DJ Gilla: First Word Family Summer Check In + Soulquarians Mix // 04-08-20

DJ Gilla hosts two hours of soul, hip hop, jazz and beyond. DJ Gilla is label boss of First Word, home to Tall Black Guy, Souleance, Kaidi Tatham, Yosi Horikawa, Eric Lau, Profusion and many more. He originally started out as a promoter, running seminal nights like Funky Mule and New Bohemia, as well as running shows for acts like Nightmares on Wax, Flying Lotus and our very own Gilles Peterson. As a DJ he is known for his floor-filling combo of soul, hip-hop, jazz (yum). August’s show features a First Word family summer check-in with contributions from Olivier St.Louis, Children Of Zeus, Essa, Quiet Dawn, Don Leisure and BobaFatt. In the second hour Gilla has put together a mix celebrating The Soulquarians – the loosely affiliated crew led by Questlove, D’Angelo, James Poyser and J Dilla who produced some of the greatest soul and hip-hop records of all time in the late 90s/early 00s. tracklist:

Ponta De Areia - Wayne Shorter & Milton Nasciemento

Change ft Corey King - Takuya Kuroda

Timecode - Mo Fingaz


Justice - Essa

Thought vs Everybody - Black Thought

Confliction (Instrumental) - Olivier St.Louis


Running Wild - Olivier St.Louis


Egg Yolk Bun - Don Leisure

Ghost OG - Don Leisure

Borders (Live) - Tawiah


Light Pollution - BobaFatt

Miracles - SAULT

Awakenings - Wyndham Earl


Journey In Soulqauria Mix

(Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland? - Jimi Hendrix

My Life - Erykah Badu

You Got Me - The Roots (ft Jill Scott)

Playa Playa - D’Angelo

Come Close - Common ft Mary J Blige

Climb - Mos Def

Feel Like Making Love - D’Angelo

Brooklyn - Mos Def

Poetry - Roy Hargrove ft Q-Tip & Erykah Badu

Chicken Grease - D’Angelo

Song For Assata - Common ft Cee-Lo Green

Fall In Love - Slum Village

Back In The Day - Erykah Badu

What They Do - The Roots

Reminisce - Bilal ft Mos Def

Let’s Ride - Q-Tip

Love - Mos Def

The Blast (Live) - Talib Kweli ft Erykah Badu

Funky For You - Common

Hold Tight (Remix) - Slum Village ft Q-Tip

Morning Fun - Vikter Duplaix ft Common

Slow Blues - Jimi Hendrix

Time Travellin’ - Common ft Vinija Mohica

Water No Get Enemy - D’Angelo, Femi Kuti & Macy Gray with Roy Hargrove, Nile Rogers, The Soultronics and The Positive Force

Spanish Joint - D’Angelo


King Butch - Butcher Brown

Human - Quiet Dawn


Fuck The System - Horatio Luna


Just A Little More - Fifth Of Heaven

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