Oliver El-Khatib has returned to host another episode of OVO Sound Radio. Tonight's guest mix is provided by John McSwain a.k.a. VACATIONS, a newly Los Angeles-based director, editor, producer, and DJ. Earlier this year, El-Khatib featured tracks from a Sade and Drake mash-up playlist by VACATIONS in Episode 44. Listeners can expect VACATIONS to offer a Sade tribute for his mix.
El-Khatib kicked off his set with Drake and Future's 2015 classic "Diamonds Dancing" from their collaborative project What A Time To Be Alive, followed by Take Care tracks "Hate Sleeping Alone" and a Jamie xx edit of "Club Paradise." From there, he transitioned into a James Blake mashup of "Hold On We're Going Home" with traces of the unreleased one-off "Girls Love Beyoncé" and fired off an inspiring tweet.
During the show, El-Khatib also played a newly released song by SAFE called "Are You Scared Part 1." The Toronto artist included the track in an untitled playlist on SoundCloud that he posted earlier this month. After that, El-Khatib put on LOU VAL's latest single "Interchanges."
Once again, El-Khatib featured Frank Ocean's "Provider" followed by Snoh Aalegra's "Fool For You" and dvsn's "Mood." He also gave a special shout-out to Drake's late friend Fif before he thew on Popcaan's uplifting anthem "We Pray" and then switched to "El Chapo." After blasting a remix of Wizkid and Future's new joint "Everytime" called "Overtime," El-Khatib premiered some new tunes.
Naturally, he slid in Metro Boominand Travis Scott's joint track “Blue Pill” before passing the aux to VACATIONS. As expected, the DJ came prepared with a mix of mashups and brought "Sade Nights" to the program. The show eventually closed with Burial's "Rodent."
Episode 52 of OVO Sound Radio is available to stream now on Apple Music.