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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.


The Doctor’s Orders Brighton

Having introduced High-Rise regulars to the joys of Donky Pitch, it seems only fair that e-props are duly bestowed upon the good folks at The Doctor’s Orders for keeping Brighton fed with a steady stream of quality Hip Hop, Funk and Soul. Originally hailing from London, where Spin Doctor and friends have managed to create what many consider to be the Capital’s finest hip hop night, The Doctor’s Orders expanded down to the South Coast in November 2009 and have offered a monthly dose of live acts and DJ sets ever since.

The Doctor’s Orders Brighton, currently based in the recently refurbished Jam club, have played host to a wide range of artists including Phat Kat, Elzhi, Ty,  Mr Thing, Shortee Blitz, Harry Love, DJ Format, DJ Vadim and Jazzie B (OBE) of Soul II Soul. Founder DJ Spin Doctor and Brighton resident Rusty Ryan handle the regular warm up slots, weekly DJ sets and summer parties down on the Brighton seafront. Although The Doctor’s are best known for hip hop music, you can expect funk, soul and jazz to make their way into the mix, be it via the odd sample drop or an entire rare groove set. Turn up to a Doctor’s Orders night and you will usually find a friendly, close to capacity crowd of revellers drawn to this consistently dope selection. Personal favourites of 2010 would have to be the Phat Kat, Elzhi and DJ Dez show (read more on that here) and the famously popular J Dilla tribute night held in February each year.

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Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez

Having just about managed to nurse myself back to health after a dirty weekend in Brighton with Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez at the Doctor’s Orders, I am going to seize this brief moment of clarity and try to write some words about it. I had been looking forward to this gig for quite some time and, after a rambunctious MF Doom show and the incredible KRS-One & Supernatural, my expectations were high. Predictably the boys from the D answered with a set that placed them comfortably among the best live acts I have witnessed in person.

To kick off proceedings, Doctor’s residents Rusty Ryan and Spin Doctor opened with slick selections of classic hip hop, funk, soul and more recent joints. I probably take these dudes for granted somewhat and I shouldn’t – a good hip hop act is helped immeasurably by such talented support DJs. Deetroit took over at about half one in the morning and  Continue reading

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…