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Tonight it’s my pleasure to welcome, for the first time in New York, a double helping of UK dub & reggae culture. Mungo’s Hi Fi are the founders of the Scotch Bonnet label, and purveyors of some of the heaviest sound system style reggae and dub you’re likely to hear on any continent. They’ll be joined by Soom T, known for her work on the excellent Jahtari label. Both artists will be performing on Friday 10/7 along with Subatomic Soundsystem, Liondub & Dub War’s Dave Q at Dominion in the East Village, but you can get a preview when you tune in to the show.
Can’t get enough of that gangsta shit. Yeah, that’s right me and the homies DJ Eleven and DJ Dopeshoes are back with another edition of Str8 West Coastin, bringing a bit of California love to the East side. And this time we thought we’d put together a mix of some of our favorite West Coast classics to get you in the proper mind state. Plug in, let your mind drift, and see you this Saturday at Project Parlor in Bed-Stuy. BBQ all day, and half price drinks til 4:00 PM, so don’t get caught slippin.
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DJ Ayres is a Brooklyn don. The Rub, his monthly party with with DJ Eleven & Cosmo Baker, is an institution. He’s one of the most versatile and in-demand DJs in the city, and his debut single of solo productions, I’d Fuck Me, is coming out this week on T&A Records, which he runs with DC DJ/Producer Tittsworth. I’ve been playing tracks from the single for the last couple of weeks, and it’s super solid. And if you know like I know, expect nothing but a top-notch DJ set to rock your party, your automobile, or even your iPhone.
United by a shared inspiration from Sun-Ra and innovative electronic music of all kinds, Saturn Never Sleeps is a new project from King Britt and Rucyl. Those familiar with either member will know that a long-standing straddling of the lines between hip-hop, soul, jazz, and far-out experimentation is part of their collective history. With a debut album Yesterday’s Machine on the way, the duo has been paying visits to forward minded communities of music fans across the planet. They hit Low End Theory this week in LA, and on July 30th they’ll be performing alongside Teebs at Alpha Pup NYC at The Knitting Factory, which is quickly shaping up to be a meeting place for beat heads of taste and distinction. The group has also been kind enough put together an exclusive mix for Worldwide Smash, which we think makes a pretty clear statement ab0ut their artistic vantage point. Listen in tonight at midnight EST for the mix, and grab tickets to see them do their thing at Alpha Pup NYC here. Continue reading
Nick Hook is that dude. El-P calls him a “ginger king.” He’s probably an easy contender for mayor of the East Village. He’s also involved in so much different cool shit, it’s kind of staggering. From his group Cubic Zirconia which will be releasing their debut full length late this year on Fools Gold, to playing in the live backing bands for Drop The Lime & El-P, to his Nextah party w/ Michna to his DJ gigs all over the place, it’s probably safe to say dude doesn’t catch too many z’s. Last time I saw him spin he played everything from Lunice to Suzanne Vega, so yeah, it’s going to be like that. Check the below, which he put together to head out west to perform at the Do-Over & elsewhere for a taste of the flavor.
This weekend is going to be something special. As a California transplant, I have a lot of love for West Coast hip-hop. I also have a lot of love for the great tradition of NYC day parties. So we’re combining the two for an afternoon jump off with two excellent CA-bred DJs joining me on the decks: DJ Eleven of The Rub and my girl DJ Dopeshoes & co-presented with the good folks at Couch Sessions. We’ll have carne asada and other Baja-style food on the grill, a ballin-ass backyard setting, and drink specials before four. Whether you’re a native East Coaster or throwing up a W, come through and party with us! Check the all West Coast mix from Eleven below and get hype!
San Francisco’s Comma has just released the Colortronics EP (on limited purple cassette, no less) on Frite Nite this week, which is also home to Worldwide Smash favorites Salva, NastyNasty, Epcot & others. We’ve been loving “Ken Griffey Jr.” and “Mezcal Hologram,” and to celebrate the EP release, Comma has put together an awesome guest mix for the radio show featuring some material from the new record, tracks his crew of production affiliates, and a tasters choice selection of heavy beats and juked-up bass bombs. Tune in at midnight EST tonight on East Village Radio to check out the mix. If you need any extra incentive, check out Om Unit’s remix of “Mezcal Hologram” courtesy of Fact Magazine. Continue reading
Representing Queens & the Cumba Mela collective, Atropolis is a natural addition to the Dutty Artz crew. His production aesthetic is clean and catholic, and he’s no stranger to seeking out new sounds by heading straight to the source. The Dutty gang is releasing his debut self-titled LP this week, and naturally it features stellar production and a peerless percussion palate. It should come as no surprise that he cut his teeth in the high volume, high production value field of commercial music. Atropolis and some of his Dutty brethren will be stopping in to Worldwide Smash this week to play a taste of the new album, and show us how his crew gets down at their weekly party at Bembe, and other engagements throughout the five boroughs. Grab the track “Asi Asi Asi” featuring Noelia Fernandez below, and look for more jams on his Soundcloud.
Here’s a bonus edit I put together to say thank you for all the support I’ve gotten for the ‘Try Otra Vez’ 7″ on BSTRD Boots. We made it to #1 on Turntablelab’s vinyl charts this week, which is pretty major to me. The Lab has been a huge influence on my tastes and development as a DJ, and continues to be a source of music for my mixes, radio show, etc. I used to read their daily arrivals section obsessively, back when folks like Rocktakon were writing the reviews, and got put up numerous gems, and general hilarity. Just having a piece of wax for them to sell felt like a pretty big deal, and seeing it resonate with folks has just been awesome. Big thanks to everyone whose enjoyed the tunes, wherever you’ve gotten them!
This edit is a pretty simple one, mostly letting the original do it’s thing. I’ve kicked a rough version around at parties for a while, and finally finished it up to share it folks. Hope it helps you add a bit of classic boogaloo to your life. Also, shouts out to Urban Dance Squad for putting me up on the track way before I was checking for Fania stuff. Their video had pretty much everything my sixth grade self thought was cool (I even rocked that Charlie Brown shirt for a while). Continue reading
There’s a bit of Brooklyn in almost every aspect of the Tropicaaliyah project. Brooklyn DJs introduced me to the global bass sounds that inspired the production. My co-workers and colleagues in the borough helped me mix and master it. And … Continue reading