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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.
DJ Ease from Nightmares On Wax was recently in Australia, so we took a few minutes to connect and have a chat about the glory days of growing up in Leeds, England right at the time when Hip Hop culture had jumped over the pond. Ease goes into detail about his first crew, the early rave scene, and how Ibiza (His current home) has changed over the years. We also get geeky and drop some studio tech knowledge, and of course hear a few snippets from his extensive back catalog of releases.
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..
I recently put together an exclusive 25 minute mix for the fam at Def Choonz Radio, which broadcasts around Sydney every Monday night at 7pm on 2RDJ. The radio show is a great supporter of local artists, and I was quite honored to be asked. I took the opportunity to do more of an open format cut up style, flipping between Hip Hop classic, R&B joints, Pop, and Trap at a rapid pace with a bunch of doubles, acapellas, and loops - even Phil Collins gets a spin. Enjoy..
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.