Sunday, October 25, 2009

Izza Kizza and Skinny Friedman @ Modern Amusement Wednesday

Izza Kizza, Timbaland's new go to emcee on Timbaland's own label Mosely Music Group, will be performing at Modern Amusement Wednesday with Skinny Friedman of the Philadelphyinz and Ernie and I. I'm really excited to be a part of another big hip-hop act right after playing with Del.  Izza's rhyming actually reminds me of Timbaland except maybe Izza's lyrics remind me more of Missy Elliott. The production on his tracks are also a little more spaced age sounding than most of the Timbaland stuff, and I'm okay with that. The man is under the age of 30, from Valdosta, Georgia and aiming to be a great. He's worked with mainstream greats like Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, David Banner and Twista. I still don't know how he ended up playing our night. The free Alize that sponsors their tour with an open Alize bar from 10-12 is also a perk. People are going to be drunk early and wanting to dance. 

I'm actually more nervous to play with Skinny because it's not very often that I (we) work with DJ's who use turntables REALLY well. Ernie and I are going to practice a set for Wednesday so we don't sound tooo bad.

Here are some tracks. I'll do a real blog soon and stop writing about things going on in town. Promise.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Thomas and DJ Ernie for Grooveshark 1 Million User Party

In case you don't live in Gainesville, FL, last Tuesday Del the Funkyhomosapien played @ Sharab Lounge for the Grooveshark 1 million user party. I think that will go down as one of the best parties ever thrown in Gainesville and I'm so glad I was a part of it. 

The night started young for me, arrived at Sharab around 7:30 to do Ernie and I's sound check along with Del. Del wasn't there, but he's manager was, who was an incredibly nice guy. 

Ernie and I's set didn't start until around 10:30, with Del expected to play around midnight. I started the night off playing some UGK, Phaseone, Three Six, The Bug, Prefuse 73, Raekwon, and a few others. I wanted to start off playing some southern shit because the high hat GETS THE PARTY STARTED! Ernie's set was also hip-hop oriented, concentrating more on classic east coast songs. Either way, I think we both killed it. 

Bukue One, Del's manager, emcee, and skateboarder opened up for Del and hyped the crowd who were almost up to their eye balls with alcohol. His flow reminds me a lot of Del but he's a little less abstract. 

Del came on around 12:20 and as soon as he started the crowd went apeshit. The crowd sounded like fireworks on the 4th of July. This was all really overwhelming to me because I'm sitting behind the decks and helping do sound for Del an international known and much respected emcee/producer in Gainesville, FL in an intimate setting with a limited audience. I don't know what could top this. Playing with Tribe??? Whatever the case, Del put on a high energy show. I heard he was supposed to only play for twenty minutes but he ended up playing for 45 minutes. He performed tracks from Deltron, he's solo stuff and Gorillaz. He ended with "Clint Eastwood" which was awesome because even the mildest of Del fans would know that song. 

I'm posting a track with Tame One and Del. I really think this is some of the best Del production in a while. 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Burial "Fostercare"

I've been waiting and waiting for the day a new Burial song drops. I didn't really count the Four Tet collaboration. I wasn't too impressed by that. In idea, it was cool but Four Tet hasn't put out good music in a while. 

The new Burial track "Fostercare" is as you remember Burial, dark, cerebral, and layered in sound. 
To me Burial always sounds like some post-apocalyptic society where there are very few people, the air is smokey, buildings are in shambles, but somehow there are these abstract voices coming over the smoke feeling you with comfort. It's a freaky place but a place I like to go. The wood block snare is still present, the sampled she-male voices are still here and the layers of sound still blow your mind. 

One time I gave my friend a copy of Untrue and we listening to "Archangel"  and she said she wished the song would last forever. I couldn't have agreed more (Lauren you know that's you). 
Burial wins. 

I saw Mayer Hawthorne last night so there's an interview coming soon. If you have any question request, hit me up.