Madlib, The Afro-Modernist​

Modernism might have a white visage but Madlib’s brand of afro-modernism shouldn’t be overlooked. Film director James Cameron once said, “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.” Fans of Madlib – and Dilla – will be familiar with this ideal. Perfection fuels many creatives in how they…

Samples from Jaylib’s Champion Sound Played by VinRican

Power 106 Los Angeles got DJ VinRican to mix tracks from Champion Sound with the samples they used. It’s officially dope. Say what you want about WhoSampled but I’m sure many of us have searched through and marvelled at the samples used in our favourite tracks. I’ve done it with Jaylib before but there’s always a slight disconnect between the track and the sample when…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.3

78 minutes of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Magical Mystery Mix is back with the third volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix. There isn’t a tracklist for this one but there are still some incredible jazz numbers from the Land of the Rising Sun. And the same diverse range of genres are covered: rare groove, jazz-funk, fusion, and…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.2

A whole hour of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Samplefiends rejoice! Magical Mystery Mix have uploaded the second volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix on YouTube and it’s a stonker. There are only 10 tracks on this but each one is packed with jazz goodness from a great transition period in jazz. What’s more, it comes from…

Remulak – Morning Sessions Mix

A vinyl mix starring Jehst, The Herbaliser, DJ Vadim, and Hash Finger? We’re there! You may know Remulak as the British hip hop producer known for collaborations with Melanin 9 (M9), Moka Only, and others or the co-owner of Village Live Records. As he navigates a new year with new projects, he put together a dope hour-long mix of some of the UK’s finest underground…

Theo_Huxtable – JustineMix

Long-time friend Theo_Huxtable drops a mix “for all the Justines in the world”. When you’re feeling someone’s aesthetic, you’ve gotta get a collab in and that’s what we did. We asked Theo_Huxtable if he’d be down for a mix and this is the result. JustineMix is a half hour of dope cuts inspired by Justine Phillips, the real Theo Huxtable’s girlfriend. According to “our” Theo,…

Habibi Funk Mix 1​-​7

Jakarta have collated Habibi Funk Mixes 1-7 and thrown them on Bandcamp for free. To celebrate 20,000 Facebook followers, Jakarta Records are giving away all their Habibi Funk mixes for free on Bandcamp. We’ve been big fans of them so this is a must-download. Stream (and download) them below.

Controller 7 – Bumps (West Coast Rap Mix)

A double throwback mix from 2008, courtesy of Controller 7 and some fine Bay Area rap. Controller 7 is one of our mainstay forum regulars who has a knack for funky hip hop productions. Hip Hop mixes were never our thing on the Strut because where do you draw the line? We are not Worldstarhiphop. BUT, this mix was enough for us to make that…

Ed Motta – City Pop Vol. 2

Brazilian musician Ed Motta compiles a mix of cool Japanese “City Pop”. Japanese representations of Western music always add a new edge and come out sounding better in ways. City Pop is musical menagerie of styles, taking from J-Pop, soft rock, AOR, and bits of funk and boogie. Ed Motta compiled a fine mix showcasing the cool vibes of City Pop. Any producers with a…