We haven't done any 'best of' this year but Kaptin has put together a 'reflection selection' for 2012. Here's what he said about it.
"As I enter the final stages of the roller coaster ride that was 2012 I've left little time to consider a 'best of mix' really, with such a good year for music it might possibly last til 2014 anyway. However whilst in Studio 2 of Radio Cardiff I put together this selection of tunes that owe more to the reflective nature of the year's end. No fancy mixing or tricks just some incredible tunes from 2012 played pretty much in their entirety. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have."
Actually the Tensnake remix of Ritual Union came out in 2011 but we'll let him off this once because it was still a great tune in 2012.
Some warm and jazzy autumnal Soul from Canadian singer Claire Mortifee, produced by Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People. This track also features on their excellent 3rd EP out on Jellyfish Recordings, whose other guests include rappers Moka Only and Frank Nitt (Frank N Dank).
Some more soulful vibes from Canada. This track by Vlooper is taken from his recent 'Snowloops' album and also features his wife Modlee. You can grab the album for any price you feel is right below.
Actually now listening back to this Breezy Lovejoy album, it's even more surprising that we didn't play anything from it. Again we're very much still on the Neo-Soul vibe but with that extra kick that keeps it fresh and exciting. You can also pick up the LA based singer / rapper / drummer's first album for free here.
We were possibly judging the whole Chief Navaho album by some of it's dodgier singing excursions so unfairly overlooked this one until it was too late. The rest of the album has some other golden moments but some of the sung vocals do come off rather sketchy at times.
Despite the fact it didn't quite initially grab us we did keep on getting pulled back to this one. It's a track whose charm grows with each listen too.
As well as these gems, FACT Magazine have also posted a free download for this little gem which we did actually play on the show.
If you missed the show entirely, then make sure you go back and check it out.
Lenzman - The Reminiscence Mix Part 3
hip hop /stretch out
01. Notorious B.I.G. - Things Done Changed
02. Mobb Deep feat. Raekwon - Nighttime Vultures
03. D.I.T.C. - Thick
04. Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Re-Definition
05. AZ - Rather Unique
06. Lord Finesse - You Know What I’m About
07. Beatnuts - Props Over Here (Remix)
08. Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus
09. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Remix)
10. Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun - Headz Ain’t Ready
11. O.C. - Time’s Up
12. EPMD feat. Redman - Hardcore
13. House of Pain feat. Diamond D - Word Is Bond (Diamond D Remix)
14. Lady Of Rage feat. Snoop Dogg - Afro Puffs
15. Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It (Remix)
16. N.W.A. - Always Into Something
17. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - I Get Physical
18. Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Get Money
19. Channel Live - What! (Cause And Effect)
20. Das Efx - Real Hip Hop (Pete Rock Remix)
21. Kool G Rap feat. Nas - Fast Life (Norfside Remix)
22. A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (Remix)
23. Lost Boyz - The Yearn
24. Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor
25. Saukrates - Bag Da Biscuit
26. Beatnuts - Third Of The Trio
27. KRS-One - MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know
28. High & Mighty - The Meaning
29. Erick Sermon - Payback II
30. Tha Alkaholiks - Coast 2 Coast
31. Mood - Info For The Streets
32. Showbiz & A.G. - All Out
33. Gza - Liquid Swords
34. Rakim - New York
35. Lord Finesse feat. KRS-One & O.C. - Brainstorm (P.S.K. Remix)
36. Group Home - The Realness
37. Big L feat. Fat Joe - The Enemy
38. Fat Joe feat. KRS-One - Bronx Tale
39. Blahzay Blahzay feat. LA the Dark Man, Trigga Tha Gamber & Smoothe Da Hustler - Danger Part 2
40. Heltah Skeltah - Undastand
41. Sadat X - Stages & Lights
42. Company Flow - Population Control
43. Screwball - Seen It All
44. Gang Starr feat. Big Shug - It’z A Setup
45. Jeru The Damaja - Invasion
46. LL Cool J feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe & Foxy Brown - I Shot Ya (Remix)
47. Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear
48. Large Professor - Cool
49. Prodigy - Keep It Thoro
50. Dr Dre feat. RBX, KRS-One, B Real & Nas - East Coast, West Coast Killas