Santigold Selling Brooklyn House for $1.95 Million

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If you thought that baller homes were only the relegated to EDMers like Paul Oakenfold, Avicii and Calvin Harris, well, think again.

Multi-faceted singer-songwriter and one-time Big Shot cover star Santigold has put her Bed Stuy, Brooklyn home up for sale for a cool $1.95 million. Eesh, the thought of the property tax bill alone puts us in a cold sweat.

Known for early hits like “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” to recent efforts such as “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” and “Who Be Lovin’ Me” off 2016’s 99¢ album, the Philadelphia native’s abode eschews the douchiness of the aforementioned DJs’ homes and exudes the swagger she build her music career on.

The house is a legal two-bedroom renovated as a single home. It boasts a mahogany staircase, original window shutters, stained glass, moldings, and five working fireplaces.

From Brownstoner:

The kitchen (not pictured) is on the garden level along with the drawing/dining room; it leads out to a garden with a flagstone patio.

The parlor floor holds the living room and a rear bedroom; above is a large front bedroom (not pictured), a small second bedroom, and a dressing room with enough built-in cabinetry to meet a pop star’s demands, painted in turquoise.

There’s central air conditioning, and a closeted washer/dryer on the parlor level.

Any takers?

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Jewel Kid 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Malta-born Jewel Kid (a.k.a. J.J. Mejlak) has made a name for himself via his Alleanza label, using the imprint as a platform to release music from like-minded technocrats Popof, Pig&Dan, Alex Bau, Enrico Sangiuliano, Luigi Madonna, and Mauro Picotto.

Embracing a tough, hard-sitting techno sound that isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, he’s also released choice cuts on Suara, Soma, Tronic, Sleaze, and Break New Soil.

Fresh from issuing “Behind These Walls” b/w “Perimeters” on Gynoid in January, today he drops the Road Not Taken EP on Sleaze Records. Fortunately for us on this side of the pond is news that the Kid will touch down next month in the U.S. for a quickie two-date DJ trek.

Ahead of his brief stateside excursion, we checked in with Jewel Kid and asked him to share his five favorite tracks of the moment. Find them below listed in no particular order. Continue Reading

Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘Funky Drummer,’ Dies at 73

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Clyde Stubblefield, a session drummer best known for his work with James Brown, passed away on Saturday at the age of 73. According to Stubblefield’s wife, Jody Hannon, the drummer died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wis., hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days.

Stubblefield was behind the drums on classic James Brown songs “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud),” “I Got The Feelin’” and “Funky Drummer.”

The grooves he laid down were influential and groundbreaking. They were later discovered by a legion of artists in the ’80s — including Run DMC, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, L.L. Cool J, George Michael, Sinead O’Connor, Boogie Down Productions —who sampled his funky beats and made Stubblefield .one of the most sampled drummers in history.

Unfortunately, Brown didn’t share royalties with Stubblefield. During the 1990s and 2000s, he released solo albums of his own — Revenge of the Funky Drummer” and The Original Funky Drummer Breakbeat Album. In 2011, the DVD release of the documentary Copyright Criminals featured a collection of new Stubblefield performances designed for easy sampling.

In 2000, Stubblefield was diagnosed with bladder cancer, which he survived. In the process, he racked up roughly $90,000 in medical bills. After Prince’s death in 2016, he revealed that the Purple One, who he had never met, privately paid his medical expenses, as a gift for his influence.

Roots drummer Questlove eulogized Stubblefield on Instagram, calling him “The Funky Funkiest Drummer Of All Time.”

Andrea Ljekaj February 2017 Chart

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  1. Andrea Ljekaj – The Unsaid (Instrumental Mix) – Save Us Records
  2. Andrea Ljekaj – Silent Change (Original Mix) – Save Us Records
  3. Ramon Tapia & Rik Watts – Snuss (Original Mix) – Gem Records
  4. Rafael Cerato & Marc DePulse – Vertigo (Original Mix) – Lapsus Music
  5. Andrea Ljekaj – Hils Have Ears (Original Mix) – New Violence Records
  6. Distale – Light (Original Mix) – Upon You Records
  7. Andrea Ljekaj – Road Of Desires (Original Mix) – New Violence Records
  8. Andrea Ljekaj – Never Too Early (Original Mix) – New Violence Records
  9. Dirty Culture – Road Load (Original Mix) – Akbal Music
  10. Jimi Jules – Fate (Original Mix) – Zukunft Recordings

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Goldie Returns with ‘The Journey Man’ Double LP

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Metalheadz label head Goldie has announced the release of a double album, The Journey Man, on June 16. The news arrives after Goldie dropped his new single “I Adore You” (listen below) yesterday.

The new effort is divided into two parts and features 16 brand-new tracks written and produced by the man himself.

For the album Goldie collaborated with singer-songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series Goldie’s Band By Royal Appointment and later contributed the vocals for Goldie’s 2012 single “Freedom,” as well as Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, José James and Naomi Pryor. Goldie’s wife, Mika Wassenaar Price, also guests on the LP.

Obligatory press release gush from Goldie: “I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You’re drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It’s like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they’re all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I’m always inspired by great movie directors – people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson – and, if you think about it, it’s quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film.”

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Premiere: Joeski – Dub Music

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New York house DJ/producer/remixer Joeski’s ascension to the global stage has been incumbent upon one thing: pure freakin’ talent. From playing house parties in Queens, NY,  to spinning at infamous Manhattan nightspots and parties including The Limelight, NASA, Save the Robots and the Roxy, he’s continually evolved his sound both behind the decks and the boards. And not surprisingly his sleek, raw grooves continue to reverberate well beyond the Big Apple.

With 2016 filled with producing and remixing for labels including Defected and Suara, Joeski (a.k.a. Joe Flores) makes a welcome return to Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings with the Lessons in Dub EP.

Where his previous Erotic Sessions EP for Poker Flat was a deep, techy dose of dark insanity (listen to “Come On Here” here), his new three-tracker for the label is swathed in dubby textures, sexy vocal sample banter and groovy goodness.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the title track from our NYC homie that’s rinsed with glorious helpings of bass, insistent drums and gentle washes of reverb. Get an exclusive first listen below and pick up the full release on February 17.