Rub Radio Jan 2017: Dirtyfinger & Brent Tactic

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This month our homies Brent Tactic and Dirtyfinger take over Rub Radio!  They’re both DJing with us at the party on Saturday, so here is a little taste of how it’s going down at The Bell House this weekend.

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FOTR: Brent Tactic

We’re lazy old farts hustling artist-entrepreneurs and we don’t always make time to update our blog, but we have all this great music and culture we like to share – so we’ve brought in a slightly younger fart dynamic social media expert to help us. So this is a massive shout to Brent Tactic for lighting a fire on The Rub blog and keeping it burning! If you haven’t been paying attention, scroll down and check out new songs and videos we love, spotlights on our friends doing cool things, throwback mixes and much more. Incidentally, Brent is also a terrific DJ who recently moved to Brooklyn and he will be rocking with us at The Rub on Saturday! And if you can’t make it in person, do yourself a favor and listen to Brent on Soundcloud.

TNN 2.1.18

“Dat New New” is a Kid Cudi song from 2008 and “That New New” is a weekly feature where we, The Rub, tell you about new music we rate.

The Migos – Walk It Talk It (ft. Drake)

Migos have a new album called Culture II which is about four hours too long but there are a good handful of diamonds in that rough, especially the songs with features. 21 Savage, Cardi B, 2 Chainz and Drake all bring an element of surprise to what is otherwise a fairly unremarkable project from the hugely influential Atlanta trio.

Okay Kaya – IUD

Here’s what you need to know: Okay Kaya is from Norway, this beat is like a slow wave syrup rolling onto a tropical beach, and the lyrics are about going to the clinic with her boyfriend to get a birth control implant. Fun story: my Swedish friend pronounces “Planned Parenthood” as “Planet Parenthood,” which sounds like an infinitely more cheerful place. Which is as good a place as any to transition to the Young Fathers.

Young Fathers – In My View

Brent Tactic sent this one over and we were not up on Young Fathers, who sound a little like TuneYards – bespoke, distorted beats and more or less traditional indie vocals. It works though!

Listen to all 3 songs plus new ones from Chromeo and The-Dream, Keys N Krates and Drake below:

The Rub January Flyer

Saturday, January 27
The Rub
DJ Eleven & DJ Ayres
with guests
Uproot Andy, Sammy Needlz & Brent Tactic
The Bell House
149 7th St. BK NY
door by Rahnon

1.27 – Skip-the-line

We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s party at The Bell House. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past the line and straight through the door to the festivities. If you can’t get any of these tickets in time, don’t worry…there will be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guests this month are Uproot Andy, Sammy Needlz and Brent Tactic. We hope to see you all tomorrow night!


TNN: 1.16.18

A ton of new music is out so we’re just going to run through some of our favorite loosies:

Keys N Krates – Do What U Do

Keys N Krates are back with a fresh sound for 2018 on their new single. This one is way more in the mid-tempo Kaytranada world than their usual trapper fare – and listen, we’re here for both styles! But it’s a really fun release to set off their big US tour. Go see them, you will be blown away, we promise!

Gent & Jawns – Champion Sound

New Gent & Jawns is in entirely the opposite direction – “Champion Sound” is a full on dubstep laser fest, sure to start a mosh pit.

Jay Rock – King’s Dead ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake

Rob Pursey said it best – “Yo Kendrick – so you think you’re the only one who can do stupid voices? Hold my beer” – Future. This is another single from the Black Panther and it’s a little extra, IDK maybe it will grow on us?

Kami – Payload

Really really infectious! This one feels like a hit.

Ryan Hemsworth & NewAgeMuzik – Four Seasons

This is airport reggae of the very highest caliber.

Lil Uzi Vert – Mood

Out of everyone in the mumble generation, Lil Uzi Vert delivers with the most consistency and most charisma.

Kali Uchis – After The Storm (ft. Tyler the Creator and Bootsy Collins)

Brent Tactic always sends us cool stoney R&B, and this one is especially dope.

TNN 12.11

We had some tracks lined up for today and then Brent Tactic sent four absolute heatrocks for consideration so we’re highlighting those instead! As always, you can stream these in our That New New Playlist at the bottom of this post, or click the links below for each individual track.

Statik Selektah – 8

Statik’s the rare producer who has his roots in the MPC era of 90s rap but also has impeccable taste in new hip-hop, and his new album reflects that balance. The list of features is crazy, like a true school version of a DJ Khaled album: Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Action Bronson, 2 Chainz, G-Eazy, The Lox, really too many to list… Sean Price and Prodigy make appearances from beyond the grave, and Malice of The Clipse even comes out of retirement for a verse.

Stwo – Over U

My god, this one is just gorgeous. Stwo is a French producer who found a home at OVO after coming to Noah “40” Shebib’s attention. We highly recommend digging into his catalog, especially “Neither Do I” ft. Jeremih, “Haunted,” and Drake’s “Western Road Flows,” which he coproduced. But back to “Over U,” the bassline reminds us of The Streets “Blinded By The Light” progression, but played on a layered sub / pretty synth combo, while UKG percussion shuffles along and R&B vocal samples bring on the feelings – but words can only do it so much justice, so the thing to do is listen right now.

Bekon – Cold As Ice

Bekon sort of reminds us of Tuxedo, with classic 60s-style R&B harmonies, over a more contemporary, yet dreamy, sound pallet. A quick google reveals Bekon to be Dan Tannenbaum, who contributed to several tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Maybe it’s because we’re listening on a freezing Monday morning, but “Cold As Ice” is more or less a perfect song.

Ravyn Lenae – Sticky

What if there was a TLC tribute group that changed all the lyrics to be about marijuana, and they were called THC? Ravyn Lenae’s influences are probably more like Erykah Badu and Georgia Anne Muldrow with a little Santogold, that quirky weirdo R&B lane, but her love song to the sticky icky is just what the dispensary doctor ordered. The off-kilter beat is provided by Steve Lacy, another Kendrick Lamar colloborator (, and the youngest member of The Internet.

All these and more from OBillz, Sharon Jones, Big Sean & Metro Boomin:

6.24 – Skip-the-line Tickets

Avoid the side eye, buy your advance tickets!

We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s party at The Bell House. $15 (all in…no fees) jumps you right past the line and straight through the door to the festivities. If you can’t get any of these tickets in time, don’t worry…there will be plenty of tickets at the door. Special guests this month are Big Jacks and Brent Tactic. We hope to see you all tomorrow night!


4/25 – Skip-the-line tickets

We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets for tomorrow’s party and they’re going fast. $15 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, advice is to come out early. Special guests this month are DJ Knife from Boston and recent BK transplant, Brent Tactic.

New Rub Radio is up as well to get you fully primed for Saturday night.

Listen here: April Rub Radio.


Kendrick Lamar “Hood Politics”

We’re jumping off a weekly feature on The Rub site where we highlight new music we love. Brent Tactic came up with the idea, and he’ll probably do most of the heavy lifting but I wanted to set it off, mostly because I’m listening to this Kendrick album and I’ve got some opinions (just what the internet needs!). I fucking loved his last album, but I also can’t deal with squawky free jazz at all, so I’m really having a hard time with this new one. Challenging listeners is great, bravo for that, but nails on the chalkboard is nails on the chalkboard. But even if I was hoping for more “m.A.A.d city” and less Pharaoh Sanders, Kendrick’s rapping is stellar throughout To Pimp A Butterfly, and he’s talking about important shit. I picked “Hood Politics” to highlight – the writing is fucking exceptional and we get a break from the saxturbation and funny voices in favor of spacy keyboards and a funny hook. Even if this song doesn’t do it for you, I recommend you dig in to the album – it’s absolutely worth a listen, to hear what Kendrick is saying at the very least.