DJ MK seems intent on making all of my digital dreams come true, as he releases the next instalment from his London Underground mixtape series. I still have my copy on CD, which I bought in the infamous Selectadisc in Nottingham in 2003, but it would be a lie to say I hadn’t been fiending for a digital version. The mix features another big selection of bangers, freetyles and exclusives from the likes of MCD, Mr Tibbs, Universal Soldiers, Jehst and Sincere. 24 tracks in total and it’s all yours for a few English pounds. You can hear the tape in full below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “DJ MK: London Underground 2003 (Stream)”
Back in the early 2000’s, the hip hop scene in this country was burgeoning at an exceptional rate. Building on the foundation laid by the likes of Task Force and Mud Family a few years before, artists like Jehst, Supa T and Klashnekoff were leading the charge on a new era of UK hip hop. In the midst of this, while the internet was still turning into the monster it is today, there were a few mixtape series that kept fans like me stocked up with freestyles, exclusives and remixes from some of the best artists at work at the time.
As the temperature starts to drop and the evenings get darker, it’s best to have a good source of heat at hand to stave off the winter woes. Thankfully Frosty just released his new mixtape and it’s packed full of enough flames to melt what little is left of the Arctic.
A few months ago, it was announced that J. Period would be recording a live mixtape, featuring arguably three of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a mic – Rakim, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch. The recording took place in New York, at Sony Hall and as well as the three main players, there were also appearances from the likes of Dres and Smif-N-Wessun. No surprise that the end result is a total barsfest, with everyone bringing their A-game to the mix. No mean feat considering it was all performed and recorded live in one take. The tape is basically split into three sections, with each MC performing some of their most loved material. Go lose yourself in the full project, which is available to stream below. Continue reading “J. Period ft. Rakim, Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch: The Live Mixtape (Stream)”
Ray Vendetta takes us back again to the golden age of mixtapes, by dropping an actual mixtape of him firing off lyrical rounds over a nice selection of instrumentals. There are beats from DOOM, Large Pro, Hi-Tek, Muggs and a whole load more. As usual with Vendetta, this is just the prelude to an official full length project which will be coming soon, this time with #TheWinners producer, Giallo Point. You can stream the mixtape below and you can grab a free download over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Ray Vendetta: Verse Murder – The Dub Banquet”
DJ Frosty is probably best known for his longstanding allegiance with the LDZ gang, but more recently he has come to the fore thanks to his role in the new Chapsville project, alongside Dabbla. I had a quick chat with him about his early days, the birth of LDZ, crate digging and supporting Rag N Bone Man. Continue reading “DJ Frosty: Interview”
The excellent new Netflix series Stranger Things seems to be nearly everyone’s new favourite thing at the moment, including DJ Yoda, who has used his mighty skills to put together this mixtape featuring music from the series, as well as music that has helped inspired it. Continue reading “DJ Yoda: The Stranger Things Mixtape”
Some might argue that a 100 track mixtape is a tad excessive, but Kool A.D. has never been one for traditions, hence him dropping his second 100 track project in a year. And it’s his third mixtape in two months. The man’s a machine. All the projects are available over at Bandcamp and you can check out the brand new video for Ramblin above.
This could be one of the greatest musical mash ups of all time, as Seanh brings together the unlikely pairing of sweet soul lyricist Sade and rap architect MF DOOM. Sadevillain is a mixtape put together by the 18 year old British producer and the result is pretty special. I won’t say too much, but I think you will find yourselves digging this a lot. Download now from Datpiff.