Digable Planets Reachin’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixed by Chris Read for Wax Poetics & WhoSampled

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To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Digable Planets’ 1993 debut LP Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), our friend Chris Read has crafted a fine tribute mix featuring album tracks, alternative versions, interview snippets, and original sample material from the likes of Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, and Lonnie Liston Smith. Enjoy!

Artwork: Leon Nockolds

Track list:

1. Digable Planets – Where I’m From (Aural G Ride Instrumental)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Lonnie Liston Smith – Devika (Goddess) (Sampled in Pacifics (NY is Red Hot))
4. Digable Planets on Rap City 1993 [Extract]
5. The Headhunters – God Make Me Funky [Loop] (Sampled in Pacifics (NY is Red Hot))
6. Hamilton Bohannon – Take the Country to N.Y City [Extract] (Sampled in Pacifics (NY is Red Hot)
7. Digable Planets – Pacifics (NY is Red Hot)
8. The Crusaders – Listen and You’ll See (Sampled in Examination of What)
9. Digable Planets – Examination of What
10. Eddie Harris – Superfluous (Sampled in What Cool Breezes Do)
11. Digable Planets – What Cool Breezes Do
12. The Crusaders – Mystique Blues (Sampled in What Cool Breezes Do)
13. Edwin Starr – Easin In [Loop] (Sampled in Nickel Bags)
14. Herbie Mann – Push Push (Sampled in Nickel Bags)
15. Digable Planets – Nickel Bags
16. Steve Parks – Movin In The Right Direction (Sampled in Nickel Bags)
17. The Honey Drippers – Impeach the President [Loop] (Sampled in Last of the Spiddyocks)
18. Digable Planets – Last of the Spiddyocks
19. Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Sampled in Jimmi Diggin Cats)
20. Digable Planets – Jimmi Diggin Cats
21. The Crusaders – Lillies of the Nile [Loop] (Sampled in Escapism (Gettin Free)
22. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man (Sampled in Escapism (Gettin Free)
23. Digable Planets – Escapism (Gettin Free)
24. James Brown – Funky Drummer [Loop] (Sampled in Swoon Units)
25. Digable Planets – Swoon Units
26. Sonny Rollins & The Modern Jazz Quartet – Mambo Bounce (Sampled in Time & Space (A New Refutation Of))
27. Digable Planets – Time & Space (A New Refutation Of)
28. KC & Sunshine Band – Ain’t Nothin Wrong (Sampled in Where I’m From)
29. Digable Planets – Where I’m From
30. The Honey Drippers – Impeach the President [Loop] (Sampled in Rebirth os Slick (Cool Like Dat))
31. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Stretching (Sampled in Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat))
32. Digable Planets Grammys Acceptance Speech 1994
33. Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
34. Tom Scott – Sneakin In The Back [Loop] (Sampled in Appointment at the Fat Clinic)
35. Digable Planets – Appointment at the Fat Clinic
36. Lightnin’ Rod feat Kool & The Gang – Sport [Loop] (Sampled in Femme Fatale)
37. Digable Planets – Femme Fatale
38. The Headhunters – God Make Me Funky [Loop] (Sampled in It’s Good to Be Here)
39. Digable Planets – It’s Good to Be Here
40. Grant Green – Samba De Orpheus (Sampled in It’s Good to Be Here)

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