Enjoy driving two miles an hour so everyone can see you? Then you are probably anticipating the arrival of the summer, and you have under two months to go. Courtesy of D.Focis, he has put together a brand new mix of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”, said to be “adding a Detroit touch,while keeping with the original vibe of the song.” No harm in that, so listen to it and lay back because soon come, it’ll be summertime, so have a ball.
Hard to believe that Slum Village have been around for 20 years, right? I’m sure they are too, and in honor of being around for two decades, the group are releasing a new album on June 25th called Evolution (Ne’Astra). The album will feature a number of guests, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rapper Big Pooh, Raheem Devaughn, Blu, and many more.
The group now consists of original member T3, and to his side are Young RJ and Illa J, and the album touches on the changes to a person that happens throughout life, and finding reasons for the things that develop, which leads to ones ever-changing evolution. Production duties on this one were done by T3, Young RJ and FOCUS.
What Dynas did with this single is get a classic Dilla beat, have DJ Jazzy Jeff produce a track, and called it a day. Oh, but what a GOOD day this is.
“The Apartment” is the Dilla track and it makes one wish that Dilla’s influence was bigger than it is, but then a lot of songs and instrumentals would be watered down with people hearing sounds and samples one way, but not doing it quite right. “The Apartment” is a feel-right song.
“It’s My Turn” feels like the 90’s over again, with a horn-ridden sample and a drum machine layered over it, with heightened hi-hats and a deep bass that makes you want to dance, do a bit of jazz hands, and makes you feel and question why you feel so high. This is a high single, and I wish all hip-hop these days sounded like this. Fuck it, their loss.
With luck no one from PETA will be after him, but DJ A-Trak will be hitting the road on the 10,000 LB Hamburger Tour with Treasure Fingers and Rye Rye. Save your money, here are the confirmed tour dates:
6/17/09 NEW YORK, NY ULTRA LOUNGE (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
6/18/09 BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
6/19/09 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
7/02/09 CHARLOTTE, NC THE FORUM (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
7/03/09 ATLANTA, GA OPERA (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
7/04/09 ORLANDO, FL HOUSE OF BLUES (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
7/05/09 TAMPA, FL CZAR *
7/08/09 MIAMI, FL LIV *
7/10/09 AUSTIN, TX AUSTIN MUSIC HALL (BACARDI B-LIVE) +
7/11/09 HOUSTON, TX WAREHOUSE LIVE *
7/13/09 PHOENIX, AZ CLUB RED *
7/14/09 SAN DIEGO, CA VOYEUR ^
7/16/09 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE INDEPENDENT *
7/17/09 PORTLAND, OR ROTTURE ^
7/18/09 SEATTLE, WA CHOP SUEY *
7/22/09 VANCOUVER, BC RICHARD’S ON RICHARDS ^
7/23/09 CALGARY, AB HI FI *
7/24/09 EDMONTON, AB STAR LITE ROOM ^
7/25/09 TORONTO, ON TIME FESTIVAL
7/30/09 OTTAWA, ON RITUAL NIGHTCLUB *
7/31/09 NEW YORK, NY WEBSTER HALL #
8/01/09 MONTREAL, QC SAT *
8/07/09 CHICAGO, IL LOLLAPALOOZA
8/08/09 LOS ANGELES, CA HARD FESTIVAL
* with Rye Rye and Treasure Fingers
^ with Rye Rye
# with Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London and Jack Beats
+ with MSTRKRFT, Major Lazer, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff and Drop The Lime