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November 2019 Mixtape

To celebrate the month of November, we’ve got a brand new TNLF Mixtape with over an hour of the best weird and wonderful music.

And while “weird and wonderful” new music is what we are all about at The New LoFi, this mix might be too random even for us! But hey, we’re just giving you the music that is coming out now and mashing it up into an eclectic mix for your listening pleasures.

The point is: if you are mostly into accessible pop music, this mix is probably not for you. If however, you enjoy going off the beaten track of well known artists and popular music, then go get your headphones right now.  

The mix begins with the first track off of Sampa The Great’s debut album: The Return. The track’s called “Mwana” and it features Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and the Sunburnt Soul Choir. We’ve also included an interlude off the album later on in the mix. but you really should go out and buy this album. It’s absolutely spectacular from start to finish

Sampa the Great leads into about 15 minutes of jazz music. But this isn’t your parents style of jazz. This is jazz from today. Jazz that is filled with experimental percussion and deep house electronic vibes. This is jazz being reinvented.

Leading the charge on this journey in England is a South London-based musician called Joe-Armon Jones. We’ve included a couple of tracks from his popular EP called “Idiom” on the mix which he recorded with fellow musician and longtime collaborator, Maxwell Owin. But last month, Jones released his debut solo album entitled Starting Today. If you like what you hear on this mix, you should go get yourself that album.

The jazz continues across the equator with some music from a Sydney-based producer that goes by the name of Godriguez. For the past half decade Godriguez has been operating under the radar producing tripped out jazz-inspired beats and scratchy ambient melodies to keep your head nodding. Most of the music he’s released under his own name has been created on a series of eight “Beat-Tapes.” Each tape includes one 30 to 40 minute continuos track that spans a range of sounds including South American guitar, African, jazz, lo-fi electronic, Polynesian, Flamenco, ambient and traditional Egyptian music. For this month’s mixtape, we’ve included a cut from Beat Tape 8.

Towards the middle of the mixtape, the jazz blends into what can only be described as hip hop inspired house music. It all begins with a Los Angeles producer called Channel Tres.

Tres grew up in Los Angeles. Specifically Compton; a neighborhood known for being a breeding ground for many well known West Coast rappers. His sound is unquestionably influenced by 90s West Coast rap, but reimagined through the lens of classic Detroit house. Add the sultry voice that Channel Tres possesses and you’ve created something very unique indeed.

At the end of this summer, Channel Tres released his second EP entitled Black Moses. The five track EP features Tres using his Barry White-esque voice to summon the soulful era of the 70s. We’ve included two tracks off of the Black Moses EP and one remix he created for Toro y Moi’s track, “Who I Am.”

 If you’ve made it to this point in the mix and you are still listening, then you might be ready for the last half. This is where the weird really gets ramped up.

It begins with A collection of Indian, highlife and Arabic electronic music from around the world before moving on to some experiments in percussive electronic compliments of the Whities label.

For the secret tracks, we’ve included some music from Brian Shimkovitz’s cassette deck. Brian Shimkovitz is the man behind this music blog called 
“Awesome Tapes From Africa.” It’s the culmination of over a decade of traveling across Africa in order to bring cassette tape versions of the music he’s found back home. The cassette tapes make a nice physical token to mark his journey but they are a practicality as well. Most music is recorded, sold and traded with cassettes around Africa, making it the medium of choice when it comes to sharing and transporting music. The art work is pretty fantastic as well. Check out our post on Awesome Tapes of Africa to see all the really interesting artwork. Check out the sleeve cover for Professor Rhythm’s tapes.

Admittedly, this month’s mixtape is pretty random. But it’s all amazing if you’ve got an open ear.

The Monthly Mixtape is now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and other podcast providers. Or check out The Infinite Mixtape on Spotify — a playlist that collects every song ever used in a Monthly Mixtape.

You can also download the whole mix by right clicking on the title of the mixtape and selecting “Save As…”

…or just stream the mix below:

TNLF 2019 November Mixtape
  1. Sampa The Great – Mwana
    (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir & Theresa Mutale Tembo)
  2. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – SE Discotheque (17:48)
  3. Godriguez – excerpt from Godriguez Beat-Tape 8 (22:07)
  4. L’Eclair – Taishi Koto Pt. 1 (27:24)
  5. L’Eclair – Taishi Koto Pt. 2 (29:47)
  6. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Mind’s Eye (33:57)
  7. Sampa The Great – Light It Up (interlude) (37:41)
  8. Toro y Moi – Who I Am (Channel Tres Remix) (39:54)
  9. Channel Tres – Raw Power (43:47)
  10. Magdy el Hossainy – Music De Carnaval (48:10)
  11. Mazhar Ve Fuat – Adimiz Miskindir Bizim (Mark Wayward edit) (53:13)
  12. Sourakata Koite – Ha-Madi (01:00:19)
  13. tourdefrance – Solou (01:05:07)
  14. Anunaku – Bronze Age (01:10:36)
  15. Godriguez – Carrib (01:11:45)
  16. Channel Tres – Black Moses (feat. JPEGMAFIA) (01:13:43)
  17. Monster Rally – Sister Owls (01:17:46)

    ****SECRET TRACKS****

  18. Professor Rhythm — Release Me (01:20:05)
  19. “Om” Alec Khaoli — Enjoy It (01:24:06)
  20. Professor Rhythm — Uskamosothotsa (01:29:12)