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.
This Thursday, June 23rd, myself, Lindsey, Myles and Sure Shot are celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of our little FAM party. We’ll be commemorating the occasion with a night full of the finest R&B ever recorded. (If you didn’t make it to our Holiday R&B party, let me just tell you… You do not want to miss it!) You can catch us in the basement of Von – 3 Bleecker Street btwn Bowery & Lafayette – from 9PM until the slow jams end at 3AM.
It took a minute, but I FINALLY got this remix of John Legend’s take on Adele’s monster hit polished up just hours before heading to the airport for my European jaunt. (A rougher version is on the promo mix I put up for the trip over here.) Thanks to the Yum Yum guys in Germany for providing the inspiration, Eugene Tamborine for the additional keys, and Icewater for his deft engineering hand. I hope you enjoy!
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)
Big Jacks & I have been talking about a follow up to our first Great Minds mixtape for a while now. And, since I’ll be ringing in the new year in Toronto this year, what could be a better time to get our acts together. (NYC massive – make sure to check Ayres & Cosmo, along with our buddies Evil Dee, Rich Medina, Rok One, Prince Klassen, Michna, Nick Hook, and special guest Romanthony at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, BK for NYE. Details over here.)
This Thursday the FAM fam-a-lam will be throwing a special all R&B edition for the holiday party season. Come on down to the basement of Von (3 Bleecker Street btwn Bowery & Lafayette) from 9PM on and be ready to do some singing along to all of your favorite R&B jams.
And, if you missed our little FAM mix, you can grab it over here
For the first time in years, I actually bothered to take a camera with me on my European trip and it reminded me how much I like taking pictures!
Head on over to my site for the whole bunch.
Sure Shot, Lindsey, Myles & myself just finished up a little mix to spread the FAM musical vibes. Check the full tracklist after the jump & check us every Thursday at Von (3 Bleecker Street btwn Bowery & Lafayette in the basement).
Grab it over here