The hottest month of the year has blessed us with a solid amount of heat, sonically speaking, and so we’re back again with the latest installment of Treats, your musical round-up of essential July frequencies, be it singles, album cuts or wholesome DJ sets/mixtapes. And then some. So cream yourself up, stay hydrated, and let this selection of the month’s very best music cool you off.
The wait is over! The 4th studio album from The Internet called ‘Hive Mind’ is officially out as a follow up to their debut album, after 3 years working on their solo stuff. This one has definitely conquered July and the whole thing is more than worth your ears. Some singles off the album can be heard in the playlist alongside picks from Chance the Rapper’s newest surprise 4-track release, and Mac Millers deeply personal and heartfelt ‘Swimming’ jaunt. From the short-playing spectrum you might run into some melodies from DRAM’s unexpected EP ‘That’s a girls name’. Also Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett (Chance the Rappers lil brother) dropped a 6-track EP called ‘BE YOURSELF’ and it’s exquisite.
Some of the noteworthy singles on here include Busta’s spin on the still hot .Paak’s ‘Bubblin’ track, Ari Lennox’s (J.Cole’s Dreamville records only female signed artist) sweet and sombre ‘Whipped Cream’, Etta Bond’s 2 new tracks(including the beautifully vulnerable and loving ‘Surface Remix’ featuring selected few artists that participated in the #SurfaceChallenge on Instagram), Alex Da Kids ’2.0’ with H.E.R. and Rapsody… and while we’re in the realms of R&B, Mario announced a new comeback album to be fully revealed this fall, with a ‘Drowning’ single.
Also, James Poyser of the legendary Roots crew has released his jazzy project ‘Sessions…vol 1’, which we can only assume is to be continued with more heartwarming volumes to come.
Ciara’s latest empowering ‘Level up’ track went hand in hand with a dance challenge that launched a viral craze around the world. What’s special about this though is that the remix inspired a quite unique occasion, hence a reunion of the legendary trio (CiCi, Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop) that haven’t collaborated on a track since 2005 ‘Lose Control’. And yes. These Instagram challenges have been a bit out of hand this time around with everybody in their feelings and all, still the instrumental edit by Brasstracks puts a refreshing spin on the already very much played out Drake tune.
All of the above and then some is gathered in our playlist on Spotify. This playlist is updated at the beginning of each month, so you can feel free to press play, hit the link to follow along and stay up to date on our monthly selection of the best singles and album cuts from today’s mountain of releases. Stay tuned, for there’s always more to come.
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.
Monday Morning Mixtape
Stamp The Wax already knows how to properly ease us in to a Monday, or any day of the week as a matter of fact. This time curated by Paris-based DJ and musician Jackson Milas, co-founder of Pique-Nique Recordings, rolling through cinematic 1969 Italian film scores, 1975 French jazz fusion to 1984 L.A. electro funk.
Fredfades MCDE Guest Mix
Norwegian DJ, hip hop producer & dedicated vinyl digger Fredfades should really be a household name for all music lovers out there. Purveyor of rare boogie and leg-jerking electronic modern soul gems through his never-ending series of mixes, one of which has just surfaced on the Mutual Intentions soundcloud is a must-hear.
Soulful Therapy by The Whooligan
BWC Sounds has been blessed by the presence of Soulection’s own The Whooligan on the 1’s and 2’s on their latest Soulful Therapy Sessions. The Whooligan’s sets are charged with an eclectic, stylistic mix of internationally influenced progressive soul, funky house and feel good hip hop that mirrors his love for people and his intimate connection with the world and travel.
Sisters With Soul – July Lovecast
Wholeheartedly curated lovecasts by these two Australian ladies are always a treat and a great online source for genre bending music with Jazz, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop roots.
This groovy set mixed by NYC’s Cocoa Sensei and Jomero carry an infectious uplifting vibe throughout the whole jaunt. Nothing but the freshness. Enjoy the music.
This time a triple-threat, you ready? The prolific Stones Throw producer and Anderson .Paak collaborator (NxWorries), Knxwledge is unstoppable. Within the last week of July, he has self-released three fire mini-beattapes.
The first one, titled HEX.PRT12, samples Leon Bridges, Cardi B and Destiny’s Child, harboring all sorts of nostalgic feelings.
2nd one, GT.2, is a sweet 12-track project that chops up samples of songs and videos that are all dedicated to love.
DNTASKMEFRSHIT. is a short, but ever-so-sweet collabo with Roc Marciano spitting effortlessly into the beat, all clocking in just under 4 minutes total.
Support the projects, explore more of the man’s beats, let Knxwledge be heard and dive into these goodies. You won’t regret it, no doubt. And while you’re at it, check out this beautifully illustrated NxWorries ‘Lyk Dis’ video if you haven’t bumped into it already.
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.