Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Da-P dabeatX: Havok Highway

Here's a producer by the name of Da-P dabeatX from Montreal, Canada, who dropped this nice five track album earlier today on his Bandcamp page. My favorite is the opening track called "Tortoise". ENJOY!

Turntable Tuesdays: Summer In The City (Sunlight)

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Since the summer is sizzling with plenty of great music to last for several seasons to come, I decided to put together this mix to celebrate this time of warmth. Packed with memorable originals and action packed remixes, this blend of tunes should help to get you in a partying groove. Currently, SITC has been climbing the Top 100 R&B chart on Mixcloud. It started out as #100, but has climbed up 40 places, cruising at #60 for now. If you guys help to get it past #40, i'll supply a download link. Share & Enjoy!

Summer In The City (Sunlight) by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday: Grand Mixer DXT

We take this time to salute a Hip-Hop pioneer, Grand Mixer DXT, formerly known as Grand Mixer D.ST, credited for being the first to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument. By performing the scratches on Herbie Hancock's 1983 single "RockIt", DXT helped to popularize DJ culture. "RockIt" is cited as being the first popular song to feature a DJ scratching and using turntablism techniques.

DXT has appeared as himself in several movies throughout his career, such as performing with Rammellzee and Shock Dell at the Amphitheatre in Wild Style (1983), Fast Forward (1985) (writer: "Hardrock" - as Derek Showard), Scratch (2001) (performer: "Rockit 2.000"), Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) (performer: "Megamix 2 (Why Is It Fresh)"), Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio (2014) (Himself), and Art Officially Favored (Himself), which is currently in production. Television appearances include The 26th Annual Grammy Awards and Saturday Night Live where both appearances were performances with Herbie Hancock in 1984.

View the discography of Grand Mixer DXT at Discogs.

KING: Mister Chameleon

Artwork by Donald Ely

It's been three years since the debut EP The Story from KING, consisting of twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother, along with good friend Anita Bias. In 2013 they released "In The Meantime", increasing the anticipation for a full album. That same anticipation continues to grow with their latest "Mr. Chameleon", the first single off their new album which is a continuation of their melodic story-telling style of songwriting and singing.

Log on to the weareKING website to sign up for their mailing list to get future concert dates and all things KING. You can also follow them on Youtube for video updates, as well as get the lyrics to this song. "Mr Chameleon" is OUT NOW and available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

J-Dilla x Biggie: (Cold Steel) Shot Ya [DJ Kool Emdee Edit]

By being a huge fan of J-Dilla's work and respecting Biggie as a lyricist, I decided to take my own spin on the two to put together this blend. Hope you enjoy!

HAYWYRE: Smooth Criminal

About a week ago, Minneapolis born producer Haywyre, born Martin Voigt, posted this smashing video of his re-interpretation of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". His start to learn piano came at the age of six, then honed his skills as a pianist after spending time in the capitol of classical music, Austria.

The following comment is Haywyre's expression of his view of the track. He doesn't consider it to be a remix:

This video marks one of many more performance videos that I will be uploading in the future. The performance aspect to my tracks has always been absolutely huge; this video explores this concept to its fullest.

Also, re-interpreting a great musicians track can be controversial. Most of the time a balance between material from the original track and new material is expected. My remixes have always contained way more new material than content from the original track; hence I felt it wasn't appropriate to call this work a remix.

Additionally, I will not be posting this track to my Soundcloud because I think its meant to be an audio-visual experience. Hope you all dig it, more coming soon!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Super 3: When You're Standing On The Top (DJ Day Edit)

DJ Day has uploaded this exclusive edit of the Super 3 to help celebrate 13 years of the First Friday Super Jam. August 1st will mark the official anniversary with massive sets by DJ Day, Magneto & Mr. Jeigh, at The Goodfoot in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy your Friday freebie.

Malika Tirolien: Sur La Voie Ensoleillée

This past Tuesday the debut album Sur La Voie Ensoleillée from Guadeloupe native Malika Tirolien was released. Thanks to one of our supporters, singer/producer Meemee Nelzy, I got the heads up on this gifted artist who is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and producer. Tirolien has opened for and performed with the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, Ruben Blades, Steel Pulse, and other artists. Get a better feel for who this talented artist is by checking the reel below.

Finding Fela: Documentary

Finding Fela is a documentary that tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (October 15, 1938 – August 2, 1997), his political and social impact, and the creator of a new genre he called "Afro-Beat" that helped spark a movement. The film is produced and directed by Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney [Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)], and co-produced by Jack Gulick. The film hits theaters starting August 1st in New York City, and premiere in other cities through September 19th. Go here to view schedule of showtimes.

The soundtrack for the film will include 17 of Fela's classics and a never-before released version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded live at the New Afrika Shine and features his son Femi Kuti on saxophone. You can pre-order the soundtrack from Knitting Factory Records. All orders will ship on July 29th.

Friday Flashback: Johnny Clarke: None Shall Escape

Total Sounds is a record label in Kingston, Jamaica that archives early recordings from Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, U-Roy, John Holt, and an extensive roster of young talent who went on to be well known across the world. The focus this week is the sounds of Johnny Clarke, a well respected favorite in Jamaica and amongst Reggae enthusiasts.

Discovered after winning a talent contest, his first recording didn't make much of an impact due to lack of promotion of the single. After moving on to several producers and scoring moderate hits, Clarke would end up recording with producer Bunny Lee and his band The Aggrovators in 1974. "None Shall Escape" (1974) was an instant success and became the title track of his debut LP, which earned him the Artist of the Year award in Jamaica for 1975 and 1976. None Shall Escape was mixed in its entirety by the innovator of dub, King Tubby.