Jakarta release their 7th Habibi Funk album from an Egyptian band. Heavily encouraged by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, Hany Shenoda fathered Al Massrieen as a way of modernising Egyptian music. His influence helped increase their popularity in Egypt in the 1970s. The music has aged but it still twinkles with an air of happiness. Stream it below.

The first of two mixes by Zero 7 from 2010, packed with an hour of the best hip hop and electronic music. Zero 7 are idols of mine and PixMix1 feels like it was made for me personally. Why? Well, it features the likes of Mos Def, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Q-Tip for a start. But it’s also because the tracks chosen formed the…

JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb get “LIT” with their new album. Themes of subversion in music can be poignant and sometimes groundbreaking. The title of JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb’s collab project twists the meaning from its pop culture definition to an meta-abbreviation of “Lost In Translation”, which has been described as “a metaphor for the disconnection from trends of our society in general and hip hop…

Jazz historian Ted Gioia posts a list of his 100 best albums of the year. Here is his list for 2016 (so far). I always make a pledge to listen to at least 100 albums a year but I didn’t make the cut in 2015. I’m far behind this year too so it’s remarkable to know some people listen to hundreds every year. Where do…

While we try to make sense of US presidential election results, Fredara Mareva Hadley has compiled a playlist for us all. I don’t even know what to say apart from Fuck Donald Trump. So I’ll leave it at that and suggest you listen to this fine playlist put together by musicologist and all-round badass Fredara Mareva Hadley.

You won’t find a smoother track this year and it comes from Scott Xylo. Silk wrapped in velvet carried by a crying dove flying in a clear blue sky over the waters of Lake Minnetonka. That’s the only way to describe how Scott Xylo’s “Evangelion” sounds and even better, it’s been debuted by Boiler Room. Two of our favourite music things combining for just over…

With WhoSampled’s Six Degrees of Music Separation, you can connect your favourite artists in ways you never thought possible. I’ve often wondered how my favourite artists, who never directly collaborated, are connected in some way. Michael Jackson never duetted with Prince on Bad for documented reasons but they are connected by one degree of separation. If you don’t know what that is, you can find…

We pay homage to the now-late Prince in the only way we know how. We suggest you free up some time. We’re still coming to terms with the passing of Prince and in a year’s time, we’ll probably feel the same but while the rawness of our emotions are still fresh, we’d like to take this time to look at things from a positive perspective…

We finally drop the second edition of our “Sampleface Presents​.​.​. Sunday Night Jams” series, courtesy of Twelve Original Players. We must apologise for the lateness of this release as it was slated to drop over a year ago but you know how life can get. If you can remember that far back, in 2012 we released Sampleface Presents​.​.​. Sunday Night Jams by Big Groove. We…