Words by Kali Madden
As we head into the second half of summer, we’re feeling the rising temperatures here at Mixtape Mondays HQ. For reggae/dancehall lovers worldwide, if you’re missing the outdoor fetes the season usually has to offer, bring the party to your home speaker and throw your own day bashments — no cover style! Here’s our latest mix picks to get the vibes going.
DJ Dotcom – Swagg & Clean Mixtape Vol. 78
Clean for the summer is no understatement with DJ Dotcom‘s latest mix. Paired to match the heat of the season, the prolific Jamaican selector laces the tape with fire tunes like Govana’s “Likkle Bit a Money,” Daddy1’s “Pretty Pon Snap,” Stylo G’s “Too Hot” and more scorchers! Straight out of Yard with real dancehall vibes, wine and bubble with DJ Dotcom’s Swagg & Clean Mixtape Vol. 78 here:
Sentinel Sound – Skyline Drive
The upliftment is real with this one! Beginning with Busy Signal’s “No Problem,” and more big tunes off the Mesh Marina riddim, the latest mix from longtime Mixtape Mondays staples Sentinel Sound is ready for the early warm and the power hour. A real reggae vibes, the mix has soothing tunes such as Jesse Royal’s “Glad to Be” (featuring Randy Valentine), Christopher Martin’s “Rock Me,” SumeRR’s “Old School” and more real reggae hits from the past 12 months. Straight out of Stuttgart, Germany, let Sentinel take you to higher heights with Skyline Drive here:
Planet Soca – Soca Matters Mixtape
Who knew tabanca coulda last a whole a year? Well Planet Soca is here to the rescue with a brand-new, sizzling summer remedy. Mixed by DJ Odyssey and mastered by Simply Smooth and hosted by Colombian the Voice, Soca Matters Mixtape is a high-energy Caribbean party vibe for, well, anybody missing Caribbean parties. Soca forward for real, the tape opens with King Bubba FM’s “Bajan Style,” and continues with more heat such as King Bubba FM, DJ Puffy and Dwaingerous’ “Ride It,” and more party anthems such as Nicki D Diva’s “Gimmie,” and Problem Child’s “Love De Road.” When nothing else matters, listen to Soca Matters Mixtape here:
Stay safe, stay fresh and most of all stay cleannn for the summer!