Earlier this year, Yours Truly got Shlohmo and Jeremih in the studio together as part of their “Songs From Scratch” series. Then “Bo Peep (Do U Right)” came out. Then the two performed on stage together. And then they performed together in the Boiler Room. After Shlohmo laid down a solid 20 minutes of choice Houston cuts, some Andre Nickatina and his signature “Hail Mary” screw at the Wedidit x Boiler Room function a few weeks ago, Jeremih joined yung Henry on stage for a rendition of “Bo Peep” and a medley version of “F U All The Time” the two performed together earlier this calendar year. Jeremih’s performance was choppy at times, but the resonance of the event can still be felt. It’s a testament to institutions like Boiler Room and RBMA that us fans are able to consistently indulge in collaborations like this. Hopefully, Jeremih’s long delayed Thumpy Johnson LP is on the way soon, maybe even featuring some more Shlohmo production.
From the onset of South London Ordnance’s recent 40 minute set at the Boiler Room, a distinct tone is set. That tone is of unremitting deepness and an unforgiving attention toi detail. There’s a reason why the young DJ is being lauded as one of the best in all the lands and in only 40 minutes, he manages to establish a remarkably consistent groove that caresses the listener into a dancing frenzy. Midland, Jon Convex and Boddika are all present, but it’s not so much the individual tracks that SLO plays out as it is the order sublime order they’re placed in. If you have the opportunity to see this prodigious producer anytime soon, don’t sleep.
If you haven’t noticed, Hotflush Recordings is kind of taken over and whether you appreciate Scuba and his antics or not, it appears that the rising imprint is going to be staking its claim for quite some time. Recently, Mr. Paul Rose and George Fitzgerald got in on the action, closing out the recent Hotflush/Boiler Room event and laying down more than a few juicy exclusives in their 70 minutes behind the decks. My personal highlight came in the form of Fitzgerald’s never-heard-before “I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)”, a feel-good, peak-time stomper that has the potential for “Au Seve” like reach. It’s just that damn infectious. Dusky, xxxy, Jimmy Edgar and others also feature prominently in the mix. Stream below and find a (mostly correct) tracklist after the jump.
The conversation surrounding the collision of hip hop and electronic music has raged for the past 12 months or so without any regard for history or really any respect for context. In that time, certain media outlets have decided to differentiate between things like “trap rap” and “Trap”, while ignoring hip hop’s roots in dance music and its current incantation (not a new phenomenon by the way) as the predominant form of regional American club music. Amidst this shit storm of misappropriation accusations and general ignorance, a small sect of producers have arisen with the goal of mixing the two medicines (hip hop and dance music that is) into a perfect mind-altering concoction. These producers are not applying tried and true methods of dance music populism to existing hip hop formats, but rather attempting to meld the heavily stigmatized worlds of house/techno and rap music. Grown Folk and Lazer Sword come to mind immediately, but Brodinski and most of the Wedidit crew have been at it for a few years. Just take Low Limit’s (one half of Lazer Sword) recent performance at Boiler Room LA. After starting out strong with selection of pumping techno, Low Limit drops into a soulful house section before transitioning into regional club tunes and eventually hip hop. The mix doesn’t always sound natural, but it’s an engaging experience nonetheless and highlights hip hop’s roots in house music without offering a truly heavy-handed correlation. I, for one, would like to see more of this type of mixing, which offer a new perspective to all those blathering of tarpstyleChiefKeefstep. Stream below.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re big fans of Mr. Eugene Hector in these parts and especially of his work as Tuff Sherm. Probably better known as Dro Carey, Hector laces techno and house tunes as Sherm and we were actually lucky enough to get him to contribute a guest addition to our ongoing mix series. Last month, Hector performed at a special Australia addition of Boiler Room and played out 50 minutes of juicy dance tunes. Like most of Hector’s mixes, the song selection is eclectic to say the least and has left me scrambling for a track listing since the mix’s its air date. Despite the mix being labeled as a Tuff Sherm offering, Hector also includes a few grime, dubstep and other amorphous, low end focused tracks. Stream below.
Maybe it’s just my choppy internet, but the Julio Bashmore Boiler Room LA stream came in particularly choppy, giving the whole affair a GIF-like atmosphere in my computer machine. Dancers grooved then repeated. Julio’s headnods took on an alien quality and the set gained a whole new dimension of unintentional comedy. I hope you all saw the 60 minute set in the glamorous form I did, but even if you downloaded and listened in your car, Julio’s foray across acid, funk and classic Chicago was probably equally enjoyable. The majority of the set induced visions of Bashmore’s Prince-channeling Velour side-project, including the purple one’s own “Erotic City”, but also hit darker, tech-ier points like Kowton’s “And What” and opener Funkineven’s “Dracula”. Of course he played “Au Seve”, but he also uncomfortably sang the melody at one point! That part was terrible actually. Anyways, for a more in depth take on the Bashmore live experience, check out dildo’s recap of a night at A Club Called Rhonda. Stream/download below and hit the jump if you want to enjoy the pixelated GIF-y madness in Youtube form.
Over the past week or so, everyone and their mother have begun posting year end lists in one form or another. While perusing these song/album/mixtape/EP/single/live show/remixes/album art/video/DMX moment lists, you’ll probably come to the realization that you disagree with 90% of them and feel the urge to leave a vindictive comment on one article or another noting the surfeit of fecal matter spewing out of writer A or blogger B’s mouth cavity. First of all, resist the urge. Year end lists are silly and pointless, but they are someone else’s opinion. Anyways, we will not be writing any year end lists, because of the aforementioned clusterfuck that has already ensued. We will post a (brief) roundup of general shit we’ve enjoyed this year and maybe link to some other lists that are prescient or that mirror what we enjoy to a certain extent, but probably not. We have a bunch of amazing sounds for you this week, including Benjha’s brilliant “Flight Simulator, so maybe you should just hit the jump and enjoy some positive music. Maybe fanute around your room to it. You know we will. Just don’t think about lists.
What can we even say about Jamie Smith at this point? Besides guiding The xx’s sophomore LP and producing for the likes of Drake and Alicia Keys, Sir Jamie (he’s a Knight in our book) has somehow found the time to hone his disc jockeying acumen. Laying down a 54 minute set at last night’s Young Turks/Boiler Room event, Jamie not only demonstrated flawless song selection and sonic progression, but improved mixing ability. After opening with what is presumably his own remix of Coexist bonus cut “Reconsider”, Jamie continues on to match the beatific qualities inherent in his The xx material with the heavier techno he’s been known to play out in live sets. It’s not an easy balance to attain, but Smith handles it with aplomb, brightening and darkening the mood effortlessly. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a great mix, but whether you exemplary mixing ability or protean song selection, Smith has you covered. Stream and download below.
Ben UFO, Jackmaster and Oneman have always been linked together, for the most part because they represent an outdated model: the DJ’s DJ. Rarely producing their own music, the trio have garnered respect from across the electronic spectrum via their magnificent deck skills and their ability to turn in variegated sets night after night after night. The three Brits have essentially established themselves as the premier tastemakers in all of the land so when we receive mixes from 2/3 of the crew in the span of two days, it’s reason to get excited. Yesterday, we received Numbers kingpin Jackmaster’s marathon Mastermix 2012 and today we’re lucky enough to bring you Hessle Audio boss Ben UFO’s 45 minute set from a recent Red Bull Music Academy/Warehouse Project/Boiler Room event. As is expected, Ben threw in plenty of exclusives including unreleased Bok Bok and Joy Orbison. The fine folks at Boiler Room haven’t posted the mix to their Soundcloud just yet so you’ll have to settle for the video.
It’s always fun to see where artists gather influence from and there isn’t a better way to go about this than listening to what they listen to. A fan can go about this in several ways: reading interviews and listening to the influencers they inevitably mention, digging into the history of the sound and/or genre they are working within, or listening to mixes (if available) that artist has mixed or curated. Combining all three is probably your best bet to get into the head of ______, but going the mix route is probably the most efficient. Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi obviously gathers influence from a ton of disparate sources, belying the “chillwave” denotation often attributed to the South Carolina-native. Recently, Bundick laid down an hour long set at Boiler Room Los Angeles, laying into some classic house and more contemporary garage, all with the immensely soulful spirit he attacks his recorded music with. As always, the LA crowd is underwhelming so I recommend you download the mix below and take it with you on an excursion through the forest or something.