's easy to forget that the Sugarhill Gang left a long legacy of recordings to the Sugarhill label. I've included a few of my own personal favourites in this weeks episode, some of which hold more connections to the raw aesthetic of Hip Hop than their biggest hit ever did, and some more surprisingly which fit more comfortably within the early…