February treats: latest discoveries, handpicked new releases & mixtapes

Thousands of great new songs are being released each day as we speak & we are lucky enough to live in such times, where almost all of it is available to us literally at the tip of our fingers. To offer some sort of navigation through the overwhelming amount of tunes, we decided to take the time to reflect & appreciate, take a look back to what’s been put out there over the past month. By the means of a selection of fresh releases, well-curated mixtapes and special treats, we bring you another musical wrap-up

The shortest month of the year has been nothing short of amazing when it comes to the amount of music being exposed to the light of the world. We’ve put together another playlist with all of the joints that deserve your attention for various reasons. 
Here’s a slight taste of what to expect:
Kendrick’s been legitimately on a roll with the Black Panther soundtrack and a number of feature tracks. Black Milk just dropped his new album Fever‘ and the whole thing is a must-hear. Khrysis & Elzhi’s new collaborative album Jericho Jackson will take you on an adventurous sonic ride. The first 2 singles of Janelle Monáe’s first new LP in 5 years are out, Snoop has a new 220 EP out & also the first single featuring the legendary Charlie Wilson from the upcoming 32-track gospel album BIBLE OF LOVE is a cherry on top. ICYMI Toni Braxton is back! Also Bow Wow, Cee Lo Green, Busta & Missy spit out new tracks that‘ll really take you back to them days in a way. Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosious of Floetry have a new track out. Oh yeah and Kaytranada produced his little brother Lou Phelps‘ new upbeat track with Jazz Cartier as a guest star and it’s fire!
With that said, go ahead and stream our February Discoveries playlist for all of the above & then some.

It’s only fair to say that well-put-together 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 new ones that caught on with us. 
So let’s get to it. Kick back, listen & enjoy. 
The Grammy winning Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)’ is 25 years old! In celebration of the 25th year of Digable Planets debut LP Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)’, WhoSampled teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape of album tracks, alt versions, interview snippets and original jazz-heavy sampled material, mixed by Chris Read.

DJ JAZZY JEFF 2018 Philadelphia Eagles Superbowl Mix

Philly’s own DJ Magnificent Jazzy Jeff himself has put together a mix dedicated to the winning team in this years Superbowl, Philadelphia Eagles. His set includes a Philly Eagles version of Ain’t no stopping us now” and it’s gonna make you feel like a winner regardless of being fan or not.)

SOULECTION Live at the El Rey
Ain’t no party like a Soulection Party. Good vibes only. Get yours.
Here’s a little something for the breakbeat lovers & b-boys to get down to. 45 minutes of dope breakbeats by UK’s own Digga Crazy & Adil KhanFu.

SouL. House meeting Session #1 pt.1 
Tasteful House selection from House Meeting Session by SouL.

This mixtape by Baltimore’s DJ Fleg is full of hard-hitting underground hip-hop classics for the heads within you. Make sure you cop it.
Another Radio Juicy mix is out, this time with fushou. and a dope collection of his new and unreleased material. Lo-fi downtempo instrumental hip-hop beats to soothe your soul. FREE DL.
Smooth it out now with a peaceful mix by Soulection‘s Hannah Faith, which takes you on a musical journey through selection of cosmic jazz, afro-cuban & eclectic soul. Essential melodies for the mind to transcend into a peaceful realm.
As a special treat, we bring to your attention the latest concert at NPR’s Tiny Desk with the legend: Big Daddy Kane, one of the greatest to ever bless the mic. In his own words: Whatever form of hip-hop you like, love it, keep it growing strong, make sure it stays powerful. There’s always going to be different means of expressing yourself. What’s most important is that those who really love hip-hop try to focus on what’s positive and try to keep that in the spotlight.“ Ain’t no half-steppin.

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: Patrick Fore