Occasional Mix 11

Download: Occasional Mix #11

Short new mix of hip-hop and beats. Threw it together on a Sunday morning, apologies for the sloppy cuts!

Ka.lil: Sunday Morning 6:28am
Sulpacio Jones: Really Don’t Matter
Moka Only ft. Plug 2: Mr. Megahustle
Clear Soul Forces: Stack Yo Paypuh!!
J. Dilla: Beat 3
Rough Draft: 1763 Eddy Road
Shuteyes: S.E. Always
Evolve-One: Lost
Opoetik and Evolve-One: Talk to Myself
Sly5thAve: Don’t Kill my Vibe

Summer Mixtape from DJ Ian Head

Cover photo by Daniel Littlewood

I enjoyed making this tape. It’s a bit different from my more crunchy, vinyl-heavy mixes, but hopefully still bump-able at the local evening picnic or house party. I feel like you can do silly dances to it, or just cool out and sip a nice iced beverage while it rocks in the background. Either way, don’t sleep on the Vijay Iyer’s jazz cover of MIA’s “Galang.”

I’m planning on doing a series of “seasonal” mixes, in combination with covers from a variety of artists and photographers I know. The first cover is from world traveler, documentarian and incredible photographer Daniel Littlewood, a close friend since high school. You can find more of his photos at the address above.

– DJ Ian Head


Summer : Tracklisting
JuJu Orchestra – “Nao Posso Demorar”
Platinum Pied Pipers – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Erykah Badu – “I Want Moombah” (J Boogie Edit)
Johnny Hammond – “Tell Me What to Do” (Whiskey Barons ReWork)
Jazzanova – “Boom Klicky Boom Klack” (Mr. Scruff’s Vocal Mix)
Up, Bustle and Out – “La Morena en El Viento Andaluz”
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth – “The Creator” (Surfboard Mix)
Cal Tjader – “Borneo” (The Gaff Edit)
Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – “Orisa” (Atjazz Love Soul Remix)
Five Corners Quintet – “Unsquare Bossa”
Visioneers – “Rocket Man (Afro-Latin Joint)”
Vijay Iyer Trio – “Galang” (Trio Riot Version)
Louie Gee Ensemble – “Scrabble”

Occasional Mix #10

Occasional Mix #10 – DJ Ian Head (Download)

With the start of March, I’m still trying to get a handle on some new routines and find time to dedicate to digging, mixtapes and beats. Definitely working toward some bigger, conceptual mix projects in the coming month or two, but here’s a little something for the headphones – the latest Occasional Mix, which is mostly an excuse to play newish hip-hop and give myself something to listen to when riding the train to work. Hope there’s something on here you haven’t heard before.

Shabazz Palaces
Attica Blues
Abyssinian Creole (unreleased)
Bambu ft. Rocky Rivera
Kendrick Lamar
Damu the Fudgemunk
Ras Nebyu
Suntonio Bandanaz
Moka Only

Marc Mac “Message from Soulville”

Message from Soulville – Available on Bandcamp

Marc Mac delivers yet another visionary beats & politics release, “Message from Soulville.” This guy is just incredible:

“Marc Mac (4hero) returns with another Mixtape Style album following on from ‘Extend The Knowledge” & “It’s Right To Be Civil”. Beats are intertwined with soundbites from the 1960’s Vietnam War protest era where African Americans were sent to fight in Vietnam during the Civil Rights period in the USA.

“The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of blacks ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement, 1965-69, blacks, who formed 11 percent of the American population, made up 12.6 percent of the soldiers in Vietnam. The majority of these were in the infantry, and although authorities differ on the figures, the percentage of black combat fatalities in that period was a staggering 14.9 percent, a proportion that subsequently declined. Volunteers and draftees included many frustrated blacks whose impatience with the war and the delays in racial progress in America led to race riots on a number of ships and military bases, beginning in 1968, and the services’ response in creating interracial councils and racial sensitivity training. . . . ” – John Sibley Butler, Remember To Remember. “A Generation Needs Truth”

EarDrumz “Grateful Dread” Instrumentals

DJ Ian Head “Music to Eat Donuts By (late night at the diner)”

A little something I cooked up recently for a project I’m conceptualizing.

Dollabin “Styles You Can’t Afford” Instrumentals

I’ve spent the past couple weeks moving all the Dollabin music onto Bandcamp so it’s more easily accessible. I’ll continue to update and tweak things moving forward.

Here’s one slightly “new” release – many of the instrumentals from “Styles You Can’t Afford” which we dropped in 2009. Enjoy.

EarDr.Umz “Ill Renditions” Pt 2

More Seattle stuff for you to download and enjoy. My dude EarDrumz just cooked up his second volume of remixes – check for it.