March 8th, 2014
A little while back, a group of Bay Area sunglasses enthusiasts reached out to me about making a mixtape for their collective. They call themselves Stunner Of The Month, and basically they provide crazy shades to thousands of subscribers on a monthly basis, always accompanied by a fresh mixtape. If that sounds appealing to you, check em out. Because it was the week of Carnival, and Mardi Gras, and a million other historically related parties around the world, I decided to make a mix to help keep everyone shaking long after Fat Tuesday. The tracklist is heavy on tropical vibes from equatorial locations where stunner shades are a must. There’s plenty of reggae and dancehall selections, but also a taste of Brazil, Trinidad, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Colombia, Angola and a few other places where people like spicy food. The mix peppers in a few Captain Planet remixes and finishes off with a brand new unreleased original tune that will be on my upcoming album “Esperanto Slang” which drops later this Spring on Bastard Jazz.
1- Samba de Coco Raízes de Arcoverde – Ê Boi (Maga Bo Remix)
2- DJ Snake – Bird Machine ft. Alesia
3- Rude Boy ft. Elvis – Passa Passa (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
4- Green Lantern & Craze – Rocket Launcher
5- P-Money & Gappy Ranks – Baddest
6- Secret Weapon
7- QQ – One Drop
8- Stylo G – Call Me A Marley (DJ Theory Remix)
9- Dub Gabriel – My Gun (Shotnez Remix)
10- Raka Dun – No Tan Listo
11- Uproot Andy – Worldwide Dembow ft. Pablo Piddy
12- DJ Gregory & Africanism – Tourment D’Amour (Sabo Edit)
13- R2bees ft. Sakodie & Nana Boroo – Agyeiii (Captain Planet Remix)
14- The Rub ft. Natalie Storm – Dutty Gyal (Smalltown DJs Remix)
15- DJ Nu-Mark – Oya’ Indebure (Captain Planet Remix)
16- Fuego – Una Vaina Loca
17- Popcaan – The System
18- Perfect – Reggae Music
19- Captain Planet – Dje-Dje
20- Batata – Macaco (So Shifty Remix)
21- Daniel Klauser – Rootz
22- Buraka Som Sistema – Candonga
23- Machel Montano – Doh Mind
24- Marcus Visionary – Surinam
25- Elvis Crespo – Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix)
26- Thornato ft. Jahdan – Ka Kong (Captain Planet Remix)
27- Shabba Ranks & Michael Rose vs. Dreadsquad – Shine Eye Gyal (Da Vibz Remaker Mash-Up)
28- Captain Planet ft. Brit Laurén – In The Gray (Dropping later this spring…)
February 26th, 2014
Brand new goodness coming from all angles right now. Get cozy and comfortable and let this fresh batch of tunes make sweet love to your aural canals. A little bit of head nod, touch of ass shake, and some deeper future soul sounds to keep your musical diet well rounded. Today’s visual inspiration comes courtesy of Ralph Ziman, who’s show “Ghosts” is up at the C.A.V.E. gallery in Venice right now (shouts to Nati Conrazon for the recommendation).
Gardens & Villa : Bullet Train
so glad to hear a new album from this Santa Barbara group. Once again, my favorite cut from the album is a laid back, flute-laden groove with super catchy riffs and infectious falsetto hook.
St. Vincent : Digital Witness
sharp edged, punchy horn pop with socially awkward lyrics is what this badass David Byrne protege does best.
Kenna : Relations (ft. Childish Gambino)
haven’t heard a peep from Kenna in years, but he’s back swinging with this mid-tempo sleezy party starter that also sounds very Talking Heads influenced.
Estelle : Maker Her Say (Beat It Up)
triumphant return of the reigning UK pop soulstress, going really crude and sexy on this one.
Jets ft. Jamie Lidell : Midas Touch (Machinedrum Version)
it’s hard to be mad at this 80′s influenced, synthy house Midnight Star cover featuring one of my favorite whiteboy soul singers.
Justin Jay : Le Voyou
this young LA based house producer is on a roll lately. Funky shit for the dancefloor right here.
Little Dragon : Klapp Klapp
YES. Definitively. Can’t wait to hear the rest.
Jel : Look Up
hard edged downtempo for late night driving or being a creep on the bus.
Phantogram : Black Out Days
dark moody downtempo (ala Portishead) returns with a vengeance
Flume & Chet Faker : Drop The Game & What About Us
great collabo between some very promising talent on this EP
February 18th, 2014
“Luchando y Cantando” = Captain Planet x Raggabund x Clan Urbano x Sarmiento
In preparation for my upcoming album “Esperanto Slang” which drops later this Spring, I’m giving away some freebies starting with this big intercontinental collaboration. South American brothers Raggabund (Paco Mendoza & Don Caramelo) + Peruvian hip hop crew Clan Urbano + Spanish rude bwoy Sarmiento, all gettin’ nice over a classic boom bap beat by yours truly- featuring horns from Brooklyn afrobeat band Zongo Junction. Global music, worldwide vibes…
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February 10th, 2014
Total mix of sounds for you this week. Some slightly older tunes I’ve only just discovered, as well as a few brand new future-classics (Disclosure with Mary J. Blige!?!). There’s some real mellow, soulful tracks and a few uptempo dancefloor fillers too. Don’t always try to make sense of the bouillabaisse, just press play and see if you agree that these are all worthy listens. The rad photo of a drive-in theater above was jacked from an instagram feed by Michael Goldberg that I follow and thoroughly enjoy. If you like faces that tell stories and stark landscapes, check him out.
Fredericks Brown : What Lies Within & Everywhere
somehow I missed this release from my pals who played at a Mixtape Riot party way back…
AlunaGeorge : Attracting Flies
still coming back to this album for inspiration
Sleigh Bells : To Hell With You
interesting way of taking a semi-sweet melody and making it really hard. Definitely not mad at this.
Wayne Warshall ft. Assasin : Stupid Money
undeniably catchy tune sung by a pack of 7 year old’s and 2 of Jamaica’s finest.
Pomo : Work It Out
seriously funky swing on a soulful electro beat by this cat
Disclosure ft. Mary J Blige : F For You
these brothers can do no wrong right now, and I hope Mary J gets the hint that this is exactly what she needs to keep doing!
Cosmo Baker & Grandtheft : Find a Way (feat. Jeanette “Lady” Day)
style crossing collabo between 2 dj’s I very much respect. Something to please the disco heads and bass fiends alike.
Ibibio Sound Machine : Let’s Dance (Yak Inek Unek)
electro african dance music like this is something I rarely get enough of
Brenmar : Medusa feat. Rush Davis
very much looking forward to the full album from this club killer
BADBADNOTGOOD : Hedron
jazz meets trap? Yeah that’s what these young canucks are doing.
February 6th, 2014
I was lucky to meet Aaron Colbert pretty soon after I first made my way to LA. We swapped some music and traded a few DJ stories and I quickly realized this guy knows just about every club booker & lounge manager in town. He runs his own DJ booking company and does custom soundtracks for venues- basically most DJ’s dream job. He just finished up his latest mix for Maserati, so if you decide to test drive one of the new Ghibli’s or GranTurismo’s, you might be listening to his selections. I asked him to pick out a handful of his favorites from the mix and let us know a little about them. In his words: “Every track I selected has a touch of sexiness, power, and sophistication- giving you a sense of nighttime driving.”
Kate Boy : The Way We Are (Bixel Boys Remix)
Every remix these guys put out is genius! I was honored to have them rock out in my DJ booth during the FORD Models event last year
Amine Edge & Dance : Lost
I had been waiting for someone to make Frank Ocean’s amazing hip hop/soul track into something more club playable
Gorgon City Feat. MNEK : Ready For Your Love
By far my favorite House track of this year! I first discovered Gorgon City when my girl Yasmin sang on the track “Real”. Very talented artist.
Ayer : Circle Down (Keljet Mix)
When I heard this track I had goosebumps. That’s when you know it speaks to you. 100% Nudisco Vibe.
Tensnake Feat. Fiora : See Right Through
Tensnake’s new album is about to drop. Watch out because from what I have heard, it’s going to be massive! Soulful, beautiful, alive…
Lorde : Team (Panic City Remix)
Panic City really killed this remix. Lorde is definitely artist of the year.
January 27th, 2014
After a long hiatus, I’m back with another 60min edition of MTR Radio, up now on BrooklynRadio.com. You won’t find any Grammy winners on the tracklist (oh wait, except for big winner NILE RODGERS!!!), but that definitely doesn’t mean this isn’t top tier material. Focusing mainly on favorites from 2013, as well as a few brand new goodies, this mix is a bit more on the mellow side than most previous ones, but it’s still far from sleepy. If you happen to be reeling in the aftermath of a polar vortex, let this be your soundtrack as you dethaw with a hot beverage, while lying on a sheep skin rug by the fire. Featuring music from Disclosure, Mayer Hawthorne, Big Data, The Internet, Jungle, Zero 7, Quantic and more.
Full tracklist and MP3 download available here
Mixtape Riot #011 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud