In celebration of the Check The Technique Vol 2 release party at The Rub this weekend, we went back and put together a mix of some of the greatest joints from Brian Coleman’s Check The Technique Vol 1. Head over to Brooklyn Radio to listen and download.
Hot off the presses, we have our 2nd annual Official New Year’s Eve Mix with our buddies at Okayplayer. Head over here to read their kind words, stream, and see the full tracklist. Then head over here to buy your tickets for our NYE party. (HURRY! There’s only about 100 left.)
Art by Josh Ruck
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Hot and fresh out the kitchen, it’s The Rub Remixed!
The Rub’s first EP of original music was released in June, and the duo (DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres) enlisted a handful of their favorite producers to remix the four songs. Inspired by the legendary Brooklyn party, The Rub Remixed is extremely eclectic, from boom bap hip-hop to rave anthems to chill out vibes.
Marco Polo brings a 90s rap aesthetic to “Feel You,” enlisting Lil Fame from M.O.P. to add some Brooklyn grime to complement Misun’s smoky singing. German dancehall dons So Shifty lift the Natalie Storm feature “Dutty Gyal” to high energy carnival Soca levels, while XXXChange (T&A) keeps the electro feel of the original track but raves it out. Oakland’s Trackademicks (Fools Gold) smooths things out with his “Black & White” remix, delivering notes of 80s R&B and Bay slaps. Michna’s (Ghostly International) “At Night” remix is deep and lo-fi, like Afrika Bambaata scoring a Michael Mann film.
Go to The Rub website to download the original The Rub EP for free along with The Rub’s brand new mix for The Fader, and don’t miss their monthly bash at The Bell House, where they are celebrating their 11 year anniversary this summer.
Here’s the first joint we’re leaking from The Rub Remixed EP (hitting online retailers on July 30th). The homie Marco Polo took Misun back to the 90s and brought the one & only Lil Fame from M.O.P. (WHOA!!!) along for a guest verse.
I’ve been a fan of Dallas’ A.Dd+ since DJ Sober put me on to them at SXSW 2 years ago. We stayed in touch about what they’ve had going on and I was geeked when they reached out about doing a remix of one of their tracks. These dudes are dumb talented, grind hard, consistently put out good music, and have a great live show! (If they’re in your town, GO SEE THEM.)
Thanks to Sober for making the connect (and killing the art!) and to Rosalinda for making it all happen.
We’re dusting off our khakis & Chucks for the launch of this summer’s Str8 West Coastin’ series on this Saturday, June 16th. In addition to ringing in Jessica from co-sign and Michelle from Audible Treats’ birthdays, we’re also celebrating the bornday of the one Tupac Shakur. For such a momentous occasion, we had to go big and get fellow Cali
transplant J. Period to come through and join us. Check the flyer for details and the mix to get you in the mood.
The homie Señor Kaos and I just dropped our update of Jeru The Damaja’s “Da Bichez”. In no way meant to disrespect women, we wanted to pay homage to Jeru and DJ Premier’s classic. Now 18 years after its release, Kaos and I re-visited and revamped it. This is the first track off Kaos’ EP, “Mama Said The Sun Rises In The Resurrection”, coming July 3rd, 2012
My good friend Matthew Africa dropped the lastest in his long line of great mixtapes. In the past, he’s done a fantastic job with the massive discographies of DJ Quik, R. Kelly, Gang Starr, and Too $hort (with yours truly). For his latest endeavor, he went after the Herculean task of whittling all of E-40′s work down to the best 40 tracks. And, man, he really did! If you’re a fan of great rappers, creative storytelling, or Bay slaps, you need this in your life.
Thanks to everyone that made the 11/11/11 party such a great success. It’d take all day to name everyone individually, but special thanks are due to:
The Red Bull Space for having us and Bushill’s USA for providing lots of booze.
Moma, Max Glazer, Mick Boogie, DJ Illo, Matthew Africa, Ayres & Cosmo for the great music and Donwill & Mike Baker on the hosting duties.
Namane for helping to make the whole thing happen & Matt Arlyck for keeping the crowds at bay & Kenny Rodriquez for documenting the whole thing. You can see all of the photos here
And, much thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!