New York City house music mainstay Chris Love, who those of a certain age will remember for his Stuck on Earth parties, started the SOUP party in the mid-’90s as a way to bring Gothamites together. After taking a hiatus, he linked up with partner AB Logic in 2011 and revived SOUP, which is short for Support Our Underground Properly. They haven’t looked back since.
Currently holding court at meatpacking club Cielo, and frequently appearing at Output across the bridge in Williamsburg, SOUP, which is rounded out by residents Joe Pompeo, Chris Patrick, and Lady Cherelle, regularly features world-class guest DJs.
On the production front Love & Logic have been making great sides, producing tracks for top imprints such as King Street, Greenskeepers, Sampled, Smoke City Music, Snatch, and Guesthouse. (They’ve also collaborated with Junior Sanchez and Derrick Carter.) Their same-named label just released Japanese duo Namy & Akio’s “You Make Me,” and you can bet your last dollar that more funky, uplifting jams are on the way.
Ahead of Love & Logic’s set at SOUP and Bushwick A/V’s sold-out boat party with featuring Stacey Pullen and Doc Martin on June 24, the duo share five tracks they’re currently rocking. Continue Reading
If you follow the musical exploits and frequent travels of New York City-based DJ/producer Nickodemus, then you’ll know that he’s always bringing his globally-informed grooves to cities far and wide around the world. Somehow he manages to find time to run Wonderwheel Recordings, a label with a world view that’s as dependable as they come.
Wonderwheel is about to unveil a gem of a new release by The Spy From Cairo, a project helmed by Moreno Visini. A prolific producer who has remixed for the likes of Tosca, Billie Holiday, Baba Maal, and Astor Piazzolla, Visini, who plays electric Oud, has recorded as Zeb and counts his 2013 Arabdub among his many credits.
Related: Nickodemus: A NY DJ Who Thinks and Acts Globally
We’re pleased to world premiere TSFC’s “Open Sesame” and “Sirens of the Nile” a pair of tracks dripping with late-night feels and Middle Eastern vibes. Have a listen and stay tuned for music this fall.
Boy, did these guys get lucky.
Up-and-coming Berlin via Byron Bay, Australia retro indie-pop band Parcels — Jules Crommelin, Patrick Hetherington, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret and Louie Swain — have dropped “Overnight,” a collaboration written in collaboration with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel Homem Christo of Daft Punk on Kitsuné. The track arrives after Bangalter co-produced Arcade Fire’s new album, Everything Now.
While the track’s groove and funky guitar hook riffs call to mind the helmeted French duo’s smash aforementioned global smash featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, it most certainly has its own je ne sais quoi.
Parcels are currently on tour in Europe, where they will be performing live through November.
- Dunmore Park Ft Piper Davis – The Whistle (Pezzner Remix) – Supremus Records
- Rushmore – Soho Only – Clone Jack for Dase Series
- Stimmhalt – Dreams (Pezzner Remix) – RebelLion
- The Native Language – Umbra – Hunt & Gather
- Reinhard Voigt & Terranova – Wan Wan – Kompkt Extra
- Pezzner – Stop – Decay Records
- Motel Express – The Trees – Hunt & Gather
- Ike Release – Mirage – Mister Saturday Night Records
- Session Victim – Head Over Heels – Delusions Of Grandeur
- Esa – Rent-A-Disc – Dekmantel
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The music world is reeling from the news that legendary rapper Prodigy of highly influential Queens duo Mobb Deep has died at the age of 42.
According to a statement from his publicist, Prodigy, whose real name was Albert Johnson, was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.” Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance. TMZ is reporting that the MC may have choked on an egg during his stay at the hospital.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Rising from Queensbridge in the ’90s, Mobb Deep cemented their status in hip-hop history by way of raw, often eerie tracks like “Survival Of The Fittest,” “Shook Ones Part II” and “Quiet Storm RMX.”
More recently he had served time in prison, where he later released a cookbook of prison recipes in 2016. Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook was released on Infamous, Prodigy’s own imprint at Brooklyn-based Akashic Books. His track with Brooklyn’s Mark The Beast called “Beast With It” released in association with the second issue of Black Panther is out on June 29.
More on this story as it develops.
Following his Patterns & Light album released in 2014, Chris Child (a.k.a. Komodo) returns with his Divider EP on June 30. The EP, which was recorded on and off from the end of 2015 to the end of 2016, finds the Brooklyn-based electronic music producer exploring an array of styles including ambient, downtempo and electro. What’s more is that Child has paid particular attention to percussion, moving away from samples toward incorporating his own percussion into his soundscapes.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “HEL” from the release. It’s an ebullient synth-driven track that, like the best narrative, lands in an unexpected place.
“‘HEL’ was loosely inspired by the Fritz Lang film Metropolis; specifically the film’s visual design of the city,” he explains. “I find movies, or anything visual of interest in general, to be a great starting point when composing a new track. It helps me get an aesthetic direction going — even if it will inevitably change later.”
Collectors take note: The Divider EP will be released digitally, on a limited vinyl run of 100, and on a limited CD run of 80. It will also feature a special release, fully mixed in surround by Kasson Crooker of Symbion Project. A follow-up remix EP to Divider, featuring remixes by ANSTAM, Taylor Deupree, Kodacrome, Lumia, and Symbion Project, is planned for this summer.