Words by DJ Theory
Is it Monday again already? No matter: whether you’re hitting the hammock with the iPod or trying to coast through your week at the office, we’re guessing we’ve got just the right mix to get you on your way.
On Fire Sound, Workin’ Hard: Switzerland’s On Fire Sound drop some hot lava on their brand new Workin’ Hard mix. Right out the gate you’re treated to specials from Tarrus Riley, Jah Vinci and the big bad J Boog, on last year’s wicked and hugely slept-on Major/Minor riddim. The rest of the mix’s 79 tracks include a who’s who of new roots artists, peppered with dubs and drops, all mixed in fine style by selectors Lukee Lava and Doctor Drop. Ideal for those looking to catch up on some new roots tunes and riddims, or just to cool out and hold a meds. Tracklist and stream here, download here.
Calli B, Summer Swaggin: If you’re looking for a real authentic dancehall mix for the summer, look no further than Calli B‘s Summer Swaggin. 99 tracks of dancehall heat (why not just make it an even 100?) mixed live and uncut from New York City. You can find Calli running dances all around NY, and also live on Irie Jam Radio 93.5 on Fridays from 8-10. Download here.
Bud. E. Green, Kushvision: Massachusetts’ own Bud. E. Green is no stranger to reggae music. Being from MA myself, I’ve seen his likeness pop up in various circles over the years, so it was no surprise to see his new mix Kushvision a/k/a “Like I See It” landing in my inbox. What’s most notable about this mix is that it’s recorded live—as in no multitracking or studio tools—minus any chatter, drops or sound effects. As Bud. E put it, “No talking, no special effects, just straight music.” Can’t be mad at that now, can we. Download here.
DJ Maya, Reggae Lovers Rock: One of NYC’s best kept secrets is undoubtedly Brooklyn’s DJ Maya. She may seem sweet, but don’t get it twisted: she can run dances with the biggest DJs in the game without breaking a sweat, or a nail. Reggae Lovers Rock is pretty straightforward: an hour-plus mix of lovers tunes to get you in the mood for the club, or something more intimate. Although it’s from some months back, we gotta show our love to the one DJ Maya. If you’re in tonight, make sure to find her at Manhattan’s premier dancehall party Rice And Peas ‘longside LargeUp’s DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, DJ Norie and special guests Chino and Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. Jump for the full flyer.