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This coming Monday, School Night is back at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. I’m DJing in between some great up and coming artists, including Amber Mark’s NYC debut. I always come away with at least one new favorite band. Free … Continue reading
Rhye’s music is something special; delicate and understated. Maybe even a little bit too delicate for the dancefloor, which is I put this edit together of their track “Open” for use in my own DJ sets. Several of my DJ compatriots have given me really positive feedback on the edit, and with Rhye’s album Woman out this month, I thought I’d share in case any other DJs found it useful. Enjoy!
Ryan Hemsworth is on one right now. He’s been releasing consistently great material for a while now, but this Cat Power remix really seals the deal. Taking the original from double time to half time (and from a major to minor key) this mix makes the track all that more reflective, but adds a dose of bump. Can’t wait to hear more. Continue reading
For music fans and creators, there’s always something special about the artist who changes everything for you; who opens the door to new sounds, possibilities, forms of expression. For me, DJ Shadow is one of those artists. Discovering his music in my teens lead me to a great deal of the music I love today, from record collecting culture and electronic music to corners of the hip-hop universe I hadn’t been aware of until that point. Shadow has always been a great inspiration to me, and it’s an honor to be warming up for his Brooklyn appearance tomorrow.
Shadow’s DJ sets are always something special, covering a huge range of music, and all put together with serious skills on the cut, trick mixing, etc. I’ll be starting things off with a straight-ahead hip-hop set, and I’m amped to break out some rap tunes that have been neglected in some of my more eclectic sets lately. Pre-sale tickets are unfortunately sold out, but there will be a limited quantity of tickets available at the door starting around 6 PM. Hope to see some of you there if you’re coming to the show! Continue reading
Brooklyn’s Shadwbw came through the show back in June for a guest set, but producer Icky Doome (1/2 of the group) has a new live set he’s been working on, and will be joining me on Thursday for a live radio debut. Sounds like he’ll be bringing some friends, likely including vocalist / namesake Shadowbox, and who knows who else, so it should be a great time. You can preview the live set via a masked YouTube clip below.
I know we’re jumping the gun a little bit on the warm weather jams, but summer’s all in the mind anyway, isn’t it? Here are two new re-edits I put together of some tracks that I’ve been playing on vinyl, and wished they hit just a little bit harder. Nothing too complicated, mostly just adding some low-end, extra percussion, and teasing out the intros a little bit. I dropped both of these in my recent CCC Podcast. Enjoy the tunes!
Longtime listeners to the show will remember when Canblaster dropped an exclusive set about a year ago while in town for a gig w/ Trouble & Bass. His set remains one of the best live DJ sets we’ve had, but the four-man tag team set we have for you this week courtesy of his Club Cheval crew ups the ante even more. As a team, Canblaster, Sam Tiba, Myd & Panteros666 deliver a full on tear-out assault of house, hip-hop, Jersey club, bass music, and anything else they can get their filthy hands on. Take a deep breath before getting into this one, because it goes DEEP. Check out the exclusive set + interview Thursday night February 2nd at midnight on East Village Radio. Continue reading
If you’ve been following bass music or hip-hop (or fuck it, fashion or photography) in NY, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across MeLo X‘s work. An affiliate of the Cassette NYC crew (who are kindof on hiatus right now due to the total BLOWING UP of just about all of them), I first me MeLo when he came by the EVR studio w/ the Sonnymoon guys for an interview. Since then I’ve seen him perform a 1-man beat assault at Le Poisson Rouge, release an excellent 12″ single w/ Machinedrum on Innovative Leisure, and continue to knock out some serious heat on regular beat tapes. This week he’ll be coming by Worldwide Smash to preview his new album Fewture, which you can pre-order here. Tune in at midnight EST on Thurs 1/26 for the jams.
Brookyln Radio plays host to shows and mixes from a TON of friends & family, including Bastard Jazz, Subatomic Sound System, The Rub, Jubilee and many more, so when they asked me to contribute a guest mix, I was excited to be in such good company. It gave me the opportunity to put together some of my favorite pieces of music in a bit more polished form than the live mixing I do on East Village Radio. I was also happy to be able to add some mix in some less beat-centric music, especially the amazing solo saxophone performance from Colin Stetson in the middle of the mix. I’m pleased with the results, to the point that it makes me want to consider podcasting again. I don’t see that happening anytime too soon though, so in the meantime stream this one below, and if you need more short-form mixes, I posted my previous podcast series The Raw & The Crooked on my Mixcloud page.