Anthony Valadez opens this week with a tribute to Roy Ayers in mix form, Neka brings us some deep late night d&b and Afrika21 bring us sounds of all kind from all over the continent.

Anthony Valadez

Awesome mix for any hip hop heads right here. I’ll hand over to the selecta to give you the 411:

The inspiration for the mix simply came down to Roy Ayer’s influence as an artist and creative figure. His music has been recycled and embraced by various generations and to me that only demonstrates how ahead of his time this brother really is/was. This is something I have always known but it really struck me when I put the needle on the record in creating this mix.

Roy Ayers has transcended jazz, soul, funk and disco. He has impacted music for many generations to come through hip hop, house and neo soul. Through the 70’s to present day, Mr. Ayers has captured happiness, soul and uplifting messages through his music.

Brilliantly put together mix, joining the dots between the original material and the tunes based on / sampling / inspired by it seamlessly.

(Oh my, the vibes at 15 minutes in… (Mystic Voyage) – smooooth)

Homage – Roy Ayers mixed by Anthony Valadez by ArtDontSleep

Roy Ayers – We Live In Brooklyn Baby
Ge-Ology – Brooklyn (Instrumental)
Smif-N-Wessun – Homw Sweet Home
Dj Shadow – Hindsight
Roy Ayers – Red, Black and Green
X Clan – Raise The Flag
Roy Ayers – Aint Got Time
Black Star – Little Brother
CL Smooth & Pete Rock – Carmel City
Roy Ayers – Mystic Voyage
Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Just Kicking It
Roy Ayers – The Boogie Back
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Funky (Original 12 Version)
Roy Ayers and Carl Clay – Shinning Symbol
Redman – Creepin’
Ramp – Daylight
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Common – Book Of Life
Brand Nubian – Wake Up (Reprise In The Sunshine)
Roy Ayers – Searching
Erykah Badu – Searching (Live)
CL Smooth and Pete Rock – Searchin
Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie Remix)
Roy Ayers – Third Eye
The Roots – Proceed II (Feat Roy Ayers)


Deep futuristic d&b but with an occasional retro 90s electronica feel, loving this mix. Rockwell’s Aria is incredible. The whole thing is an excellent soundtrack to your late night marijuana psychosis…

DOWNLOAD: Neka – 170

Fortuna – Neka
Pure Palms – They Live
First Time – Subwave
Further Searching – > > Genotype
Aria – Rockwell
Essence Of Time – Abstract Elements
Survive It (Dbridge Remix) – Ghostpoet
Chasm – Code 3
Justified (Spectrasoul Remix) – Commix
Vertigo – Loxy & Resound
Greazy – Need For Mirrors
Motorway – Skream
Zero-Point – Indigo Ft. Poppy Roberts
Full Cycle – Rockwell
Transpennine Express – Ruckspin & Baobinga
Unknown – Unknown
Reflections – Skream, Dbridge, Instra:Mental
Time – Indigo
Open Arms – Synkro
City Section – Commix
“Guardian” – Synkro & Indigo


Superfresh sounds from all over the mother continent…

Society HAE conceptualized AFRIKA21 with the goal of creating a platform to introduce Africa’s emerging creative thinkers in the fields of music and arts & culture. Afrika21 will give audiences a first hand look at 21st century contemporary African music and culture, and open up a new dialogue about Africa. The Afrika21 Mixtape Project serves as an opportunity to celebrate Africa’s next wave of musicians, highlight the renaissance taking place on the continent and raise the profile of people and organizations working toward farming a new vision of Africa in the 21st century.

AFRIKA21 The Mixtape vol. 2 by afrika21

Stimela (Coal Train) -Hugh Masekela (South Africa)
Dear Africa-Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana) & Les Nubians (Camaroon)
Lungu Lungu (Nobody Moves Remix)-FOKN BOIS (Ghana)
Mikono Kwenye Hewa -Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)
La bas -Sam (Congo)
Til’ I’m Gone -Tinie Tempah (Nigeria)
Back It Up -Jonah (Zimbabwe)
Chikali -Zone Fam (Zambia)
Break My Heart-Estelle (Senegal)
You Don’t Like It ft. Boogie Blind -Jean Grae (South Africa)
Hki -Gracias aka Deogracias Masomi (Congo)
America -K’naan (Somalia)feat. Mos Def
Ra Tat Tat Hot -Sheba (Ethiopia)
FELA Interlude – Fela // De La Soul (Gummy Soul Remix)
No One Be Like You -Wale ft. P-Square (Nigeiria)
Super Sun (Remix) -Bez ft. eLDee, Eva & Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Bamijo -Dr. Sid, eLdee, Ikechukwu, & MI (Nigeria)
He Ta Pa Te -Jericho(Namibia)
Wasting My Time -Zakes Batwani (South Africa)
Asthma Attack -CocknBullKid (Ghana)

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