Australian DJ Clint Dogg Releases "Big Business" Single
Remixed by 2Pac Producer, Kurt Kobane, Featuring Westcoast Veterans
Los Angeles, CA (October 5, 2010) -- Australian DJ and hip-hop artist, Clint Dogg, this week released a brand new single entitled "Big Business (Kurt Kobane Extended Remix)" feat. Mac Shawn 100, Bo Roc, & Ms. Toi. A remix of a record taken from his upcoming album "Its Still Clint Dogg".
Big Business is an extended remix, by former Death Row Records in-house producer, Kurt "Kobane" Couthon, whose credits include Snoop Dogg, 2Pac Shakur, and K-Ci of Jodeci. It features bay area veteran Mac Shawn 100, who recently signed to Snoop Dogg's imprint Doggystyle/Priority Records, Bo Roc of the Dove Shack & Ms. Toi, known for featuring on the worldwide hit by Ice Cube "You Can Do It".
Clint Dogg has released a slew of well received albums and mixtapes since the mid-90's, and remains one of the most respected Australian DJ's to date. The rapper/DJ is also a noted MC for Australian Basketball team, the Newcastle Hunters (ABL) and formerly for the Hunter Pirates (NBL).
The upcoming new album, entitled "Its Still Clint Dogg", will boast guest appearances from Mac Shawn 100, Daz Dillinger & Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound), RBX, Kokane, Top Dogg, Shade Sheist, Slip Capone, SKG, Big Chan, Danny Boy, Bo Roc, Ms. Toi amongst others. With production from Müzikalite Ent. and Kurt "Kobane" Couthon.
October 5, 2010--Just as Zion I are setting off on a massive tour with The Rebelution, and at the same time gearing up for the release of their seventh album, Atomic Clock they're giving away the album's first single, "Many Styles" (which features tour partners Rebelution). "North Star," another track from the forthcoming album, is available today on iTunes. Both tracks offer a look at the direction in which the group is headed.
After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing andAtomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.
Atomic Clock drops Nov 9, 2010~
Zion I On Tour
9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010
9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza
10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere
10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company
10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay
10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival
10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call
10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle
10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note
10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon
10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
10/24: Chicago, IL – Subterranean
10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater
10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts
10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre
10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater
10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva
11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
11/5: Richmond, VA – The National
11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel
11/7: Boone, NC – Legends
11/12: Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
11/16: Chico, CA – Chico State University's BMU Ballroom
20 Years of Beats and Pieces out today in the US, the pioneering label invades America this October throwing three massive parties in LA, SF, and NYC Ninja Tune takes over URB.com today and unleashes a bunch of new media to celebrate
Out now on CD and included in the Ninja Tune XX box set, the compilation celebrating twenty years looks towards the future showcasing their newest crop of talent as well as todays cutting edge producers paying homage to the label's roots. With too many names to mention and do it all justice (at nearly 100 songs, the box set certainly more), the tracklisting is something that needs to be seen to be believed (see it below). A special occasion, the label has taken over URB.com today featuring an interview with founders Coldcut, a compilation of the best Ninja Tune videos, a new mix from Eskmo, and a chance to win the amazing box set.
"Ninja Tune XX feels like both a late (if fond) farewell to the opulent multi-disc box sets of the 20th century and an announcement that Ninja Tune's A&R instincts remain strong enough to survive the craziness of the 21st." -Pitchfork Media
Ninja Tune has very obviously crafted a love letter to those who have allowed the label to stay in business for 20 solid years, with no sign of slowing down. True to form, they would rather facilitate creation than rehash the past, the result being that Ninja Tune XX is a surprisingly contemporary take on retrospective" -Pop Matters ...................
CD1 Two Fingers 'Fools Rhythm' * Roots Manuva 'It's On' * Toddla T 'Want U Now' (feat. Ms Dynamite) * Dorian Concept 'Her Tears Taste Like Pears' * Zomby 'The Forest' * Offshore 'Jen At The Station' * Emika 'Double Edge' Toddla T 'Sky Surfing' (Benga Remix) *Big Dada Sound 'Signs' *Coldcut & Hexstatic 'Timber' (Seiji Remix) * Andreya Triana 'Lost Where I Belong' (Flying Lotus Remix) The Bug 'Catch A Fire' *The Bug 'Tune In (Version)' * Eskmo 'Cloudlight' *Daedelus 'LA Nocturne'
CD2 Roots Manuva 'Dub Styles' (Micachu's M.A.T.H.E.S. Remix) * Diplo 'Summer's Gonna Hurt You' (Diplo 2010 Remix) * The Heavy 'How You Like Me Now?' (Joker Remix)Stateless 'Ariel' (Rustie Resmak) * Diplo 'Newsflash' (Metronomy Remix) * PRDCTV 'Metropolis' (Dan Le Sac Remix) * Dark Sky 'Leave' *The Long Lost 'Woebegone' (Flying Lotus' Like Woe Remix) Spank Rock 'What It Look Like' (Todd Edwards Remix) * Shuttle 'Lion' * Poirier 'Get Crazy' (Mark Pritchard Dub) * Jammer 'One Over Me' * Fink 'This Is The Thing' (EL-B Digital Edit) * Amon Tobin 'Lost & Found' *
CD3 Lou Rhodes 'One Good Thing' (The Cinematic Orchestra's New York Quartet Version) *Bonobo & Speech Debelle 'Sun Will Rise' * Grasscut 'Blink In The Night' * Bonobo & Andreya Triana 'Wonder When'Quincy & Xen Cuts Allstars 'I Hear The Drummer' (Tunng Edit) * Yppah 'Never Mess With Sunday' * Jaga Jazzist 'Endless Galaxy' * Cougar '$64k Rainbow' * Amon Tobin 'Eight Sum' * DJ Vadim 'The Terrorist' (Gaslamp Computer Killer Remix) * Roots Manuva 'Witness' (1 Hope) (Slugabed Remix) * Andreya Triana 'A Town Called Obsolete' (Mala Remix) * Coldcut 'Man In A Garage' (King Jammy Vocal) * Lorn 'Soft Room' * Loka 'The Beauty In Darkness' * Paris Suit Yourself 'I'll Let You Know' * Jono McCleery 'Tomorrow' (Edit) Floating Points Ensemble 'Post Suite' *
CD4 Eskamon 'Fine Objects'The Bug 'Skeng' (Autechre Remix) * Emika 'Drop The Other (Daedelus Fragments Into A Thousand Little Pieces) * Amon Tobin 'Bloodstone' (King Cannibal Remix) * Amon Tobin 'Foley Versions' (Kronos Quartet Interpretation) * Anti-Pop Consortium 'Volcano' (Four Tet Remix) DELS 'Eating Clouds' * Mr Scruff & Kirsty Almeida 'Pickled Spider' Jaga Jazzist 'Toccata' (Grasscut Remix) * The Death Set 'Impossible' (Shuttle Remix) Daedelus 'Trouble With A Capital D' * Roots Manuva 'Let The Spirit' (Hot Chip Remix) Mr Scruff 'Believe' * Bonobo 'Eyesdown' feat. Andreya Triana (Floating Points Remix) Shuttle 'Tunnel'
CD5 (all music only available in the box set, except track 1 also on forthcoming 12") Floating Points Ensemble (Almost In Profile) * The Cinematic Orchestra 'Familiar Ground' (Solid Steel version) *Bonobo 'Stay The Same' Welder remix *Bonobo 'Eyesdown' (feat. DELS) *Coldcut 'Sound Mirrors' (Grasscut Dub) *Jaga Jazzist 'Synchronise Your Watches' *Kyle Hall 'Golden Moments' *Roots Manuva 'The Falling' (Doomed remix) * The Herbaliser 'Something Wicked' (Roots Manuva's Haunted House Dub) *Roots Manuva 'Shake Your Money Maker' *Fink 'See It All' (Scuba Remix) *DJ Food 'African Rhythms' (Tom Middleton Remix) *Coldcut 'This Island Earth' (Joe Goddard Remix)The Qemists 'Don't Lose It' *
CD6 (all music only available in the box set) Roots Manuva 'Witness' (1 Hope) (Modeselektor's Troublemaker Rmx) * Coldcut 'True Skool' (Zomby Remix) *The Bug 'Poison Dart' (Prefuse 73 Broke Moog Version) *DJ Food 'Dark Lady' (Alix Perez Remix) * Blockhead 'The Music Scene' (EL-P Remix) *DJ Food '20/20 Rhythm' * Clifford Gilberto 'Deliver The Weird' (Dorian Concept Remix) *Shuttle 'Rotten Guts' (Gold Panda Remix) *DJ Food 'Dark Lady' (808 State Remix) *Coldcut & Hexstatic 'Timber' (Super Sargasso Orb Mix) *King Cannibal 'The Grind & Crawl' *Wiley 'My Mistakes' (JME Remix) *DJ Vadim 'Yea Man They Listening' *Roots Manuva 'Join The Dots' (Cut Chemist Remix) *Blockhead 'Ugly Brown' *Cedell Davis 'Been Through Some Stuff' (cLOUDDEAD Remix) *Kid Koala '3 Bit Blues' *The Heavy 'What's So Good Bout Goodbye' *
The Ninja XX Box Set has even more music in addition to two addtional CDs including six 7-inches and two 12-inches with contributions from Two Fingers, Mr. Scruff, Wagon Christ, Coldcut, Roots Manuva, DJ Food. The Box Set also includes a 192-page book written by esteemed music journalist Stevie Chick and includes exclusive interviews with key artists and label staff. Its 192 pages are also lavishly illustrated with original photographs, illustrations and flyers plundered from the depths of Ninja Tune and their artists' archives.
Ninja Tune will also be invading the US for a special series of shows taking place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with appearance from marquee artists such as Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food, Cut Chemist, as well as acts from Ninja's new guard like ESKMO and Toddla T & Serocee. Starting October 28th, they will begin three full back-to-back events in the cities mentioned, the event in San Francisco is FREE to the public (sponsored by Converse) Folks can RSVP for it HERE.
28th October - New York - Santo's Party House Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, more TBD 96 Lafayette St//New York, NY 10013
29th October - San Francisco - 1015 Folsom (FREE! Sponsored by Converse!) Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, An-Ten-Nae, and Motion Potion, more TBD 103 Harriet St//San Francisco, CA 94103
30th October - Los Angeles - Echo/Echoplex Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Cut Chemist, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, more TBD 1822 W. Sunset Blvd//Los Angeles, CA 90026
MP3 & Video: Stylah ft. Memphis Bleek - "Them Boys"
Yesterday marked the digital release date of rising British rap star Stylah's debut album, Treading Water.
The album, already being heralded as a classic by critics, brings forth quality and substance - both in its production and lyrical content, keeping the flame of Hip Hop in the UK burning brightly.
The next street single from the LP is Them Boys featuring US stalwart Memphis Bleek and newcomer Young Safi and produced by Australian hit maker Styalz Fuego. A real street anthem for 2010! Look out for the video coming soon as well as a star studded remix featuring Grafh, Sway, Joell Ortiz, Akala and Immortal Technique!
New Orleans, LA - Has the recession ended the 'bling rap' era? Does it signal a return to songs with more substance? Up-and-comer Dee-1 is counting on it. Not to say that he wishes to be placed in the commercially overlooked 'backpacker' rap pack; he'd rather carve his own lane, but Dee-1 didn't take his decision to leave his full-time position as a middle school teacher, to become a full-time music artist, lightly.
David Augustine aka Dee-1 always had a passion for music. After graduating from Louisiana State with a Bachelors in marketing, he began teaching middle school as a way of funding that passion. The strong bond he built with his students, even as his notoriety as a local artist began to grow, made him realize that being Dee-1 gave him a much larger platform to enlighten than being Mr. Augustine and so, his career choice was made.
Since then there has been his highly successful mixtapes, Still We Rise, I Am Who I Am and I Hope They Hear Me, an independent album, David & Goliath (nominated for for Hip Hop Album of the Year by Offbeat magazine) and live performances alongside the likes of Lil Wayne, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz, Akon, Talib Kweli and more, where his star power was evident. Dee-1 was also the first rap act to win the annual Louisiana State University "Battle of the Bands."
Next up for this unapologetic musical educator is his new mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me: Vol. #2, set to drop as a free download later this year. The first single/video for the tape is "Jay, 50 and Weezy", a lyrical challenge from Dee-1 to those he looks up to in the game.
The educator in Dee-1 is undeniable. He still frequently mentors youth and is a regular on the lecture circuit. Whether on the stage or in a classroom he has captured not only the ears, but the hearts of young people with his authenticity.
The movement is rolling. Feel free to jump on board.
Brokencyde Debut New Song 'Teach Me How To Scream' Online
Crunkcore innovators Brokencyde have debuted the song “Teach Me How To Scream” online at MySpace.com/Brokencyde. The track is taken from the group’s sophomore album, "Brokencyde - Will Never Die”, which hits stores on November 9th, 2010 through BreakSilence Recordings.
"We are super stoked for everyone to hear 'Teach Me How To Scream', as its classic Brokencyde with a bit of new flava," commented Mikl from Brokencyde. "The song has a jerk style beat and then we put our own twist on it! We figured this would be the perfect track to release, as it kind of bridges the gap between the last record and our new album.”
Brokencyde will kick off their Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour alongside The Millionaires, Kill Paradise, and The Hit beginning November 2nd in Lancaster, CA.
BROKENCYDE TOUR DATES: Nov 02 - Lancaster, CA - Cedar Centre Nov 03 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk Nov 04 - Modesto, CA - Modesto Virtual Nov 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater Nov 07 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre Nov 09 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage Nov 10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Nov 11 - West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theater Nov 12 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater Nov 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre Nov 15 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Nov 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Nov 17 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheelz Nov 18 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon Nov 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Nov 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft Nov 21 - Hackensack, NJ - School of Rock Nov 22 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey Nov 23 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Nov 27 - Metairie, LA - The High Ground Nov 28 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit Nov 30 - Dallas, TX - The Loft Dec 01 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Dec 02 - San Diego, CA - Soma Sidestage Dec 03 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Dec 05 - Anaheim, CA - The Chain Reaction