With the quantity of good music coming through these days it’s extremely easy to miss some of the best tunes that have been put out there. We’d like to maintain the habit of doing a little round up at the end of each month just to try and prevent this from happening, so let’s appreciate April together with another ByBase selection of hot new releases, fresh mixtapes and special treats.
The theme of the month that arrives as winter ends and spring begins is typically transition and rebirth. So in April’s Discoveries playlist, you’ll find some treats that may reflect that in one way or another. Like the lost demos from Slum Village Fantastic Vol.2 album that’s celebrating 20 years from finishing the album and Prince‘s original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ released by the Prince estate on the 2nd anniversary of his passing this April. Or the legendary Motown supergroup Temptations cover of the Weeknd song ‘Earned It’ off of the NEW album they brought to the table this month (yup, that’s right). Speaking of albums, there have been some exciting drops, like Saba’s extremely impressive album from top to bottom titled ‘CARE FOR ME’ that makes it almost impossible to skip any of the tracks on the list, Knxwledge with the laid-back ‘Gladwemet’ EP, J.Cole’s surprise release ‘KOD’ with some hidden meanings: Kidz On Drugz, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demons, Kali Uchis debut jampacked with legends on feats, Janelle Monae letting it all hang out on ‘Dirty Computer’, Cardi B’s debut album which is already the fastest album by a female rapper to go gold…
And yeah, you’ll also stumble upon some fire singles like ‘A$AP Forever’ over a hot Moby sample, new track by The Internet with a refreshing new sound, some groovy jams by producer Tom Misch from London and the extremely catchy single by Nfromthewave that will playfully instruct you to ‘find your Pashun and you will find your people’ and deserves to be on repeat. And much, much more.
April’s been heavy man! Go ahead and have a listen. In no particular order. Enjoy.)
APRIL IN THE MIX
It’s only fair to say that well-put-together DJ sets play a critical role in making sense of the music that’s available out there. Finding connections between the present and the past, taking us on a journey through the known & unknown, often offering a brand new perspective and inspiration. This month there have been a couple of new ones that stuck with us.
Lexis – It Happens Every Spring
”…The idea behind the mix is to present songs that have a certain spiritual, beautiful, powerful, and inspiring quality to them. Of course, as I always do, I try to pick across many genres and eras. From spiritual jazz to modern classical, to hip-hop back to house music.”
J.PERIOD – WakandaForeverEver
On his latest journey through the roots of hip hop in the forests between Wakanda and Stankonia, J.PERIOD creates these exclusive new Outkast remixes by sampling the Black Panther score. A completely new perspective illustrated by African drums, themes of empowerment and the musical conections between the Afro-futuristic world of Black Panther and the intergalactic funk of Outkast. On another level.
SWS – April Lovecast guestmix by seangran
Seán J. Grannum a.k.a. Seangram has put together a beautiful all-female artist LoveCast in a guestmix on SWS, dedicated to all the women in the world <3 Can’t get enough of it. Can you?
Universal Playground – ROMderful. set
ROMderful.’s wonderful guest set from this years edition of Universal Playground Festival is as much of a treat to those who were there as to those who didn’t make it. Feel the vibe.
DJ Critical Hype – The Damn. Chronic
DJ Critical Hype pairing Dr. Dre’s productions and Kendrick Lamar’s rhymes on ‘The Damn. Chronic’ mixtape. Talk about new perspective.
Voyage Funktastique #160
Walla P of Montreal is serving us once again with that Modern Funk & Boogie on Music Is My Sanctuary podcast.
Flow Mo Sounds Podcast #90
Feel free to share the love & hit us up with what’s been catching your ears these days, we’re always on the look-out for new music and we’d love to hear from you.
Cover photo by: Kinga Cichewicz