The Best of Deep House: Red Bull Studios South Africa
Cape Town studio’s hometown hero when it comes to deep house, producer Thibo Tazz has curated a list of favorites from 2013. Get a dose of worldly sounds from Lone, Julian Gomez, Ten Walls, Thibo himself, and more on this 10-track mix of acts that came through Red Bull Studios Cape Town this year. I’ve been jamming to this playlist all morning, and I can’t get enough. Enjoy!
Air Philosophy Presents The Cuffing Sessions Vol. 1
One of those wonderful Soundcloud discoveries I’m thankful for. Cuffing Season is a terrifying reality here in NYC. Fight the fear with a sexy mix to last you at least half the night (if you’re anything like me).
Filled with killer edits of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill and more, all rearranged by today’s emerging class of superstar producers, this mix is sure to keep your boo nestled warm in your bed all winter. Happy Thanksgiving y’all.
TRACK LISTING 1. Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (feat SPZRKT) - Sango 2. Stay - Tiny Hearts 3. Replay (I, Ced Remix) - AM & Shawn Lee 4. Sock It 2 Me (Kaytranada Remix) - Missy Elliot 5. Every Pharaoh Needs A Queen - Reggie B 6. It’s All Over Your Body (Oddisee Remix) - Jose James 7. Love Undone feat. Taylor O’Donnell - Lost Midas 8. Dreams Are Made For Two (feat. Carlitta Durand) - The Foreign Exchange 9. Melonkoly - Submerse 10. Fender Bender - House Shoes Pres. Ext aka Rudy Eckes 11. Midnight Special - Psychic Mirrors 12. Retail Atmospherics #1 Service Counter - SASAC 13. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Quantic Y Anita Tijoux 14. Black Heart Silver Spine - Computer Jay 15. Deep Inside (Waajeed Remix) - PPP 16. We Can Go All Night - Starship Connection 17. Juicy - Lovebirds 18. Time In Between - Glenn Astro & IMYRMIND 19. Lonnie’s Secret - Owusu & Hannibal 20. If (Kaytradamus Rmx) - Janet Jackson 21. After Dawn (Bibio Remix) - Letherette 22. Morning After Pills feat. Anna Wise of Sonnymoon - Sweatson Klank 23. Move Love (Kaytranada Remix) - Robert Glasper Experiment 24. Sensuality (Aybee’s Midnight Creep) - Dozie 25. Rock My World (Julian Gomes Remix) - Black Coffee / Soulstar 26. White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) - Disclosure 27. Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) - Green Velvet 28. La Fique - Adana Twins / Robosonic 29. Open Up (Original Version) - Seven Davis Jr. 30. About U (Prespeus Edit) -XXYYXX 31. Novacane (Lakim Edit) - Frank Ocean
This is the true story, of 18 strangers, picked to work in a record store, and have their lives changed forever. Find out what happens, when the doors open, and the music starts to play. This is ROUGH TRADE NYC.
I’m beyond excited to begin my new journey at part of the team at Rough Trade NYC this week. The brand new store, venue, gallery space and cafe opens TODAY! Our first in-store events taking place tonight are with Sky Ferreira and Charles Bradley. If you are in the neighborhood definitely come check it out!
Be sure to read all the details about our beautiful 15,000 sqft space on Wythe and N 9th in Williamsburg over at The Guardian and The New York TImes. Below is a pic of the entrance to the space taken last weekend as we were busy getting the shop ready for today. :)
I’ve had the Happa produced (really it’s a rework of a previously released version) track ‘Ghost’ from London singer Mali Michaelon repeat all month. Two emerging talents that should definitely be on your radar.
Mail Michael just released a video for his song ‘Wild Things,’ which should check out below as well. Enjoy!
Listen to SCNTST “Wavez Change” on Boysnoize Records
This post was a collaborative effort with Danpetruzzi.com. Fuck vowels.
SCNTST is from Germany. On his Soundcloud page he’s wearing a “J Dilla Changed My Life” tee. Hey man, ours too! On his facebook page his cover image is a photo of graffiti that says “the only good sytsem is a soundsystem.” We like scntst. He also has a hot track on the recent All City compilation Amada, called “For Forest Play Only” — pretty sure we were supposed to premiere that. Let me hit up Mamiko. In the mean time, SCNTST just dropped this track “Wavez Change” via Boysnoize Records, to whom he’s signed. It’s tagged “Sad” and “SelfTherapy” lolz. We would say it’s moody dance music with minimal touching and optional standing, whatever that means. We think SCNTST is one of those artists that’s really exploring this idea of “mood music”… ya bish. Listen to “Wavez Change” below.
I’m exhausted from last night but restless since I lost my phone, so I’m still up trolling the netz. Basically apologies for this lazy post, but I felt compelled to share.
Been on this kid’s trail for a minute and excited he finally dropped something new. The more I listen the more I’m loving. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, the Top Dawg Entertainment signee has a sing-songy drawn out intonation to his prose that’s extremely infectious. Couple that with super catchy hooks, a fierce energy to his raps, (a staple for any rapper repping TDE), plus and ultra sexy production and you get Isaiah Rashad. Just try to ignore the fact that he sometimes sounds like Chance The Rapper.
I am too ADD to watch the video, but wouldn’t want you to miss out just because I’m insane. Check it out below.
Stars & Hype Forever is your in-depth guide to what’s next in hip hop. Each week we profile an artist you need to know about, and arm you with the essential artillery to decide if they’re the real deal, or just hype. To help readers make sense of the spectrum, curators Andriana and Yo! Adrian weigh in on each week’s talent, by assigning them a blanged out hypeability score at the very end.
It’s week three of Stars & Hype and we’re getting ghoulishly heavy with Miami’s quickest lyricist, Denzel Curry. Tropical vibes and karate by the water was on volume three’s itinerary, along with talks of Curry’s debut album Nostalgic 64, gun control in Florida, his multiple personalities, and the hardest bars he’s spit to date. Enter the samurai, this is Stars & Hype Forever.
DON’T CALL IT A CONCEPT: THE LEGEND OF SPARK MASTER TAPE
I recently wrote about my experience at Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” video shoot. As contrived as his approach may have seemed, in the end, his performance art video hinted towards something more — the artist-to-fan relationship and how it’s changed. It’s not enough to have fans and followers anymore. It’s about engagement. Artists need to connect with fans more than ever before, which means coming up with creative new ways to do so. Enter Spark Master Tape.
In a time when the appeal of #SADBOY rap is spreading like that nasty bedbug infestation in your first shi*tty NYC apartment, the appeal for rappers to elicit emotion in their tracks is on the rise. But not everyone believes the hype. The line between emotional and troll has been severely blurred. I’m not saying everyone is going to buy into Spark Master Tape’s brand, because at the end of the day, his latest work, The#Swoup Serengeti, is a concept album made by an anonymous rapper with pitched down vocals and instantly familiar samples ranging from Tupac to The Pharcyde. No one is disputing that. But you shouldn’t write him off based on those facts either. When you place the mysterious rapper’s syrupy sound and cerebral lyrics among the bloated sea of internet rappers, an artist’s ability to give listeners more than just flows and beats seems so much more enticing.
Instead of going into a drawn out diatribe that involves far too many synonyms for “dope,” I’ve decided to break down the genius mystique surrounding SMT. In just over a year, he’s released two cohesive bodies of work, Syrup Splash and The #Swoup Serengeti, a number of brilliant videos and one bullshit interview with Passion of the Weiss. With just those facts, his Twitter account and working to piece together the legend of SMT, it becomes apparent there are a few things the rapper is doing really well: creating, keeping his anonymity and executing.
More Chicago fire. Let The GTW (Greater Than Wealth) sort your weekend listening with his mini mix for Montreal fashion line SSENSE.
The singer and producer is part of Chicago’s six member R&B group, JODY. The outfit’s sexed up production and breathy, pitch-shifting words debuted earlier this year in the form of their MAGIQUE EP. The six-track listen is definitely worth checking out.
As far as mixes go, I’m a big fan of this guy’s production sound, so naturally this one is ace.
Drake - Girls Love B (THE GTW Edit) Corina & So So Def Bass - Summertime Ciara - Body Party (ATL Bass Version) Tink - When I’m Lit (THE GTW Rework) Screama & Merkury ft Farah - Kiss Me There Peter Hadar - Your Body (Produced by THE GTW) Father’s Liqour Cabinet - Races D-Ver - Etighi DJ Nate - So Attached Lil Herb - Gangway
Been jamming to this all weekend. Killer deep house grooves.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been heavy into the emerging electronic scene in Australia. One of my favorite producers to come out of the burgeoning depths of Brisbane’s underground is Charles Murdoch. I’m extremely happy to see his work hasn’t gone unnoticed for too long and that he’s signed with the good folks at Future Classic. Can’t wait to see what he does next.
The San Diego based producer caught my attention last year through a retweet from Soulection. Since then I’ve been following his work, most notably his Gradient release he dropped this past March. ESTA’s style blends murky deep house with thick moody synths lending to a dreamy take on hip hop.
Along with a knack for quirky edits and a love of 90s classics, ESTA’s shaping up to be one of the brightest young producers in the game. His mix for SSENSE is one of my faves from their series. Be sure to check out his edit of Disclosure’s “Latch,” and explore his earlier releases on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
One of my favorite discoveries of 2013 has been newcomer on the grime scene, Houston producer, Rabit. Rabit’s debut release Double Dragon is theatrical and ambitious, and every bit refreshing. I’ve never heard grime quite like this. The Kelly Rowland edit Rabit unveiled today has me floored.
Rabit’s take on pop music is dark and exploratory, and weaves his eerie cinematic touch through Rowland’s sexy “Dirty Laundry.”
I was lucky enough to meet Rabit and Paul, behind Glacial Sound, when they visited New York earlier this year. Tom Lea of FACT Mag actually had the chance to interview them for the site’s New Talent feature. Be sure to check it out here.
Rabit’s Double Dragon EP was released earlier this month on vinyl and digitally through new Dublin based label, Glacial Sound. Be sure to keep a close eye on these guys as they are just getting started.
There’s a line from the movie Hi-Fidelity that comes to mind every time I try to make a mixtape. Something Rob says, “Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’ts. First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.” Delicate yes, but sometimes easier than expressing one’s true feelings. After all, a well-made mixtape can communicate almost anything: I’m sorry, I love you, I miss you, I want you back, I want out, I’ll never forget, remember when, and on and on and on.The best compilations are those composed with a specific recipient in mind. Someone to sing over the oldies, dance to the hits, laugh at the inside jokes, and wonder how many -if not every- song is really all about them. These mixtapes are from the artists to whomever, whoever, and whatever they want, and they are mixing other people’s poetry to them. Read & listen.
Last week Yours Truly premiered the video for Larry Gus’s ‘The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep),’ and today we bring you a letter and mix from the producer behind all that fantastic, psychedelic-laced dance music. Gus pens a handwritten note to more than a few artists’ one true love, their machine. His letter includes the tracklist to his dreamy mix of funky disco enchantment and 70s lava lamp inspired original, exclusive and unreleased tunes and edits, all of which seem to melt into one another effortlessly.
Larry Gus’s Years Not Living is out on limited edition white vinyl and digitally, August 19th via DFA.
Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu and J-Cush Unite To Form Future Brown
The game just got turnt up. Rumors of this project have floated through various circles for years, finally, the long awaited first single from Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof & Daniel Pineda ofNguzunguzu and J-Cush of Lit City Trax‘s Future Brown project has arrived.
The vocalist-driven effort chose to feature the rhymes of Chicago’s leading hip hop lady, Tink, and the result is well, off the chain. Listen to Future Brown’s new single “Wanna Party” here.
OkayPlayer has a dope new electronic-focused sited called Okayfuture. I just started writing for them. I hope you’ll join me on this journey, just remember, the future is ok.
A master at putting his own spin on the classics, LA producer FALCONS dropped a new mix for music-minded Toronto fashion line SSENSE.
With a funky style that melds hip hop foundations, buttery basslines and headbob-worthy 808 beats with choppy trap elements like tightly wound hi-hats and spacey, digital effects, FALCONS crafts a well-constructed style all his own.
After debuting three killer remix albums featuring reworks of Missy Elliot, Project Pat, Brandy, and more, FALCONS has taken the best of those projects and made one cohesive mix. The mix features tracks from his previous releases, as well as a number of his own remixes, new unreleased tracks, and cuts from producer pals, Djemba Djemba, Sango and JUJ. This mix is worth obsessing over. Stream it above.
Timbaland - The Potion (Instrumental) Falcons - Sumbody Juj - Mbira Spirit Falcons - Call Me On My Cell (unreleased) Falcons - Falcon Eye Cassie - Me n U (EXCLUSIVE remix) Timbaland - Indian Flute (Sango remix) Djemba Djemba - I Just Go (Falcons remix) Falcons - Vroom Falcons - Oops (Falcons RMX) Swizzymack - Drip Crime Mob - Rock Your Hips Rihanna - Cockiness (Grandtheft & Hedspin remix) Dj Yolo Bear x Uniique - Bad Bxtches Nas - OochieWallie (Orijanus remix) Missy x The Freshest - Call Your Name (Falcons remix) Ciara - Oh! (Falcons remix) Cabo Blanco - Santo Diablo Falcons - Bombay (Unreleased) Falcons - Untitled (Unreleased) Janet Jackson - I Get So Lonely (Dj Hoodboi remix)
YESTERDAY I HUNG OUT WITH JAY-Z…AND A BUNCH OF OLD PEOPLE #NEWRULES
I went to Jay-Z’s music video shoot for ‘Picasso Baby’, and wrote about it for Mass Appeal. Check it out.
Six hours of the same song, the same Jay-Z, in the same white shirt, the same dark jeans and the same white kicks — and yet every hour the people and the experience changed entirely. In a swanky New York art space, Pace Gallery in Chelsea, the first tangible taste of Jay-Z’s #newrules goes live in the form of a music video shoot for the track “Picasso Baby” off his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Just as I tweet that I’m sweating my face off in a holding pen across the street from the gallery, a production crew begins rounding up the crowd of “guests” huddled around floor fans trying to keep cool, and announces we can go in now. We’re ushered into the gallery, already partially filled with art world elites, and are told to spread out around the edges of the gallery walls and to stay behind the roped off line. Staring at the people on the other side I can’t help but wonder how everyone else got here, as a professional camera crew buzzes around me getting shots of the crowd.
Suddenly, with no introduction, Jay enters the room, no microphone in sight. The crowd is cautiously cheering, as he starts rapping. “I just want a Picasso.” No one knows what to do, or what exactly is happening. This awkward excitement is filling the room. I can’t help but notice there are a lot of old people. A white haired woman joins Jay at the center of the space as he name drops his favorite artists, “Yellow Basquiat in my kitchen corner / Go ahead lean on that shit Blue / You own it.” Jay is in her face rapping these passionate words like a young artist bearing his soul to the one person that can make his wildest dreams come true. The woman is grooving along to Jay’s lyrics in her refined grandmotherly way, she leans in, and embraces him with a hug.
An art world academic in his 50s, renowned art critic Jerry Saltz, takes a seat at the bench in the center of the room in front of Jay. Through raps about Basquiat, Jay is insisting Saltz leave his post at the bench and take a walk with him. Saltz obliges and chums it up with the rapper, laughing and nodding to the lines, “I’m never satisfied, can’t knock my hustle / I wanna Rothko, no I wanna brothel.” Jay is bouncing to the beat and motions for Saltz to follow, I start to cringe. The art world power player dances awkward and uncomfortably and yet Jay doesn’t even blink, he keeps up his enthusiasm and a smile, as he spits the lyrics “I’m Pablo Picasso baby.” As if signaling to Saltz, he’s in Jay-Z’s world now.
“Picasso Baby” is nearing the three minute mark and Jay motions for the crowd to cross over the rope separating the art from the viewer and to join him in the center of the space. I rush towards Jay trying to get as close to him as a can, mostly so I can take pics and post them on Instagram and Twitter immediately after. The crowd is smiling, bobbing and for the most part dancing, as Jay raps in a 360 degree circle, giving hugs, high fives, and ensuring he makes eye contact with just about everyone. All of a sudden I realize I’m no longer trying to snap a million pics and videos, and I’m actually just taking in what’s happening right in front of me.
If the success of a work of art can be judged by its ability to move you, then Jay’s “Picasso Baby” experience is doing just that. Even if that feeling is awkward and confused. All that matters is that I’m here right now. #thisishappening
With so much accessibility and saturation in the digital space today, the method of how artists connect with fans is changing. In 2013, it’s not enough to have fans, followers and likes. Fuck hashtags and retweets, nigga /140 characters in these streets, nigga. In 2013 it’s about touching them. Jay-Z didn’t invite a bunch of old people to brag about his art knowledge and immense wealth, (well maybe a little), he did it to grab you, in the process, make you feel. As ridiculous as it sounds, the ability to get a room full of people to put down their phones and just be in the moment with you is a true testament to power of an artist today.
Yesterday six different groups of Jay-Z fans(?) stood inside an empty gallery and took part in a multimedia experience. How the footage of each crowd and their encounter with Jay will be edited together is yet to be revealed, but there’s no doubt the “Picasso Baby” music video shoot is progressing the artist-to-fan experience. #newrules
One of my favorite acts right now. Hailing from the breeding stables of bass music, Glasgow, Scotland, these guys make bubbly deep house with this dark exploratory feel. From the depths of the ocean to the infinite galaxy sky, these guys are looking to go deep. Sprinkle in some funky percussion, layers of delicate effects and a few choice vocal samples, and you get Mermaids signature sound. Please enjoy the sampling of my favourite disco-flecked Mermaids’ tunes, I promise they won’t disappoint.
p.s. Not gonna lie, I love that every track’s title is a play on the word “Mermaid”. Now get to grooving.