Midnight In A Perfect World: Yaya Bey

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Lawrence Agyei

Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multidisciplinary artist Yaya Bey is one of R&B's most exciting storytellers. Growing up surrounded by music as the daughter of 1990s hip-hop MC Grand Daddy IU, Yaya brings an expansive and eclectic palette to her music, infusing R&B with touches of soul, jazz, reggae, Afrobeat, and hip-hop while vividly tackling both life's hardships and joyful moments through her powerful lyrics. Following the success of her 2020 debut album Madison Tapes, Yaya Bey signed to Ninja Tune's Big Dada imprint in 2021 and earlier this year she released her second full-length album Remember Your North Star to critical acclaim.

Yaya Bey's exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World is a magnetic journey through R&B and R&B-adjacent music with selections that touch upon her own eclectic taste, with Yaya Bey sprinkling in choice gospel, dancehall, funk, and house songs alongside soulful R&B gems.

Artist Title
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Jeremy Winston Chorale International Orange Moon (feat. Rolynné)
Marvin Gaye I Want You (Vocal)
Robert Glasper All I Do (feat. SiR, Bridget Kelly & Song Bird)
Barrington Levy The Vibes Is Right
Yaya Bey nobody knows
Beyoncé Signs (feat. Missy Elliott)
Donny Hathaway Love love love
Ohio Players Sweet Sticky Thing
Yaya Bey blessings
3 Winans Brothers Dance (Louie Vega Funk House Remix) (feat. The Clark Sisters)
The Clark Sisters Keep On Looking Up
Destiny's Child Outro (Amazing Grace) [Dedicated to Andretta Tillman]


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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