Mixtape Monday: Moodymann

04.25.11 Posted in Blog by

The most tasty Easter egg I found this Easter is a rare mixtape from the Detroit house icon Moodymann dating back from 1995. This classic set was recorded in Paris and while it is more than 15 years old, the set does not sound outdated at all. Indeed, it even sounds fresh. On this mixtape Monday therefore a classic and rare 90s DJ-set by Moodymann.

Recently I wrote a lengthy post about one of Moodymann’s limited edition vinyls that I managed to purchase. As I already said in that post, I’m a big fan of the sounds of this Detroit house icon. The producer, that is also known as Kenny Dixon Jr., time and time again manages to create tasty blends of jazz, soul, and disco. Often heavily sampling from 60s/70s/80s vinyls, each new Moodymann track opens up another door to artists that were previously unknown to me.

Next to being a great producer, the Detroit-based artist is also a great DJ with an often unconventional DJ style. While most DJs mix up several new tracks in one continuous mix, Moodymann is often found playing tracks coming from a wide range of musical styles. Instead of mixing every track, he often lets tracks play from the beginning until the end and sometimes the music is even accompanied with radio-like intros and outros.

Mixtapes of Moodymann are not widespread, so I was very happy to find this set recorded in 1995. It was recorded for the French radio station Radio Nova and features several classic Moodymann tracks as well as music by Theo Parrish and Marvin Gaye.

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