Rub Radio April 2015

Rub Radio (April 2015) by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

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Shlohmo – Beams

Shlohmo has been someone to watch in the electronic music underground for some time now as he’s one of the reasons why the west coast beat scene ever became a thing in recent years. As his slow, sometimes brooding music has built a steady fan base for him over time…it was his collaborations with singer Jeremih that really made a number of listeners (and the press) take note. He released his new solo album, Dark Red, earlier this month on True Panther/We Did It and it’s a bit of a sonic departure for him. It’s interesting to hear how the distorted electronic R&B type sounds he helped popularize have now evolved into more experimental soundscapes that more closely resemble My Bloody Valentine and Squarepusher, as if sounds and ideas in the electronic underground have almost come full circle. “Beams”, one of our favorites from this bold new LP, is featured below for this week’s That New New.

#TBT DJ Ayres – Space ‘N Faders

There’s just something about dance tunes from the 1980’s that always makes me incredibly happy. The energy and vibe of the music from this time period was unprecedented and laid a huge foundation for dance music as a whole. For our #TBT this week, we take a look back at DJ Ayres and his Space ‘N Faders mix, which he laced with great tracks from this era. Classics from the likes of Shannon, Depeche Mode, Rockwell, Nu Shooz and so many more essentials make up this excellent tracklist. Cool story about this mix is that it was Ayres’ first ever mix for Turntable Lab back in 2000 and Scott from Ten Deep did the cover art to completely compliment the vibe. Stream and download are below.

DJ Ayres – Space ‘N Faders by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

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FOTR: Mike 2600

Back-to-back weeks here for FOTR and we’re featuring next level artist/graphic design types. This week is our upper Midwest brethren, Mike 2600 from Minneapolis. Chances are you’ve seen Mike’s solo designs or work for Burlesque of North America on a tour poster, t-shirt, vinyl artwork or even in print at some point in time over the years, and hopefully you’ve taken notice. Mike’s been one of our favorite artists for as long as we can remember and he’s easily one of the best all-around dudes to top it all. He’s also a stellar dj as well as you can hear in this set from last year. Make sure to click some links and catch up with the self proclaimed “record selector/vector inspector” below.


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Burlesque of North America


ILOVEMAKONNEN is already winning and he comes across as one of the more likable artists in rap these days. He just recently dropped his Drink More Water 5 mixtape and there’s a number of ballads on it that make this project stand out. For That New New this week, I picked out one of my favorites in “Slow It Down”. A simple drum pattern with a playful, yet dissonant melody lay the foundation for ILOVEMAKONNEN to go off. Emotional inflection in his voice is always there even on his club friendly cuts, but it really shines here specifically on this tune in a way that was surprising to me. This whole mixtape is tight and is available for free download as well.

#TBT DJ Eleven – Best of the Bay 1

The Bay Area has always been one of the most influential regions for hip-hop and rap music, whether it’s fully realized or not. It’s been one of my favorite scenes as well on a personal tip, especially since it’s frequently been so rooted in ’70s and 80’s funk music. For our #TBT this week, we revisit the first half of Eleven’s Best of the Bay mix and it’s thick with so many names and artists from this scene that you really should already be familiar with. Whether it’s well known names like Too $hort, E-40 and Mac Dre or the lesser known acts like 415, The Whoridas and Casual…this entire mix slaps and is more than worth the listen. Links to stream and download, per usual, are below.

Best of the Bay 1 by Djeleven on Mixcloud

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Chilly Gonzales

These videos from Chilly Gonzales are brilliant. Check them out if you haven’t!

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FOTR: Rhek

FOTR this week is Rhek and this is truly a dude who seems to do it all. After bouncing around a bit once leaving his home growing up in Nova Scotia, he settled in Vancouver in 2000 where he has thrived as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and dj/nightlife enthusiast. His art and graphic design may be the most recognizable at first glance with his numerous cover art pieces over the years for T&A and his current flyer work for The Rub. His recently closed boutique, Sharks and Hammers, had been open since 2009 and was a true cornerstone in Vancouver (and online). His contributions to nightlife are vast with his dj nights over the years such as RAP. and Heavy Gold. It’s now all about Rhek Creative, Welcome to Jankytown and Stay Wavy, which are all linked below. Peep all of those underneath some of his graphic designs to connect and follow our talented friend.

Stay Wavy No.13.05 by Rhek on Mixcloud

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Welcome To Jankytown
Cargo Collective

SoySauce has been a bit of a mystery since debuting around a year ago and I’ve personally been a bit confused with it from the jump. Things have stabilized a bit with the project over the last few months by becoming a duo and their last couple tunes have definitely caught my ear. Their latest is a flip of Stalking Gia‘s “Born Free” and it’s our choice for That New New this week. There’s been a nice string of vibe heavy midtempo tunes as of late that have a bit of a pop flair and SoySauce slides right into this zone with great success. It’s damn near Moombahsoul with arena appeal to be completely honest but don’t let that deter your listening experience. Free download is added on this as well in exchange for a ToneDen follow for those DJs looking for an immediate new warm-up set weapon.

It’s definitely hard to believe these records in today’s #TBT mix are already 10 years old, but that is indeed the case. 2005 was a very interesting year as Kanye was just beginning to breakout as a rap star after an extremely prolific run of records from behind the boards. Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 became one of the blueprints for trap music. 50 Cent and G-Unit still had much of the industry on lock and The Game was still in G-Unit for part of ’05. Mr. Collipark was quietly running the club rap game on the production front and hyphy music was starting to bubble up from the west coast underground. Straight up, the number of tracks on this tracklist that still get weekly play from DJs is unreal. Revisit The Rub’s Hip-Hop History 2005 Mix, mixed by DJ Eleven, below.

The Rub’s Hip-Hop History 2005 Mix by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

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