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 June together with another ByBase selection of hot new releases, fresh mixtapes and special treats.
Summer has arrived, the days are long and the festival season is officially kicking in. This months selection is featuring picks from G.O.O.D. Music’s rich heavy-hitting streak, such as Kanye’s 8th studio album ‘Ye’ & ‘Kids See Ghosts’ collabo album with Kid Cudi, Nas’s first album out after 6-year break & Teyana Taylor. Kanye is reportedly contemplating crafting 52 albums over 52-week time-span on his label so let’s see where that goes. Another beautiful project is Black Thought‘s Streams of Thought stunning collabo EP with 9th Wonder and The Midnight Hour album wonderfully crafted debut project by the duo consisting of ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrien Younge featuring a reimagination of Luther Vandross’ song and appearances by Cee Lo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius, Questlove and others. On top of that you’ll hear stand-out singles by Prince’s bass player MonoNeon, Brasstracks vibrant feat with Xavier Omar, Tyler The Creator, Redman, VanJess, Georgia Anne Muldrow, some picks from the latest Gorillaz release, Freddie Gibbs charizmatic trap-savvy 10-track project, the unexpected world-stopping Carters album and much more. Everything is Love.
Treat of the month for jazz music fiends is Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth release, new musical movement and jazz superensemble R+R=NOW consisting of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah injecting a fresh fusion of traditional jazz, R&B, and hip-hop into the scene and most importantly, John Coltrane’s Lost Album from 1963. Who would’ve thought we’d be listening to new music from this musical genius in 2018. Madness.
Naturally we’ve gathered some of the must-hear tracks of June 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. There’s always more to come.
JUNE IN THE MIX
DJ Rahdu Discogs Mix
The unique selection of DJ Rahdu is an everuplifting experience. His hypnotic ability to make audiences across the world move to the sounds of Soul, Hip Hop, Rare Grooves, House and Jazz makes this guestmix on Discogs soundcloud most definitely a joyful occasion.
Jazzy Jeff – Summertime Mixtape vol.9
Yo! This mixtape by the one and only Magnificent Jazzy Jeff is the ultimate choice for your summer cookout or any cheerful occasion as a matter of fact. Joy in it’s purest form.
Voyage Funktastique Show #165
Come along and ride on the Voyage Funktastique wavelength to the land of modern boogie funk. Tastefully selected grooves by Music Is My Sanctuary where funktified rhythms, furious synthesizers and bass lines are on deck for this excursion.
Eden Hagos – A s m a r a
Eritrean-American DJ, producer and all-round creative Eden Hagos brings visibility to those sounds that you can’t quite put your genre finger on. ‘The Prophet of future sounds’ as she’s been deemed has published another flavorful mixtape consisting of samples/beats/tunes that she grew up with, was influenced by and just vibes to now.
NPR truly never disappoints with bringing the best artists to their headquarter offices in Washington. This Tiny Desk Concert with Daniel Ceasar is a definition of purity in music that will leave you smiling & feeling like after a loving, 15-minute lasting hug from the inside. Featuring rich harmonies, three of the most streamed tracks of his and the guest appearance of H.E.R. on the ‘Best Part’ track is simply a cherry on top all of that. Pop it on and vibe out.
Some soul-healing sonic sweetness for you, with love: