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  • J. Rocc Releases 27-Minute Mix of J Dilla Music (Stream) | @jrocc

    J. Rocc has just released a new mix for his discog series, and it happens to be a 27-minute mix of J Dilla tunes. The mix is in promotion of the second annual J Dilla Weekend festival in Miami, but in case you aren’t going to be making that trip, we’re helping throw an event in Indianapolis as well.

    From February 5th to 7th, J Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey will be presenting the second annual J Dilla Weekend festival in Miami, FL, celebrating the life and legacy of the legendary artist. In anticipation of the event, we present a mix in promotion of Dilla’s latest posthumous release, Dillatronic, by one of the finest DJ’s out there, J. Rocc.

    One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-’80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.

    In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for various Stones Throw Records releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib’s live shows since the early 2000’s, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group’s live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla. J. Rocc’s first album of his own original production, Some Cold Rock Stuf, was released in 2011. Since then, J. Rocc has continued to travel the world as an in demand DJ, and also hosts the Adventures In Stereo radio show on Los Angeles radio station KPFK.

    Performers at the festival include Black Thought, Bun B, Jay Electronica, DJ Premier, Slum Village, 9th Wonder, D.I.T.C. luminaries Diamond D and A.G., Royce Da 5’9”, Blu & Exile, Rapsody, Kev Brown, DJ Craze, and many more. In addition to performances from the above hip hop legends and leaders of the now-school, J Dilla Weekend will also feature producer panels, BBQs, photo/art exhibits, meet and greets, and other events celebrating Jay Dee’s life and legacy. This year also includes an official Dilla Record Exchange, presented by Discogs, which will feature a special all-45s DJ set by Diamond D!

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  • SOSUPERSAM – “SUP? 2” (Mix)

    Got some time to hear some new music? If so, listen to SOSUPERSAM‘s brand new “SUP? 2” mix. The Soulection representer talks a bit about her mix below, and I’ve added the track-listing for those of you following along at home. Enjoy.

    “SUP?” is a mix series showcasing my new original work, highlighting my favorite songs of the moment, and sharing new upcoming artists as well as exclusives from friends.

    TRACK LIST
    SOSUPERSAM – Like (prod. JR Jarris)
    Jeremih – Feels Like Phil
    Star Slinger – Slow N’ Wet
    SPZRKT – Blind Man
    Ta-Ku – Sweat Like Keith
    Rochelle Jordan – Low Key
    Tory Lanez – Walked Out
    Alina Baraz + Galimatias – Make You Feel
    Chloe Martini – Temptation
    Bryson Tiller – Just Another Interlude
    XXYYXX – Red
    PARTYNEXTDOOR – Things Such
    Tone Stith – T.I.F.U.
    Dpat – Body Heat
    SWV – Rain
    Plane Jaymes – Water Wet
    Alexandria – You Ain’t Gotta Lie

    I’VE MADE A ZILLION MIXES BY THIS POINT IN MY “LITTLE DJ PHASE,” BUT THIS ONE IS A PERSONAL MARK OF PROGRESS FOR ME. “LIKE” IS AN ORIGINAL SONG I WROTE WITH DANA AND ROSE, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD OPENED MYSELF UP TO WRITING WITH OTHERS. FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS I’VE BEEN WANTING TO MAKE MY OWN MUSIC AND SING AGAIN, AND SO I WOULD WRITE — ALONE, FRUSTRATED, A NOTEBOOK FULL OF CROSSED OUT LYRICS, FULL OF SELF DOUBT. I WAS SO SCARED TO WORK WITH OTHERS MAYBE BECAUSE I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN MY OWN ABILITIES. I’VE BEEN CRIPPLED WITH THE IDEA THAT I MUST DO EVERYTHING ALONE BY MYSELF, THAT ASKING FOR HELP WAS NOT AN OPTION IF I EVER WANTED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS GETTING NOWHERE. DANA, MY CLOSE FRIEND OF MAYBE 13 YEARS WHO I USED TO SING WITH BACK IN SCHOOL, ENCOURAGED ME TO JOIN A WRITING SESSION WITH HER AND HER WRITING PARTNER. AND, ALTHOUGH RELUCTANTLY, I DID. ENTER ROSE. BEING IN A ROOM WITH MORE CREATIVE ENERGY OPENED UP MY SENSES LIKE POPPING CLARITIN DURING ALLERGY SEASON. AFTER SHARING BEATS THAT JR JARRIS HAD SENT OVER, ROSE, DANA, AND I CRANKED OUT “LIKE” IN ABOUT 3 HOURS. IT WAS INCREDIBLY EMPOWERING AND REWARDING TO GO ON A CREATIVE JOURNEY WITH PEOPLE WHO GET YOUR VIBE. AS SOMEONE WHO CAN NEVER SEEM TO SHAKE THEIR ANXIETY, I AM ACTUALLY EXCITED FOR ONCE TO CREATE MORE. IT WAS FUN AND WE LAUGHED A LOT AND WE MADE SOMETHING AND I JUST WANT TO DO THAT ALWAYS. I DON’T MEAN TO BE DRAMATIC, IT’S ONE SONG, BUT I’M SO NEW TO THE INTOXICATING POWER OF COLLABORATION. THE SIMPLE NOTION THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE EACH OTHER STRONGER.

    THANK YOU DANA, ROSE, JR JARRIS, DAVID KIM, TAYLOR OKATA, JACQUELINE SCHNEIDER, KYLE REYES, THE FOLKS AT HYPETRAK, MY FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE TAKEN A REAL CHANCE ON ME, AND CONTINUALLY ENCOURAGE ME TO STEP OUT AND SHARE THIS SIDE OF MYSELF. MORE TO COME XX

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  • Rusty Redenbacher – “Dream(s): Dream Number One” (Release) | @rustymk2

    Rusty Redenbacher recently started a new mix series and this is the first of collective, Dream(s): Dream Number One. As an added bonus I’ve included Dream(s): Dream Number Seven which includes some local talent. Check them out below and follow him on mixcloud for more.

    Dream(s): Dream Number One by Rusty Redenbacher on Mixcloud

    ‘Dream(s): Dream Number Seven’ by Rusty Redenbacher on Mixcloud

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  • Dezo Williams – “Child of the Funk” (Stream / Mix) | @DezoWilliams3

    Listen to a 17-minute mix of old and new material from producer Dezo Williams, which you can download for free. Read a bit more about the beatsmith below, and go ahead and press play on this one.

    Dennis “DEZO” Williams was born in Brooklyn, NY and resides in Staten Island, NY. He’s a Recording Artist, Music Producer and Remixer. His deep passion for music began with Hip Hop at an early age but his creativity flows through all genres of music from Rock, Dance, Jazz, World etc.. He’s a self taught musician who plays several instruments including drums, keyboards and guitar.
    His first album BAGELS (dedicated to J Dilla’s “DONUTS”) DezoWilliams.bandcamp.com/album/bagels-d­edicated-to-j-dillas-donuts
    was released in 2007. He later follows that album with BAGELS 2: DIRTY MUZIK DezoWilliams.bandcamp.com/album/bagels-2­-dirty-muzik
    and has produced for several artists as Phokuss, Euro League, James Shahan to name a few. He is currently working on two upcoming albums as well as producing for Comedy High based in The Bronx, NY

    Songlist:
    01. Blow
    02. Child Of The Funk
    03. New Year interlude
    04. Quantum Leap
    05. The Promo
    06. March!
    07. Griss Shuffle Beat
    08. BeatMaker’s Dilemma
    09. Euphoria (I Could Fly)
    10. The Calling
    11. Buggin’ Bobby
    12. The Setup
    13. Feel It break
    14. Stash
    15. Talk About Jesus
    16. Heaven
    17. Damn!
    18. Snow Funk
    19. The Circle Game

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  • DJ Rahdu – “The Suite Spot: Maxwell Remixes Mix” (Release) | @DJRahdu @BamaLoveSoul

    BamaLoveSoul’s own DJ Rahdu just dropped a new mix that features more than 20 different Maxwell remixes and related songs. You can listen to the mix below, read a bit about the idea of this project, and eventually head over to Bandcamp to purchase this mix and get you some cool buttons.

    In 1996 I was fiercely committed to East Coast Hip Hop and discovering the breaks used to create it. I had a friend who worked at a local music shop located at a strip mall perpendicular to my job, and during my scheduled break I would visit, kick the Willie BoBo and in turn be laced with whatever I could carry out. I remember one evening, while staging the purchasing of a large amount of Hip Hop and Breaks, seeing a white cardboard display at the checkout for an artist I’d never heard of with unique, attractive packaging and a really cheap price point, like .99 or so. I picked up the CD single, mulled over adding it to the pile, decided I would never have the opportunity to listen to it with the large amount of music I was amassing and set it down.

    Months later when Urban Hang Suite was released, I realized the error of my decision. UHS signaled not only the introduction of Maxwell, it was also a harbinger of the Neo Soul Movement. In addition, the Ascension maxi-single I passed up, ironically included a remix by Hip Hop’s most respected producer, Dilla. Over the next 2 years, Maxwell continued to drop maxi singles from UHS with alternate versions and remixes of its beloved tunes much like the Hip Hop 12”s of that time.

    As time went on and I became immersed in music overall I discovered there were others touched by Maxwell’s music who decided to share their spin on his music. It’s a combination of these remixes, covers, and edits I have mixed and share with you today. Enjoy!

    GDNA – (RE) Fixing Bad Habits
    Maxwell – Unsung
    MeLo-X – The Highest
    Pro Era – Maxwell ft Dirty Sanchez, Rokamouth & Capital STEEZ
    Maxwell – Sumthin Sumthin GDNA (RE) Vision
    Maxwell vs Busta Rhymes – Sumthin to Put Your Hands In
    Maxwell – Sumthin Sumthin (The Mantra)
    Katrell – La Jeunesse Retrouvee
    Maxwell – Ascension (Touchsoul Lover’s Only Edit)
    Maxwell – Ascension (aywy. & Shem Edit)
    Maxwell – No One ft HB & Mother’s Favorite Child
    Maxwell – Stop the World (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix)
    Maxwell – Luxury:Cococure (Mixzo Mix) (Uncut)
    Maxwell – Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) The Tribute
    Maxwell – Get to Know Ya (DJ Dodge Mix)
    Maxwell – Til the Cop’s Come Knockin’ (Tony Loreto & Toro Remix)
    Maxwell – Sumthin Sumthin (Karizma Edit)
    Maxwell -Everwanting: To Want You To Want (Black Label Mix)
    Maxwell – Fortunate (Naked Music Mix)
    Maxwell – Til The Cops Come Knockin’ (The Opus Pt. 02)
    Yarra Rai – Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
    Little Brother – Whatever You Say (The Maxwell Mix)
    MeLo-X – Dance of the Wings(MeLo Suite)
    YP – Softly
    Illustration by DJ Rahdu

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  • Stones Throw Podcast 93: BreakBeat Lou – “Ultimate 45s” (Mix)

    Creator of the “Ultimate Breaks and Beats” series, BreakBeat Lou was recently featured on Stones Throw’s podcast, dropping a live break beat set of “Ultimate 45s” . Whether you want to refresh your breaks knowledge, or you just want to put on something to get you grooving– this mix is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

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  • Wally Wonder – “Nu York 03” + “Nu York 04” (Mix) | @dj_wallywonder

    Wally Wonder is back again with“Nu York 03” and “Nu York 04” , his latest mixes in the series that sheds light on NYC’s lesser known hip hop scene. Do the knowledge and check out these mixes, plus a word from Wally on the project below.

    Nu York 04 is that fresh 2015 look into the scene in the 5 boroughs, a wider perspective on the current status in New York than we are seeing and hearing in popular music’s focus.  The Big Apple has always possessed a wide arsenal of great hip hop style’s and stars since it’s inception, I simply felt it time to put the 1 and 2 together, and lead people to a team of new superheroes to champion.


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  • Real Late w/ Peter Rosenberg: A Tribute to Sean Price

    It’s still kind of hard to put words together, but our thoughts are still with Sean Price and his family. As of yesterday, Peter Rosenberg did a tribute to Sean Price on his Real Late show. Tune in below and get you a reminder of the greatness that was Sean Price. As of now, Songs In The Key Of Price is still slated to drop on August 21st.

    Duck Down has also established an online fundraiser page for the family of Sean. Check that out and donate.

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  • Radio Juicy Vol. 156 – Now You Know by 2LATE (Mix) | @Radio_Juicy

    London beat maker, 2LATE, recently dropped a mix courtesy of Radio Juicy, titled Now You Know. This is the first time I’ve ran across 2LATE’s work, and I’m glad it wasn’t a day later. This 20-minute mix boasts a hefty amount of beats, all with a smooth but dark sample-based sound, backed by some extremely snappy drums that could rival the Soul Brother #1. Stream this beat mix on Radio Juicy’s Soundcloud below.

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  • Wally Wonder – “Nu York 01 + Nu York 02” (Mix) | @dj_wallywonder

    Brooklyn via Indy DJ, Wally Wonder, recently dropped “Nu York 01” and “Nu York 02” , which are mixes that shed light on up and coming emcees and producers of NYC. 01 is mostly laced with a gritty “turn up” sound, while 02 has a more classic New York hip hop feel. There are many good artists throughout these mixes, including Ness RhymePlastico Douglas, Chelsea Reject, OG Marlyn MonROLLUP, Henry Blanco, Lord Kayso, and many more. Stream these two mixes on Wally’s Soundcloud down below.

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