First up this week is an african house mix from DJ Umb - recorded live in one take, DJ Umb's latest offering moves through deeper South African house, kwaito house and various other 4x4 leanings. Nice to see a mix with a bit more of a diverse tracklist, especially one that digs a little deeper into African house music. Some of my favourite tracks so far this year have had a proper African house vibe - particularly the Boddhi Satva Ancestral Mix of Bertrand Dupart's Ketokole and Outthere Records' Ayobaness compilation.
Next up is a slow jam mix from Well Rounded Records headhoncho Donga. Donga is the owner of both the biggest beard and the biggest record collection in Brighton (apparently...), and his Well Rounded imprint have been responsible for some great releases - Hackman's Bodies EP, Deadboy's Cash Antics Vol 1 and U Cheated, and upcoming releases are coming from Doc Daneeka, C.R.S.T. Watch out for a Well Rounded Records showcase night in Brighton in association with Aka Aka Roar later this summer. Donga's latest mix takes in the new Funkineven 303 workout She's Acid, Deadboy's R&B/Hip Hop belter Long Way 2 Go and great records from Kowton and Dam-Funk.
Steve Braiden has always been one of my favourite DJs, his Rinse show always brings the heat, as do his studio mixes. Plus Steve is one of the most talented photographers about, he seems to be the go to guy for press shots for pretty much anyone involved in the dubstep/funky/wot-u-call-it scene. His new mix is promoting Sonar festival, which takes place later on this week in Barcelona. If you are lucky enough to be heading out to Barcelona then don't miss the Numbers vs Butterz stage, and get this mix on your Ipod for the plane journey! Braiden moves from some nice house bits from labels like Dirty Bird and Night Slugs, to his own production The Alps (which has been getting play from a lot of big DJs), up into some dark 909 bits from Addison Groove, Girl Unit and Space Dimension Controller. You can stream the mix from the Sonar website here, or download it from here (right click, save as).
Make sure you keep yourself locked to the blog this week, Lee may be away in Ibiza but I've now finished uni for the year, so expect plenty of music goodness - Tune Tuesday brings you a bootleg of Joe's new Hessle Release, some classic Groove Chronicles 2-step, the best Township Funk remix ever, a new track from US head Kingdom and a bootleg of Brackles vs DJ Pied Piper. Later in the week, you can expect a new mixtape from me, news of my first official release, an exclusive interview with Phantasy Records' Paul Chambers, a review of grime MC Jammer's upcoming LP for Big Dada Records and a roundup of the first 6 months of Brighton night Aka Aka Roar, which is set to stop for the summer at the end of June (but will be returning in November, bigger and better than ever!). Keep it locked!