This is The Rub’s first ever release of original music, with vocals from Natalie Storm, Misun, Tatiana Owens and Bigg Base. It’s super varied, from 70 BPM deep 808 vibes all the way up to 130 BPM dancehall / bass music, some soul and some rap and some pop. Kind of like a Rub party! The EP is exclusively on iTunes this week, then it will be in full release Wednesday June 19th, both for free on The Rub website and for sale on all digital outlets.
With their self-titled EP, The Rub, the duo behind the monthly party that the Village Voice deemed NYC’s best, release four new songs that, in the spirit of the party, bring the heat across genre. Although their It’s the Motherfuckin’ Remix mixtape series received praise in outlets like Spin, Pitchfork, and MTV, The Rub EP is the group’s first release of original music.
Where opener “Feel You” places D.C. singer Misun over an electronic soul track worthy of Portishead, “Dutty Gal” (featuring Natalie Storm) increases the BPMs and lowers the bass, delivering a peak hour electro-dancehall rattler in the vein of DJ Zinc and Major Lazer. “Black & White,” meanwhile, is a radio-ready NYC rap track with hard verses from Bronx newcomer Bigg Base and a big hook from Tatiana Owens, and instrumental closer “At Night” offers uneasy late night ambience with deep bass and rolling 808s that recall the work of producers like SBTRKT and Ryan Hemsworth.
In the coming weeks expect a Fader mix (June 18), a remix EP (mid July), and more sweaty nights at The Rub, where DJs Ayres and Eleven will keep you dancing early into the morning (every last Saturday at the Bell House).
DJ Eleven feat. Sharina Doyle by 11InchRecords
At my other other other job, at 11 Inch Records, we’re celebrating the release of “Diamond”, the solo debut by Kutcorners, a great Vancouverite & friend of The Rub. It is an absolutely irresistible track that captures the best of 80s New Wave and Boogie and features the vocals of Curtis Santiago. Kutcorners channels the sounds of Luther Vandross, Nu Shooz, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, all the while adding a crisp production twist that kills dancefloors. There’s also additional remixes of “Diamond” included in this EP from an incredible group of producers: PPP/The Bling 47 Group’s Waajeed, San Francisco’s J-Boogie (OM Records), Kutcorner’s Canadian brothers Audience, DJ DRM (Bastard Jazz), and New Zealand’s She’s So Rad. Plus, it also has illmatic art by the one & only Kalani Fujimori.
The only days I wake up well before the alarm clock goes off are the days that I’ve got a new release from 11 Inch Records hitting the stores. So at 7:15 this morning, I was up-and-at-’em banging away at buy links & facebook sharing and the like spreading the word about yet another release that I’m really genuinely excited about. I’ll let the press release tell the story:
After years of rocking shows around the world with his partners in Tanya Morgan, Donwill has finally taken time to carve out his niche as a soloist. Following the critical acclaim of Tanya Morgan’s first two LPs Moonlighting and Brooklynati and his solo project, Don Cusack in High Fidelity, the native son of Cincinnati has teamed up with 11 Inch Records to release a single off of the album entitled “Love Junkie”.
The Wallpaper produced a-side is a funky ode to one night stands. Germany’s So Shifty flips it into a dancefloor filing UK Funky-influenced bass heavy banger. And “Look At Me”, an all new b-side produced by 1-O.A.K. of the Honor Roll, calls out all the silly behavior that goes on at music industry parties the world over. And, of course, Kalani nailed the art once again!
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Featuring art by Kalani and remixes by our buddies Kutcorners, Sammy Bananas, Emynd, Sticky Noodles (Cobra Krames & DJ Morsy), Audience (Illo & Kaem) and Skinny Friedman, The Kickdrums “Something’s Gotta Give” EP on 11 Inch Records can be found at these fine establishments:
We’ll be celebrating the release at Brooklyn Bowl tonite from 8PM on with The Kickdrums performing & DJ sets by Terry Urban, Tilla from The Kickdrums, and Eleven. It’s free all night! (Flyer after the jump.)
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I’ve been a fan of The Kickdrums since I first heard their David Axelrod flipping “Just A Game” in 2009. But Fitts & Tilla have been on their grind a lot longer than that and their discography is crazy. They’ve produced for 50 Cent, Chamillionaire, Joell Ortiz, Little Brother, Ray Cash, Ben Harper, and Good Charlotte, to name a handful of their credits.
On Feb 21st, 2011, I’m dropping their ‘Something’s Gotta Give” EP on 11 Inch Records. (It includes remixes by Kutcorners, Sammy Bananas, Emynd, Sticky Noodles, Audience, and Skinny Friedman.) But first! It’s time for a look back at some of my favorite of their jams. With appearances by the RZA, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Joell Ortiz, Wale, Young Chris, and Peter Bjorn & John, I give you The Kickdrums at their finest.
DJ Eleven & The Kickdrums – That’s Them!
The Kickdrums – We Can’t Go Home Anymore My Love
The Kickdrums – Just A Game feat. Joell Ortiz
Kanye West – Good Morning (The Kickdrums remix)
Kid Cudi – Sky High
The Kickdrums – Things Work Out
Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About (The Kickdrums remix feat. Wale and Young Chris)
The Kickdrums – I’m Gonna Dress in Black
The Kickdrums – Optimistic Captive
Ben Harper – Lay There And Hate Me (The Kickdrums remix)
The Kickdrums – Love Buzz
The Kickdrums – Perfect World feat. RZA (remix)
The Kickdrums – Love Is A Drug
The Kickdrums – Somethings Gotta Give (Kutcorners remix)