We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets for tomorrow night’s party and they’re going very fast. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past a long wait in line, regardless of when you show up to The Bell House. Otherwise, The Rub line is always a roadblock by 11:00 pm. So if you don’t want to wait and don’t jump at this deal, you’re unfortunately stuck having to come out early to avoid the chaos. Special guest this month is DJ Mel! See you all tomorrow night.
FOTR this week again is Austin’s DJ Mel, as he’s our guest for The Rub at The Bell House this Saturday. As mentioned before, Mel’s pretty much the man in Austin, TX. Whether it’s been his Rock The Casbah 80’s themed special events, his insanely long running weekly Monday party at Nasty’s or being the official DJ for University of Texas Longhorns basketball, he’s always steady on the grind. What’s brought him to a national stage in recent years is his work DJing events for President Obama in the past and now for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Check out Mel’s slick recent Phife/A Tribe Called Quest tribute mix and all the links to his socials below.
Stay Up With DJ Mel
TNN this week (kinda) got a break from the huge names releasing new projects. With the continued push for daily stimulating content though, there’s still massive amounts of music hitting the interwebs from names big and small. And this week there’s some names out front here you may know but definitely haven’t heard from in awhile. First up is Craig David and his official first comeback solo single “One More Time”. He’s been popping up on a number of collabs over the past few months but here we get his familiar R&B UK Garage flavor we remember so well. Second up is a new heater from YG as he’s been reading his follow up LP to My Krazy Life and this first single with features from Drake and Kamaiyah definitely bumps. Third, we’ve got the first new Sampha sighting in forever and he sounds just as soothing and soulful as ever. Finally, we’ve got hot new kid on the scene, Joey Purp, rocking all over a beat that sounds like the Neptunes at their weirdest with a guest shot from Chance The Rapper. Stream all 4 tunes in full below.
TBT this week to Eleven’s smooth as silk “Soul 1” mixtape that’s been around for quite some time now. It still sounds great to this day primarily because of the classic nature of so much of the tracklist. Blended with ease as he’s well known for doing, Eleven drops essentials from Bobby Womack, Sade, Mary J. Blige, Lonnie Liston Smith, Outkast and more like it’s nothing. Late spring soulful vibes are always very real and this mix is well worth the revisit to tap right into that mindset. Stream and download are below.
FOTR this week is Fool’s Gold co-founder and globetrotting DJ, A-Trak. He’s one of the most influential DJs on the planet and continues to rep for real djs and creatives in everything he does. He’s been a long time friend of The Rub and should really be no stranger to you at this point. It’s crazy to think it’s been almost 20 years since he made history as the youngest DMC winner ever, a record he still holds to this day. In 2016, you can catch A-Trak running all over the world festival circuit and continuing to push his growing arsenal of original productions. His latest tune featuring Phantogram recently went up for streaming and is officially released this coming Friday. Peep it below and follow this “United Hairline” on his socials if you aren’t already.
And hard to believe this is almost two decades old but it’s always worth noting where it all started…
Stay Up With A-Trak
It’s the middle of May and 2016 has already solidified itself as a massive year for new music. Huge releases left and right as the weeks go by and this last week was really no different. Chance The Rapper most likely won the week with the unveiling of his third mixtape “Coloring Book”. The gospel impulse is strong throughout and “Summer Friends” is a favorite on the release that has some Paul Simon “Graceland” vibes going on as well. Post Malone dropped a new mixtape as well and “Money Made Me Do It” with 2 Chainz is an early standout. Father Dude officially released the first single from his upcoming debut EP and “Eyes On You” feels like an instant smash on the first listen. Finally, Kamaiyah dropped her first song since her debut mixtape from a couple months ago and she just stays on fire.
TBT this week is our History of Hip-Hop mix outlining the greatness that was 2001. It’s definitely making us feel a bit old that these songs are 15 years old now and the fact that some of these have been DJ set staples for that long just seems crazy. There is simply a flood of legendary material from 2001 in this mix from the likes of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Ludacris, Outkast, Eve, Nas, Mystikal and Jay-Z. The Neptunes and Timbaland were in top form this year too. It’s ridiculous how much they both provided the soundtrack for everything. Revisit this killer year in Hip-Hop below.
FOTR this week is POOLS, the quirky dj and production duo made up of Thee Mike B and DJ Morsecode. These LA dudes have been friends forever and both been at the DJ game for eons. But a few years ago, they united over their love of pool season (and possibly weed) to create this unique project. Several top notch mixtapes, edits and a stellar LP from last year on Razor-N-Tape later, POOLS is very much a thing in 2016. Since pool season is again upon us, they’ve hit us with another mixtape that deserves repeated listening. Peep the nu nu in …scrumptious wades below and give them a follow on Soundcloud. We think you’ll be glad you did.
Stay Up With POOLS