Midnight In A Perfect World: Kassa Overall

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Aren Johnson

Kassa Overall is a Seattle-raised artist currently based in Brooklyn who recently signed to legendary DJ Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label for the release of his new sophomore album titled I Think I'm Good. The album mixes hip-hop and jazz in a bold and exuberant fashion while lyrically detailing his experiences with mental illness, America's abhorrent prison system, the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships, and the perils of trust, all seen through the kaleidoscopic lens of a brilliant 21st century composer.

For his exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World, Kassa says: "I wanted to let you know that these are almost all remixes that I made for this show and the set features many Seattle artists new and old!" True to his word, the mix features a few tracks off his new album alongside local luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Quincy Jones, and Stas THEE Boss, all handled with his unique intersection of hip-hop and jazz.

Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Geri Allen Your Pure Self
Ambrose Akinmusire Americana / The Garden Waits For You To Match Her Wildness
Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s Blow Your Head
Digable Planets Rebirth Of Slick
Sir Mix-a-Lot Posse On Broadway
Yusef Lateef Like It Is
Stas THEE Boss, Tay Sean and KOTH Open Wide
Kassa Overall Find Me (feat. J Hoard)
Quincy Jones Soul Bossa Nova
Shabazz Palaces Are You... Can You... Were You (Felt)
Jimi Hendrix Hey Joe
OutKast So Fresh, So Clean
Archie Shepp Steal Away To Jesus
Miles Davis / Busta Rhymes Freedom Jazz Dance / Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
Kassa Overall Please Don't Kill Me
Herbie Hancock Raindance
Digable Planets Rebirth Of Slick
Ignabu Germinate
Kassa Overall I Know You See Me
Kassa Overall Love Twins

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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