FOTR: mOma + Guy



FOTR this week is again mOma + Guy. Sure we just featured them a couple months ago with The Rih-Fix and now they are back again with another batch of funky tropical flavored uptempo edits that you basically need in your crates. The “Fake Love” and “Bad & Boujee” flips alone are worth copping here but they all have some flavor. Check the sounds below and jump over to their Bandcamp and “name your price” to snag the full EP.

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FOTR: Lauren Flax



FOTR this week is Lauren Flax. Lauren’s been a massive contributor to the electronic dance music scene in NY over the years with her group CREEP and her constant solo efforts. Her productions and DJing are always top notch and she’s one of our favorite people ever as well. She got a chance to flex a bit recently with a new EP release and a fantastic mix on Jubilee’s “The Pre-Game” radio show for THUMP. Her new EP on Nervous Records is out now. Peep the mix with Jubilee and all her relevant links below.

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FOTR: Grits And Biscuits



The Rub and our friends at Grits & Biscuits have a lot in common. Both of our parties started at the Southpaw (RIP) in Brooklyn. We both celebrate our anniversaries in July. We’ve both taken our parties all over the world. And we both like DJ Toomp a lot!

In their seventh year of a fantastic run, Grits & Biscuits continues to be NYC’s best southern hip hop party. They do it with a simple formula that never fails: hot & sweaty club, lots of pop-lock-and-droppin’, and a welcoming family vibe. They throw one of our favorite parties, and are good people!

Check out this crazy video of their yearly anniversary block party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pej4TvA8UKI

And come learn more this Friday when we team up to provide us all a much needed mental health break to recuperate from all the craziness of 2016 and the first month of 2017. Grab ticket for that here.

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FOTR: Dirtyfinger



FOTR this week is NY DJ Dirtyfinger. He’s definitely one of the hardest working folks in the BK scene and seems to always be rocking somewhere extremely fun whether it’s House of Yes, Tender Trap, Bembe or even overseas backing up the one and only Zebra Katz. You’re guaranteed to have multiple spots to check him every week. Period. And this Saturday he’ll be rocking with us at The Bell House for the January edition of The Rub. Check his fresh mix for #LovelessFM on Lot Radio from last year below. Click some links and give him a follow on the socials as well.

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FOTR: Pushermania



FOTR this week is Matt Sonzala aka Pushermania. He’s a legend in Texas and internet circles for repping all things dope in Texas and in general. As a scene developer and influencer, he’s made his mark over the years as a consultant for music oriented companies, artists, labels, festivals, brands and more. He was also a pretty legendary figure in the Hollerboard days and we absolutely have to give him a nod for helping make Sabbath In The Park the celebrated experience it became. He celebrated a birthday yesterday and has been cranking out a great new podcast on the reg. Give the most recent edition a listen below and click some links to keep tabs on what this dude stays up to.

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FOTR: 2¢



The first FOTR for 2017 is the dudes DJ Craze and Four Color Zack who make up the duo 2¢. We’ve featured them here before and as solo DJs, they should really need no introduction. They’ve just dropped the 3rd edition of their mix series and it’s as tight and inspiring as the first 2. You can stream Part 3 below in full and make sure and follow them on the socials as well. Get up with these guys who you haven’t already as it looks like they will be doing a lot of dates together in the U.S. this year.

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FOTR: Jon Kwest



FOTR this week (and to kick off 2017) is Jon Kwest out of DC. He’s been a heavy contributor to the moombahton scene since the jump and he’s been somewhat of torchbearer when it comes to putting compilations together with a creative spin. Even with it being awhile since his last one dropped, the excitement in the last 24 hours of a new comp for the new year has officially kicked in. “Soulove” is a newly released 18 track collection for charity (put together by other Rub homies such as DJ Melo, Deejay Theory, Doc Adam, Emynd, J-Boogie and others) to support Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Make sure and peep this fresh compilation below to contribute to the cause. Links to Kwest and all his socials are included as well.

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FOTR: DJ Spinbad



FOTR this week is the one and only DJ Spinbad. He’s our special guest this Saturday for New Year’s Eve and he’s one of the baddest djs on the planet. He’s toured all over the world and is the official DJ for world renowned comedian Russell Peters. Spinbad is also one of the most influential mixtape/open format DJ ever. Loved by the likes of DJ AM (RIP), Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak and more…he’s constantly set the standard for what DJs strive to be. His 80’s and 90’s megamix mixtapes continually get heavy burn to this day. We’re stoked to have him hold down the front room at The Bell House this Saturday from start to finish. Peep some mixtape favorites and his links below. And make sure to join us Saturday to ring in 2017.

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RIP JD



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JD at The Rub, 2006ish, by Ian Meyer.

Over the weekend, our good friend Jason Dozier passed away. JD was a fixture at The Rub; he DJed a handful of times and connected us with a lot of DJs and artists from his native Texas, many of whom we’re still close with nearly 15 years later. We’ll remember him as a big-hearted, smart, sarcastic, generous, stubborn, kind and loving friend.

“JD and I recorded the Houston for Dvmmies mixtape at the height of the Houston rap invasion (2004/2005), when the biggest songs on the radio all over the US were Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Chamillionaire. We looked back at the history of Houston rap (and a little Port Arthur), digging into JD’s deep crates and selecting the absolute best jams. Truth be told, he brought 90% of the music, and my role was more like a producer, putting together the mix with him in my home studio on multitrack, and recording and placing the drops (Matt Sonzala and Roxy Cottontail hosted a big Houston rap show during CMJ that year, where we got access to a bunch of the rappers for drops).”

“Although he was a succesful DJ in Texas – ask anyone who was in Houston in the 90s about Cabo Fridays – when he moved to New York, JD started working for a law firm full time, traveling all over the country as an A/V technician in court cases. So this CD wasn’t meant to take him to the next level as a DJ, or make a bunch of money, it was just a fun thing to share the music he loved. But for me, it started a ball rolling that would lead to DJing on tour with Bun B. I’m forever grateful for JD’s friendship, and for his bringing us into his world – like I remember distinctly that he told us when we were going to Austin for SXSW we had to look up his old partner DJ Mel, who became another of our closest friends. He was that dude, a connector. I miss him so much.” – Ayres

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FOTR: Michael The Lion



FOTR this week is Michael The Lion. Formerly known as DJ Apt One, this Philly resident has made a name for himself all over the world as well as his home town. After carving out a name for himself as part of the Philadelphyinz with Skinny Friedman and making some early anthems in the Moombahton movement, he re-branded himself as Michael The Lion to focus on his love of classic disco and house. He’s since developed his Funk Train party in multiple markets, released music on Soul Clap, Razor N Tie and multiple other labels as well as becoming a father. His latest mix and single can be peeped below. Check out some links to keep up with all things Michael The Lion as well.

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