FOTR: Khalil

FOTR this week is Khalil, our special guest for this month’s edition of The Rub coming up this Saturday at The Bellhouse. This London native is the co-founder of Livin Proof (LDN) and Back To Live (NYC) and is a relative master at weaving together a fusion of musical styles intended for dance floor utopia. He’s rocked Boiler Room, done mixtapes for Noisey and Highsnobiety, toured all over the world and played all the major club nights and spots like Output, Fabric, Plastic People, Jazz Cafe and more. You can get a taste of his versatility in his recent Central Avenue mix on his Mixcloud. Check that out below along with all his URLs. And don’t miss him on the set this Saturday at The Rub!

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Rub Radio May 2017

Here’s a mix of our favorite new music to get you pumped for The Rub this weekend!


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Run The Jewels – Down (ft. Joi)
Joey Badass – Devastated
Kingdom – Down 4 Whatever (ft. SZA)
Joe Goddard – Truth is Light
Sinjin Hawke – They Can’t Love You (ft. Kah-Lo, Mr Eazi, Davido)
Riton – Money (ft. Kah-Lo, Mr Eazi, Davido)
SoulClap – The Drums (Din Daa Daa) ft. George Kranz
Tuxedo – 2nd Time Around
The Weeknd – Rockin
1-O.A.K. – Dead Wrong

5.22 – That New New


It’s Monday and you know what that means – new music! Miami’s Bruno Mali Kidd just dropped a new tape last week, M.A.D.E. His gruff, rapid-fire flow is complemented by features from Rick Ross, Raheem Devaughn and Ace Hood. Burial has a new EP coming out on 5/26. Both Subtemple and Beachfire are hypnotic ambient soundtracks to your next overdose. If this one is too deep for your tastes, try his remix of Goldie’s classic “Inner City Life” which dropped last month. Thes One and DJ Day have a new EP of groovy instrumental hip-hop and scratching recorded live, with the former on the MPC and the latter on the crossfader. It’s a free download, with vinyl to come. That about does it for today, but watch out for more new music on Rub Radio tomorrow!

The History of Hip Hop 1995 by Brooklyn Radio on

TBT this week to 1995 and a very strong argument year for the “golden era” of rap. Like legitimately, there are too many classic tracks and albums that dropped in 1995 to justifiably mention. Featured here are forever anthems from Mobb Deep, Luniz, Bone Thugs, Biggie, ODB, Three 6 Mafia, Junior M.A.F.I.A, GZA, 2Pac and this track list gets ridiculous in a hurry. With this deft mix of 80+ tracks that absolutely matter, ’95 gets a proper shine in what was one of the most influential years in the history of hip-hop. Stream in full above and grab the download below as well.

Download: History of Hip-Hop Vol. 17: 1995 (right-click, save as)

Artwork by Rhek for Sharks and Hammers

Tracklist after the jump!

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The Rub May 2017

FOTR: Thee Mike B

FOTR this week is the LA forever homie, Thee Mike B. It is believed that he came up with the phrase “a dude among dudes” or at least is the first one fully embody it. He’s been a staple DJ and influencer on the west coast for eons and in recent years, he’s carved out a nice little niche with his Brillstein house music productions. Case in point is his fire new EP on Brobot just out last week. You can peep those vibes below as well as get linked with all the Brillstein socials. If you tight with Mike, he just had a birthday Monday as well. Happy Birthday boss. Hope it was as trill as humanly possible.

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The Rub Is Looking For Designers

Friends & enemies… The Rub is looking for a designer to help us out with flyers and a couple other art projects. If interested, check out our old flyers and hit us up with some examples of your work. Email us at [email protected] if you’re interested!

5.15 – That New New

Time to hit the back 9 of May already (seriously where is they year going so fast?) and TNN continues to keep it all grounded with that good new music consistency. First up is Calvin Harris featuring Future and Khalid on what feels like a Soundcloud era attempt at Daft Punk “Discovery” vibes with rappers and R&B hooks. And it works. Next up is a glimpse at what already feels like a strong contender for LP of the year. Sinjin Hawke pieced together some Kanye beats he submitted into an LP and “They Can’t Love You” is just a sample of it’s awesomeness. Finally, we’ve got a new one from the previously TNN featured F L A C O, which is the first single from his upcoming EP. Check out all 3 in full below.

#TBT – DJ Eleven – J.A. Goods 2

TBT this week looks to Eleven with the irie feels on full display. Roots reggae is some of the most uplifting and genuinely feel good music on the planet and Eleven mixes all hour and 15 mins of it here on J.A. Goods 2 with extreme precision. Revisit this one for your rooftop and outdoor parties if you feel like being the one responsible for immediately enhancing the vibes, as the weather may actually call for said parties sooner than later (we hope). Full stream and download are below.

Download: DJ Eleven – J.A. Goods 2 (right click “save target as”)

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FOTR: Sammy Bananas

FOTR this week is the super longtime Rub homie, Sammy Bananas. This great producer/dj, activist and cool dad is still fighting the good fight in 2017 and we’ve got a couple things to give him dap for. First up is his continued work raising awareness for climate change with DJs for Climate Action. They recently marched in the Climate March in Washington DC and raised $1300 that same night at U Street Music Hall for the People’s Climate Movement. On top of that, he’s dropped some new music under a new alias, El Niño & The Southern Oscillations, that’s just gorgeous. Stay up with the man on the socials below.

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