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Afro-Caribbean Electronic Funk Hip Hop Mixtapes R&B Vocal

Twenty Tens

As a farewell to the decade when music collections and manual selection became niche, here’s an old-fashioned segue mix.

Ìfé | Bangah (Pico y Palo)

Georgia Anne Muldrow | Overload

Ibeyi | River

D’Angelo and The Vanguard | Really Love

King | Red Eye

Thundercat | Them Changes

Erykah Badu | Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long

Childish Gambino | Boogieman

The Internet | Wanna Be

Esperanza Spalding | Touch in Mine

Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway | Something

Solange | Junie

Shafiq Husayn feat. Jimetta Rose & Fatima | May I Assume

Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar | Never Catch Me

Brandon Coleman feat. Patrice Quinn & Techdizzle | Giant Feelings

Anderson .Paak | King James

Kamasi Washington | Show Us the Way

Kaytranada feat. Little Dragon | Bullets

Laura Mvula | Phenomenal Woman

Moses Sumney | Self-Help Tape

Ibrahim El Mahboob

December 2019

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Electronic Funk Hip Hop Jazz Mixtapes Pop R&B

Otherwhere

British responses to Black diasporic music, and other sounds from formative walks in SSM and Toronto, via a recollection of refrains, harmonic worlds visited and the journeys between

Omar | You’ve Got to Move
Working Week | Inner City Blues
The Brand New Heavies | Dream On Dreamer
Colourbox | Philip Glass
Young Disciples | Get Yourself Together
Massive Attack | Daydreaming
Level 42 | Coup d’etat
Soul II Soul | Fairplay
Mica Paris | Contribution ft. Rakim
Ronny Jordan | See the New ft. IG Culture
Jamiroquai | Blow Your Mind
Matt Bianco | Half a Minute
Prefab Sprout | Enchanted
Sade | Hang on to Your Love
Incognito | Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
Caron Wheeler | Kama Yo
Swing Out Sister | Twilight World
Loose Ends | Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)

Otherwhere: UK 84-94

Ibrahim El Mahboob
March 2018

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Boogie Electronic Funk Mixtapes Pop R&B

Boogie Dedication

The Salsoul Orchestra ft. Loleatta Holloway | Seconds

Linda Williams | City Living

Stephanie Mills | You Can’t Run from My Love

Esther Williams | I’ll Be Your Pleasure

Odyssey | Inside Out

Pleasure | Nothin’ to It

Unlimited Touch | I Hear Music in the Streets

Kool & the Gang | Steppin’ Out

Prince | I Wanna Be Your Lover

Eighties Ladies | I Knew That Love

Logg | Dancing into the Stars

Change ft. Luther Vandross | The Glow of Love

Stevie Wonder | As if You Read My Mind

B O O G I E D E D I C A T I O N

79-82

To Nina with Love

beatmixing and harmonic mixing has been employed
without altering the tempo or pitch of the original tracks

Ibrahim El Mahboob
July 2015

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Brazil Funk Jazz Mixtapes Pop R&B Samba

All These Things

Taiguara ft. Hermeto Pascoal & Wagner Tiso “Samba das Cinco”
F major, final chord: D-flat major

Bebel Gilberto “Samba da Benção” (backing track: Amon Tobin “Nova”)
D-flat major

Esperanza Spalding “Ponte de Areia”
D-flat major

Aline Morales “Como Pólen”
F-sharp minor

Airto Moreira “The Happy People”
F major, transition on G minor

Banda Black Rio “Mr. Funky Samba”
G minor

Djavan “Nereci” ft. Marianzinha
A minor, transition on E open fifth

Carlos Dafé “De Alegria Raiou O Dia”
E minor

Antonio Adolfo & A Brazuca “Transamazônica” (excerpt)
E minor, transition on G minor/C

Gilberto Gil “Maracatu Atomico”
G minor

Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti “Aleluia”
G major in key of C, transition on F minor riff

Flora Purim “From the Lonely Afternoon”
F minor

Tim Maia “O Caminho Do Bem”
D minor

Paulinho da Costa “Déjà vu” ft. Philip Bailey
D minor, D-sharp minor

Sergio Mendes & The New Brasil ’77 “The Real Thing”
D-sharp minor

Burnier & Cartier “Mirandolina”
F minor, A-flat major

Jazzanova “Gafiera” ft. Pedro Martins & Azymuth
F minor

Elis Regina “Tereza Sabe Sambar”
B minor

Arthur Verocai “Na Boca Do Sol”
B minor

Toninho Horta w/Orquestra Fantasma “Aquelas Coisas Todas (Sanguessuga)”
B minor, E major/minor

A L L T H E S E T H I N G S

At the invitation of São Paulo-based DJ Petri Glad on the occasion of World Cup 2014, here are a few well-loved songs composed and/or performed by Brazilians (and one Brazilian Canadian).

Also on request, I’ve provided simplified key information for each song to better illustrate where harmonic mixing (key matching or transitioning) has sometimes been employed.

I B R Λ H I M ΞL M Λ H B O O B
July 2014

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Electronic Funk Mixtapes Pop R&B

Spring Affair

Peter Brown | Without Love
Deniece Williams | How’d I Know That Love Would Slip Away
Táta Vega | Mr. Troublemaker
Greg Phillinganes | Lazy Nina
Ronnie Laws | All for You
Patrice Rushen | Music of the Earth
Michael Wycoff | Looking Up to You
Herbie Hancock | Stars in Your Eyes (Special Disco Remix)
Pleasure | I’m Mad
Donald Byrd | Love Has Come Around
Evelyn “Champagne” King | What Are You Waiting For
Loleatta Holloway | Love Sensation
Logg | Something Else
Donna Summer | Spring Affair
Gene Harris | Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong

Spring Affair

1974-1985

Analog keys, horns, vibes, strings, human drummers and sangin’

Classics with a tempo flow and a little harmonic mixing (no pitch shifting)

Dedicated with love, love, love to Nehal El-Hadi (aka Nina), writer, poet,
researcher, producer, my wife and mother/stepmother of our children

Thank you also to Nehal for the title graphic on the cover photo

I B R Λ H I M ΞL M Λ H B O O B
April 2014

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Electronic Funk Jazz Mixtapes Pop R&B

Golden Beats

Bilal | Back to Love
Quadron | LFT
Toto ft. Cheryl Lynn | Georgy Porgy
Gino Vannelli | Fly into this Night
Manzel | Midnight Theme (Dopebrother 12 Inch Remix)
The Emotions | There’ll Never Be Another Moment
Earth, Wind & Fire | Beijo (Interlude) ‧ Brazilian Rhyme
D.J. Rogers | Love Will Make It Better
Pockets | Come Go with Me
Donny Hathaway | Come Little Children
Gregory Porter | 1960 What? (Opolopo Kick & Bass Rerub)
Thundercat | Oh Sheit It’s X
Wally Badarou | He Was a Rasta in London Town
Rufus ft. Chaka Khan | At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)
George Duke | Psychosomatic Dung
Sparkle | Let Yourself Go
The Staples | Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
Doug Carn ft. Jean Carne | Naima
Laura Mvula | Diamonds

Mixed by El Mahboob
Southward Equinox 2013

Golden Beats

Special focus on Kalimba Productions
(The Emotions, Earth, Wind & Fire, D.J. Rogers and Pockets)

RIP George Duke

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Composers Mixtapes Postclassical

Steve Reich Keys, a Mixtape, Vol. 2

Steve Reich has often described the role of keys and chord cycles in his compositions. This retrospective treats Reich’s oeuvre as a meta-cycle of chords, using harmonic mixing to match tracks whose endpoints share a common key or subset of pitches.

Vol. 2 focuses on Reich’s earlier, longer pieces, and includes most of his major works not appearing in Vol. 1, with several being reprised. Vols. 1 and 2 are linked harmonically by the dyad F#-B, heard at the end of Proverb and the beginning of the second movement of Electric Counterpoint. Also, the dyad E-A at the end of Four Organs is found in the first chord of the third movement of Mallet Quartet. Thus, both volumes may be heard back-to-back as a 5 1/2 hour cycle.

Vol. 2 features several dominant-tonic transitions, a natural result given that Reich’s pieces often end on the dominant chord.

No alteration of the pitch of the original tracks was made.

Tracklist & Artists
(keys and/or harmonies at endpoints)

0:00:00-0:03:01
Electric Counterpoint, II. Slow (1987)
Pat Metheny
(F#-B dyad, A Lydian or B11/A in C# minor)

0:02:55-0:09:02
The Four Sections, IV. Full orchestra (♩ = 180) (1987)
The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
(A Lydian or B11/A in C# minor; C# dominant, C#-F# dyad in F# major)

0:09:02-0:18:48
Drumming, Part IV (1970-71)
Ictus, Synergy Vocals
(C#-F# dyad in G# Dorian or C# dominant)

0:18:45-0:21:13
Sextet, III. (1984)
Steve Reich and Musicians with members of Nexus and the Manhattan Marimba Quartet
(C# altered dominant)

0:21:10-0:30:31
Three Tales: Dolly, VI. Robots/Cyborgs/Immortality (1998-2002)
The Steve Reich Ensemble, Synergy Vocals, Bradley Lubman
(C# altered dominant; Gsus7 in C minor)

0:30:07-0:36:42
Three Movements, I. ♩ = c. 176-184 (1986)
Chorus sine nomine, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Kristjan Järvi
(E altered dominant, includes Gsus7; Csus7 in A-flat)

0:36:38-0:52:04
Music for a Large Ensemble (1978)
Steve Reich and Musicians
(F minor; A-flat major)

0:52:02-1:07:13
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973)
Alarm Will Sound
(F minor; A-flat dominant in D-flat)

1:07:12-1:24:32
Eight Lines (Octet) (1979/1983)
Bang on a Can/Bradley Lubman
(C# Dorian; A-flat dominant in D-flat)

1:24:32-1:40:54
Six Marimbas Counterpoint (1973/1986)
Kuniko Kato
(D-flat; B-flat Aeolian)

1:40:54-1:46:56
Dance Patterns (2002)
James Preiss, Thad Wheeler, Frank Cassara, Garry Kvistad, Edmund Niemann, Nurit Tilles
(B-flat dominant; C minor)

1:46:53-1:58:20
Cello Counterpoint (2003)
Maya Beiser
(G Phrygian dominant, C minor)

1:58:21-2:19:55
Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards (1979)
San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart
(C minor, C Dorian)

2:19:55-2:24:35
The Cave, Act 3: New York City/Austin (April-May 1992), III. Who Is Hagar? (1990-93)
The Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Hillier
(F dominant in G minor; D minor)

2:24:35-2:31:03
Tehillim, Part IV (1981)
Steve Reich and Musicians, George Manahan
(C dominant in D minor, A dominant in D)

2:30:42-2:38:28
It’s Gonna Rain, Part I (1965)
Steve Reich
(D major)

2:38:15-2:58:40
Piano Phase (1967)
Double Edge
(B minor; Esus7)

2:58:37-3:14:23
Four Organs (1970)
Bang on a Can
(E dominant; E-A dyad)

Compiled and mixed April 2013

Creative Consultant: Ashil Mistry

As it is intended for the study and analysis of the music of Steve Reich, this post falls under fair use. The copyrights for these recordings are owned by record companies Chandos, Cyprès, Denon, ECM, Linn, Nonesuch, Sweetspot and UMG. The copyrights for the music are owned by Boosey & Hawkes and Universal Edition. Please contact me directly regarding any copyright claim.

If you enjoy this music, please purchase the original recordings.

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Mixtapes

Si La Sol

Give the summer some.

MaseQua Myers & Jami Ayinde | Black Land of the Nile
Brenda Russell | It’s Something
Aretha Franklin | It Only Happens (When I Look at You)
The Voices of East Harlem | Can You Feel It
Billy Paul | Am I Black Enough for You?
Minnie Riperton | Wouldn’t Matter Where You Are
Tower of Power | Can’t You See (You Doin’ Me Wrong)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra | Satin Soul
Trouble Funk | Trouble Funk Express
Michael Jackson ‧ Tangoterje | Can’t Help It
Flying Lotus | Do the Astral Plane
Shaun Escoffery | Days Like This (Spinna & Ticklah Mix)
Airto | Toque de Cuica
Level 42 | Last Chance
George Duke | Brazilian Love Affair
James Mason | Free
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 | Zanzibar
Roy Ayers | Our Time Is Coming
Andy Bey | Tune Up

Mixed by El Mahboob, August 2012

Si La Sol
If the sun ‧ is the only

As with my previous mixtape Re‧mi Do, solfège syllables are used in the title (for the notes or keys B, A, G), and I employ harmonic mixing (key or chord matching). EDIT: There is an improvised key plan that does include root movement in fifths, enharmonically, or by tritone; more or less accidental to the process of organizing around what are essentially pitch sets of common tones.

I want to acknowledge some friends, DJs, creators, etc. who have informed and inspired my listening:

General Eclectic
Petri Glad
Kevin Laverty
Stuart Li
Paul E. Lopes
Jason Palma
Koray Özel
Anousheh Showleh
Son of S.O.U.L.
Sophistiphunk
Daniel Viljoen
Victor Undergroundvibe

All recordings are the intellectual property of the artists.

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Electronic Funk Jazz Mixtapes Podcast R&B Soundtrack

Re‧mi Do

Summer encounters.

Syreeta  |  I Love Every Little Thing About You
Mulatu Astatke  |  Mulatu
Omar  |  Music (What I Live For)
Lewis Taylor  |  Lucky
The RH Factor  |  Poetry ft. Q-Tip, Erykah Badu
DJ Mitsu The Beats  |  Right Here ft. Dwele
Chaka Khan  |  Love Has Fallen on Me
Georgia Anne Muldrow  |  Blackman
Aloe Blacc  |  Find Your Way
Sly & The Family Stone  |  Sylvester
Marvin Gaye  |  What’s Going On (instrumental)
John Williams  |  Theme from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly  |  Feel That You’re Feelin’ (New Orleans, 1980)
Dorothy Ashby  |  Wax and Wane
Esperanza Spalding  |  Sunlight
Koop  |  Whenever There Is You
Don Blackman  |  Holding You, Loving You
Four Tet  |  Angel Echoes
Jazzanova  |  Little Bird ft. Jose James
Kool & The Gang  |  Summer Madness (London, 1975)

Mixed by El Mahboob, June 2012
Dedicated to Nina & Queen Peace

Re‧mi Do
‧ an affirmation to my daughter
‧ the first three notes of the famous musical signal from the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind
‧ three key signature areas (re for D/D-flat, mi for E major/minor, and do for C) where songs in the mix are grouped together. I’ve used the technique of harmonic mixing/selecting to unite or contrast songs.

The copyrights for these recordings are the intellectual property of the artists, though the corporations take the credit and the money. I own nothing. Support music.

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Composers Mixtapes

Steve Reich Keys, a Mixtape, Vol. 1

The idea for this mixtape came to me about a year ago, after an exchange with an online friend. Steve Reich has often described the role of keys and chord cycles in his compositions. This retrospective treats Reich’s oeuvre as a meta-cycle of chords, by pitch matching one track to another where their endpoints share a common harmony (an application of the DJ technique of harmonic mixing).

Sometimes the shared harmony is present only for a few seconds, long enough to make a link. Sometimes the keys match; sometimes only a subset of pitches does. Occasionally, the voicing matches exactly, or the pairing otherwise exposes the uncanny in Reich’s rigour.

There’s no intentional comment or structure in the selection of pieces, which are usually single movements from a larger work.

No software alteration of the pitch of the original tracks was used. The pitch matching relates to the key signatures as written, performed and recorded.

Tracklist & Artists
(harmonies and/or keys at start & end points)
Timings factor in crossfades where applicable

0:00:00-0:04:37
Mallet Quartet, III. Fast (2009)
So Percussion
(G Lydian or A11/G in D; A11 leading to Dsus2)

0:04:37-0:08:53
Music for 18 Musicians, Section I (1974-76)
Steve Reich and Musicians
(Dsus2 in D)

0:08:53-0:13:02
You Are (Variations), II. Shiviti Hashem L’Negdi (I Place the Eternal Before Me) (2004)
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon
(A11/G in D)

0:13:02-0:15:17
The Cave, Act 1: West Jerusalem (May-June 1989), III. Genesis XII (1990-93)
The Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Hillier
(G Mixolydian; A Lydian or B13/A)

0:15:17-0:17:46
The Four Sections, II. Percussion (1987)
The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
(A Lydian or B13/A)

0:17:41-0:20:53
2×5, II. Slow (2008)
Bang on a Can
(A Lydian or B11/A; F Phrygian dominant in key of B-flat minor)

0:20:37-0:28:06
Different Trains, II. Europe-During The War (1988)
The London Steve Reich Ensemble, Kevin Griffiths
(F Phrygian; Gmin11/D)

0:27:25-0:29:59
Three Tales: Hindenburg, III. A Very Impressive Thing to See (1998-2002)
The Steve Reich Ensemble, Synergy Vocals, Bradley Lubman
(D dominant in G minor)

0:29:52-0:33:15
Triple Quartet, III. (1999)
Kronos Quartet
(D dominant in G minor; E minor)

0:33:16-0:37:41
Nagoya Marimbas (1994)
Bob Becker, James Preiss
(E minor; Esus7)

0:37:33-0:40:16
New York Counterpoint, II. Slow (1985)
Evan Ziporyn
(B Dorian or E11)

0:40:17-0:45:03
City Life, III. “It’s Been a Honeymoon – Can’t Take No Mo'” (1995)
The Steve Reich Ensemble, Bradley Lubman
(B Dorian or E11; D dominant in G)

0:45:04-0:55:06
Daniel Variations, IV. I sure hope Gabriel likes my music, when the day is done (2006)
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon
(E minor; D dominant in G)

0:55:04-0:59:34
WTC 9/11, III. WTC (2010)
Kronos Quartet
(Dsus leading to G dominant; D-flat sharp 11 in F minor)

0:59:34-1:06:25
Variations for Vibes, Pianos & Strings, II. Slow (2005)
London Sinfonietta, Alan Pierson
(D-flat sharp 11 or E-flat 11/D-flat in A-flat major; C11/B-flat in F)

1:06:25-1:11:29
Duet (1994)
The Smith Quartet
(C11/B-flat; F major)

1:11:25-1:16:11
The Desert Music, First Movement – Fast (1984)
Steve Reich and Musicians with members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas
(F Mixolydian; D Dorian minor)

1:16:06-1:24:45
Vermont Counterpoint (1982)
Ransom Wilson
(D minor leading to G Dorian minor; Asus7 in D)

1:24:45-1:31:33
Double Sextet, III. Fast (2007)
eighth blackbird
(A11/E; A11, A-D dyad)

1:31:34-1:44:09
Piano Counterpoint (2011), from Six Pianos (1973)
Vincent Corver
(D major; B minor)

1:43:34-1:56:23
Come Out (1966)
Steve Reich
(B minor, approximately a quarter tone sharp)

1:55:44-1:57:59
Proverb (1995)
Theatre of Voices with members of The Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Hillier
(B minor)

Compiled and mixed April 2012

Creative Consultant: Ashil Mistry

There is a version of this mix available which includes the complete track of Proverb. Send me a private message.

As part of the ongoing study and critical appreciation of the music of Steve Reich, this post falls under fair use. The copyrights for these recordings are owned by record companies ECM, EMI, Nonesuch, and Signum Classics, and not by me.

If you enjoy this music, please purchase the original recordings.