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.
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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.
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.
Whose house? Shoes House it turns out. His podcast is a safe bet for an excellent selection of music, spanning everything from hip hop to funk and jazz with the odd exclusive thrown in for good measure. Shoes also happens to be sitting on a whole load of unreleased Dilla business which you know is going to be good. His Loungin’ mix, recorded live at the Buddha Lounge back in ’04, is a more laid back affair that features the best in classic jazz and soul with cuts from Bob James, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and Donald Byrd. There is nothing better to lounge to, and I consider myself to be well qualified on the subject. You can stream the mix here and download it courtesy of the excellent Pipomixes blog, which contains a stack of good music (since ’08!). More from House Shoes can be found on his PodOmatic and you can follow him on Twitter for the latest.