If you’re looking for fresh hip-hop and R&B without having to deal with urban radio like an absolute savage, you’ll be happy to know that mix DJs are not extinct. Cali’s own KrisMoBetta puts together a mix that flows, giving you the better parts of each record and finding cool ways to segue. According to the lady herself, we can start expecting these with some frequency, so be sure to subscribe to her Soundcloud.
I’m dedicating every Tuesday night to listening to music by myself and recording a live mix in one take. These “Take One” mixes will be posted every Wednesday.
Straight from the dungeons of stuff I meant to publish months ago, mix-master Maiya Norton is back with another excellent mix for the final days of summer. Here’s what she had to say about it:
I have ideas for mixes all the time. I’ve done more than I can remember. I began working on one after Sweet Spot Vol.3: Higher was complete. I was trying to commit to doing an alternative/rock mix since I skew really heavily towards soul music. I listen to everything though, and that’s not always represented in my projects. However, something about it wasn’t clicking. Sometimes, you just need to put things down when you hit a creative block.
Erykah Badu has released a mix of soul music that sticks to the ribs at just the right time. Amidst a whole lot of ugly, it’s important we remember there’s still so much beauty in the world.
“All over the globe…keep walking tall, brothers and sisters. Someday we will all be free. The world is in need of healing…I carefully selected high frequency tones for the soul. Please listen from top to bottom. Love, Ms. Badu.”
FEEL BETTER, WORLD! … LOVE, MS.BADU by Erykah She Ill Badu on Mixcloud
I’m honored to be able to host on Front-Free this beautifully arranged collection of jams from 1999-2001 by my talented fellow Howard Bison Maiya Norton:
If you know me, you know I love sharing music more than anything in the world. I’ve done dozens of compilations for blogs and music sites, but wanted to create a fresh, new platform.
This is the first volume of a new series, The Sweet Spot, which aims to highlight music that falls within a particular category. In this case, classic and rare gems that came out during a special 3-year moment in musical history (99-01). From Mama’s Gun to Supreme Clientele to In Search of…so many memorable albums made during that time.
Each volume will highlight a new artist or photographer, DJ and blend together for your listening pleasure. Play it loud and send it to friends. Enjoy.
Cover Photo by William Ukoh: willyverse.tumblr.com/
Mixed by Haz Solo: @hazsolo
Support + Inspiration by Rashid Zakat: www.rashidzakat.com/
Talented mix artist Sasha Marie blends some sounds for a love mix Front-Free is proud to present to you all on this Valentine’s Day.