Category Archives: Not Losing

Wild, Young World

download: Wild, Young World Mixtape

Artist Title
Ricky Nelson Young World
Darondo Didn’t I
Reggie Watts F@<% $#!+ Stack
A.T.B.A.N. Klann Goin’ For A Ride
Little Dragon Little Man
The Jellies Jive Baby on a Saturday Night
I Roy & Mudies All Stars Combination Drifter
Camp Lo Sparkle
Brafa Disco Train
The National Exile Vilify
Sneaky Sound System Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar “Big” Version)
Of Monsters and Men Dirty Paws
The Beta Band Dry the Rain
Desmond Dekker Fu Manchu
Nicolas Jaar Don’t Break My Love
Desire Under Your Spell
Queens of the Stone Age I Was a Teenage Hand Model

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Mayer Hawthorne – A Long Time

Gentle Persuasion Mixtape

July ’11

The Official & Essential Summer Mix 

Support the artists and enjoy.

download: Gentle Persuasion Mixtape

Gaslamp Killer – Zalim Edit
Linda Martell – Color Him Father
Blum – I’ll always be in your Heart
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Basement
Benny Soebardja & Lizard – Candle Light
Oregon Bike Trails – High School Lover
DeLeon – La Ner V’Livsamim
Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
Digable Planets – Black Ego
Doug Hream Blunt – Gentle Persuasion
fLako – Paparazzi
Yeasayer – Crazy (Seal cover)
The Golden Ring – Tulips
Joan as Police Woman – Magic
Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe
The National – Wake Up Your Saints
Big K.R.I.T. – Somedayz
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
TV on the Radio – Second Song

Ye & Jay

download: Kanye West & Jay-Z – Otis (Ft. Otis Redding) – Right Click, Save-As

Planets & Palpitating Plantations Mixtape

May ’11. Back from hiatus, self-exile, what have you. Support the artists. Enjoy.

download: Planets & Palpitating Plantations

The Loop Digga (Madlib) – Minze
Madlib – Louder
George Benson – Give Me the Night (AC Re-Edit)
Cat Stevens – Here Comes My Baby
Paul McCartney – Let Em In (Joakim Edit)
The Kinks – Nothing in this World Can Stop Me Worryin’ Bout that Girl
Althea & Donna – No More Fighting
Beta Band – B + A
The Staple Singers – I had a Dream
The Rolling Stones – I am Waiting
The Meters – A Heartache
Star Slinger & Wiz Khalifa – All You Got to do is Say Yeah
Starfucker – Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second
Edward H Dafis – Y Penderfyniad
Gary Atkinson – Wanderin Soul
Koop – Koop Islands Blues
Outkast – Humble Muble Ft. Erykah Badu
Joao Gilberto – O Sapo
Drunken Tiger
RH Factor – Forget Regret

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Artist Spotlight: Latyrx

Fan video for Latyrx. Director: Joseph Ngo 
A 2002 Subversive Production

The sound you first heard on the Smootherness Mixtape was that of the Latyrx crew, consisting of Lateef the Truth Speaker, Lyrics Born, and featuring a collaboration with the beat savvy DJ Shadow. Lateef and Lyrics Born were hosts of the UC Davis radio station in the early 90’s. The group, with the enlisted help of Chief Xcel and The Gift of Gab, released Latyrx The Album in 1997. The effort received enormous praise in the underground community for its innovative and experimental sound.

On the Latyrx track (seen above), Lyrics Born and Lateef launch aggressively into the song with separate raps played simultaneously over the heavy dropping kit of DJ Shadow. The sound is grimey, electronic noise that emphasizes and never overpowers the incredible display of rhyming ability. Lyrics Born provides rhymes that are lucid and enrapturing. Born’s ability to string together complex syllables in the manner of seconds, all the while maintaining the annunciation* for the listener to maintain comprehension, is baffling. Lateef, as well, is no lightweight; his dark, menacing flow floats over deep hitting tracks like the Quickening (Wreckoning Part II). His abilities are hauntingly memorable. Together this duo of lyricists kill every minute of material produced. The album sounds years ahead of 1997.

With electronic and hip hop styles finding the inevitable fusion in today’s clubs, radio stations, and headphone jacks around the world, it is necessary to praise this group for staying nearly a decade ahead of the pack. This abstract sound is the innovative genius that makes hip hop the adaptive and deviant genre that it is today.

After their popular reception, the group split their separate ways. Two members: Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel went on to form Blackalicious. Lateef and Lyrics Born launched successful solo careers. And, Latyrx’s sophmore effort has yet to surface.

To help you understand the enormity of this album, here it is in its entirety.

download: Latyrx the Album