Last week, legendary New York house duo Masters At Work revealed a historic 40-track anthology forthcoming this fall. Released on September 22nd via UK-based label Defected, their aptly-titled House Masters retrospective chronicles their over 30-year career including seminal MAW tracks like “Work” and the ballroom anthem “The Ha Dance” as well as plenty of hand-picked underground jams. This week, Louis Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez hit London to promote their upcoming release with a classic hour-and-a-half back-to-back Boiler Room set.
Ring the bell. Class is in session. Red Bull Music Academy has just revealed its plans to debut a six-part documentary series entitled Diggin’ In The Carts, exploring the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to now. In addition to featuring notable Japanese composers like Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the episodes will charts this music’s influence on some modern underground artists including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Kode9, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Ikonika, among others.
The Shadow knows how to make an entrance. Josh Davis, better known as the enigmatic DJ Shadow, is launching his new Liquid Amber label with a mint three-track EP of the same name. The 42-year-old Bay Area-based beatmaker unleashed two new tracks two weeks ago, “Ghost Town” and “Mob” that’re exactly the kind of forward-thinking, instrumental hip-hop beats you’ve come to expect from Davis.
Turtle from Entourage would definitely be feeling this guy and UK-based tastemaker Gilles Peterson is a fan. Californian rapper and producer, Stones Throw signee artist Jonwayne (born Jon Wayne) will be laying down his razor-sharp wordsmith skills and tight beats at LA’s bastion of soulful, experimental music Low End Theory located in Lincoln Heights alongside Elusive and Lana Shea. As always, LET residents will also be on-hand in support including event founder and Alpha Pup boss Daddy Kev, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando.
It’s a studio collaboration that sounds clandestine. A few years ago, the musical odd couple of Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy connected when the Manhattan hip-hop mogul invited the modern deep-house icon to fly to New York for a bit and head into the studio together. Just to see what would happen. The result, is 11 11, an emotive mix of Gerber’s ethereal, sublime production and Diddy’s New York-style hip-hop flow on standout cuts like “My Heart” and “Floating Messiah.” As Gerber himself sums it up: “11 11 is a date and an hour when two worlds collide and a gate opens to another dimension.” Color us intrigued. So we caught up with the Israeli-born deep-house luminary while he’s been summering in Ibiza so we could unravel this musical riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Welcome to our thumpin’ Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got A-Trak sounding off on the art of DJing, Electric Zoo revealing their official after-parties, UK-based techno god Surgeon demolishes Dekmantel, and so much more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
He leaked it yesterday. He made it official today. Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison), 30, has just unveiled the full tracklist for his latest album You’re Dead! Jazz great Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg are all climbing aboard alongside the LA-based experimental producer who’s already tipped that his fifth FlyLo LP will be “heavy on the prog vibes.”
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got the final ruling in DJ Rashad’s autopsy report, FACT TV’s four-minute mini-doc on Bristol’s own Addison Groove, and Maceo Plex drops a new video for “Conjure Superstar.” Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
What do you get when you combine New York hip-hop royalty with ethereal, modern deep house production? You get 1111. A few years back, this seemingly musical odd couple met when Puff Daddy invited Gerber to fly to New York and make some music together. The result is 1111, an emotive mix of Gerber’s sophisticated […]