A-Trak's Home Studio

The intended purpose of the video is the not so subtle product placement of Sonos. Big freaking deal, somebody is trying to sell you something. Now, tell me the sun rises in the east. With all the advertising now out in the open, the video allows you to get a good glimpse of A-Trak's crib and home studio. By the looks of it, it's pretty clear that mixing pays, at least for some. It also looks like I need to make sure that my wife and A-Trak are never in the same room because it appears that dude is as big of a mid-century modern fan as Mrs. Mixes. Final thought: Just when I was getting over my envy of the niceness of A-Trak's crib, he had to go throw in that "while I make brussels sprouts in the kitchen" comment. Dude not only has a nicer crib than you, but he eats healthier than you too. Take that!

The Playground Legends - Suits & Tigers (The Gratuity 1 Year Anniversary Mixtape)

The Playground Legends [DJ Son, Maple Syrup, DJ Dos-A & Van Valey] decided to put together a crew mixtape to celebrate the one year anniversary of their weekly party, Gratuity. Similar to the popular Do-Over and Boiler Room parties, Gratuity entrusts talented DJs to create great moments and share the groove with all party goers in attendance. DJs are never told what to play, they are just told to have fun at all times. The result is a really unique and positive family of music lovers who come together every Thursday night at The Room, SM to dance and laugh and play Jenga and smile.

In an unrelated, related note; the very first time Pipomixes ever touched a pair of turntables was at The Room, Santa Monica. His very first song selection? 2pac's "Hit em Up" of course. Safe to say that Pipomixes was never invited back.


DJ Son
Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You_ (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
Hugo Montenegro - I Dream of Jeannie
Pieces Of A Dream - Mt. Airy Groove (Slayd5000) + Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands (DJ Son Blend)
De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring
The Whatnauts - Help Is On The Way
Ghostface Killah - Cherchez LaGhost
Dj Son - Breakout #1
Ben (L'Oncle Soul) - Seven Nation Army
213 - Gotta Find A Way
Aeroplane - Without Lies (Breakbot Remix)
Shock - Shock Talk (U-Tern Disco Mix)
Classixx - Holding On (Jerome LOL Remix)
Coolio - 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin New)
Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F
DJ Son - Breakout #2
El Rego et ses Commandos - feeling you got (whiskey barons rework) (DRUMS ONLY)
Bobby Mcferrin - Drive My Car

DJ Maple Syrup
Big K.R.I.T. - Country Shit
Rustie - Surph
Rustie - Slasher
Hermitude - Hyperparadise
Tropkillaz - Mambo
The Surfaris - Wipe Out
Manu Chao - Bongo Bong
Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright (Maple Syrup's Salsa Workout)
Just Blaze - Come On Baby (Instrumental Original Blend)
Taj Mahal - Chevrolet
Clipse - Dirty Money
Orishas - Represent
Zach De La Rocha, KRS-1 & The Last Emperor - C.I.A. (Criminals In Action)
Willie Colón y Hector Lavoe - La Murga
Barbatuques vs KRS-1 - Hip Hop Destemperado (Maple Syrup Blend)
Sly Slick & Wicked - Sho Nuff
Burkina Faso - Alhamdulillaahi
Justin Timberlake - Let The Groove Get In (Maple Syrup's Black Soul Blend)

Van Valey
Dramatical- Todd Terry & KRS-One
System Active - Computer Jay
Mr. Dewitt In Brazil(Instrumental) - M.E.D. & J. Rocc
Fist Up - Gramatik
La Lluvia - Phuture Motion
Piano Lessons - Thisish
Do Ya Thang (Sabo Edit) - Oliver $ Ft. Moodyman
Brooklyn In the House - Lee Foss
Big Brooklyn Bass - AC Slater
Twist (Wonk Remix) - Shab Ruffcut
Higher Ground - TNGHT
The Morning - Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, Kanye

DJ Dos-A
Lord - Royals
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can
The Meters - Handclapping Song
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
Daft Punk - Get Lucky feat. Pharrell
Chic - Le Freak
Pase Rock - So Fucking Disco
The Rapture - Get Myself Into It (Prince Language Disco Remix Edit)
George Benson - Turn Your Love Around (Solidisco Remix)
Michael Jackson & Louis La Roche - It's The Falling In Love (Excel's Sample Intro)
Zedd - Spectrum feat. Matthew Koma (Shoe Scene Symphony Remix)
Haim - Falling (Psychemagik Remix)

Soul Love 2014 - Mixed by DJ Spinna

Soul Love is out on 5th May 2014.
Formats: 25 track digital album // 14 track cd sampler // 2 x 7" vinyl samplers

DJ Spinna Mix Track listing:

1. Dolla Lova - Hopeless Dreamer
2. Chris Turner - Liquid Love
3. Debra Debs - Love Galore
4. Chaz Shepard - You Got That Magic
5. Timotha Lanae - People Pleaser
6. Sulpacio Jones - Risky
7. Louise Golbey - Comfortable
8. The Foreign Exchange - Take Off The Blues
9. Eric Lau feat. Fatima - Divine
10. Lady - Money
11. Joonie - Far Away
12. Don-E - Hold On
13. Omar feat. Caron Wheeler - Treat You
14. Eric Roberson - Summertime Anthem
15. Domu presents Pete Simpson - I’m Left Dreaming
16. Tyrone Lee - Get 2 Know U
17. L. Young - I Love My Girl (Reel People Remix)
18. Tony Momrelle - Spotlight
19. AAries - Don’t Give It Up
20. Marc Evans - Supernatural (Radio Edit Reproduction)
21. The Layabouts feat. Portia Monique - Colours Of Love (Radio Edit)
22. Zo! feat. Eric Roberson - We Are On The Move
23. Muzart - The Party After (Reel People Remix)
24. restless soul Fun Band - It’s Hard

Five highly absorbed months of compiling later and, at last, we have the finest, truest definition of modern soul yet – Soul Love 2014. No effort has been spared in bringing this album together, all corners of the globe scoured over much of last year for 25 contemporary cuts of exquisite groove, musicianship and emotion.

Here they now are, Soul Love 2014 throwing together smooth glides, funky grinds, peppy beat- downs and whipsmart house riffs by everyone from UK scene stalwarts Omar, Caron Wheeler, Tony Momrelle and Don-E to US thoroughbreds Eric Roberson, The Foreign Exchange and Marc Evans via white-hot youngbloods like Portia Monique, Lady, Chris Turner, Eric Lau, Debra Debs and Chaz Shepherd. This collective platform for soul music’s latest generation of stars really delivers sounds on the frontier, and reinforces just how bright the future really is.

Also including a bonus DJ Mix by Brooklyn legend DJ Spinna, Soul Love 2014 is a project all about moving forward; about distinguishing itself from the overload of compilations treading the same old soul clichés by celebrating a younger, fresher, totally inspiring new line-up of music-makers. Travelling from London to LA via Philly, Stockholm to Johannesburg and even, surprisingly, the frosty climes of Helsinki (courtesy of talented hip-hop-flecked trio Dolla Lova), Soul Love 2014 is an exhilarating global showcase of what exactly makes modern soul tick.

A big-up to the soul heroes of today and tomorrow - the most comprehensive yet compiled – it reflects utterly relevant and energised song-craft able to strike deep at heart and mind.

www.soullove2014.com // www.reelpeoplemusic.co.uk

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Boiler Room, London

Watching/listening to the mix for the first time as I type. Given that it's a Boiler Room mix, I'd expect an open format type of mix from Jeff (which I consider to be a good thing). I think the Boiler Room videos have now replaced the old Do-Over videos in terms of people watching. In other words, feel free to get your "judge" on in the comments section. Mix starts at the 13 minute mark. For those wanting the audio, it appears that Boiler Room now requires you to register with their website to download the audio (go here). No more just downloading/streaming from soundcloud (I think). Not the end of the world, but not as convenient as soundcloud IMO. Highly Recommended (so far: 10 minutes in)

G-Funk Era - Mixed by DJ Wax On

This is not one of those G-Funk mixes that mistakenly thinks all things G-Funk begin and end with Dr. Dre. In fact, very little of Dr. Dre's production catalog would be considered "G-Funk." The real godfather of G-Funk is Warren G. This mix gets it right. A lot of golden era G-Funk here. Those in the know, know that includes a lot of early Warren G, Twinz, Nate Dogg, Dogg Pound, and similarly influenced tracks. One critique though, a G-Funk mix with no Dove Shack? I guess there's always volume 2.