• Hyperdub release statement on the death of DJ Rashad
• Seth Troxler starts Play It Say It
• Listen to the Hot Natured Essential Mix
• The 2 Bears announce new album and share new single
Hyperdub release statement on the death of DJ Rashad
One of the most important figures in Chicago’s footwork scene, Rashad had become one of Hyperdub’s core artists, releasing several EPs and an album, Double Cup, through the label. This year, he would have been celebrating Hyperdub’s tenth anniversary with contributions to their forthcoming compilations and spots on their live shows.
Since the news of his death broke on Saturday April 27, the dance music world has been mourning Rashad’s death and celebrating the impact that his music made. Even outside of dance music, acts like Danny Brown, fellow Chicago artist Chance the Rapper (who recently toured with Rashad and his DJing partner Spinn) and 2 Chainz have posted tributes online.
Hyperdub’s statement follows:
DJ Rashad aka Rashad Hanif Harden, 34-years-old (born in Hammond, IN – October 9, 1979), the Calumet City, IL-based DJ and producer, passed away around 1:30 PM Saturday, April 26, 2014 on Chicago’s Lower West Side. He leaves behind a nine-year-old son, Chad and his parents, mother Gloria Harden, and father, Anthony Harden. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.
Rashad’s father told the Chicago Sun Times on Saturday: “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this. He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.”
His manager, Wes Harden: “Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of Footwork and Juke. Rest assured that all of those close to him will make sure that the legacy lives on for a great man whose life has been cut far too short.”
Kode9 from Hyperdub: “I was honored to release music from Rashad on Hyperdub. I’ve only known him for around 3 years, but he had become a good friend and one of my biggest musical influences. He was one of the funniest, most positive people I’ve ever met and a true innovator. Everyone at the label is devastated by his passing and wish to send our sincere condolences to all his friends and family in Chicago, the Teklife crew and anyone anywhere who was graced by his presence and uplifted by his music. I’ll never forget singing duet with him in a karaoke bar in Tokyo”
DJ Rashad was a quintessential figurehead in the evolution from Ghetto House to Chicago Juke to Footwork and one of the artists to have to consistently pushed the evolution of the Footwork genre forward. He was born in Chicago and moved to the deep south suburb of Calumet City, IL soon after. Rashad started out as a dancer (around the time he was in seventh grade) cutting his teeth with some of the most respected dance groups including HouseOMatics, The Phyrm, and Wolf Pac. He quickly thereafter took up DJing with some of his first public gigs around 1992 at spots like his sixth grade high school club Jubilation. He met his longtime ally, DJ Spinn, during homeroom class at Thornwood High School in 1996. They quickly began producing tracks at each others’ houses. During this era, they DJ’d parties with the likes of RP Boo, DJ Clent, Gant-Man and others..
His first release to make it to vinyl was the track “Child Abuse” on Dance Mania (mislabeled as DJ Thadz) in 1998. Following the release of his single “Itz Not Rite” (Planet Mu) and his inclusion on the “Bangs and Works” album (Planet Mu) circa late 2010 he was constantly in demand around the world and spent the majority of his time on the road touring the world as a DJ, more often than not in tandem in with his closest, lifelong friend, DJ Spinn. He was involved in many Footwork cliques – including Beatdown House (founded by DJ Clent), the Ghettoteknitianz (with DJ Spinn) and Teklife. As a producer his crowning achievement was the October 2013 release of his album “Double Cup” on Hyperdub Records featuring collaborations with DJ Spinn, Taso, DJ Phil, Manny, Earl and Addison Groove. His last performance as a DJ was at Vinyl Club in Denver, CO on April 24, 2014. A new EP “We On 1″is slated for release today Monday April 28th via a new Houston-based label called Southern Belle. His collaborations “Acid Life” with Gant-Man and “Bombaklot” with DJ Earl and DJ Taye are featured on the forthcoming Hyperdub 10th anniversary celebration album “Hyperdub 10.1″ which will be released May 20th. His music will live on eternally.”
Seth Troxler starts Play It Say It
“My new label is called Play It Say It, [which is] based on the stickers that used to appear on records,” Troxler says. “During the ’80s and ’90s promos sent to US radio stations often had stickers on them saying, ‘Whan You Play It, Say It’ to encourage disc jockeys to mention the names of the songs they were broadcasting on air.”
He added that the label would be “just me putting out records that I’ve been field testing but have never come out. They aren’t moody, the critics might hate them, but I know they work a floor and are awesome in that context. This isn’t some crazy art thing, just high grade white labels to play in clubs. It’s that basic.”
“Tripi,” the record’s single track, features an unlikely keyboard contribution from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, the ’70s English prog outfit known for their rendition of “Blinded By The Light.” The vinyl version is out today, with a digital release to follow next month. You can stream it below:
Listen to the Hot Natured Essential Mix
It was the turn of the house music quartet Hot Natured this week for the Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.
With this in mind, the group’s Essential Mix was a two hour sojourn into the musical minds of the foursome.
Listen again to Hot Natured’s effort here.
The 2 Bears announce new album and share new single
The 2 Bears have announced that their new album, ‘The Night is Young’ will be released in September.
The 12-tracker is the duo’s second LP after 2012 debut ‘Be Strong’ and, judging by the first single ‘Angel (Touch Me)’, it follows in its tradition of melodic, vocal house.
The 2 Bears consisting of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell, currently have a Saturday residency at XOYO until June 28.
‘The Night is Young’ will be released on via Southern Fried Records and you can check out ‘Angel (Touch Me)’ and the full tracklist below.
01. Get Out
02. Angel (Touch Me)
03. Money Man
04. Not This time
05. See You
06. Son Of The Sun
07. Unbuild It
08. Modern Family
09. Mary Mary
10. Run Run Run
11. My Queen
12. The Night Is Young