The last time we posted a mix from Moneyshot and Cheeba was roughly six months ago, and it was their last Solid Steel set, paying tribute to the Golden Era of hip-hop. This week, in tribute to Beck's dynamic album Odelay (which turned 20 years old on June 18), Moneyshot and Cheeba did a SUPER deep dive into Beck's material around that time, culling "samples, remixes, influences and references involved in the LP, with exclusive narration from Dust Brother, Mike Simpson."
It's an impressive hour, and something you need in your weekend playlist. Even better, the dynamic duo will be taking this show on the road in the audio-visual adaptation they're calling "Four Turntable and a Microphone."
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We got a chance to prod him with some questions recently, trying to get a clearer picture of everything from the scatterbrained, pop culture-drenched TEETH to the seemingly more focused LOW, as well as what he has in store for the future and why he decided to include an awe-inspiring live rendition of TEETH (recorded during a set at the legendary Low End Theory) on as a bonus track to the release. Shouts to P. Morris for indulging us.
Of COURSE Lessondary, a crew we've loved at RTD for years, would drop their long-awaited album Ahead of Schedule ahead of schedule. Cop it TODAY via HiPNOTT in a number of formats (which include a bundle that has a dope t-shirt and one bundle that includes a bunch of Lessondary-affiliated CDs)!
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a number of TEKLIFE crew members sharing a video of some woman singing over DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn's "Drank, Kush, Barz." It was amazing, primarily because she wasn't just coasting over the track; yes, her vocals are dope, but she was doing some kind of live manipulation situation of the track, rocking out the entire time.
I rock with great vocals over leftfield beats, so I was hooked.
That woman turned out to be Mousey, a vocalist who is doing amazing things in the lane of covers as well as originals. Can't front like I know how all of this works, but I love stuff like this Vadim / Destiny's Child cover, and think she's that next next for the world of electronic music with dope live elements.
I don't have funds to send her around the world showing off her talents, but I do think you need to rock with this mix she did for Beat Cinema, where she's not only covering dope songs over dope beats, but she's also throwing in intoxicating cuts like K-Rec's rework of Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" as well as her own original material ("Happy"). She also threw Lil Debbie over Boards of Canada, which is the best thing I've heard in a while. It's dope, late night seduction that is best served chilled.
Check out Mousey's SoundCloud, her Bandcamp, and her YouTube, then thank me later.
We're in the middle of Art All Night - Trenton 2016, but wanted to stop off and hit you with something special. We told you that A Mankind Complex was one of the acts you needed to check out; hopefully you caught their set on the Russo Music Stage. You might've seen that they had physical copies of their new mixtape Destination on hand...but guess who has the digital premiere? It's dope to see more artists making sure that they had new material to unleash at one of Trenton's biggest events; this is what we like seeing!
On this 10-track release, A Mankind Complex gets deep with it. You can hear it the cut "No Problem," and the project does a great job of getting real with everyday ills while combining all of the things that make this city beautiful and ugly and raging against the machine.
Here's a FREE DOWNLOAD Of Destination. Shouts to Cap City.
Now THIS is something we can get behind. While RTD has our own plans for mixes and things of that nature (that will be fleshed out more in the coming weeks and months), we got an email today from Ding, a UK artist who's surprised us as of late with his broad selection of beats. He says that he's "decided to start dropping a brand new mix every week. The mix will be roughly an hour long dropping all genres" in an effort to "try an explore the depths of some different genres old and new."
Now, these drop at 9AM UK time, but I'm usually sleep at that time (because old), so we're just going to lace you with this at 9AM EST. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dirty elegance; that's what this track feels like. The throwback, '70s soundtrack feel of the instrumental is perfect for the tales weaved. I know a bunch of people are digging Sonnyjim's new track with Heems, but I'll wake up and get my life right to "Red Mullet" every day.
Sonnyjim's Mud In My Malbac drops June 24. Pre-order today.
While this blog thinks globally, we stay acting locally. For the fourth year, we'll be running BlogsAllNight, the official blog for the annual Art All Night - Trenton art and music festival which is going down this weekend, from 3PM on Saturday, June 18 to 3PM on Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day). My family is heavy into the Trenton art scene (shouts to Artworks Trenton), and love helping make this event grow.
Last week, we previewed some of the hip-hop acts you can see during this year's festival, but know that there are a number of dope acts from all genres performing LIVE. For those of you who might need more information, or want to properly schedule your time, check out the full schedule down below (or download the hi-res image HERE). Prior proper planning, fam!
Ivy Lab, aka the trio known as Sabre, Stray, and Halogenix, have been doing the damn thing for a minute, bridging the gap between the drum & bass that they got known for originally/individually and the heavyweight, bass-driven downtempo amazingness they've created as a unit. One of my favorite sounds right now, and I'm loving that they got to flex for Solid Steel.
There's a LOT going on in this mix, with the lofi sound being mixed with more raw jungle/footwork tings. They even included Mr. Carmack's "lonelyfuckingsamurai" and their rework of Cam'ron's "Oh Boy." You NEED this mix.
I'm probably supposed to be way more pissed about this Flosstradamus bootleg of Rusko's "Woo Boost." I saw jokers on Facebook kind of pissy over it; I know Rusko's classics probably shouldn't be touched, and Flosstradamus probably should've dropped something original after their most recent hiatus, but sue me. I guess I'm a sucker for that double-time drum during the drop. It's an easy flip for the turnt kids up front.
But I get it. And if you fucks with Toneden, you can get this, too.