You can consider this an appetizer, a “pupu” if you will. Out of the homeland of Hawai’i Nei is well.being, and it will appear on the album Hawaiian Slack Key Legends Vol. 66 as the introduction. The song features DJ Memoirs cutting it up over a track created by the main man Joe Dub. As well.being says, this is very much Hawaiian music, or what I called “Altered Aloha”, a different perspective of the music coming from the 808 State that many are not aware of but should be.
Contra Band is a supergroup that unites Joe Dub, DJ Marz, and Alex75 for a double shot of hip-hop goodness. Their Bay Area pride and roots is represented with the Asita Recordings</a label, designed with an old school feel and done up in San Francisco 49’ers colors. As for the music, it’s hot. They are joined on the A-side, “Electronic World”, with Devin The Dude, while the B-side, “PSA”, is truly an announcement about what’s to come from them in the new year.
If you want to hear excerpts from both sides of the 45, head to Asita Recordings and listen, then order. You can also order the record through some of your favorite online vinyl merchants.
If you are in Honolulu this week, or about to head there, you’ll want to go to this concert at The Loft (115 N. Hotel St. #2). It brings together Ellay Khule along with NoCanDo, Joe Dub, and DJ Jus Jones. Anticon‘s own Jel is scheduled to appear as well, so head to the show and celebrate the last weekend of May 2009 in style.
The show is 21 and over, $10 at the door. For more information, head to Lightsleepers.
Unfamiliar with Ellay Khule? Hui: