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.
Posted in Interviews, Music
Tagged Detroit, DJ Dez, DJ House Shoes, Elzhi, From Detroit to LA, House Shoes, J Dilla, Let It Go, Nothing Like This, Phat Kat, The Makings
Staying with all things partly Antipodean, Quakers’ self-titled debut album is released today. To be honest, I picked up Fitta Happier last month and didn’t really get it at first. Last night, however, I gave it another go and it had me bouncing off my bedroom walls.
Quakers is the much-anticipated multi-MC hip hop project featuring Portishead’s Geoff Barrow as Fuzzface, sharing production duties with engineer 7-Stu-7 and Australian producer Katalyst. With more than thirty MCs on over forty tracks, it should be quite an impressive piece of work, especially if the first track is anything to go by. And the guest list is not to be sniffed at, including the likes of Dead Prez, Phat Kat, MED and Guilty Simpson as well as a host of new talent. You can listen to Smoke, another cut off the album, below.
Download both beats and check out the Quakers promotional video here. Pick up a copy of the album here. Find out more about the Quakers project in this interview with Street Date.
Posted in Downloads, Introducing, Music
Tagged 7-Stu-7, Dead Prez, Geoff Barrow, Guilty Simpson, Katalyst, MED, Phat Kat, Portishead, Quakers, Stones Throw
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.
Posted in Club Nights, Downloads, Music
Tagged DJ Dez, Elzhi, J Dilla, J Dilla Changed My Life, Jazzie B, JFB, Love Is What We Need, Mega Mix, Phat Kat, Ruff Snippits, Rusty Ryan, Soul II Soul, Spin Doctor, The Doctor's Orders, The Doctor's Orders Brighton
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…
Posted in Interviews, Music
Tagged Dabrye, Detroit, Dillalade, DJ House Shoes, Game Over, Hip Hop, J Dilla, Jay Dee, Kelly 'K-Fresh' Fraizer, Phat Kat, Reilly Brennan, Sam Valenti IV, Tadd Mullinix, The Loop Detroit, Two/Three
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…
Posted in Club Nights, Music
Tagged Andres, Detroit, DJ Dez, Elzhi, Hip Hop, Phat Kat, Rusty Ryan, Slum Village, Spin Doctor, Suckers, The Doctor's Orders