Now Playing: Betty Davis - "Nasty Gal"
Topic: music appreciation
it's so good to see my man Hired Gun make good alongside his partners in rhyme Rabbi Darkside and Farbeon. And I (guitar/production) and DJ Watts (turntables) round out the crew. their monthly party at Bowery Poetry Club has been growing in popularity since its inception. and now, the fruits of their labor can be heard on their new album, Pressed For Time. feel-good, true school hip-hop featuring studio cuts, live tracks and instrumentation, as well as an interview with the crew. you can hear samples and purchase the album over at cdbaby.com. to find out more information about 3rd Party, head on over to the Say Word Entertainment website.
this label on a whole is fantastic, ranging from minimal clickhouse to left-of-center drum and bass and more acoustic offerings. my good buddy Ezekiel Honig manages Microcosm and has also released several EPs, remixes, and full-lengths for the label. kudos from the press has been pretty steady, so if you haven't already, head on over to the website and see what all the fuss is about...
Resident DJ at the NYC affiliate of the legendary Root Down sessions occurring monthly at Table 50, Center digs through some ocean floor deep crates and presents his latest mix to the masses. Feel What I'm Feelin' offers not only one, but two discs of choice picks. disc one provides some hip-hop and soul while disc two is straight-ahead jazz. Center is easily one of the most genuine and knowledgeable cats in the game right now and i'm so glad he's getting his due. (matter of fact, i believe he's spinning the official Roots/De La Soul Summerstage show afterparty as i'm typing this, alongside ?uestlove.) You can purchase his mix CD online at the Giant Step Store as well as Turntable Lab, Fat Beats, and The Giant Peach. NYC heads can cop it over at Other Music.
REKALL / ACTUAL MUSIC
i remember when this cat used to roll through the Orchard Bar (NYC) for an open turntable spot at a party called Recess two years ago. he came through on the regular with some nice drum and bass wax in his bag. soon enough, he started getting gigs of his own. then he started remixing tracks and producing his own work. now, Rekall has introduced his own label, Actual Music. works will include "forward-thinking ambient, electro, breaks, idm, dnb, + detours in between," as he describes it. his latest album is currently for sale at iTunes.com (with vinyl EPs coming out soon) and he's also posted a new techno/electro mix at his site (dig the playlist - pretty tasty). support this man...