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House Shoes – From Detroit to LA

Having just about recovered from finally getting to see Dabrye live with all-star support from Ras G, Kutmah and Flying Lotus, I am back to fiending over new music (and occasionally writing about it). House Shoes debut LP, Let It Go, is due out June 19th and anyone else who made it down to London for Dabrye enjoyed one of the best sets I’ve ever seen, with three cuts off the album played very loud. Finally Shoes’ serious talent is getting pressed up, so go listen to him speak on his musical motivations below, courtesy of ABO181 and LouisDen.

Shoes talks about the impossibly confusing (for an outsider, at least) phenomenon of Detroit’s disregard for the enormously talented local hip hop scene. When I saw Phat Kat, eLZhi and DJ Dez play back in 2010, they mentioned the same thing. Well, should anyone need convincing of the genius of Detroit native J Dilla, House Shoes reconstructs the main riff to Nothing Like This. I have to admit, I had a bit of a moment when I first heard it.

In anticipation of his upcoming release, House Shoes put out two mixes of his own work. Entitled The Makings, you can find Part 1 and Part 2 on High-Rise.

House Shoes – The Makings Pt 2

As promised, here lies The Makings Part 2, the second half of House Shoes’ latest mix in anticipation of his upcoming album, Let It Go. On this side, we have guest appearances from more Detroit talent, including MarvWon, Quelle and Elzhi. Stream the mix below or click here to download.

House Shoes – The Makings Pt 1

New music from one of Detroit’s finest. The Makings is a two part selection of House Shoes-produced records, released via The Smoking Section to promote Let It Go, his debut album due out June 19th. It features vocal talent in the form of Danny Brown, Proof, MED, Roc Marciano and more, and will put soundly to sleep any doubts you may have had over Shoes’ ability to produce heavy records. Listen and download below, and stay tuned to High-Rise for part 2.

High-Rise first really became aware of House Shoes’ production when he dropped Free Your Funk, a mix he put together to anticipate the Dilla Tribute edition of the eponymous French club night. Although House Shoes was a household name already, this mix was a bit of an eye opener. One track in particular stood out, wrongly reported as a Dilla joint in places but featuring the man himself on vocals. Check it out below.


Ridiculous.

Slum Village Soundcheck

Detroit studio Soul As Is Music recently posted some great rare footage of Slum Village soundchecking before a gig. Noises made on the internet suggest that it was shot in and around the Key Club in LA during the 2000 GoodVibe Tour that featured support from Bahamadia and the Cali Agents. The video includes Dilla chatting with Amp Fiddler, setting up and testing the sound system with some beam-rattling heavyweight beats at the venue, and Slum cruising in the truck to go shop for cables. It makes me wonder if there is any more quality footage like this floating around, fingers crossed new stuff will surface soon. You can find more videos from Soul As Is Music over on their Youtube Channel and details of the studio can be found on their website.

The Making of Game Over

Just came across this article about the making of Game Over, the classic Dabrye track that features the vocal talents of J Dilla and Phat Kat. Back in 2006, Kelly ‘K-Fresh’ Fraizer interviewed Tadd Mullinix (aka Dabrye) for the release of his new album, Two/Three, but the piece was never used. Reluctant to just throw it away, Kelly went back to the story, this time getting quotes from key players involved in the beginnings of Game Over. You can read the result here…

The Making Of Dabrye’s ‘Game Over’ With J. Dilla & Phat Kat

The photo above is from Reilly Brennan’s Flickr, where you can find more about the sequence of events leading up to the track being created. Thanks to Kelly Fraizer for writing this article and The Loop Detroit for getting it posted up. And finally, for those who don’t know…

Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez at the Doctor’s Orders

If you are anywhere within 100 miles of Brighton on Saturday night then you ought to be at this. Detroit legends Phat Kat, eLZhi and DJ Dez are down for the Doctor’s Orders 1st Birthday celebration at Jam in Brighton. If you need a ticket, grab one of the last few remaining here. To stay up to date with new events from the Doctor’s Orders, check out their website, or to find out about upcoming nights in Brighton, go to their Facebook page.

I will probably return next week with some photos and stories of the night, maybe even a little review. Until then…