It goes without saying that Jeffrey Townes, while inspiring deejays since his tenure as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, is one of the most accomplished and perhaps underrated producers of our time. He recently dropped My Faves Vol 1 via his official site, and has managed to make oft-reiterated and remixed classics by The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Nas among others sound fresh again. The tracks selected are already our faves as well, but what Jeff manages to do is offer musical backdrops that are dripping in Soul and Funk without sacrificing each song's original spirit. Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M.," for example, is reborn as "Loot" by way of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love." Press "play" for a listen and don't forget to download your copy at djjazzyjeff.com.