FOTR: Smalltown DJs



FOTR this week is a couple of our favorite Canadians in Smalltown DJs. They’ve been holding down Calgary for what feels like forever and it’s pretty much impossible to say anything other than great things about them. They turned a club night into a keystone North American venue over 10 years ago. They drop killer best of the year mixes every single year. And they just recently released a really cool new original song on Fool’s Gold with guest vocals from Lisa Lobsinger (formally of Broken Social Scene). Stream this lovely new tune below and follow these great dudes pon di socials.

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FOTR: Cousin Cole



FOTR this week is Cousin Cole, our other special guest for this month’s edition of The Rub at The Bell House. Originally from the Midwest, Cole has since become a NY/BK music staple and has been laying a foundation of cool music and good friend levels wherever he goes. Originally breaking out a bit back in the Hollerboard days with his club music productions and clever remixes, he started DJing on the reg in NY and eventually all over the world. A few years later, his “So Emotional” series with Phi Unit solidified the soulful movement in Moombahton as a very legitimate thing. Today, Cole’s DJing on the steady in NY and still cranking out interesting tunes whenever possible. Check out his New Year’s Day 2017 mix below along with all his relative socials. And don’t miss him throwing down this Saturday at The Rub!

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FOTR: #FOMOPARTY



FOTR this week is the trio that has become known as #FOMOPARTY. Tap.10, Darling Chuck and Tha Yell0w R. KEL have been creating a true to life “fear of missing out” scenario with their monthly 4th Friday party at Friends And Lovers as its always at capacity and the pics afterwards always look like a great deal of fun (check their IG below for proof). As they recently celebrated their 2 year anniversary, they’ll be making their crew debut at The Rub this coming Saturday. Check the vibes in their monthly playlist below to get familiar and make sure to get a dose of FOMO at The Bell House Saturday night.

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FOTR: Funkontrol



FOTR this week is a new project from some old friends. Skinny Friedman and Scott Melker have united to form Funkontrol. While they’ve been hard a work on music together for awhile now, the project is newly unveiled and shared with the world. They’ve signed the project to Tommy Boy Records and just released their first single, “Banker’s Club”, a couple weeks ago. It’s a brooding and crispy electro influenced hip-hop track that’s really well done. You can stream it below in full as well as click some links to follow the guys. Stay tuned for an LP from them dropping as early as this Summer.

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FOTR: Dave Nada



FOTR this week is long time homie Dave Nada who’s going on a REAL MOOMBAHTON HOURS tour to donate a portion of his fees to charity in every market and bring awareness to communities all over the country. It’s already inspired other DJs to take to social media this week and pledge to charities in similar ways. It’s all about bringing people together when it matters most. Check out his mission statements, announced tour dates and mixtape to launch the project below.

1) The world needs to party together some more and nothing brings a dance floor together like moombahton music, so let’s get it!

2) I will be donating 10% of my fees in support of *local non-profit organizations in each town/community I play. Moombahton has always been a family affair, so I’m using my platform to help others and to raise awareness for groups and institutions that need it. If you fw the vision and would like to link and build fam, holler at me! [email protected]

TOUR DATES & CAUSES:

– 3/2 @ Cobra Arcade Bar – Body Talk w/ Pickster & Melo (Phoenix, AZ)
“Sounds Academy” – Music school for underserved youth.
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– 3/3 @ Ace Hotel – Sweet II Bad (Los Angeles, CA) DAY
“SRO Housing” – Housing for homeless and low-income in Skid Row.

– 3/3 @ Bruno’s w/ Sazon Libre (San Francisco, CA) NIGHT
“Causa Justa” – Equal rights for people of color, immigrants, and women.

– 3/11 @ Hi-Tones w/ Bruk Out! (San Antonio, TX)
“Martinez Street Women’s Center” – Health services, education and advocacy.

– 3/16 @ Indian Roller w/ Bruk Out! (Austin, TX)
“Grassroots Leadership” – Fighting prison profiteering, mass incarceration, and deportation.

– 3/17 @ The North Door / Peligrosa House (Austin, TX)
“Las Latinas” – Empowering young latinas using media and technology.

– 3/19 @ Irene’s (Austin, TX)
“American Youthworks” – Empowering youth through education, job training, and community services.

– 3/21 @ Plugged In x La Clinica w/ JSTJR (Miami, FL)
“ACLU of Florida” – American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

– 3/24 @ Dream – Jungle Fever (Miami, FL)
“ACLU of Florida” – American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

– 3/25 @ Churchill’s Pub – Winter Bass Conference w/ Otto Von Schirach (Miami, FL)
“ACLU of Florida” – American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

– 4/3 @ Velvet Lounge – Moombahton Mondays: Soulove Edition w/ Jon Kwest (Wash, DC)
Planned Parenthood DC – Reproductive health services.

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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FOTR: Chances With Wolves



Our second FOTR this week and additional special guests at The Bell House this Saturday night is Chances With Wolves. This dj duo made up of Kenan and Kray have been running with CWW as a radio show for going on 9 years now and are way more interested in the vibe than any sort of restricted format. Check out the latest episode of their wonderful show below (a special tribute to Nina Simone at that!) and make sure you check them on the set Saturday night with the rest of the crew!

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FOTR: Phi Unit



1 of our FOTR this week is Phi Unit, one of our guests this month for The Rub. Phi has been in BK for a grip now and has certainly made his mark as a DJ and producer. His “So Emotional” mixtape and remix series with other FOTR Cousin Cole is kinda legendary at this point, with their midtempo and tropical flavored flips of vibey love induced cuts. What’s really kept him busy and spreading his wings in recent years is his Building Beats program, which brings music and DJ programs to schools and underprivileged youth. It started out as a NY specific program but has quickly spread with national and international recognition. Check out his Playground Podcast below as well as links to all his relevant urls. And don’t miss Phi at The Bellhouse this coming Saturday!

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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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