Archive for the ‘Slow Jam Mixes’ Category

Sounds Like Washington Vol. 3

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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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Melvin’s Quiet Storm of Melodies (Vol. 2)

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“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 and Blessings

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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!

 

 

A 90’s Kind of Love

 

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I’ve been thinking for sometime now, “What should my next mix be about?”  While listening to music and looking for inspiration, I thought about the 90’s.  This was a magical decade for me.  I graduated from high school and college and became a young woman in the 90’s.  It was also a great time in music.  Hip hop was maturing, grunge was budding and hair bands were dying (thank goodness).  R&B was also coming into its own.

After courting in the 70’s and making love in the 80’s, R&B was clearly having SEX in the 90’s.  The lyrics were stronger and well beyond suggestive.  The beats were memorizing and the vocals strong.  This was the decade of the R&B singer and this mix features some of the best.  It spans the entire decade and showcases some of its most popular R&B slow jams.  I’ll take my next 90’s slow jam mix back underground… but for this first volume, I wanted everyone to have the chance to think back and remember when.  Enjoy and Love!

Slowly Neo for Your Soul

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This is my followup to Something Neo For Your Soul – this is Slowly Neo for Your Soul.  This collection of slow jams features some Neo-soul classics side by side with some of my underground favorites, including DC’s own K’Alyn and Balitmore’s Fertile Ground.  Thank you to all who supported Part 1 of this series, it is the second most downloaded mix on DJBeTray.com.  I promise… you will enjoy this one.  Love.

 

 

 

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