Legendary UK DJ Gilles Peterson has a new interview series where he talks to big DJs about the psychology of DJing, which is kind of an untapped topic, and really interesting to us for obvious reasons. He digs in on questions like balancing partying and health, motivation, bad gigs, accessing emotions through music – really all sorts of things that go through our minds at work and after. You can hear the first five episodes on Mixcloud, and a good place to start is with The Black Madonna, who tells a remarkable story of completely dumping her DJ career and starting over from scratch.
Nick Catchdubs directed this new video for Sammy Bananas, starring his very potty-mouthed toddler! So Sammy is a great DJ and musician, you can hear him playing sax on “21,” which is already impressive, but you have to admire the dedication of someone willing to bring a life into this world simply to star in a music video. DJ Khaled and Sammy, that’s pretty much the list of DJs who have that kind of forethought and drive. If this isn’t played at Arthur’s wedding when he grows up, I’m walking out.
ALSO, Sammy has a remix out for B. Bravo “Freak It,” which we added to our TNN playlist but didn’t talk about yet – it’s dope too and you should for sure check it out.
Riton had one of our favorite songs of the summer, “Money,” and he’s back with “Deeper,” a majestic gospel-house anthem featuring MNEK. They interpolate C&C Music Factory & Arethra Franklin’s “Pride (A Deeper Love),” which is a little risky as it’s one of the top 10 or 20 house records of all time, but they do it great justice. Riton can do no wrong as far as we’re concerned, and this will probably be a massive hit in Europe going into the winter.
We can’t say it enough times, follow us on Spotify to listen to all these songs and more, as we’re adding new favorites all the time. We’ve just added tracks by Gucci Mane, Kastle, Disciples and more!
If you’ve come to The Rub any time in the last 5 years, you’ve been treated to Prince Klassen’s opening and closing sets. He has an excellent show on The Lot called Wild Combination, plus every so often we give him the keys to Rub Radio, and this is one of those instances. Klassen spins new music by Action Bronson, Mura Masa, Cool Kids, Kid Cudi, Chronixx and more!
Action Bronson – The Choreographer
Washed Out – Burn Out Blues (Prince Klassen edit)
Mura Masa feat Tom Tripp – Helpline
Brockhampton – Sweet
The Cool Kids – Checkout
Tate Kobang – Bank Roll (DJ Baysik Intro edit)
Slum Village – Raise It Up (Excel’s Sample edit)
Diddy – Get Off
Soho – Hot Music
Mary J Blige & Kaytranada – Telling The Truth
Maka & Durkin – Waterworld
Kid Cudi feat Pharrell – Surfin’
Mpeach – Malania
Wizkid feat Bucie – All For Love
Chronixx – Queen Majesty
#TBT this week with the October edition of Rub Radio from 2013. Loaded with bangers from Killa Cam, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Danny Brown, Anna Lunoe, Tittwsworth and many more. Fresh rap cuts mixed with some cutting edge dance tunes just like always but with a sprinkle of that October magic. Revisit this one on the stream above and the direct DL below.
Cam’ron – Golden Friends
Rick Ross, French Montana & Meek Mill – Bout That Life
Pusha T – No Regrets ft. Jeezy & Kevin Cossom
Louis Futon – Plasticccc
PCC – Do It All (Stick Em)
Yo Gotti – Fuck You ft. Meek Mill
2 Chainz – Used 2
Johnny Cinco – Wrong Nigga Money
Pusha T – Who I Am feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean
Danny Brown – 25 Bucks
Anna Lunoe – Breathe
Canblaster – Presents ft. Para One (Edit)
Tittsworth – African Drake
Lil Silva – Salient Sarah ft. Sampha
FOTR this week is Chromeo. These legendary Funk Lordz should be familiar to the readers out there as Dave 1 and P-Thugg have been making ridiculous fun and catchy music for well over a decade now. Their 80’s rooted sound and vibe has caught on in many ways since the heyday of blog house and has progressed to a point where it has transcended pop culture. As a testament to their catalog and history, possibly their most famous album just got a special 10 year anniversary reissue. “Fancy Footwork” has been re-released (as “Fancier Footwork”) with all the official remixes and packaged together with a number of special merch items. You can check out all the new items at their merch shop (click the image below) and stay connected with these guys on all the socials.
Stay Up With Chromeo:
So, new albums by Kelela, AC Slater and Jhene Aiko!
Kelela makes pillowy R&B with excellent production, and the album is so consistent that it’s kind of hard to pick a favorite. The whole record is like a breezy nap after epic sex. Jhene Aiko’s record is not a disimilar vibe, but with a few big features, including our favorite rapper turnt singa of the last few, Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd). AC Slater is an old friend, but we’re completely unbiased in saying this album bangs. Outsiders has a UK house sound throughout, with a ton of great vocalists – it’s full on party music for discerning ravers. Alright, we’re off to work on our costumes for Oct 28 at The Bell House, so until next week, keep it wavey.
Watch this video below of DJ Eclipse tearing it up on Funkmaster Flex’s turntables and you might guess he has a superstar attitude to go with his massive skills, but E is truly the nicest dude in the world. We met him at Fat Beats in the 90s, the brick and mortar epicenter of underground hip-hop, where he was the manager. Despite burning the candle at both ends, co-hosting The Halftime Show and DJing for Non Phixion, Eclipse always greeted us with a smile and a pound, and 20 years later, he’s still that humble, friendly guy. You can still catch him burning up the airwaves with the best hip-hop records you’ve never heard before, on Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation (Rap is Outta Control on Monday nights), and follow him on all the socials:
Stay Up With DJ Eclipse:
DJ Stef’s sudden passing this past Sunday is a huge loss. A big homie to nearly every DJ and hip hop fan in the Bay Area, Stef was unfailingly enthusiastic, supportive, and generous. She started the influential Vinyl Exchange zine in the mid-90s championing a golden era of independent hip hop, impacting the taste of a generation of west coast DJs, and helping launch the careers of a huge number of artists. Stef was also an accomplished graphic designer with a long list of clients, including our dear friend Matthew Africa’s “Yay Game: the Best of E-40”. Always supporting live music, DJs, and her friends, we knew we’d see Stef anytime we stopped through the Bay for a gig.
Our love and support goes out to her husband Serg, her family and friends, and everyone who was touched by her, as we were. We love you, Stef, and miss you already. Give Matthew a hug for us; we’re glad you’ll both have a friend to talk music with
We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s party at The Bell House. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past the line and straight through the door to the festivities. If you can’t get any of these tickets in time, don’t worry…there will be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guest this month is Kevlove. We hope to see you all tomorrow night!