Mixtape

De La Soul Stakes Is High 20th Anniversary Mixtape

July 15, 2016

Earlier this month, De La Soul’s fourth studio album Stakes Is High celebrated it’s twentieth birthday. To mark the occasion – you guessed it – my buddy Chris Read pulled together a sweet mixtape of original sample material, remixes, and album tracks. This one took me on a real trip down memory lane! Read my write up and peep the mix below …

Originally posted on Wax Poetics here.

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When I first heard Stakes Is High, I was in…Brighton, on the U.K.’s South Coast. My father lived there at the time, and as a teenager building up her record collection, I would make the most out of my trips to visit him by also visiting the city’s various record spots such as The Wax Factor and Rarekind. It was at Resident Records in the North Laines that I picked up De La Soul’s Stakes Is High and upon my first listen, before I scoured the liner notes, I knew that something was different.

Where were the playful skits? Where were the endless gags? I found myself staring out the window feeling pensive rather than chuckling and dancing around my room.

And as it turned out, the record, released July 2, 1996, marked a pivotal moment for the Long Island trio. Parting ways with their long-time collaborator Prince Paul, the genius behind 3 Feet High & Rising’s seminal use of sampling, the album was the first to be produced mostly by the group themselves and has a rather more mature feel. Trugoy recently described the experience of producing the record themselves as an “empowering […] learning process,” as previously they had relied upon the guidance of external producers. One notable exception to this is of course the Jay Dee produced title track “Stakes Is High,” but for Maseo, Posdnuos, and Trugoy to take greater control and reflect the mood-shift of a rap group three albums deep was the perfect move after 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate.

De La Soul had spoken out before about social issues (“Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa”) and the state of rap music (“Who Do U Worship”), but this time they were shouting about it with, as the title suggests, a more serious tone and higher sense of urgency, which can be heard on tracks like “The Bizzness.” Despite having less commercial success at the time, the powerful, jazz-fuelled album was met with positive reviews and is now regarded as a classic of it’s era.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Stakes Is High, our friend Chris Read has crafted a mixtape of album tracks, remixes, and original sample material.

Listen up and enjoy!

Artwork by Leon Nockolds

Track list:

1. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
2. Milt Jackson & The Ray Brown Big Band – ‘Enchanted Lady’ (sampled in ‘Dinninit’)
3. De La Soul – ‘Dinninit’
4. Jan Hammer Group – ‘Peaceful Sundown’ (sampled in ‘Dog Eat Dog’)
5. De La Soul – ‘Dog Eat Dog’
6. Aretha Franklin – It Only Happens (When I Look At You) (sampled in ‘Long Island Degrees’)
7. De La Soul – ‘Long Island Degrees’
8. Craig Mack – ‘Get Down’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘The Bizness’)
9. De La Soul feat Common – ‘The Bizness’
10. Commodores – ‘High on Sunshine’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
11. De La Soul – ‘Sunshine’
12. Bayete – ‘Free Angela’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’)
13. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Swahililand’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
14. De La Soul – ‘Stakes is High’ 
15. De La Soul – ‘Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)’
16. James Brown – ‘Mind Power’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’)
17. De La Soul feat Mos Def & Truth Enola – ‘Stakes is High (Remix)’
18. Walter Wanderley – ‘Summer Samba’ (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
19. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Adventures of Super Rhyme’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
20. Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – La Di Da Di [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
21. De La Soul – ‘Supa Emcees’
22. Wilson Pickett – Get Me Back On Time, Engine #9 [Extract] (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’)
23. De La Soul feat Mos Def – ‘Big Brother Beat’
24. Kurtis Blow – ‘These Are the Breaks’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘The Brakes’)
25. De La Soul – ‘The Brakes’
26. James Brown – Funky Drummer [Loop] (sampled in ‘Betta Listen’)27. De La Soul – ‘Betta Listen’
28. Jeff Beck – ‘Come Dancing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
29. James Brown – ‘Talkin Loud & Sayin Nothing’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Down Syndrome’)
30. De La Soul – ‘Down Syndrome’
31. De La Soul feat Truth Enola – ‘Pony Ride’
32. Lou Donaldson – ‘Who’s Making Love’ (sampled in ‘Wonce Again Long Island’)
33. De La Soul – ‘Wonce Again Long Island’
34. Malcolm McLaren – ‘Hobo Scratch’ (sampled in ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’)
35. De La Soul feat Jazzyfatnastees – ‘Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby’
36. Chico Hamilton – ‘A Rose for Booker’ (sampled in ‘4 More’)
37. Jungle Brothers – ‘Jimmy Bonus Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘4 More’)
38. De La Soul feat Zhane – ‘4 More’

Pete Rock & CL Smooth All Souled Out 25th Anniversary Mixtape

July 2, 2016

The homie Chris Read has crafted yet another super dope mixtape, this time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s debut EP All Souled Out.

Originally posted on Wax Poetics here.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s now classic debut All Souled Out, released June 25th, 1991, our buddy Chris Read has crafted yet another stellar mix for Wax Poetics and WhoSampled. Featuring tracks from the EP, alternate versions, interview snippets, and original sample material from the likes of Eddie Kendricks and Eddie Bo, the mix pays true homage to the record that introduced the hip-hop duo and set the stage for later seminal LPs Mecca and the Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient.

Take a listen and enjoy!

Artwork by Leon Nockolds

Track list:

1. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
4. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
5. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
6. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
8. Eddie Kendricks – ‘Girl You Need a Change of Mind’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
9. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Good Life’
11. O’Donel Levy – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
12. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
13. Fred Wesley and the J.B’s – ‘You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight (7″ Version) [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
14. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Go With The Flow’
15. S.O.U.L – ‘Burning Spear’ (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
16. Beside – ‘Change The Beat (Female Version)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
17. Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’ (Sampled in ‘The Creator’)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
19. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)
20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’
21. Lou Donaldson – ‘Turtle Walk’ (Sampled in ‘All Souled Out’)
22. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘All Souled Out’

Jay Z Reasonable Doubt 20th Anniversary Mixtape

July 2, 2016

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, the homie DJ Matman created a super fine mixtape for Wax Poetics and WhoSampled. Peep the feature as it ran on Wax Poetics below!

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“My house was the party house; I had the cool parents. My pops and my mom both had afros, it wasn’t just one parent, so I had the super cool house [laughs]. And they had the record collection, but they didn’t share. They had their names on them separately. They shared a house, they shared kids, but they didn’t share records. Their name was on their records, that’s how serious it was.

It’s almost like a person that plays an instrument. You grow up in a musical family, you pick it up. And that’s what happened. Music was around me, and this thing, this form called rap, borrowed from these earlier samples. So, that was my instrument. It was only natural for me to take to this type of music.”

~ Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay Z

 

This month sees the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt, which was released June 25th, 1996. Featuring appearances by Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., and Foxy Brown, and production from DJ Premier, the record is a bonafide classic of it’s time. And, deemed by many to be Jay Z at his finest.

To celebrate Jigga’s classic LP, our buddy DJ Matman has crafted a fine mixtape featuring album tracks, alternate versions, interview snippets, and original sample material from the likes of the Ohio Players, Isaac Hayes, Ahmad Jamal, and many more.

Listen up and enjoy!

Artwork by Leon Nockolds

Tracklist:

1. Isaac Hayes – ‘The Look Of Love’ (sampled in Jay- Z – ‘Can I Live’)
3. The Stylistics – ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Politics as Usual’)
5. Hamilton Bohannon – ‘Save Their Souls’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Cashmere Thoughts’)
7. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Pastures’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mecca – ‘Feelin’ It’)
9. Hubert Laws & Earl Kugh – ‘It’s So Easy Loving You’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Regrets’)
11. Nas – The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix) (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
13. Lonnie Liston Smith – ‘A Garden Of Peace’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘Dead Presidents’)
14. Snoop Dogg feat Daz Dillinger -‘Murder Was The Case’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
16. Allen Toussaint – ‘Go Back Home’ (sampled in Jay-Z – ‘D’Evils’)
17. John Kaizan Neptune – ‘Blue Wind’ (sampled in Jay-Z ’22 Twos’)
19. Brother Brother – ‘Hey What’s That You Say’ (sampled in Jay-Z ‘Friend or Foe’)
21. Eddie Henderson – ‘Inside You’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Memphis Bleek – ‘Coming of Age’)
25. The Whole Darn Family – ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
27. The Four Tops – ‘Ain’t No Woman’ (sampled in ‘Jay-Z feat Foxy Brown – ‘Ain’t No Nigga’)
28. Marcus Miller – ‘Much Too Much’ (sampled in Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – ‘Can’t Knock Hustle’)
32. Jay-Z feat Mary J Blige – Can’t Knock The Hustle (Live at Madison Square Garden)

De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead 25th Anniversary Mixtape

May 14, 2016

Today is the 25th anniversary of De La Soul’s sophomore album De La Soul Is Dead. I bought De La Soul Is Dead on CD at the formative age of seventeen, and remember listening to it all the goddamn time. It is such a special record, full of hilarious skits and truly dope samples. I’m super excited to be involved in this anniversary mixtape (crafted by the one and only Chris Read) for Wax Poetics and WhoSampled. Check out my write up (originally posted here ) and listen to the tape below!

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The artwork says it all. A broken flower pot, soil spilling out like blood and three daisies wilting away. Following the success of their groundbreaking debut 3 Feet High & Rising in 1989, with all it’s talk about the D.A.I.S.Y. Age, De La Soul had been labelled the hippies of hip-hop. And, with their follow album De La Soul Is Dead, released May 14, 1991, the group sought to set the record straight.

Produced by Prince Paul, the concept for the skits that run throughout is entirely unique. Through a fictional debate between schoolyard bullies over ‘The De La Soul Read-Along Storybook’ tape, De La Soul playfully parody and challenge the criticisms and attitudes that surrounded them at the time. E.g. “What happened to the pimps? What happened to the guns? What happened to the curse words? That’s what rap music is all about, right?”

De La Soul Is Dead is seen as edgier than 3 Feet High, touching in on themes such as role-models in gangster rap with “Who Do You Worship,” and sexual abuse in “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa.” While undeniably smart and providing commentary on serious issues, the record is also fun and humorous as anything. The album features brilliantly flipped samples from the likes of Funkadelic, the J.B’s,  and Stevie Wonder, and the singles “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” and “A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”” remain bonafide party classics today.

Now, in 2016 we are seeing the 25th anniversary of the album’s release. To celebrate the truly dope record, our homie Chris Read has put together a sweet mixtape of original sample material, remixes, and album versions.

Listen up and enjoy!

Tracklist:

1. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Money (Dollar Bill Y’all)’ (sampled in ‘Bitties in the BK Lounge’)
2. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
3. De La Soul – ‘Intro’
4. Funkadelic – ‘I’ll Stay’ (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
5. De La Soul – ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’
6. Funkadelic – ‘Mommy What’s a Funkadelic’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’)
7. Stevie Wonder – ‘Hey Love’ (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’)
8. Freda Payne – ‘The Easiest Way To Fall’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Talkin’ Bout Hey Love’) 9. De La Soul – ‘Talkin Bout Hey Love’
10. White Lightnin’ – ‘That’s No Lie’ (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
11. De La Soul – ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’
12. Lee Dorsey – ‘Get Out My Life, Woman’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Fanatic of the B-Word’)
13. Chuck Jackson – ‘And That’s Saying A Lot’ (sampled in ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’)
14. De La Soul – ‘Afro Connections at a Hi-5’
15. De La Soul – ‘Pease Porridge’
16. Edna Wright – ‘Oops Here I Go Again’ (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
17. The J.B’s – ‘Pass the Peas’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
18. De La Soul – ‘Pass The Plugs’
19. Eric B & Rakim – ‘Eric B Is President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Pass The Plugs’)
20. Tom Waits – ‘Diamonds on My Windshield’ (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
21. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s’)
22. De La Soul – ‘Oodles on O’s’
23. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Hihache’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Oodles of O’s)
24. De La Soul – ‘Rap De Rap Show’
25. Lou Johnson – ‘The Beat’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
26. The Whatnauts – ‘Help Is On The Way’ (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
27. The Honey Drippers – ‘Impeach The President’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’)
28. De La Soul – ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’
29. Taana Gardner – ‘No Frills’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
30. De La Soul – ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’
31. Lou Donaldson – ‘It’s Your Thing’ (sampled in ‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’)
32. Bob James – ‘Sign of the Times’ (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
33. Aerosmith – ‘Walk This Way’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
34. De La Soul – ‘Keepin’ The Faith’
35. The Mohawks – ‘The Champ’ [Extract] (sampled in ‘Keepin’ The Faith’)
36. Instant Funk – ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
37. Mighty Ryeders – ‘Evil Vibrations’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
38. De La Soul – ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’
39. Young Holt Unlimited – ‘Light My Fire’ (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
40. Tower of Power – ‘Ebony Jam’ [Loop] (sampled in ‘Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’)
41. De La Soul – ‘What Yo Life Can Truly Be’

The Preatures Mixtape for Dazed Digital + Jack Moffitt Q&A

May 9, 2015

This Spring I was fortunate to work on a little feature for Dazed & Confused, where I asked one of my favourite Australian bands The Preatures to put together a mixtape. Providing an aural glimpse into their world, the mix places contemporary gems alongside classic jams. Check out my write up and interview with Jack Moffitt as it appeared on Dazed Digital below, and enjoy!
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On April 13th, Australian rock quintet The Preatures released their much anticipated debut album Blue Planet Eyes here in the UK. We caught their live show in Camden last month and were blown away by the energy of dark-haired Italo-Aussie bombshell Isabella Manfredi. While performing songs including “Somebody’s Talking” and “Is This How You Feel?” the Chanel ambassador cartwheeled around the stage like a true rock and roll pro, whipping bandmates and audience up into a frenzy.

In the midst of touring the world to promote Blue Planet Eyes and share their music, the guys took time to put together a little mix for Dazed (listen to it here), designed to give listeners a taste of what makes the band tick. I also caught up with guitarist Jack Moffitt to find out a little more about what’s been going on in the world of The Preatures …

So, tell me about the mix you’ve put together.

Jack Moffitt: The mix consists of favourites from the playlist we put on at our shows, with a couple of tracks from our record in there. Izzi put it together, and it’s a good picture of the influences we have collectively and individually. There is a lot of sound in there that definitely inspired our album; records with an atmosphere we love. It’s important to have a mood in the room when you put on a show. This is the kind of mood we’ve been in, and it’s the mood around the album.

What’s it like being on tour with The Preatures? 

Jack Moffitt: You know, we always joke that anyone who was around for our tours would probably think we were seriously boring. And I can’t say for sure if we are or we aren’t, but we do have a good time on the road. It’s impossible to describe… You want to be out when you’re cooped up, and you want to be at home when you’re out, But all you have to focus on is getting your energy up for the show. We’re fairly critical, because we want to be great every night. That doesn’t always come from your best side.

What music do you listen to on the road?

Jack Moffitt: I’ve been listening to the Courtney Barnett record, which I really love. It’s the kind of music that can be really divisive. Some people wonder what the point of her songs are, but I love that they remind me of our home and our lives. I think she’s fantastic. You don’t have to be Australian to appreciate it. Also I had the new Rihanna track on, the new Pond album, some Lennon, Sam Smith, the new Tame Impala track… I went back to the Frank Ocean album the other day. I also love old records and the radio in different parts of the UK and Europe, they have great radio in France.

Do you guys work on new music while on the road? 

Jack Moffitt: Yeah we do. Izzi’s always sitting with an idea, and Gid will be working on something. I’ve been working lately in Ableton and writing anything that comes to mind. Izzi and I did some demos in London recently, a couple of songs we’ve had on the back burner for a while now which we’re excited about.

You guys have a great chemistry on stage. How do you feel during live shows? And is it similar or very different when in-studio/rehearsals?

Jack Moffitt: One of the main reasons there’s so much chemistry on stage is down to us all responding to the energy Izzi takes to performing. But sometimes you’re in the room and sometimes you’re not. It differs a lot from the studio or rehearsals. There’s a sudden feeling of doing something for all-time, which can be a strange leveller and put you in a big hole. I love them both equally, with as much hate for when it’s bad. When it’s bad it’s fucking bad. Rehearsal is just torture you choose, it’s like putting your soul on the rack for fun.

Tell us a bit about Blue Planet Eyes out this month

Jack Moffitt: Well it’s long overdue, that I can say for certain. But also it’s locked in the year we had, from CMJ in 2013 to coming back to the UK/US late last year, it’s the snapshot of us as a band in that time. We did so much work and so much touring, we were ragged and driven and up every night working. I think it’s a perfect picture of what we were trying to do. I’m quite proud of what we’ve made, and we’re all very keen to get started on the next one.

What is a Preature? How did that name come about?

Jack Moffitt: We’ve never thought of it is a singular thing, it’s always Preatures. But a Preature could be an irreverent creature. Some kind of proud and freakish animal. We were originally The Preachers, which is hard to look up, and it’s religious, so some people thought we were a God Rock band. We wanted to keep the sound of the name without changing it too much. One day on the bus I saw a pub with a sign for Little Creatures ales out the front and wrote down ‘Creatures/Preatures’. I thought it was kinda cheesy. We had a few different spellings, but that one looked and felt right. I’m not saying I invented a new word or anything, but I did.

Tracklist:

Mac De Marco – “Rock and Roll Nightclub”

Connan Mockasin – “Caramel”

The Preatures – “Rock and Roll Rave”

POND – “Zond”

Prince – “Kiss”

!!! – “One Girl / One Boy”

The 101ers – “Keys to Your Heart”

The Nerves – “Hanging on the Telephone”

Blondie – “Sunday Girl”

The Preatures – “Cruel”

Harry Nilsson – “Jump Into The Fire (single version)”

Patti Smith – “Gloria”

INXS – “Original Sin”

UMO – “How Can U Luv Me”

The Strokes – “Last Night”

The Pretenders – “Back on the Chain Gang”

A Tribe Called Quest Mixtape

April 25, 2015

Earlier this month I worked with my friend Chris Read on a mixtape project to celebrate the 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. The album is my personal favourite from the Tribe oeuvre – I’ve said it numerous times, but there is just something about ‘that sound’!

The mix features original sample material from the likes of Lou Reed, Carly Simon, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Roy Ayers alongside album cuts, and even contains some interview snippets from one time I chatted to Ali Shaheed Muhammed in 2011.

I love the album so much. It reminds me of being seventeen and still sounds as good now as when I first bought it in my hometown. So, I was excited to present this little mix with Wax Poetics and Who Sampled – I even got a little shout out from OkayPlayer for it!

Here is the post as it ran on Wax Poetics last week:

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“We were like virgins,” says Ali Shaheed Muhammed, referring to the time of People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm and the experience of making the album for himself and fellow A Tribe Called Quest bandmates Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Jarobi. “If you could capture and pull out the chemical make up of your dreams coming true—it’s happening and at the same time you’re a teenager—if you could extract that, it would be euphoric for all ages and all time periods. And I think that was what was in that album, because we were living our dreams.”

It was on April 17, back in 1990, that A Tribe Called Quest released their truly unique debut People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm on Jive Records. Full of playful humor, abstract musings, teenage tales, social commentary, and distinctive production, the album channels and touches in on a spectrum of sentiments and feeling. From such odes to adolescence as “Bonita Applebum” and “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” (possibly the best hip-hop music video?) to the philosophical leanings of tracks like “Push It Along” and “Footprints,” and the conscious themes of “Description of a Fool” and “Luck of Lucien,” Tribe were undeniably youthful old souls.

The remarkably experimental album (just dig the dawn-of-the-universe-esque intro) kicked off what was to become one of the most inspiring and influential careers in hip-hop. So many musicians and fans cite A Tribe Called Quest as their very favorite group that it is hard to imagine what the musical landscape might look like without their contribution.

To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm, our buddy Chris Read has put together a sweet mixtape for Wax Poetics andWhoSampled. Delving into the album’s DNA, the mix includes original sample material from the likes of Roy Ayers, Lou Reed, Carly Simon, the Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, and RAMP, all to celebrate the genius of such a special record.

Listen up and enjoy!

Tracklist:

1. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix) (Extract).
2. A Tribe Called Quest – If The Papes Come (Loop)
3. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
4. Jimi Hendrix – EXP (sampled in “If the Papes Come”)
5. Eugene McDaniels – Jagger The Dagger (sampled in “Push It Along” and others)
6. Ali Shaheed Muhammad interview for Wax Poetics
7. Junior Mance – Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin (sampled in “Push It Along”)
8. Grover Washington Junior – Loran’s Dance (sampled in “Push It Along”)
9. A Tribe Called Quest – Push It Along
10. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)
11. Carly Simon – Why (Extended Version) (sampled in “Bonita Applebum (Why? Version)”)
12. Little Feat – Fool Yourself (sampled in “Bonita Applebum (Album Version)”)
13. Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets (sampled in “Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)”)
14. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)
15. RAMP – Daylight (sampled in “Bonita Applebum (Album Version)”)
16. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Album Version)
17. Funkadelic – Nappy Dug Out (sampled in “Ham & Eggs”)
18. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs
19. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (sampled in “Can I Kick It?”)
20. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)
21. Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (sampled in “Can I Kick It?”)
22. Chambers Brothers – Funky (sampled in “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
24. A Tribe Called Quest – Footprints
25. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke (sampled in “Footprints”)
26. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet feat Jesse Jackson – Walk Tall (sampled in “Footprints”)
27. Donald Byrd – Think Twice (sampled in “Footprints”)
28. Sly & The Family Stone – Remember Who You Are (sampled in “After Hours”)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – After Hours
30. Billy Brooks – Forty Days (sampled in “Luck of Lucien”)
31. A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
32. A Tribe Called Quest – Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)
33. Earth Wind & Fire – Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo Interlude) (sampled in “Mr. Muhammad”)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – Mr. Muhammad
35. A Tribe Called Quest – Description of a Fool
36. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away (sampled in “Description of a Fool”)
37. Billy Baron and his Smokin Challengers – Communication Is Where It’s At (sampled in “Public Enemy”)
39. A Tribe Called Quest – Public Enemy
40. Reuben Wilson – Inner City Blues (sampled in “Youthful Expression”)
41. A Tribe Called Quest – Youthful Expression
42. Slave – Son of Slide (sampled in “Go Ahead in the Rain”)
42. A Tribe Called Quest – Go Ahead in the Rain
43. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs (Outro)

Slowdive’s Slowdaze : Exclusive Mixtape for Dazed & Confused

February 27, 2014

I have been hooked on Slowdive since the first time I watched Gregg Araki’s classic The Doom Generation, and the use of “Blue Skied An’ Clear” just before the credits roll is one of my favourite moments in film. When the cult shoegaze group announced their reunion last month, I got my hustle on and was beyond excited when they agreed to make an exclusive mixtape for Dazed & Confused Magazine. Read and listen below, or check it out on Dazed Digital here.

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The announcement last month that Slowdive have reunited was reverb-soaked elysium to the ears of shoegazers around the world. The cult British group, who went their separate ways 20 years ago, are set to play a string of shows this summer, including a set at Primavera and a show at London’s Village Underground. Here they present an exclusive heady mixtape that brings together some of their favourite shoegaze-tinged tracks from the past two decades. As you stream the mix, read Slowdive’s Simon Scott explaining their selections below.

Simon Scott: ”The  s l o w d i v e (s l o w d a z e) mix has been compiled from some of our favourite tracks, in particular from groups less famous than The Cure or The Smiths, ranging in musical styles from post-rock to ambient, classical to ’shoegaze’. In 1994 Slowdive were a deeply unfashionable group, especially in the UK, and struggled to play gigs to more than to a few hundred people. The press were becoming increasingly infatuated by grunge and we were the token guitar band to make disparaging remarks about. Shoegaze was a much berated genre. Each album released was received with poor reviews and one by one each shoegaze band was dropped to make way for Britpop.

Since we broke up shoegaze began to globally snowball as an influence on new artists, and today it is crossing over new musical boundaries into genres including metal and hip hop. Therefore we’ve included a few bands, not naming any names, who have gone on to form bands after hearing shoegaze music or seeing Slowdive play live back in the early 1990s. Not all tracks are shoegaze of course; Slint wrote and released their classic Spiderland album before we broke up, and David Darling is a classical cellist. It doesn’t matter, and musical boundaries are there to be broken anyway, as these different styles and individual tracks flow well together and create a vibe that feels like shoegaze tinged with each track worthy to be included whatever genre it derives from.”

Tracklist:

Lali Puna – “Faking the Books”
Flying Saucer Attack – “Respect”
Bowery Electric – “Empty Words”
Boards of Canada – “In the Annexe”
Pluramon (with Julee Cruise) – “Have You Seen Jill?”
Machinefabriek – “Somerset”
Cornelius – “Star Fruits Surf Rider”
Pedro the Lion – “The Bells”
The For Carnation – “Being Held”
Fennesz – “Caecilia”
The Drums – “Days”
Sun Kil Moon – “Moorestown”
Sigur Ros – “Við Spilum Endalaust”
Mogwai – “Hunted By a Freak”
Labradford – “E Luxo So (5)”
David Darling – “No Place Nowhere”
Palace – “Disorder”
Slint – “Washer”
Nils Frahm – “Says”

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