Listen to this selection of mixes by Friends We Love Co-Founder, Moni Vargas that span a wide spectrum of genres, artists and styles. Check out her bio here and stayed tuned to Friends We Love Radio for new shows and updates.
PLAYLISTS WE LOVE:
Whether or not you're a lover of lyrical terrorism from the likes of Rakim, Biggie, Mos Def, Kendrick, Andre 3000, MF Doom or Eminem, this playlist does an OUTSTANDING job of providing some serious shine on the undeniable level of skill these wordsmiths incorporate into their art of rhyming.
Before I start writing a new screenplay I spend some time putting together a playlist to keep my head aligned with the film's tone and feeling. One song that really nailed the mood of my latest screenplay was this beautiful treasure of a song called "Paulette" by Balla Et Ses Balladins from Conakry, Guinea.
Man....When I tell you I had this joint on repeat during the entire writing process, I mean by the time I finished the script, I was damn near singing in a new language. There were too many other gems on the playlist not to share with everyone. Please enjoy these joints from everyone from Betty Chung, Misun, Nightmares on Wax, Chicano Batman, Two Man Sound, Tim Maia, Mulatu Astatke and much more.
MIXES by DJ MONI:
Funk from around the world - Sahara All Stars of Jos from Nigeria, The Tornadoes from New Zealand, Setenta from France, Sleep Walker (Marc Mac rmx) from Japan, Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band from Cuba, Keziah Jones (Simbad rmx) from Nigeria/NY and Breakestra from Los Angeles.
I mixed this selection for WNYC's Social Mixer series. It's combination of uptempo Brazilian rhythms, deep bass and a touch of house - a perfect soundtrack for spring training! Music by Wilson Simonal, Azymuth, Makossa & Megablast, Seiji, Zed Bias, Middlewood Sessions, Zumen and Lekan Babaloa.
Variety is the spice of this 2007 seamless mix - from gospel, hi-life and deep house to soulful broken beat hailing from DC, London, NYC, Dallas, Berlin, Chicago + Nairobi. Tunes by Kirk Franklin, Kid Gusto, The Politik, Omar, Aaron Jerome, Lewis D, DJ Vadim, Peven Everett, PTH Projects + Ben Westbeech. INJOY + let me know what you think!