The best thing about “I’m Excited,” from DJ Shadow‘s new album, The Less You Know, The Better, is how much it doesn’t sound like the rest of the album. But that’s almost what you should expect from the renowned producer after four albums and dozens of mixtapes that have permanently altered the way we hear music.
The video features guest vocalist Afrikan Boy leading a group of all-female soliders, which reminds us a bit of Gadafi’s posse of all female bodyguards. Wonder where they are now?
Flud Watches presents the third “Beats Per Minute” video featuring DJ Nu-Mark in celebration of their “BPM” Watch as part of their new Summer collection. The “Beats Per Minute” Video Series showcases some of hip hop’s most influential producers highlighting their craft, while discussing changes in the game, crate diggin’, equipment and their advise to the new generation.
In this episode, DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5 acclaim) talks about his years of record collecting, the positive and negative effects of new technology, the freedom he now has as a producer outside of a group setting, while finishing up the video with his trademark rubber band trick …
This song just screams summer nostalgia—check out the chillwave rap swag of Quannum Projects’ “Testimony” below. The recently released track is the first single off Lateef The Truthspeaker’s (one piece of QP, along with Lyrics Born and DJ Shadow, among others) upcoming album FireWire, which will also feature Dan The Automater, Del The Funky Homosapien and more. The debut disc doesn’t hit stores until November, but at least we have “Testimony” to listen to while we lay poolside during these final days before fall.
A bevvy of current dance music favorites, includng Kaskade, Pretty Lights and DJ Shadow, have been announced as part of America’s first traveling electronic music festival, titled Identity. The event will travel through North America’s amphitheaters in August and September, like mini-Ultra Music Fests, bringing the current dance music rush to nearly 20 cities before it’s over. All of the dates will be announced soon, but here’s the full line-up of DJ and live electronic performers on the line-up. …MORE
Below are B+’s words regarding this mix. This is definitely a great mix that helps showcase Mochilla’s deep body of work. Music from DJ Shadow, Jackson Conti, Suite for Ma Dukes, King Britt, Quantic, J. Rocc, Nobody, DJ Nuts and more. Enjoy and Happy Holidays.
The response to the first part of this mix has been incredible. Thank you for all the support, retweeting, and reposting. Mochilla loves the love. Part two here today for download is stepping the game up and to quote Coleman, “I wanted this mix to slap everyone in the face and get them to pay attention.” It is purely rhetorical of course, our version of a slap in the face is the caress of boss nova, the thump of cubia or the heat stopping wind sucking gaps of great syncopation. This mix has all of that.
Remember of course these are 20 minute teasers for the full mixes coming in 2011.
Just a quick note on the photo that we used on the cover – I snapped this one at the great “La Marcha” way back in 2001. It was taken in the Zocalo in Mexico City and Maldita Vecindad were performing in solidarity with the EZLN. The kid on his friend’s shoulders with the El Che shirt embodies all that we wanted Mochilla to be way back in ’01 – engaged, excited, energetic and happy. Our brother and design guru Keith Tamashiro flipped it into our first logo and Stephen Serato has reflipped it into our 10 year mix cover.
This will warm your ears, brighten your heart and remind you of the strength of good music. Download, hit play and you know – turn it up…