Probably one of the most eccentric soul-inspired mixtapes ever made, Aisha Karimah taps into the unchartered realms of the subconscious mind. REM State, inspired by the Rapid Eye Movement stage of sleep, is a crate digger’s audio interpretation of what scientists believe to be the most active and creative phase of the brain’s function. Infused with the perfect selections of soul-inspired music, REM State: DJ Set Volume IV is a futuristic immersion of mind, music, and soul – for those who feign music ‘on some other level’.
The REM State: DJ Set Volume IV mixtape is an unbelievable mind-trippin’ listening experience.
According to the mixtape creator and curator, Aisha Karimah, “REM State: DJ Set Volume IV definitely contains ‘left-field’ music and is a contrast from what the commercially-prone listening ear is accustomed to but I wanted to show how the experimentation of soul music has time traveled throughout the years into modern day sub-genres. I feature the works of legendary self-proclaimed blues/soul artists like Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, and Earth Wind and Fire whose willingness to “stretch the envelope” helped to usher in Rock music, Psychedelic Soul and Rhythm & Blues music. Hip-hop is also a byproduct of soul and you have authentic hip-hop artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Wu Tang Clan who have experimented with abstract beats and now Trip-Hop/Down Beat/Down Tempo, are byproducts of Hip Hop music — which is evident in the sounds of Massive Attack, Flying Lotus, The Clonious, and Dimlite. Even Neo-Soul, a relatively new offspring of Classic Soul music is taking a new turn. The rebellious artistic natures of pioneering neo-soul artists Erykah Badu, Bilal, Amel Larrieux, and Les Nubians have allowed international Eclectic/Experimental Soul artists like Zap Mama, Little Dragon, and Hiatus Kaiyote to take flight.”
Featured artists on the REM State: DJ Set Volume IV mixtape include: Bilal, Curtis Mayfield, Little Dragon, Wu Tang, Les Nubian, Earth Wind and Fire, Amel Larrieux, Massive Attack, Zap Mama, The Clonious, Dimlite & The Slapped Eyeballers, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jimi Hendrix, A Tribe Called Quest, Redman, Erykah Badu, and Flying Lotus.
REM State: DJ Set Volume IV is now available for free streaming and limited downloading at: https://soundcloud.com/aishakarimah/rem-state-dj-set-volume-four-mixtape
About Aisha Karimah
Aisha Karimah (swahili for Generous Life) is a hip-hop producer, beat maker, vinyl collector, and DJ. Aisha Karimah has acquired worldwide fan praise from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Ghana, and Australia. She has also received accolades from respected hip-hop legends including Mix Master Ice (UTFO) and DJ Honda. Aisha Karimah has been referred to by the Hip-Hop Association as “a pioneering leader in the Hip-Hop community representing progressive women that are contributing to the evolution of Hip-Hop culture.” Aisha Karimah is also an alumna of the world-renown Scratch DJ Academy founded by the late Jam Master Jay of the legendary group Run DMC.
VARIOUS ARTISTS PLAYLIST:
00:00 REM State Intro X Levels – Bilal
01:22 Here But I’m Gone – Curtis Mayfield
03:19 Ritual Union – Little Dragon
05:08 Alphabet (Dakimh Instrumental Remix) – WuTang
06:28 Nu-Hymne – Les Nubians
07:27 Seraphim – Earth, Wind and Fire
08:47 Trapped Being Human – Amel Larrieux
10:52 Black Milk – Massive Attack
13:30 Danger of Love – Zap Mama
16:19 Fogged Spacesuit – The Clonious
18:07 Back To The Universe (The Slapped Eyeballers Remix) – Dimlite & The Slapped Eye Ballers
20:39 Rainbow Rhodes – Hiatus Kaiyote
22:28 Moon, Turn Tides…Gently, Gently Away – Jimi Hendrix
23:12 Like It Like That (Instrumentals) – A Tribe Called Quest
24:10 Can’t Wait (Instrumentals) – Red Man
25:18 Heaven For A Sinner – Bonobo feat. Erykah Badu
27:08 Roberta Flack (feat. Dolly) – Flying Lotus
30:00 REM State Outro
30:08 Midnight Breakfast (Instrumentals) – Ezasscul a/k/a Eaze
33:40 THE END