Entries tagged with: J-Cush
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:
Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).
DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)
...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.
Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...
photo by Sam Hiscox
Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.
Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.
Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.
Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.
Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:
Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...
Warm Up 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Each year, the Warm Up summer concert series brings forward thinking electronic music (and other related genres like indie pop, hip hop, etc) to the outdoor courtyard at Long Island City's MoMA PS1. This year's shows happen every Saturday from June 28 to September 6 from 3-9 PM (doors at noon). Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day-of.
Artists playing this year include Evian Christ (DJ), Lone (live), Sophie, Forest Swords (all the same day!), Cibo Matto (live), Pantha du Prince (live), Dam-Funk, Dutch E Germ, George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Simian Mobile Disco (live), Cashmere Cat, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live), Jam City, Shamir (live), The Range (live) and many more.
Full 2014 schedule below...
Future Brown is a new collaborative project from Fatima Al Qadiri (aka Ayshay), Nguzunguzu, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. They will be playing a Pitchfork-presented MoMA PS1 Sunday Session on November 17 in the venue's VW Dome, the same series that Oneohtrix Point Never and Arca have already played. It's a day show, running from 4-7 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Nguzunguzu playing their own show on December 13 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Flogging Molly are playing Roseland Ballroom on February 27. Tickets to that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM, TM/Live Nation/Mobile App presale Thursday (11/14) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. That's just a few weeks before St. Patrick's Day, which Dropkick Murphys and Lucero are celebrating in the NYC-area too.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.
Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...
Black Dice were supposed to play 285 Kent tonight (9/27) with Teengirl Fantasy, but that show had to be canceled at the last minute due to a family emergency.
In its place, 285 Kent will instead host a Lit City/Fade to Mind/Night Slugs party with a bunch of the regulars, including Bok Bok, Kingdom, L-Vis 1990, Rizzla, MikeQ, Jubilee, and J-Cush. Not a bad last minute replacement. Tickets for tonight's party are on sale now.
Fade to Mind is also throwing a party soon at Output on October 10, which also includes Kingdom, in addition to Nguzunguzu, Prince Will, and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, on October 1, Fade to Mind will release the debut from Teengirl Fantasy collaborator Kelela, CUT 4 ME. The album features production from Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit, and more. Stream the Nguzunguzu-produced single, "Enemy," below...
LE1F @ the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Butter The Children, Bent Shapes, Gross Relations, Two Inch Astronaut @ Cake Shop
Tonight is the record release party for Bent Shapes' terrific new album, Feels Weird (which you can stream at P4K or Spotify), but all the bands playing tonight are worth catching: Butter the Children (nu-gaze), Gross Relations (fuzzy, '90ish indie) and Exploding In Sound label's Two Inch Astronaut.
Brooklyn's free Afro-Punk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park today and tomorrow, and today we're getting sets from Saul Williams, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Theophilus London, Jean Grae, and more. Note that tonight's two headlining slots are "???" and "Special Guest." Who will fill those slots?
Wolf Eyes, The Men, PC Worship, TBA @ Pioneer Works
Confrontational Detroit noise crew Wolf Eyes teams with The Men for an interesting pairing at Pioneer works. Though The Men 2013 isn't quite the raging band they were in years past, that doesn't give you an excuse for not wearing earplugs when Wolf Eyes blast you out of the room. Recommended.
Black Kids, Via Audio, French Horn Rebellion (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Victims of overhype success, lets not forget that what got these Floridians into the mess was some really catchy, likable songs. After a few years out from under the microscope, Black Kids are back and we're hoping for the best. Tickets are still available but know this is a LATE show, doors at 11:30 PM and Black Kids going on at 1 AM.
Caribou (DJ set), Museum of Love (DJ set), Stellar Om Source, Pional, Empress Of, Terreke @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues today. As usual, the whole lineup is great, but especially of note is John Talabot's vocalist Pional and Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of. It should be interesting to see what Caribou spins too.
Liquor Store, The Abandos, Hot Guts, Hollow Hills @ Shea Stadium
It's almost like two shows in one at Shea tonight: Go early for the gothier sounds of Hollow Hills and Hot Guts; stay late for the mess punk of The Bandos and Liquor Store.
Autre Ne Veut @ The Surf Lodge
We just caught Autre Ne Veut opening for Twin Shadow in Central Park, and tonight the NYC musician will be a little bit out of the area for a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge. But it's totally free so if you're around those parts, this one's not to miss.
Hunx & His Punx, Hunters, Las Rosas, 2 Pretty @ Death By Audio
Hunx and Hunters on the same bill? This is bound to get a little nutty tonight.
Traxman, Dance System, Jim-E Stack, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent Avenue
Footwork master Traxman is in town from Chicago and will join this great lineup at 285 Kent for a killer dance party tonight.
Pity Sex, Modern Baseball, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die @ The Wood Shop
Pity Sex have transformed from an emo band to a shoegaze band on their new album, Feast of Love, and while last night they played a Brooklyn show with an indie rock-friendly lineup, tonight they return to their roots for a Long Island show with two emo bands: Modern Baseball and The World Is...
Roger Miret & The Disasters, Stigma, The Scrapers @ Knitting Factory
When he's not playing in Agnostic Front, the NYHC legend takes on street punk in his band The Disasters. Catch those guys with another Agnostic Front-related band, Stigma, at Knitting Factory tonight.
Hellbent Hooker, Hymen Holocaust, Trashawk
Metal for scumbags, and that is a complement. The sleazy Hellbent Hooker headlines a show at Union Pool tonight adding support from the charmingly-named Hymen Holocaust and Trashawk. You'll feel dirty just being in the same room with them, awesomely filthy.
If you're looking for a movie to go see, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost wrap up their "Cornetto" trilogy with The World's End which might be the best of the bunch, owing more than a little to John Carpenter and prime-era Jackie Chan. It's also flat-out hilarious and probably the only major studio film to ever have plot points involving Primal Scream and Sisters of Mercy.
Nore Davis, Josh Gondelman & More @ UCBeast
Brendan Eyre, Julia Johns, Nore Davis (MTV) & Josh Gondelman (Modern Seinfeld) tell longer, hilarious stand up bits in It's a Long Story, hosted by Alison Leiby.
Bonnie McFarlane @ The Creek and The Cave
Stand up comic Bonnie McFarlane (Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman) has been killing it at Long Island City's The Creek and The Cave, and tonight's her last performance. Come out to support McFarlane and watch her disprove the title of her newest film, Women Aren't Funny. As if all of those reasons weren't enough - it's FREE.
Brooklyn Comedy Festival @ The Gutter
There's a lot of good stuff happening at the first ever Brooklyn Comedy Festival tonight, including a writer's panel with Emmy Blotnick (Bestweekever.tv, Nikki & Sara), and stand up from some of New York's strongest comedians - Nick Turner (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Mike Lawrence (Conan), Nimesh Patel (NYC Broken Comedy), Luke Cunningham (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)and more. Eight bucks covers the whole night.
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DOWNLOAD: Tiger & Woods - "A Golden Bear mix" (MP3)
Tiger & Woods at Movement 2012 (via Sidewalk Hustle)
Production duo Tiger & Woods will be in NYC TONIGHT (4/26) at Highline Ballroom for a FIXED + Let's Play House party with The Dead Rose Music Company, Canyons, and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can download the duo's brand new mix, "A Golden Bear mix," at the top of this post, or stream it below.
FIXED is also throwing a party at Highline Ballroom on May 31 with Verboten which features sets from Azari & III and Jozif. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
They've also got one happening on June 28 at Glasslands with a live set by Du Tonc and Mighty Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
French house DJ Fred Falke, who released the funky Part IV back in 2011, will come to Williamsburg dance club Output on May 2 for an 'Input' party with Foals (DJ), Chrome Sparks and Jorge Bonjour. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Trus'me at Mutek 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Neon Indian will also be DJing an 'Input' party at Output (5/9) the following week. The rest of that lineup includes UK producer Trus'me (whose new album, Treat Me Right, can be streamed at XLR8R), Optimo, and Tanner Caldwell. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Actress, whose very good R.I.P. LP came out last year, was supposed to play Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn a few months after its release, but never made it here. Now he's planning on returning to the venue on June 6 for a show with Gobby and Solar Year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dave Harrington (of Nicolas Jaar's live band and their collaborative project, Darkside) will also be playing a Cameo show on May 25. Benoit and Sergio are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, The Presets and Dragonette are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 8 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, LA dance duo Classixx have been added to that tour. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show are still available.
After that tour ends, Classixx will play their own show in NYC on June 15 at Le Poisson Rouge with Headband and Hooligan. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Classixx's new album, Hanging Gardens, will be out on May 14 via Innovative Leisure, and the duo have recently revealed one of its tracks, "All You're Waiting For," which features vocals from DFA's Nancy Whang (who they've played with before). You can stream that, along with two other album tracks, "Borderline" (ft. Jesse Kivel of Kisses) and "Holding On," below.
French producer Onra, who released the Deep in the Night EP on Fool's Gold last year, will be coming to NYC for a show on May 21 at Le Poisson Rouge before heading to Montreal for Mutek. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Brooklyn disco collective Midnight Magic will play a hometown show on May 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Slow Knights and Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Germany's Ellen Allien, who put a new album out this year, will return to NYC for a show on May 24 at a TBA location. The bill also includes Camea, Thomas Muller, and Safety Scissors. Tickets are on sale now and you can find out the location by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another secret dance show is happening in NYC on July 26 with Tiga, Martyn, and Bordello. This one's a Blkmarket show, and tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for info on the location.
Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's Brooklyn dance party Mister Sunday Night will be returning to Gowanus Grove this summer for weekly parties beginning May 12. More details and ticket info at their website.
Of course these are only a few of the upcoming dance shows in NYC. We've also recently mentioned shows by Nina Kraviz, Emika, Disclosure & TNGHT, and The Field. Plus, the Mad Decent Block Party is coming up, and there's going to be tons of dance music during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC onslaught, which happens from April 28 to May 31. What else?
Classixx song streams, the Tiger & Woods mix, and Actress show flyer below...
Sasha Go Hard at Santos in September (more by Julie Schabel)
You already know that Merchandise, Tonstartssbandht, Blanche Blanche Blanche, and "speciial guests" are playing 285 Kent on New Year's Eve (tickets) and that Titus Andronicus is playing next door at Glasslands (tickets). If you're headed to either of those shows to ring in the new year, and you're looking for some convenient after party plans once it turns 2013, stick around because footwork master DJ Rashadis DJing back to back with collaborator DJ Manny, fellow Chicagoan Sasha Go Hard (who first came to NYC in September and then played 285 Kent during CMJ), secret Body High guest, J-Cush, and Durban will be going all night at 285 Kent (doors: 1 AM). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Rashad and Manny recently posted a clip of a new song with two of their other collaborators, DJ Spinn and DJ Kidd, along with the message, "COMING SOON TEKLIFE 2013 SHIT!!!!!" You can stream that song below.
Also below is a stream of "Where Have You Been?," a track Sasha Go Hard recently cut with Freddie GIbbs for Freddie's upcoming project, East Side Slim (via FakeShoreDrive).
UK producer Zomby who came to NYC for a lone CMJ show at Autumn Bowl, will be playing another show here this weekend at 285 Kent on Saturday (11/3). He'll be joined by Chicago footwork masters DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn spinning back to back sets, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush. No advance tickets for this one but it's $12 at the door.
As mentioned, Zomby recently released a song, "Devils," and you can stream it below, where you'll also find the flyer for Saturday's show.
Fatima Al Qadiri at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Fatima Al Qadiri (who sometimes goes by Ayshay), Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, Venus XTC, $hayne, and J-Cush are DJing a pre-Halloween show in NYC on October 27 at Club Hell at Knockdown Center, which is a converted factory in Queens (52-19 Flushing Ave). Hosted by 319 Scholes, UNO NYC are guest curators and it's an all night event running from 11 PM to 6 AM (rave till dawn). $15 early bird tickets are on sale now. When those sell out, tickets will be $15 and it's $20 at the door. The flier for this show is below.
Nguzunguzu, who just played Adventures in Modern Music in Chicago, recently made a mix for SSENSE, which you can stream below.
Fatima Al Qadiri released her Genre-Specific Xperience EP last year via UNO following her Ayshay EP on Tri Angle. You can stream some cuts from Genre-Specific Xperience below.
Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad released the excellent TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi album earlier this year, and played a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent soon after with Total Freedom and J-Cush. All three of those artists will be returning this weekend for another show at 285 Kent on Sunday (9/23) with Visionist and a "surprise special guest." No word on who the guest is, but the show is the official after party for the Gang Gang Dance and Prince Rama show happening at 285 Kent earlier that night (the third of three GGD shows in NYC this weekend). Admission for this all ages party is $5 before 1 AM and $10 after.
As for LA producer Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines), who opened on tour for Gang Gang Dance last year, he'll be landing in Brooklyn a bit earlier for a warehouse party at 110 Troutman TONIGHT (9/21) with $hayne and Rizzla. The flier for tonight's show is below.
Meanwhile, J-Cush will also be at 285 Kent on Saturday (9/22) for the previously mentioned Sasha Go Hard show. That bill also includes DJ Manny, Cedaa, and Durban. $5 at the door before 1 AM. That will be Sasha's second NYC show of this week, having played Santos with LE1F last night (9/20). How was that show? Sasha loved it.
If dancing into the wee hours of the night is your thing, those three shows are only two of the many dance options in NYC this weekend. Head below to see more...
by Andrew Sacher
Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad has been in a staple in the scene for some time now, and like Traxman, he's continuing to prove himself in a time where the genre is beginning to be embraced by newer artists like Howse and Supreme Cuts. Rashad's new LP, TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi, came out last month via Lit City Trax, and between that and Da Mind of Traxman, footwork is sounding pretty great in 2012. It's got tons of contemporary rap and R&B vocal clips (including a sample of "Niggas in Paris" on the album's title track) over the rapid nature of footwork beats. You can stream the entire album over at SPIN.
He's only got a few live dates scheduled at the moment, and one of those happens in NYC on Friday (7/6) at 285 Kent with Total Freedom, Wheez-ie, J-Cush, and "a couple of very secret surprise guests." A list of all dates and a snippet from the new album are below.