Back 4 U
I Am Somebody
Nu-Mark desk solo
Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark solo
In the House
A Day at the Races
While Cut Chemist was prepping for an all-cassette mix with 4 decks at an event this past weekend (Cinespia: music played by great DJs at a Hollywood cemetery before a film), he put together this mix for the Stones Throw Podcast – Cassette Culture. It’s an all-cassette, post punk mix, featuring a few tracks from an upcoming release on A Stable Sound next year called Funk Off. Need a track list? You’ll have to chase down Cut for that … try him on here, here or here and let us know because we want the track list as well.
Cut Chemist’s latest solo release is the single “Outro (Revisted)” and hopefully and album soon to follow.
Cut’s cassette mix comes just as Stones Throw is dropping our first cassette-only release, Cassette by Jonwayne, and putting together a comp from the cassette label, Leaving Records. Some kind of conspiracy? Actually, no … it’s mere coincidence. Adding to the coincidence is the somewhat unlikely claim made by Wall Street Journal today that “In fact, among adults, cassette tapes remain more popular than many online music services, or even vinyl records, despite the latter medium’s purported comeback in recent years.” – WSJ, 8/14/12 (link).
In the unusually warm 3am air of a Parisian suburb, a house party is getting out of control. Police Nationale have been called – but no-one can get near. The air is thick with Hip-Hop filling the adjacent streets, acting like a force field. You can hear the faint licks of Aerosmith and the rising vocals of Bowie as far as the Champs Elysees. Is that DJ Kool Herc on the decks? Situated in the Capital of French Electro, the influence is audible, while Meth, Red, Jay-Z and even Mystikal get 16 bars in on the mic. Who knew The Beatles were this funky?
The cause for celebration? It’s the wrap up party for First Serve, an undercover project that has been two years in the making. First Serve is the brainchild of French producers/ DJ’s, 2 & 4 (aka Chokolate & Kahlid), who met as master turntablists at the 2004 DMC Championship. After an instant meeting of minds they decided to embark on a musical adventure – a Hip Hop album played by musicians. All they needed was a couple of MC’s to help complete their vision. Enter NY based Jacob ‘Pop’ Life and Deen ‘D’ Whitter. Listen to the mixtape recorded at the party. It’s funky, it’s hip hop, it’s disco… and it’s a classic!
In the words of the Grateful Dead, what a long, dope road it’s been. Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how Jerry Garcia and company put it, but that’s what they would have said if they wrote Truckin about DJBooth and Event Electronic’s 20/20 Music series. From Rapper Big Pooh to Thurz and everyone in between, we’ve let loose a lot of stellar hip-hop, and what better way to close things out than with DJ Nu-Mark’s By My Side? (That was a rhetorical question.) Behind the boards Nu-Mark displays some of the classic style that first earned him acclaim alongside Jurassic 5, layering a sparkling, island tinged sample over some steadily paced percussion. Providing the vocal half of the equation is illa Jay, who lays down appropriately mellowed bars that are far deeper than they might first appear on the surface. Looking for all..um…20 of the 20/20 tracks? You’re in luck. The compilation 20/20 Music mixtape hits The DJBooth for free stream and download tomorrow, Wednesday, November 29. And click here to learn how you can win a pair of Event’s new 20/20 BAS monitors.