Hey I’m DJing tonight from 10PM – 2AM @ Logo Bar on Xingfu Lu.
Jams like this:
Cassie – All My Love (Kingdom Edit)
Nice basement dive with plush couches, cheap-ish drinks, and good tunes. Come say what up.
Beats for your Sunday by two artists from cities with hills, Hong Kong and San Francisco, easily two of my favorite cities.
First up is FLOYD from Hong Kong. I know nothing about dude except that he makes really nice beats. Short tracks, like those on Dilla’s classic Donuts. He’s just released one tape out on the new SVBKVLT label and an EP on Singapore’s Darker Than Wax, both dope. Peep the A-side to the SVBKVLT tape here and clean yo house or make an omelet.
And this one by the young Seth Steelo, one of the original Come Correct members who had to move back to San Francisco suddenly before the night really took off. He’s been back in The Bay producing loads and really stepped his game up over the last year. Take this jazzy cut for example.
WATCH OUT FOR UMBRELLA THIEVES. THEY LURKIN.
Love this new track from Thundercat so much. Works magic on the floor too. Brainfeeder really one of my favorite labels.
Thundercat – Without You
Also feeling this new Busta Rhymes “Twerk It.” Read loads of complaints/hate about this one on the web, but this and disco a la “Get Lucky” will be the sound this summer. It’s also way better than most new dancehall. Sounds like Pharrell made this beat with water droplets. Also, Busta Rhymes is Jamaican so it’s not like he’s just jumping on this style like Snoop Lion. Here’s the dirty version.
Busta Rhymes – Twerk It
You’ll definitely hear this at Dada tonight for Papasuda so come down to get down.
This track’s from one of my favorite Brazilian Baile MC’s Dieze Tigrona. It exudes the Popasuda motif, with a driving Brazilian percussion line that bangs hard alongside a rugged female Portuguese vocal, exclaiming with attitude the need to fucking Get Down! Pretty raw, nothing fancy – just a bad-ass piece of Brazil.
Jesse Rose – Toca Pra Mim
There’s nothing I love more than a well-sampled Indian Vocal. This track right here’s set on a nice BPM, it’s got that international vibe that I’m trying to increase in Popasuda, and it’s cut from one of my favorite (and probably the most famous) Indian classical singers Lata Mangeshkar. Hopefully you won’t be hearing too many English vocals from the Popasuda sets, unless it’s really worth it. I’m really trying to keep shit as foreign and diverse as possible.
Latah Mangeshkar – Todha Rashem Lagan Hai (Daniel Haaksman Remix)
Old School Acid Gems:
This is one of my favorite acid-trance tunes from way back in 1995. It was one of my first records, given to me by a fellow DJ back when I was in high school. While making me feel old as shit, it’s undeniably one of the dopest classic acid tunes reminiscent of that early Daft Punk sound that was just beginning to emerge back in the mid-nineties. It actually predates Homework, but certainly draws along the same line. Wicked 303 line about halfway in (1:53). I’m so happy that acid is making a mild resurgence, so I can finally have a chance to play this oldschool shit now that I’m a “seasoned DJ”. There definitely won’t be a full acid set (or a full set of anything for that matter), but when you least expect it, 303 lines will be tweaked.
Snitzer vs. Humate - Oh My Darling I Love You (Heavy Mix Cut)
If you haven’t already seen some Youtube footage of Asonto from West Africa, it’s a weird little dance on it’s way to being a flavor of the month. For all those cats out there who are all “whaaaat, that’s shit’s last year”, stop frontin it’s not like you were in the back allies of Lagos railing lines and getting low… dick! Either way, though it’s most likely a passing fad, the movement did produce a few very dope, grimy, ass-to-the-floor dance tunes, like this one.
Sarkodie and EL-Ghana – You Go Kill Me
I’m really trying to take the night in an international direction. There will be no hour of straight anything, it’ll be easy on the English vocals, we’ll be fucking with BPM with very selecta style drops and quick transitions. Rewinds, horns, a fucking amazing MC from Ghana (The Mighty Junior Revelation), and shit ton of different languages. Expect reggae, dancehall edits and bassy shit, vocal inspired Trap shit in Spanish to Jamaican or Swahili, Crazy digital Soca, a little bit of cool old-school Acid, perhaps a few underground reggaeton bangers from our favorite rapper Tego Calderon, some moobah inspired African stuff, Crazilian Shit (see what I did there), Indian vocal shit salt & peppered in, and just generally dirty vibes built for some community-center dancehall in some third-world country with rhythm.
Words by DJ Sal aka Skinny Brown
So that live blogging from the BBQ cookoff never happened. Within thirty minutes of arrival, I crashed on a skateboard and started bleeding from my back and wrist then got chased and bitten by a Scottish Sheep Dog with an enormous D. But otherwise a great day in the sun, with pure meats, whiffle ball, and reverse culture shock.
Starting today, I’m going to feature some of the best cloud seedlings on Soundcloud, beginning with an upcoming release by one of my favorite producers. Kingdom fuses some of my favorite genres, R&B, electro, Baltimore, and dubstep, but manages to sound way classier than his peers. This is the darker cousin of R&B (no racist), with similar DNA as newer releases by Shlohmo but much clubbier and stripped-back. Super distinctive and immediately identifiable style. His 2010 release on Night Slugs remains one of my favorites from that label, and I expect he’ll eventually get picked up by some pop stars and major labels. Tracks like “Let You Know” make me think that’s what he’s after.
I’d been listening to this track from his upcoming EP on Fade To Mind (sister label of Night Slugs) and noticed a familiar name on the art production credits – Kim Laughton from ROM! The VJ who looks like white Jesus, you know who I’m talking about. He’s seriously stepped up his art game in the past few years and now he’s done this stunning album cover. Reminds me a bit of the final battle in Akira. Definitely copping the full EP on May 28th, can’t wait.
So my British roommate, who teachers high-level posh manners courses and sells the Queens clothing, 4,000GBP suits, and is actually trying to sell a 20 million pound castle to some rich Chinese people just woke up hungover as fuck and Chinese auntie just told me don’t leave lighters in the sun in the summer cause they’ll explode. Auntie shouted “what did you drink??” but roommate doesn’t speak Chinese. Auntie says her husband can drink so much Baijiu (50% alcohol Chinese white wine), and us foreigners all drink beer. She asked if I know another foreigner named “Kevin” who also drinks beer.
We all need coffee but no one in our neighborhood can grind these Ecuadorian beans except for the cat shit coffee shop down the block. Ok they’re not cats, they’re civets but I’ve never seen a civet and the Chinese translation is 猫屎咖啡 (cat shit coffee). So many new cat shit coffee shops in Shanghai opened in the last year; I’ve seen at least six. These places charge $50 a cup for cat shit coffee! Jesus, I need to think of some luxury products to sell here. Need to talk to posh manners roommate about this.
I’m off to a BBQ cookoff on the South Bund. Expect some live reporting over at http://weibo.com/heatwolves
Actress – Hubble
(from Splazsh, easily one of my favorite LPs of the last five years)
DJed at that boat party last night. Was really fun except:
1) Unnecessary Zoomba Shanghai LMFAO dance sesh at like 9PM
2) Awful soundsystem. I can’t even begin to explain what was wrong with the sound and DJ equipment but I did the best I could, until a speaker on the roof caught on fire and the party abruptly ended.
Not a serious fire by any means but still. I’ve never in my life seen a speaker combust. Cut costs in other areas, not sound equipment. Lights are a great place to cut costs. No reason for big, bright lights on dancefloors, not to mention the potential fire-hazard from some of the cables I’ve seen out here.
Still had fun, just bummed about how sound almost always gets overlooked or undervalued here. Basically, that party with a better soundsystem, no Zoomba, and an hour longer at sea would be amazing.
Really dope track from the newest compilation by Night Slugs, still one of my favorite labels. Last year they reached across the Atlantic and put out tracks by from Helix from Atlanta and Morri$ from Kansas. Big track, this one by the latter.
Morri$ – White Hood
going to the SVBKVLT launch at On-Stage now to see the live set by S L V.
happy friday ya’ll. this first track always makes me think of robocop. second is a cold classic at this point. picture comes from a gallery on Moganshan Lu.
Kromestar & Jay 5ive – Try Harder
Kahn – Like We Used To
What’s good this weekend? First it’s 390 Bar tonight for live dubstep/trap/etceteras with a real living band called The Conranks. Sounds good and looks multicultural. Then Uptown Records daytime Saturday for International Record Store Day followed by DJing on a boat and gettin nautical. Peep this nautical haiku written by my friend Lanzhou Noodle Princess:
I’MA TAoBAO dAT BITCH.
ImA TAoBAo DAT HO.
Then I’m gon WASH my D W/EVIAN WATERRR
ho I’M on a boat on tha Huangpu w/my Ethn1c friendz n’ snacks
Just don’t start your weekend off the disappointing way by buying coffee that’s not coffee.
RL Grime – Amphibian (Shlohmo + 2KWTVR Remix)_PN