September 26, 2012

If you inhabit the Internet music bubble, you probably caught wind of the tragic death of Matthew Africa earlier this month. Africa was a great DJ in the most pure and classical definition: his mixes were peerless, his crates were deep, and when he wrote or spoke, you knew to listen up. To honor his memory, DJ B. Cause has re-upped a crushingly beautiful soul mix that the pair collaborated on in 2006. There is no tracklist, but rest assured that you haven’t heard most (or possibly any) of these songs and all of them are excellent.

B. Cause has included a note about the mix, which you can read below the jump. Shouts out to SB, the Ghost for the heads-up.

DJ B.Cause: We are all really missing our dear friend Matthew. In his honor I am offering up Soul Boulders 2 as a free download, please don’t hesitate to share. For more great mixes and music check out his awesome website: http://blog.djmatthewafrica.com/

Soulstrut: For those who aren’t familiar with Soul Boulders, here’s the story. Back in 2005, San Francisco’s DJ B.Cause posted a mind-blowing 10-minute mini-mix on the SoulStrut message board. The songs were exquisite but hard to pigeonhole– soulful and funky, but not purely funk or soul, slow, psychedelic, moody, maybe a little haunted. In other words, exactly my sound. DJ Matthew Africa sent him a message urging him either to finish the mix or to let Matthew hop on and collaborate with him on turning his ten minutes into something CD length. Matthew grabbed a dozen or so of his favorite records, figured out their sequence and recorded his half at B.Cause’s house one rainy afternoon. Once B.Cause fleshed out his half and massaged the whole thing a bit, we released it in the spring of 2006. It was his first commercial mix CD.

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