So this dude Mala is hella dope. He’s perfected the ingenious way of blending reggae and cuban sounds with understated dubstep. Sounds totally weird but it’s actually really amazing. So, no crazy, obnoxious drops here. Just some really excellent, moving tunes to vibe out to.
This one’s a two hour Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 so just press play and settle into it. Trust the kid! It’s a worthwhile listen.
Tracklist: mark pritchard – unknown augustus pablo – east of the river nile little roy – hurt not the earth dennis brown – promised land bob marley – running away Rhythm & Sound – Friend aly & robbie – shabby attack mala & aimbad – noche suenos ballaké sissoko & toumani diabaté – bafoulabe mala – body clock delay mala & sgt. pokes – answer me quest – dubfoot mala- lean forward silkie – neckback mala – blue notez coki – intergalactic loefah – punisher mala – torn at the roots coki – serious coki – coral reef fat freddy’s drop – cays crays (digital mystikz remix) compa – alpha pinch – swish (distance remix) mala – miracles las – tic mala – changuito mala – cuba electronica loefah – disco rekka tunnidge – twenty12 kromestar – jedeye kode9 – 9 samourai swindle – last minute googie mala – anti-war dub (VIP) mala – changes (james blake remix)
Sup guys. Last week I posted Uncle Jesse’s “Plymouth Prowler Boys” mixtape, which just so happened to be the most popular mix I’ve ever posted here on Mixtape Monday. It was originally thought that “Plymouth Prowler Boys” might alienate audiences everywhere, but what had really happened was…it reeled everyone in real tight, enchanting us all with a flawless composition of trap, hip-hop, and other late night tunes. It’s “riding around and getting it” at its absolute peak.
So how do I follow that? Post some other mix that sounds just like it but will never actually compare because it doesn’t have an ounce of that signature Plymouth Prowler Boy vibe? Or maybe some obnoxious dubstep that’s gonna blow out your speakers? Happy Monday.
Nah. I’m gonna totally shock the system here. Over the weekend, Chilean-American electronic music producer, Nicolas Jaar, fully embraced the opportunity to play for BBC Radio 1′s Essential Mix. Like, the homie went the fuck in. But not on some typical rage shit. This two hour mix isn’t something you’re gonna listen to on Friday night while you toss back a little Jamo in the whip before you hit the streets. In fact, we’re enjoying a hearty helping of warm springtime rain here in the DMV today and this mix is absolutely perfect for it. If you’re at work today, close the office door and turn the lights down. If you’re coolin’ at home, just lay back and enjoy yourself.
I’ve mentioned this before, but nine times outta ten, when a DJ says he’s gonna take me on a “musical journey”, I usually just find myself at the bar. I dunno. The whole “musical journey” thing usually just strikes me as corny and over-intellectualized, but this Nicolas Jaar mix actually took me somewhere. It’s moody, ethereal, and just downright captivating. Having a whole two hours to express himself really allows the listener to settle in to a malleable frame of mind and actually allow the music to guide him or her to whatever place they see fit.
This two hour Essential Mix will explore various tempos, genres, and moods. It’s multi-dimensional and dare I say sophisticated. You’ll hear Jay Z’s familiar flow and Beyonce’s soulful song amongst unique compositions from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and the classical piano of Keith Jarrett. And of course, you’ll hear plenty of Jaar’s original jazzy, soulful productions. If you haven’t heard Jaar’s tunes before, you’ll probably really enjoy him if you also like Jamie XX and James Blake. At twenty-two years old, Jaar is at the top of his game, joining the ranks of today’s most influential sensory pioneers.
Tracklist: 01. Nicolas Jaar & Maceo Plex – Gravy Train (Nicolas Jaar Remix) 02. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise 03. Laxx & Farkas – Creature 04. Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love 05. Angelo Badalamenti – Conversation On Twin Peaks 06. The Brothers Four – Greenfields 07. Jay-Z – My First Song (Acapella) 08. Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood 09. Los Ángeles Negros – Tu Y Tu Mirar… Yo Y Mi Cancion 10. LaShun Pace – It’s Me Oh Lord (Acapella Praise) 11. Jonny Greenwood – Open Spaces 12. Pearson Sound – Footloose 13. The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You (There Is No God Edit) 14. Aphex Twin – Ziggomatic 17 15. Keith Jarrett – Tokyo, November 14 (Encore) 16. My Girl And Me – Always Back To You (feat. Lorraine) 17. Vera November – Last Night Together (You’re Coming Back Edit) 18. Nikita Quasim – L’amour L’après Midi 19. Nikita Quasim – The Way I Felt Today 20. Feist – Caught A Long Wind 21. Shigeru Umebayashi – Yumeji’s Theme (In The Mood For Love) 22. *NSYNC – It Makes Me Ill (Edit) 23. Unknown – Unknown 24. Charles Mingus – Myself When I’m Real 25. Bill Callahan – America! 26. The Field – The Little Heart Beats So Fast 27. Sneaky Sound System – Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar Remix) 28. Just Friends – Avalanche 29. Pavla + Noura – Don’t Owe Me A Thing 30. Acid Pauli – La Voz Tan Tierna 31. Igor Wakhevitch – Taddy’s Dream: Ramallah’s Road 32. Nikita Quasim – Derridu 33. Beyoncé Knowles – 1+1 34. Anouar Brahem – Vague / E La Nave Va 35. Rio Grande – Let’s Groove (Tonight Edit) 36. Gonzales – Manifesto 37. The Grass Roots – Let’s Live For Today (Learn To Live Edit) 38. Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Sk Edit) 39. Man Friday – Real Love (The Paradise Garage Mix) (feat. Larry Levan) 40. DJ Slugo – What That Do 41. Ricardo Villalobos – What You Say Is More Than I Can Say 42. Untitled – Untitled 43. Nicolas Jaar – The Student