May treats: latest discoveries, handpicked new releases & mixtapes

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 May together with another ByBase selection of hot new releases, fresh mixtapes and special treats.


May, the month of love & good vibrations was extremely overwhelming musicwise and had a lot going on. Once again, we’ve highlighted some of the must-hear tracks in our May Discoveries playlist on Spotify.

Some of the crowning moments of May were definitely the release of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s M3 album, the final installment of his Magnificent series with contributions by Maségo, James Poyser, Stro Elliott, Rhymefest and many more.  Then there’s the melodic adventure that Leon Bridges’s seminal Good Thing album will take you on. First joyfully beautiful single ‘Questions’ by the Midnight Hour, the new project by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of ATCQ and Adrian Younge, has arrived in full, two years after it appeared as a sample on Kendrick Lamar‘s untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.’ off his 2016 LP, untitled unmastered before it was even released. A$AP Rocky’s long awaited Testing album has now finally arrived, Pusha T dropped his Daytona album on G.O.O.D. Music label, with feats by Rick Ross and Kanye West, who is the album also entirely produced by.

As a cherry on top the self-titled album by August Greene (supergroup consisting of Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper) that was released in March as an Amazon Music exclusive is now available on all other platforms as well.

Go ahead, have a listen and enjoy. In no particular order.)


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.

Eric Lau – Tsubaki FM Live

Eric Lau, our beloved British producer and one of the illest beatmakers in the game right now has graced us with a beautiful set full of soulful vibes, performed at Tsubaki FM (Japanese alternative radio station) during his recent trip to Tokyo. Sunshine & light all the way through.

The Happy Show

Here’s a dope afrobeat treasure filled set by Xander Ferreira, South African singer-songwriter & DJ. Recorded live at The Happy Show party in New York. Very easy to keep on repeat.

Danny Akalepse – Stop The World

Danny Akalepse, highly respected radio/battle/live DJ in soul, funk, and hip hop circles all around the planet, treating us to a smooth journey through some released, some unreleased and some never to be released gems from the  circles of Big Crown Records and Plane Jane Records. Just turn this one all the way up(!)

Silk City – Essential Mix

Check this out: Mark Ronson & Diplo formed a new duo called Silk City as an homage to some of the greatest dance music cities like Chicago, London, Paris, Detroit. This month they’ve released a first track: Only Can Get Better and have a number of live performances coming up this summer. Here’s a delicious set of essential house grooves by these two. Enjoy.

Soulection Radio Show #359

Joe Kay, co-founder of L.A. based label/collective/radio-show Soulection brings another solid selection of future beats and classy grooves on 359th episode of Soulection Radio. 2 hours of great music, aint nothin else to say. 

Anderson .Paak has dropped the video to his new celebratory high-speed single ‘Bubblin’. Surreal over-the-top visuals with boujee and hilarious scenes of Anderson diving into a pool of cash, swinging from a golden chandelier, bouncing stripper scenes in a burger joint, living the life out of his wildest dreams. The track turned out to be a presage to the upcoming not one, but two albums this year, so those of us who are fans have a whole lot to look forward to this year! 

  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: Clem Onojeghuo