It’s a celebration, bitches. Not only is URB’s favorite NYC smang institution RINSED celebrating it’s third birthday, but it’s doing so by collaborating with one of the most important labels in underground music in recent times. RINSED will finally house the amazing talent-house/label/party/crew of Glasgow’s NUMBERS, who have poured out tunes from your favorite artists (Deadboy, Jamie xx, Rustie, SBTRKT, and so many more) for ten years. And if you think ten years of existence ain’t an accomplishment in this industry, you are fooling yourself. That’s a lot of fist-pumps, shouting, sweating, drinking and rough-housing to get through; and the best part is the braintrust of Numbers always keeps things interesting. Whether it be dropping Fleetwood Mac at a warehouse party or putting out a re-release of DJ Pierre, or breaking out the likes of Jessie Ware via a SBTRKT release, these dudes are always ahead of the game. With that said, we asked that very same braintrust to give us the anthems that truly represent the spirit of Numbers, sprawling between funk, techno, electro and so much more. Check out the track down below, as well as a link to tonight’s festivities at RINSED, post-jump.
Oh hell yes. Our BURNIN’ UP feature this time around comes from the burgeoning BASED producer, Keyboard Kid. You may have noticed him releasing beat-tape downloads this year like a beast (The Mind Is So Complex When You’re Based is one of his best releases), and you also might have seen his name attached to a bunch of tunes that have a certain rapper that has risen to the stratosphere of internet fame. Yes, as one of Lil B’s production mainstays, Keyboard Kid has maintained a strong sense of spacial symbolism for B’s intensive hip-hop therapy sessions, but has also found ways to create that stand out on their own, similar to another producer protege, Clams Casino. Recently, Keyboard Kid has found ways to include new influences and inspirations into his productions, perhaps dipping his sounds into the territory of producers like URB favorite Sinjin Hawke, whilst taking a liking to the sounds of fresh WARP staples Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. Whatever one might hear, what’s instantly understandable about Keyboard Kid’s mix for BURNIN’ UP is the passion that’s spread across the duration of it. It’s fire, but it’s fire from the heart. Check out the link to the mix after the jump.
So, LuckyMe are one of my personal favorite groups of creative minds involved in some of the finest textures of music and art; the international collective stretches from Scotland to Harlem to Montreal and always carries a unique aesthetic to their style, whether it be providing lush synths and beats to an already dreamy tune or making an amazing piece art, the LuckyMe steeze is infectious and intellectual. With that said, New York has only gotten bits and pieces of the collective playing, mainly URB favorites Machinedrum and Cubic Zirconia, but on the 24th of September at 88 Palace (in a mini-mall nonetheless), the family reunion takes shape in what could be the event of the year. With that said, the minds behind the brand and bravado, also known as Dom Sum and Martyn aka THE BLESSINGS, have provided URB with an exclusive mixtape that will surely make you dance, bop and lose your mind in absolute amazement. More info on LuckyMe NYC and the mix after the jump.