This Saturday we are celebrating The Rub 15 year anniversary. It’s remarkable to look back at the beginning of the party – Giuliani was mayor, downtown Manhattan was a mess (including nightlife), and Brooklyn only had a handful of proper clubs. In fact Southpaw was the largest club we’d ever promoted ourselves, and here we have to give a huge shoutout to Mikey Palms for having the vision to put us in there, since we wouldn’t have had the ambition to try and fill a venue that big, certainly not monthly. But the first night was super fun, and word spread fast that there was a party in Park Slope with all the music you grew up on mixed with all the new sh*t – hip-hop, yes, but also disco, eighties, house, dancehall, funk. The cover was $3, smoking was still allowed in bars, drinks were cheap, party photography wasn’t a thing yet, and MySpace didn’t exist, much less Facebook. We would print our posters at Kinko’s and staple them up around the neighborhood, but mostly we grew because people told their friends that they didn’t have to go to Manhattan to dance on the first Saturday every month. Of course back then The Rub wasn’t the only thing we had going on – we were releasing mix CDs and playing other parties – but The Rub started getting press, including a writeup in the New York Times alongside Hollertronix and Danger Mouse, and a pick for best new party in the Village Voice. That led to touring the US, Canada and overseas, and we began sharing our stage with DJs from all over the world, who we met in our travels. Then, after nearly ten years of lines around the block, Southpaw was abruptly sold, and we scrambled to find a new venue in the neighborhood, with The Bell House being really the only serious contender. All of a sudden we found ourselves in an even bigger club, a little further south but for us that just meant no more noise complaints! And though our goal was just to survive, somehow the party kept growing, each month more packed than the last.
This Saturday, we drink to you! If it wasn’t for all the people who keep coming to dance month after month, year after year, we would have given up on our dreams and gotten day jobs a long time ago. And not to beat our chests too hard, but in a time when the city’s landscape is littered with mainstream EDM clubs owned by big corporations, New York nightlife needs The Rub!
We’ve got 100 skip-the-line tickets available now for tomorrow night’s 15 year anniversary 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 DJ mOma and Max Glazer. We hope to celebrate with you all tomorrow night!
Our second FOTR this anniversary week is Max Glazer. It’s been awhile since he’s guested with The Rub but we’re very excited to have him back. He’s a terrific DJ and his unique Dancehall/Reggae vibe is something we love and feel it really compliments our “play everything” approach.
Max is part of Federation Sound with Kenny Meez and they together have become a worldwide force in reggae music. The pair have a fantastic radio show on RBMA that airs every third Wednesday of the month. Make sure to check out the most recent episode featuring Estelle and Tarrus Riley that’s embedded below. Max also just returned from touring in support of Chronixx, one of the biggest names currently in revival reggae.
Max is a longtime friend and we’re really in for a treat Saturday as dancehall and reggae have seen such a welcomed resurgence in popularity in and out of the club. This set is not to be missed!
Stay Up With Max Glazer:
Our first FOTR this anniversary week is DJ mOma. He’s guested with us at The Rub so many times at this point over the years now that he’s basically Rub family. He’s also no stranger to our FOTR section either. (Like here, here and here.)
In case you aren’t up on his steady stream of NY visibility and work, his Everyday People party is one of the best parties in the city and very recently got this glowing feature article in the New York Times. Along with Eli Escobar, another long-time FOTR, Mo has a years long residency at Le Bain called Dance Dance Dance and he regularly fills in for ?uestlove at his Bowl Train party at Brooklyn Bowl. Don’t sleep on these mOma + Guy tracks and edits either.
A great dude, an always inspiring party rocker, and a true music head. You can be guaranteed mOma’s going to play an amazing set for our 15th anniversary celebration this Saturday!
Stay Up With DJ mOma:
There’s no way we could fit all the songs that defined The Rub over the last 15 years into an hour-long mix, though we’ll try to cram them into six hours at the party on Saturday. Instead we hit record and played songs that sound great mixed one after another, from hip-hop to funk to afro-house to freestyle to electro to disco to R&B to reggae. Big love goes to Spin for premiering the mix!
Intro (Sam & Dave “Soul Sister, Brown Sugar”)
Freeway – What We Do (ft. Jay-Z)
Jay-Z – Roc Boys
Choppa – Choppa Style (ft. Master P)
T.I. – Ball (ft. Lil Wayne)
A$AP Rocky – Fuckin Problem (ft. Drake & Kendrick Lamar)
Vince Staples – Big Fish (ft. Juicy J)
E-40 – Function (ft. YG, Iamsu & Problem)
Too $hort – Keep Bouncin (ft. Snoop Dogg)
Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – Blow Your Head
Breakestra – Cramp Your Style
Syl Johnson – Different Strokes
Lee Fields – Money I$ King
Main Source – Live at the Barbecue
EPMD – Rampage (ft. LL Cool J)
Ding Dong – Badman Forward (Smutlee Tambourine Remix)
Q-Tip – Manwomanboogie ft. Amanda Diva
Africanism – Viel ou La (Disgraceland Edit)
Circle Children – Zulu
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)
Corina – Temptation
Miami Sound Machine – Dr. Beat
Mylo – Drop The Pressure
Uffie – ADD SUV (Armand Van Helden Club Remix)
Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)
The-Dream – Walking On the Moon (U-Tern Lightning Blend)
Mary J Blige – Just Fine
Dan Hartman – Relight My Fire
Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Chaka Khan – Clouds
DJ Khaled – Shining (ft. Beyonce & Jay-Z)
Twista – Overnight Celebrity (ft. Kanye)
The Diplomats – Dipset Anthem
Buju Banton – Buju Moving
Sean Paul – Punkie
Mr Vegas – Mus Come A Road (Prince Klassen Remix)
TNN this week is shining the light on the newcomers and undiscovered talent floating under the radar. We’ve featured a ton of music from the big names over the course year as they are steady dropping great new music. But there’s always some good stuff coming from the underdogs as well. We kick it off with a new one from Amine, who’s been featured in this section before. His debut LP is about to drop on Friday and this new one with Offset is an instant “gets stuck in your brain” type of record. Next we’ve got a brand new melancholy and melodic joint from long time under the radar producer Jim-E Stack. His new EP is dropping the first week of August. Finally we’ve got some indie dancetronica pop from Kid Froopy who’s been making some interesting waves in 2017 if you’ve been paying attention. Stream all 3 in full below.
#TBT this week to The Rub’s History of Hip Hop mix from 2002, the year in which The Rub was conceived. Of course, leave the 2002 version of this series to be one of our favorites. Seriously though, 2002 was an amazing year for rap with Cam’ron’s Rocafella debut, Clipse flipping everyone on their ear with their first officially released LP, Scarface dropped a classic in The Fix and so many of the big party cuts became instant classics…all of which helped build the foundation that became The Rub then and now, 15 years later. Revisit this stellar mix with a stream above or a download below.
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Words by DJ Eleven:
Goapele and The Rub go back like babies and pacifiers. We’ve been friends since before “Closer” reached undeniable classic status, before we remixed “Hey Boy”, before she just dropped her 5th and newest release “Dreamseeker”, and before she broke down “Stand” from her new album for Song Exploder. Like every single one of her releases, “Dreamseeker” is beautiful, honest, and thoughtful, and her commitment to social justice hasn’t wavered. We’re bummed we missed her in NYC a couple months ago but she’s doing shows across the country this summer and fall, so keep an eye on her social media and be sure you don’t make the same mistake.
Stay Up With Goapele
TNN this week keeps the summer hot with a trifecta of fresh new tunes for your eardrums. First up is a super interesting collaboration from Lana Del Rey featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti that sounds like a train wreck on paper but the finished product (featured on her brand new LP) is pretty dang solid. Next up is a new one from Bobby Raps’ new LP “Mark” that recently dropped. The Minnesota native continues to blur the lines and definitely has mainstream appeal…but absolutely prefers to keep it weird and underground. Lastly, we’ve got a swanky dancefloor ready remix of SZA’s “The Weekend” from Zikomo, who’s been making a habit of keeping his flips super fun and funky as of late. Stream all 3 in full below.
TBT this week back to one of the mixes Ayres dropped as a series with the insanely talented Mike 2600 designing all the cover art. This week, we go back to DJ Ayres’ Laboratory set that’s loaded with catchy indie dance tunes, remixed pop gems, snap rap classics and some tastefully turnt levels sprinkled in for good measure. Mixed with the touch that only Ayres can provide. Revisit this in full with the stream and download below.
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