Not sure how I missed this gem so far - no wonder it's getting close to 7000 points, well deserved!
You know that I liked your older mixes too with the great RnB and Smooth Jazz selection - this is however so superb, very much closer to what I really like in soulful downtempo. You love your vocals but I am very much surprised about the great drom grooves all over this mix - Track 1 and Track 2 especially, it is headnodding and tight. Your mixing improved a lot, the short, effective transition between 1 and 2 was amazing, I love the elegance of these quick cut throughs - this was very groovy at the same time with the dope beat coming in.
The great bass continues at Track 3, a bit more ambient and chill, but just for a short while until the RnB sound comes back with Migs.
And Migs - what a track! I can see you love "Colorful You" just like I do - now you have almost used up all the downtempo tracks from there, I also wanted to include some in my upcoming mixes. Waiting is an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking song - kind of reminds me of the early day acid jazz songs in the mid-90s. And Lisa Shaw is Lisa Shaw an udisputably brilliant diva.
You are the master of great vocal tracks - look at Track 5, Tiefschwarz??? What a discovery, I wouldn't have believed they had other than funky house tracks. Crate digging at its best. The vocals are amazing - it's very soulful.
Great simple but effective transitions between 4, 5 then at 5,6, elegant! You like "Suddenly", just used it again in your new mix - good track, true. Sunset is a bit too mainstream for me, it's the type of acoustic vocal track that you used a lot in your old mixes so I guess you love these (4hero feeling for me again). This has a 2 Step remix from M.J. Cole, not a good one, even if I love M.J. Cole... this one is better.
Track 9 is nostalgia again back to the acid jazz years, sounds like Driza Bone for me (or Lisa Stansfield). Awesome! So cool, soothing...
Track 11 (not me, the song - it gets quite odd to explain this all the time :-) is a very interesting sampling of Massive Attack's "Protection" drum groove in the background.
12 is like Club des Belugas or DePhazz, could easily pass as a song from one or the other. I wanted to say Bebel Gilberto as it reminded me of her but just for a second, she is obviously not as a good singer or I'd rather say that it's a very different voice (the organ solo for a moment reminds of "Girl From Ipanema", another Gilbero family song...)
12/13 transition is cool again, you get the timing right, the male vocal come in just when its should. A bit more adjustment on the volume curves and it's perfect. These tracks are hard to mix with no breaks or bridges, they just fade out at the end. However my tric is that I do increase the volume as they fade out to keep an equivalent level and make my own fade as the othe one comes in (eg. most of the fade should happen cluse to the last bar before the male vocal starts so to keep the momentum). Just my 2c, it works for me.
Absolutely brilliant all together, it goes on my iPod!