FOTR: Sammy Needlz

FOTR (Friends of the Rub) this week and this month’s special guest is NY’s own Sammy Needlz. Sammy is Producer/DJ/doer-of-all and is a decade plus staple at Shade45 on SiriusXM with fellow FOTR Statik Selectah. He’s also traveled all around the world to rock various different club scenes and recently he’s started to spread his wings as a budding tour manager for a steady roster of top shelp EDM talent. Over the past several years, he’s also started to heavily focus on working in the studio and being involved with the creation of original music, whether it’s his own or his A&R efforts on a number of current projects. Behind the decks though is his ultimate safe space and we’re expecting him to really come with it on Saturday at the Bell House. So make sure and pop in the front room to check out what this dude can bring to the tables. For now, check is his latest mix for DJ City below.

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Rub Radio August 2017

Rub Radio is coming in hot for August with a roundup of summer bangers. We set it off with a plethora of new hip-hop from the likes of French Montana, Vince Staples, and Texas legends Z-Ro and Trae. Then we go into stellar new dance cuts from Kah-lo, Jim-E Stack and Claus Casper w/ Jean Phillips. Give it a spin this week before hitting The Bell House this Saturday night!

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French Montana – A Lie (ft. The Weeknd & Max B)
Tyga – Run It Back (ft. Young Thug)
Z-Ro – He’s Not Done Yet
Trae – Thuggin (ft. Young Thug & Skippa da Flippa)
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Drowning (Water) ft. Kodak Black
Vince Staples – Love Can Be… (ft. Damon Albarn, Kilo Kish, Ray J & GTA)
Janet Jackson – Someone To Call My Lover (James Patrick Drum Dub)
Kah-lo – Fasta (ft. Riton)
Claus Casper & Jean Philips – Shameless
Jim-E Stack – Dreamt
Alunageorge – Turn Up The Love
Count Bass D – Too Much Pressure (ft. Snoop Dogg)
Tuxedo – July (Sly & Robbie’s Dub)

Favorite Things Vol. 1 edition of Rub Radio from last year was a new theme to an old tried and true idea. The goal is to do mixes with some of our favorite records of all time. The idea is to approach making a mix like you would back in high school, where you put on songs you love and want to share with a crush, or your best friend. Maybe time for round two of this soon? Revisit this great series kick-off from Ayres with the stream above and the free download below.

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FOTR: Fool’s Gold

FOTR this week is the team that is Fool’s Gold Records. Founded by A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs and Dust La Rock (RIP) in 2007, they’ve branded themselves as a true innovator and tastemaker in terms of the music they release and how they present themselves as an entity in the music business. They’ve always been super supportive of The Rub and we consider them family for it. This coming Saturday is Fool’s Gold Day Off NYC at the Coney Art Walls and features a crazy lineup of acts like Jay Electronica, Flosstradamus, boss man A-Trak, PNB Rock, recently added Trippie Redd and many others. Tickets can still be copped right HERE. Don’t miss it!

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8.14 – That New New

TNN rolls along as Summer really feels like it’s winding down somewhat and it is really only a matter of time before it’s pumpkin spice everything everywhere. There are some big releases around the corner (as there are everywhere) and this time and we’ve got a couple in this weeks nu nu. First up is the second offering from Queens of the Stone Age’s new LP produced by Mark Ronson due at the end of the month. Does it save Rock ‘N Roll from it’s inevitable demise? Probably not but it sounds as healthy as rock has sounded in years. Next up is the first sign of the return of Kelela (FINALLY). After lacing the world with her debut EP almost half a decade ago, she’s been mute. “LMK” is such a great return and we get a full LP in October. Finally is the ever consistent and fresh Brock Hampton with their latest. Feels like the drop something weekly at this point and it’s always dope. Check out all three in full below.

The Rub August 2017

TBT this week takes us back to 2008 with our History of Hip-Hop mix. This interesting year of rap was peppered with a number of interesting tracks and trends. “Royal Flush” noted the beginning of the end of Outkast as a group project, even though the tune itself was so tough. Rick Ross really started to spread his wings as a super star with “The Boss”, which also featured T-Pain who was in the midst of a multi-year flex. Lil Wayne was securing his place as the “best rapper alive” with “A Milli”, arguably his most important tune ever. Acts like Pitbull, John Legend Common, Flo Rida and Snoop Dogg all started experimenting with dance-y tunes and faster tempos. Yes hip-hop was alive and well in 2008. Revisit this mix with the stream above and the free download below.

History of Hip-Hop 2008 (right-click, save as)
artwork by Rhek (Sharks & Hammers)

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FOTR: Anna Lunoe

FOTR this week is Anna Lunoe. She’s established herself as a true mogul in dance music after relentless touring, making the Hyperhouse brand explode through her Beats 1 Radio show as well as steadily releasing music with her production work and vocal prowess. In the U.S. alone, she’s gone from playing illegal warehouse raves to less than 100 people in Kansas City close to 10 years ago (I was there) to touring with folks like Jack U and playing every major festival stage you can think of. She closed out a long run of constant touring this past weekend at the 10 year anniversary of HARD Summer while 8 months pregnant. She’s about to take an extended break to have her baby and we wish her and her family the absolute best. Check out her latest single below and make sure to keep up with Anna on all her socials.

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8.7 – That New New

TNN for August starts the flex with some killer next “electronic” tunes from some friends, some familiar names and maybe 1 that’s brand new to you. First up is a brand new one from DJ Sliink who’s been relatively quiet since signing with OWLSA. Maybe this is the sign that’s about to change with this fresh club banger featuring Skrillex and Wale. Second is a brand new single from DJDS (Jerome LOL and Samo Soundboy) that’s simply gorgeous. Their post “Life of Pablo” contributions are sounding great so far. Finally, we’ve got a cut from the brand new LP from NY duo HDLSS that’s super playful and poppy. Check out all 3 in full below.

This week for TBT, we dig deep into The Rub mixtape lore and revisit “The Glamorous Life” mix put together by Eleven and Ayres. It was the first of three and featured classic Boogie / R&B / New Jack Swing cuts from the likes of Sheila E, Bobby Brown, SOS Band, Vanity, Gap Band + so many more. Listen above or download here(right click, save).