Since emerging as a teenaged DJ-wunderkind in the mid ’90s, Eric San, AKA Kid Koala, has always pushed himself to be different. His debut was a dizzying multilayered, hand-cut affair, a technique he’s since parlayed into stints with funk group Bullfrog, spaced out hip-hop all-stars Deltron 3030, and a soundtrack to his own graphic novel. Now the Montreal-based turntablist has teamed up with friend and fellow DJ Dylan “Dynomite D” Frombach as The Slew, creating a dirty-blues rock record built out of hand-cut samples with a rock-star assisted live show. Four and a half years in the making, San describes the group’s debut, 100%, as “sludge-Blues a la The Bomb Squad.”
New York hip-hop trio The Beatards follow in the “footsteps” of U-N-I’s “K.R.E.A.M. ” with the release of “Don’t Step On My Sneakers,” a tribute to their favorite footwear. The track fuses an electro drum beat with electric guitars and yelling reminiscent of Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Til Brooklyn.” Rappers UTK the INC, Chuck Wild and DJO–of Indian, Jewish and Korean descent respectively–spit about their treasured kicks while finding time for some Big Daddy Kane-esque braggadocio rhymes. As evidenced by the group name, the tongue is usually firmly planted in cheek, though clearly these guys love their shoes. As the group themselves say, “‘Sneakers’ is the ode to the Everyman’s obsession, FRESH KICKS! And keeping them fresh! Everyone has been in that situation where you …
It’s that time of year… KOL, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, MGMT, Silversun Pickups, Black Eyed Peas lead the pack of nominees. Phoenix, the YYYs, Depeche Mode, Death Cab and David Bryne & Brian Eno will battle it out for Best Alt. Album. Drake, Cudi, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Common and Q-Tip are also represented in the hip-hop and rap categories. Here’s the abbreviated list, go here for the full list. …MORE
Who’s excited for DJ Hero? The highly anticipated game released a trailer featuring Daft Punk, with the famed DJs mashing their “Robot Rock” with Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Just a hint at the endless possibilities of cross-genre mash-ups? The trailer reveals that Queen, No Doubt, Gary Numan, N.A.S.A., Beastie Boys, and Young MC are all up for grabs. As for the rest of the avatars (DJ Shadow, Z-Trip, and DJ AM, to name a few), we’ll see on Oct 27th, when DJ Hero is released!