It’s been a long time DJ BeTray Fam!!! I’ve missed mixing for you, but you know how it goes… sometimes life can take us away from what we love to do so we can focus on what we need to do. But I’m back! I thought it best I get back in the swing of things by paying homage to the music of my city. This Sounds Like Washington Vol. 3 is full of DC classics. While the music spans from the 70’s to the 2000’s the theme of this mix is consistent. There is a longing for love and unfulfilled companionship expressed in each of these tunes. As with all of the Sounds Like Washington mixes, most of the music here is inspired by the incomparable sound of WHUR FM. For many of you listening from outside the Washington area, some of this music will be new to you because it’s not played anywhere else. As always thank you for your support. While it’s almost been a year since my last mix, you all have kept the traffic and good feelings flowing on this site. Thank you, thank you and as always… Love!
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While I love keeping it underground and old school… changing things up is in my name, “BeTray” – and that’s exactly what I’m doing with this mix.
Day parties are wassup in DC right now. They start around 3PM and go until. They happen inside of some of DC’s hottest clubs and lounges. If you came to one of DC’s day parties, this is what you’d most likely hear. This is a straight Top 40 Hip-Hop and R&B mixtape with a splash of Go-go.
I was playing this mix for one of my girl’s the other day and she called it, “guilty pleasure music,” that’s so true. While my people and I can sometimes be music elitists, we like to get it in too. Play this mix at your next party. Love!
This mix contains adult language.
“Nice and warm, a quiet storm, quiet as when flowers talk at break of dawn.” Quiet Storm Lyrics by Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson said after a powerful storm, it was the feeling in the air that inspired the tune that would go on to resurrect his R&B career. The song Quiet Storm proved to be much more than a sexy slow groove. What Robinson felt in that after-storm air we now hear on the airwaves in cities around the world. It’s the sound of love pinned to slow tempo music that we call slow jams. Melvin Lindsey is the father of the format dedicated to this sound and the creator of the first Quiet Storm radio show. This is the second mix that I’ve complied in honor of his work. In this mix you’ll hear some Quiet Storm classics and Lindsey favorites from Labelle to Sylvester.
Melvin’s Quiet Storm of Melodies continues to be the most popular mix downloaded here at DJ BeTray.com. I’m so happy that so many Quiet Storm fans have found their way to my site. Now I’m hoping that you’ll be just as happy with the 2nd volume showcasing the unique blend of slow jams Lindsey created and perfected. Close your eyes and imagine the sounds of 96.3 WHUR pouring out of the radio and flowing through the DC night air in the 80’s. Hear the sweet and comforting voice of Lindsey making it all alright with the promise of playing another slow jam you’ll love. Enjoy & Love!
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Love is a blessing. Not just having love, but the path to it is what’s most extraordinary. Wanting love, having it and losing it again are all blessings. When we are patient within our journeys, we allow God to show His most awesome power. So often we are in such a hurry to get to our destinations that we miss the lessons and the beauty in our walk.
This mixtape is a celebration of this concept. Love and Blessings is filled with some of the best in independent Neo-soul. You’ll also hear some jazz and inspirational music in this mix as well. I think it’s perfect for a Sunday morning around the house or a nice weekend drive. The artists featured are reflective as they explore love, God and His blessings in their lives. I hope you will enjoy this compilation and remember, it’s all LOVE!
Music is freedom; freedom to play and create whatever we want. This is the best part of being a music lover. I enjoy genre shifts and exploring new formats and artists. My mixes reflect what I’m into and that changes… a lot. I like to get lost in a genre, sometimes for months at a time. Right now I’m feeling slow alternative rock. This mix features some of my favorite new and old songs from the genre. You’ll hear touches of country, folk, bluegrass and of course acoustic rock – all set to engaging slow rhythms. This is an alternative rock “slow jam” mix if you will.
While listening to The Other End of the Dial I found it recharged my creativity. I’ve painted two new paintings with this music setting the mood in the background. I hope you find it as inspirational as I have.
And remember, if you’re locked into listening to only one kind of music you are chained. Release yourself, touch freedom and check out the other end of the dial. Let me know what you think. Love!
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