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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!
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!
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.
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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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
Nate Mars is an NYC producer who you may have heard me speak about before. In fact, I see Nate every day, as we work together, but that’s not why I like his music. His solo album Concentric Circles is one of the first places I heard Jahdan Blakkamoore, which is reason enough to pay attention, though he’s also responsible for some really fantastic remixes. (More after the jump) Continue reading