For two decade, Felix Stallings Jr. has been at the forefront of dance music—wowing the underground with acid house classics before breaking large with his legendary electroclash album, Kittenz and Thee Glitz. Now Felix is back with his best album since Kittenz, He Was King, and he’s celebrating with this exclusive Podcast, produced with LA electro raiders Pink Enemy. Read a quick Q&A with Felix here.
Detroit has long be lauded as a breeding ground for music elite. Berry Gordy and the illustrious Motown Records, the trailblazing production of James “J Dilla” Yancey, the rabid and equally sharp-witted rhymes of Eminem; these men are but a drop in the bucket when surveying the musical legacy of the Motor City. But now in the wake of a crippled auto industry, a crumbling economy, and a failing education system the city is ripe for new unfaltering heroes. Backed by heavy bass lines, resonant horn samples, and gritty snare drums the erstwhile Derek Cooper, 28, is ready for his place in the rap pantheon. The East Side resident, who released his debut—A Pipe Dream And a Promise—earlier this year, recently spoke to URB about his troubled city rebounding, what it’s like working with Prince Whippa Whip …
“House of Bees Vol. 1″ is the latest from B. Dolan of Strange Famous Records; a 50 minute compilation of unreleased songs, collaborations and remixes assembled by label-mate and UK producer Buddy Peace.
The 16 Bit Lolitas (Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock) create beautiful and emotional electronic dance music. When I asked them to do an exclusive DJ set for the UMF Radio show Presented by Ultra Music Festival, they turned out a tight mix that outshines the heaps of crap being put out there each week. To hear their exquisite sound you can also tune into their regular radio show on Frisky Radio.
At the end of Jul 2009, 16 Bit Lolitas embark on a United States tour. Here are the venues and dates:
The Beastie Boys will take over indie record stores with an exclusive release in anticipation of their full-length, Hot Sauce Committee, coming out this fall. This 12″ is a recording of their live performance from this year’s Bonnaroo, and Nas joins the crew for “Too Many Rappers.” This limited pressing of 5,000 copies is available starting tomorrow (Saturday, Jul 18), and marks the iconic group’s return to releasing music on wax before a CD or digital release. Get more info.