PRESENTING: YOUR LOVE (AKA “THE WEDDING MIX”)

Your Love (aka “The Wedding Mix”) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

I’ve made mixes that I might disavow under pressure. I’ve definitely made mixes where I wish I could go back and revise it (in fact, I’ve done that). But with this, “the wedding mix,” I really feel like I nailed it. That’s not a statement of ego (well, maybe a little) as much of an expression of satisfaction in feeling like I created something that I can’t improve […]

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INTRODUCING SOUL SIDES VOL. 3

Soul Sides Vol. 3 (2014) by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

The idea behind Soul Sides Vol. 3, of course, goes back to the first two volumes but the inspiration to finally get around to putting one together is really owed to an old KALX acquaintance, Marin Moran. A few months back, she had sent me a message, apropos of nothing, about how much she still enjoyed listening to Vol. 1. To be honest, I was surprised that people still […]

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE OZONE SHOW 7/5/00

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This was long overdue but in thinking about my history with KALX FM in Berkeley (following Matthew Africa’s passing), I wanted to go back and pull out some old show tapes and digitize them. Here’s one from 2000 which was pretty indicative of the kind of music I was really into back then (funky jazz out the wazoo!) plus a few hip-hop cuts from the era you might have forgotten about by now.

Tracklist below. The full 2+ hours here.

The Ozone on 90.7 FM, KALX. July 5, 2000

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FOR HAL (AND BURT)

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I originally meant to write this as a dedication to Burt Bacharach, having recently prepped a mix for the Burt Bacharach Tribute night at Devil’s Pie. I was running behind (as I often do these days) but today, Hal David died.

I’m sure someone far more learned in the great American songbook can explain why, between the two partners, Burt Bacharach has seemed to draw more praise than David. It’s extraordinarily difficult to find a song that one man worked on that the other did not as well; as far as […]

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MATTHEW AFRICA + E-40 = BEASTIN’

DJ Matthew Africa puts together a “best of E-40” mix. [Insert some crazy Yay slang phrase here]

TWO NEW MIXTAPES + REVAMPED MIX PAGE

These were a long time coming but I finally got around to making some new mixes. Even though it’s hard to make the time, I get so much pleasure out of putting these together and I personally, I feel like I hit a strong groove with how these two came together.1

Aretha Redux is an overhaul of my previous Aretha mix that improves on that version with new songs and new segues, covering a lot of her lesser-known hits plus a few choice covers. Learn more.

Deep Covers 3 is […]

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FREE MIXES

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the emergence of cloud-based music services, I’ve made a slew of old mixes available for free now. Just visit my page on Mixcloud.

If you enjoy these free mixes, why not help support our site by buying one of other mixes?

ROCK WITH IT: SOUL BOULDERS 2

My dudes Josh B. Cause and Matthew Africa have put out their long awaited sequel to one of my favorite mixes of the last few years, Soul Boulders. Slow, funky soul cookers = unfadeable.

Here’s the sampler:

To order, go here.

BACK FROM THE DEAD: INCOGNITOS MIXTAPE (ON TAPE!)

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Back in 1999, I created the first version of my Incognitos mixtape (back when mixtapes were actually on cassette). As with the newer digital version, the idea here was to focus on “gems that slipped through the cracks” – songs that, for whatever reason (poor airplay, limited distribution, sample clearance, etc., never really saw much light.

I had sent a box of tapes to a national distributor, based in the Bay Area, and years later, they sent me back all the unsold stock, which was around 150+ copies. They languished in […]

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MICK BOOGIE AND JAZZY JEFF: SUMMERTIME 2

They’re back.