DJ Asma's Latest Articles

Dj Mixes
Hip-Hop Soul & Funk

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L Present “It’s The Roc” Original Samples Mix

After their stellar Bad Boy Records mix Frank the Butcher and DJ 7L are back with the original samples to some of the biggest Rocafella records tracks. As always, the blends, vocal samples and mixing are world class but damn these samples are fire. The ROC production team (including Just …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Les Gens d’Air “Les Gens d’Air”

Independent Hip-Hop is a tough genre to evolve in especially if you are over the age of 25. Standards, quality and creative arcs are often met head on by the harsh realities of self-promotion/production. Many have given up but it’s a breath of fresh air when a project like Les …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Mikey Dread “African Anthem Dubwise” (1979)

Reggae music’s history is a rich tapestry composed of many essential elements from Jamaica to the U.K and back. Vocalists, producers, riddims, bass, drums,dubplates, electronic equipment (like the Echoplex) and mythological studios and soundsysytems. In the midst of such complexity the selector’s role is often overlooked. Rare is the single …

READ MORE →
Music Tech & Art

Biz Markie’s Amazing Custom “Technics SL-700” Made For 45s Only!

My man DJ Sheep posted pics of the Biz with a pair of custom technics turntables made for spinning 45s exclusively. Needless to say I, like any DJ that spins 45s out, started salivating immediately. Biz Markie is a living legend that has kept his career going with DJ gigs …

READ MORE →
Dj Mixes
Latin

“Here Come The Lords” Mix by the Salsa Brothers (Christian Martir & Safe Stadick)

If there is one thing I’ve always respected about Sociedad Records’ Christian Martir is his unwavering commitment to culture specifically his own patria of Puerto Rico. Wether its through informing us about the past here on MIMS or releasing incredibly important records on Sociedad Christian takes the uptmost care in …

READ MORE →
Dj Mixes
Soul & Funk

8th Edition of the amazing Boogie Mixx series by Arni Kristansonn

Funk connoisseur Arni Kristjansson took a hiatus from his Boogie Mixx series but he is back with a vengeance with the 8th volume of the series focusing on the 7″ format. It all started with a compilation of 12-inch mixes of D-Train songs he picked up in a local thrift …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Modern Funk Soul & Funk

Future Classic: Voyage Funktastique “Split Series #2” (Amin Payne / Frankfurt Funk)

Voyage Funktastique is back with with the second volume of their Split-Series and this one features bangers from Amin Payne & Frankfurt Funk. Imagined as digital 45s I could not see any self-respecting funk SJ not packing doubles in his/her DJ bag. Each side is its own animal and the …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Carlos Ramos y su Orquesta Fuego “Tecato” (1973)

In essence, records are the historical link between an artist’s ambition and a passionate music lover like yourself. Special records are full of incredible music while acting as a reference to a historical era and musical genre. With Carlos Ramos y Su Orquesta Fuego‘s LP “Tecato” we are talking about …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Ebo Taylor “Ebo Taylor” (1977)

Ebo Taylor is a Ghanaian icon who embodied highlife (read more) and later represented afrobeat for the country. As an arranger and a producer he put C.K Mann and Pat Thomas on the map but his self-titled debut may be one of the best and underated first records of all …

READ MORE →
Tribute Mixes
Latin

Tribute to HECTOR LAVOE – Selected by Asma

Hector Juan Pérez Martínez better known as Hector Lavoe aka El Cantante de los Cantantes is a Puerto Rican salsa legend. The iconic figure left Ponce at sixteen to settle in NYC and a year later was recording vocals for Willie Colon (Fania label co-founder). After lending his stupendous voice to a …

READ MORE →
Version Excursion
Soul

Version Excursion: “Hurt So Bad” (original by Anthony & The Imperials)

A perfect song is usually a combination of songwriting prowess and interpretative brilliance recorded in magical circumstances. There is a rare instance where a song is so naturally incredible that even when covered by highly different artists in varied genres/eras its immaculate qualities still resonate strongly. Hurt so Bad, orignally …

READ MORE →
R.I.P
Jazz

Dave Pike (R.I.P) – The Essential Recordings

Dave Pike was a self-taught jazz vibraphonist who truly excelled at all styles. His passing reminds us that the number of musicians expanding musical horizons by innovating in many genres is fading and that such bold mastery should be cherished. Here are my favorite recordings from the man. Pike’s Peak …

READ MORE →