[Photo via Rolling Stone]

Another one of my favourite mixes via the homeboy Shantan from Sydney. This was originally premiered on Triple J last year to commemorate Kanye’s visit down under.

Regardless of your thoughts on him as a person, Kanye demands respect through his dense and vast body of work. Listen to any of his beats and it is clear there is an unmistakable creativity to the way in which they are created. His knowledge of music is deep, and because of this, his sample selection is expert.

Since his foray into music back in the mid-nineties, he has been responsible for copious musical trends – ie. Speeding up the vocal pitching of a classic soul record? If Kanye didn’t invent that, he certainly popularised it. Because much of his early work reflects this style, digging into the origins of a Yeezy beat uncovers myriad sonic gems.

Not convinced? Check the mix and tracklist below:


Continent Number 6 – Afromerica
Kanye West – Power (feat. Dwele)
Watch The Throne (Kanye x Jay Z) – Gotta Have It
Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound
Kanye West – Bound 2
Eddie Kendricks – Day By Day
Lil Wayne – Let the Beat Build
Dead Prez – Hip Hop
William Bell & Mavis Staples – Strung Out
Cam’ron, Kanye West, & Syleena Johnson – Down and Out
Creative Source – I’d Find You Anywhere
The Game – Wouldn’t Get Far
Talib Kweli Feat. Mos Def, Jay-Z, & Kanye West – Get By (Remix)
Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking
Jay Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…..)
Kanye West – Stronger
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Kanye West – Paranoid
Michael Jackson – PYT
Kanye West – Good Life
Kanye West – Touch The Sky
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You
Twista – Overnight Celebrity


Shantan is on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

[Check out more Kanye samples here, as well as Shantan’s Outkast mix here]



My ever so talented fellow New Zealand homie Mikael Ebrahim aka MIKS has just dropped some spacey, tripped out ridiculousness for your listening pleasure. 14 tracks of fire that you can – and these are his own words – “play Street Fighter to.”

Check him out, hit him up, give him money, rap on his beats – Whatever you do, just don’t sleep!

MIKS is on SoundCloud, Facebook, & Instagram



[Chuk via Instagram: @ChukLeGarcon]

Producer, Artist, Designer, New Yorker, Chuk le Garçon is consistent. His musical creations are full, romantic, dreamy, LUSH. I was led to him about a year ago by a good friend of mine and was immediately struck by the intricate layers in his sound. The music is encompassing and seeps in to wrap itself around you like an embrace. Over the last year, he has truly become one of my favourite people doing it. He moves seamlessly through jazz, dance, r&b, electronic, hip hop, soul, and emerges on the other side with his very own unique art.

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