I have to say I am loving these summer mixes that keep dropping, here’s another one. With the countdown to Ben Westbeech’s forthcoming album underway – Strictly Rhythm have put out this summer mix that Ben put together.
If you are in a similar rainy, grey place like I am right now (London) then this might just brighten up your day a bit.
There’s More To Life Than This out on September 12th.
I have been patiently sitting on Teedra Moses beautifully entitled Complex Simplicity for a good few years, awaiting a equally perfected sophomore album. After having the label issues that most female R’n'B/Soul singers have in the early stages of their recording career, Moses is now firmly seated in the Maybach Music Group, driven by Rick Ross.
In preparation (or I hope) for her next full album, Moses drops this mixtape in celebration of Independence Day. Apt really.
Her previous mixtapes, have been hit or miss for me. Mostly the latter and probably because of my automatic comparison to the debut LP. It set the standard. And in the reigns of the ‘Boss’, I’m not entirely sure the Teedra Moses we were introduced to, will return. I guess we will have to wait until the album, but until then get into this Luxurious Undergrind. Tracklist over the jump.
As Tyler was missing his regular home comforts so much recently whilst travelling the world, touring and spreading Wolf Gang fever in every corner he can possibly reach, he created a new alias (DJ Stank Daddy) and made a mixtape. So vintage. Bless. It features the likes of Badu, Smith Westerns and Tyler’s favourites – N.E.R.D
The man himself wrote:
Hi. I’m On A Big Tour In Europe Right Now, Pretty New To This. I’m Used To Spending Summers Not Doing Anything Productive With My Friends. I’m Really Fucking Home Sick, Not Only That, I Have A Cast On, So, To Feel Better, I Put Together An Hour Mix Of Songs That I Like To Listen To, That Reminds Me Of Summer Back Home. Fuck A Tracklist, Figure It Out. GOLFWANG. -Tyler.
Now….this is what is needed to bring the sunshine out this morning. Dope mix from the master on the 1′s and 2′s Jazzy Jeff. Featuring a stellar line up on this one with the likes of Smif N Wessun, Fresh Prince, Q-Tip, R. Kelly, De La Soul, Gap Band, Pharcyde, Common and Jagged Edge this one has something for everyone! You can stream it and download it here over on Mick Boogie’s site here. Vibes.
Having been a supporter or Rapsody since day I can safely say I was not disappointed by the mixtape we had been waiting a likkle while for (Make sure you peep her ‘Return of the b-girl’ tape though…my gaaard…). Featuring the likes of Raekwon, Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T. Marsha Ambrosius, Nottz, and of course..the mighty 9th Wonder among many more, you could say that this tape was nothing short of stacked!! So…go ahead and download here. No long ting.
Last week, Joleon Davenue unleashed the hefty engerizer ‘Drum It Out’ and now here is the mixtape. The New Mantra, is a mixture of classic & future euro-soul fed beats found best in ‘Venting’ and title track ‘The Mantra’. Davenue also throws his unbridled wordplay on sun glistened bounced ‘On the Other Side’ or my personal favourite ‘Rebirth’. Collaborations are kept 100% UK, with Shakka and Marvin Ambrosius on the hooks, the 7 tracks found here are well worth a listen.
You may remember us making a little noise about Elzhi’s new project. A reworking of Nas’ godbody testament, Illmatic (still the most important LP of my teen years) featuring live instrumentation from Will Sessions.
As an original stan, do I feel it’s doing the legacy justice? I’m 5 tracks in right now – and it’s actually sounding incredible.
Real heads, pop this in your player (via XXL) and rejoice. It’s a strictly gully morning these sides.
Shystie dropped her new mixtape a few days ago entitled You’re Welcome. The London born emcee (slash actress) has been relatively quiet as of late, but she’s officially back and with a tape that I have found to be pretty impressive.
With the exception of a few, there aren’t that many female rappers representing these shores as well as Shystie – her flow and lyrical content are very much on point – elements well displayed on You’re Welcome.
Admittedly, not every song speaks to me, but for the most part the combination of what Shystie is saying, how she says it and the beats she has chosen to express herself over has earned my attention. I mean, there are some massive tunes on here – I have to shout out ‘Ima Boss’ – probably my favourite on the tape. Shystie goes in over a neck breakin’ crunk beat – sh*t sounds like it’s straight out of the ATL – this one took me by surprise. Other highlights include ‘We Be Rollin”, the all-female ‘Warning’ (featuring Lioness & Lady Leshurr), ‘Headbanger’ (featuring Ghetts, Bounty Killa & Trilla) and ‘Fine Day’.
Would definitely recommend you spend some time on this.
Full Crate put together this 45 minute mix called Subs, Dust & Synths for VageGasten. The mix pretty much does what it says on the tin – expect “beats, subs, dubs and more dusty, yet energetic tunes!”.
Got some HudMo, Salva, Lunice & Onra in here – full track list after the jump…
Rounding off the rounding up of ish doing the rounds…
More Post-Drake-step (tipping hat to Speeakz for that coinage) style sonics on this – but effeminized of course. Aww. For what it’s worth though, production is this tapes strongest asset (bar the awfully corny sounding ‘Popular’ that doesn’t fit… deleted off my iTunes).
Featuring collaborations with Miguel (and his frequent producer Fisticuffs), Drake and Kendrick Lemar, .sailing soul(s). is an above-average R&B mixtape-album. Stylistically, Aiko doesn’t provide anything exceptional (inevitable Cassie comparisons), but delivers some fine, honeyed melodies that are easy on the ear to accompany her girl angst fluff. An enjoyable enough debut bolstered by some fat soundbeds of, erm, emosh. Let’s see how this lady does.
Below is a stream of her single, titled ‘Hoe’, with assistance from Miguel.