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DJ JS-1 – No Sell-Out


DJ JS-1

No Sell-Out Album Megamix Download
from No Sell-Out (2009, Fat Beats)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world’s #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS’ list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.

For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc’s), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.

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DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse – Draft Radio Vol. 1


DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse

Bad Seed & Dstroy – Party Crashers Download
Da Bean – Gunnin Download
Mos Def feat Esthero – Summer Time Download
from Draft Radio Vol. 1 (2007, Def Digital)
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DJ Revolution’s mixes are always consistently dope and he’s been holding down the West Coast forever. Throw in Total Eclipse who’s definitely reached legend status at this point and you have two of the best DJ’s on the planet. So what’s your next move at that point? Throw in some heavy hitters like Mos Def, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, Pharoahe Monch, Jin, Bad Seed, Miri Ben Ari, Defari and just cut and blend the shit out of everything.

Draft Records and the Howie McDuffie Music Group are proud to release the DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse compilation, Draft Radio Volume 1. A must for all hip-hop aficionados, DJ fans, and true-school heads.

Blockhead – Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book


Blockhead

Duke Of Hazzard Download
from Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book (2007, Ninja Tune)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

Blockhead is the go to man for anyone in the know on the indie hip hop scene. Helping propel MC talents such as Aesop Rock, Cage, Slug, Murs, etc. with his tough instrumentals that inspire the lyrical weight of such people. Wanting to stretch out his creativity he approached Ninja Tune with a killer demo for what was to become his debut album, Music By Cavelight, which contained the head-nodding hit of 2004, ‘Insomniac Olympics’.

Since then there has been a second Ninja Tune album, Downtown Science, and slew of production credits, most notably his work on the Aesop Rock album, None Shall Pass, for Def Jux.

To coincide with that release, and the subsequent tour following, Blockhead has decided to self-release his latest collection entitled Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book. An upbeat collection of fun instrumentals with the trademark Blockhead production style, tough beats and catchy grooves that have infected his earlier releases.

So grab your crayons, spread them out on the floor and color along to the sounds of Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book.

A New Era In Funk – Teeko


Teeko

Masked Mombler Download
Five’n Download
from My Soundstation (2006, 4ONEfunk/TRC)

Innovative, Pure. Live. The eclectic sounds of My SoundStation kicks open the doors with Teeko emerging as an innovator in a new era of turntablism with a contemporary and progressive edge.

After achieving international success, acclaim and recognition for his creativity in international competitive DJ circuits, Bay area-based Teeko of the collective 4onefunk crew, felt the constraints of the battle scene closing in. His musically feral state of mind began to produce original sounds that followed no traditional composition. With a “no rules” mantra in mind, Teeko utilized different dynamics of music production, including live sound cutting, solidifying the declaration of the turntable as an instrument. The fusion of live instruments and turntable scratching emitted a hand crafted work of live, fluid art that is anything but duplicated. Teeko’s expression of music divulged what the turntable world had been missing: true musicianship. The end result is a fresh, ear-pleasing album with a wide range of styles and textures that appeals to all music lovers.

My SoundStation “represents a new time for DJs…how they create music as well as collaborate with other musicians. This album takes you on a journey through dope scratching, unique production and ridiculous live instrumentation,” proclaims fellow Dollar Bin Quintet bandmate, Max Kane. Collaborations featured on My SoundStation include Jazz saxophonist Kenny Brooks and drummer Jay Lane of Alphabet Soup and Ratdog, as well as turntable band The Dollar Bin Quintet (Max Kane, BCause, J-1, Mike Boo and Teeko). The world class musicians featured add unique flavor to this distinctive album in turntable scratch music.

Teeko’s premier album opens the floodgate to a new epoch in turntablism.

Cut Chemist – The Audience’s Listening


Cut Chemist

The Garden 56k / 128k
Storm feat. Edan and Mr. Lif 56k / 128k
from The Audience’s Listening (2006, Warner Brothers)
Grab these tracks on iTunes

Bonus:
Cut Chemist in Brazil working on The Garden (Video)
56k / 100k / 300k / 700k

“They say you get as long as you need to make your first album, but the
second one you get a year!” jokes Cut Chemist.

No sweat, folks — this scientist is ready: The Los Angeles native
recorded hundreds of songs before selecting the final 12 for his Warner
Bros. Records debut album, The Audience’s Listening (release date:
6/7/06).

Consider this: Cut Chemist’s songs have been built with the assistance
of thousands of rare, crazy, odd, eccentric and quite often unplaceable
samples from other records, a truly global library that has been
amassed from his extensive travels and dates back to sometime around
1977, when a young, pajama’d Lucas Macfadden was photographed asleep
and snuggled up tight to his very own vinyl copy of Disney’s Haunted
Mansion – dedication from the early days.

Throughout his life, he’s honed his skills as a record hunter
extraordinaire (though he probably doesn’t throw his fresh kill up on
the wall like other marksmen). That’s a history that has built up into
a varied and uplifting album that even defies his complimentary
characterization as someone known to play with sound in unexpected
ways.

It’s true that The Audience’s Listening was a bit of a long time in the
making, but imagine how relatively little time Cut Chemist has had in
the laboratory. Mainly, he’s toured a lot. He spent 12 years as a DJ
and producer for LA hip-hop dynamos Jurassic 5 (which traversed the
country and world via packages like Lollapalooza and The Warped Tour),
five years playing the turntables as a beautiful instrument backing up
the Grammy-winning Latin alternative band Ozomatli, and several years
releasing highly bootlegged mixtapes (such as his Brain Freeze Original
Soundtrack collaboration with DJ Shadow in 1999, a much sought eBay
delight that lead to another popular meeting of the two in 2004’s
Product Placement tour and DVD). Throughout it all, he’s found the time
to helm his own recurring club nights in Los Angeles (these days he can
often be found on Saturday nights playing at “Funky Sole” at Hollywood
lounge Star Shoes).

As an in-demand DJ that’s always tried to further his craft as a
producer, Cut Chemist has had to juggle a lot more than beats over the
years. But, after departing Ozomatli and, more recently, Jurassic 5 in
late 2004, his focus is finally squarely on himself.

“That’s probably part of why it took me so long,” he says of the album.
“I had to retrain myself into seeing that I was the only one here.
There’s really no one else I have to clear things with.”

Free and clear from committee vetoes, sure. Free and clear from
clearing rare and not-so-rare samples, not so much.