FOTR: Keys N Krates



Canadian trio Keys N Krates have been longtime ‘Friends of The Rub’ so featuring them this week for FOTR was an easy choice, if not an overdue one. These dudes have been diving into the live music combined with dj oriented sounds and electronic music vibes since all the way back in 2008 and the past few years have really seen the project take off. World travels and festivals have become common place and as have successful tunes and videos like their recent win at the Much Music Video Awards for Best EDM/Dance Video for “Keep It 100″, their collaboration with fellow Rub homie Grandtheft. They recently released their first single of 2015 as well in “Save Me” featuring Katy B on vocal duty. Stream it now and clicks some links so you can stay connected with the crew.

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Nef The Pharaoh – Big Tymin’



Although Nef The Pharaoh’s “Big Tymin'” has been out for a minute and already became local Bay Area hit, it’s taken on a new life as we’re smack in the middle of 2015 and everyone seems to be looking for that “song of the summer”. This week’s #TNN (That New New) is giving some added shine to this tune and Nef, who’s now signed with E-40’s Sic-Wid-It label. The title alone suggests classic era Cash Money feels and that’s exactly what you get here, with some Bay Area flair of course. The effortless flow from Nef is incredibly fun and it’s easy to tell why this tune continues to gain legs. Is this the rap tune of the summer? Who knows really, but it’s definitely in heavy rotation around these parts.


6/27 – Skip-the-line-tickets



We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets for tomorrow’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 NYC DJ/Producer Sammy Needlz.

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FOTR: Sammy Needlz



Since it’s “Rub Week” and all, FOTR (Friends of the Rub) this week features this month’s special guest Sammy Needlz. This NY based Producer/DJ is a longtime staple at Shade45 on SiriusXM and has traveled all around the world to rock various different club scenes. In recent years, he’s begun 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. We’re expecting him to bring the ruckus 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 Serato below.

SeratoCast Mix 30 – Sammy Needlz by Serato on Mixcloud

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Black Scale x The Rub



New tasty summer mix for Black Scale clothing from ‪#‎itstherub‬ up now. Stream and download below.

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If you’ve been following the most recent incarnation of the beat scene movement in electronic music, Mr. Carmack has to be a name you’ve come across. This extremely talented producer has carved out an amazing lane for himself by randomly releasing tunes basically whenever he feels like it, without the usual internet fanfare of a blog premiere or some huge press look. He drops tunes (like he did over the weekend) just because and people go nuts. Four tunes magically appeared since Saturday on his secondary Soundcloud page (one since has been taken down), but this remix for Duckworth’s “Time Travel” feels like the class of the bunch and we’re featuring it for this week’s #TNN (That New New). The analog drum double time freak out that flips into a quintessential Carmack neck breaker is basically everything. Stream it below to hear exactly what I’m talking about.


#TBT DJ Eleven – Best of the Bay 2



With Str8 West Coastin’ kicking off at Project Parlor this Saturday in Bed-Stuy and the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Finals this week, it only makes sense to #TBT to the second half of Eleven’s Best of the Bay mix. Much like the first half, Eleven runs through classics on all levels of West Coast hip-hop that it feels like it’s easily the most appropriate soundtrack right now. West Coast is the best coast as they say right? Well maybe at least for this week.

Best of the Bay 2 by Djeleven on Mixcloud

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FOTR: Morgan Geist



FOTR (Friend Of The Rub) this week is NYC native Morgan Geist who’s been a true American innovator on the electronic music scene for over 20 years now. Whether through the extremely influential group Metro Area, the UK chart topping Storm Queen project or his own solo aliases, Geist has had his hands in so much for so long it’s kind of crazy to peep his resume at this point. Via his own Environ label imprint, he debuted a new project just last week called The Galleria that has our collective ears and feet buzzing. The A side “Calling Card” is featured below and bounces along with such a crazy old school freestyle vibe and it’s been on constant repeat. Snag the whole EP HERE as well as it’s all extremely well done.

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Bobby Raps & Corbin – Frozen Tundra



While Minnesota has been a relative hot bed for independent hip-hop and the like for some time now as Atmosphere & the Rhymesayers camp, along with Doom Tree and others all have a storied history…something else noteworthy is going on. And it’s a group of teenagers from St. Paul that are quietly releasing music whenever they feel like it that has the internet currently on constant watch. Corbin (aka Spooky Black) broke through in 2014 with a couple mixtapes and other random releases that started this flood of attention and he just released a fantastic EP earlier this month with Bobby Raps. Couch Potato is a haunting and emotive release as Corbin has a voice like no one else in music right now and this very cohesive “name your price” EP is available HERE. Also peep our choice cut “Frozen Tundra” below as this weeks #TNN (That New New).