Ill Mondo is a production team based in the SF bay area. Influenced equally by hip-hop legends like DJ Shadow and Mobb Deep, and also by classic 70’s artists like King Crimson or David Axelrod, they record / mix on all vintage gear which gives their music a unique timeless quality, rare in modern music.
Their debut release featured LA rapper Neal Rames, legendary guests like Percee P, Prince Po, Sean Price and local professional musicians including Mike Rinta, who played for Sly Stone. Dusty drum breaks coupled with blazing live Hammond organ and distorted wah-pedal guitar, with string sections and funky horns.
Ill Mondo followed up the first LP with a free 2-part megamix. Be Bad (Pt 1) is an epic, soul mega-mix, a 12-minute long exploration of all things funky. The heavy drums and tight horn hits work great alongside hip-hop or soul DJ sets, and will get any dance floor going! Be Bad (Pt 2) is a groovy Egyptian medley, working through a broad range of tempos and rhythms. Middle-Eastern Belly Dance styles are mixed with a great variety of drums, including MPC, heavy funk break-beats, and original drums!
Gentlemen Prefer Blunts is Ill Mondo’s most recent release, a soul-fueled homage to DJ Screw and the syrupy southern Chopped & Screwed slow jams. The DJ mix consists entirely of vinyl 45s played back at 33 1/3 rpms, with juggling and DJ tricks when double copies were had. Gentlemen Prefer Blunts is a fresh take on Screw music, focusing funky records from the 60′s and 70′s.