NYC: Modeselektor @ Sankeys – April 24

 

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Bleep.com celebrates their 10th anniversary with a very special DJ appearance from Berlin electronic production duo Modeselektor on April 24 at Sankeys in NYC! Get to know why they’ve earned new genre classifications such as “bastard dancehall,” “happy metal,” and “psychedelic electro.” The duo will also be joined by guests FaltyDL, Aquarian, Turbo Tronix. Do not miss!

Event Details
Bleep10 presents Modeselektor + Special Guests
Thursday, April 24

10.30PM

Tickets: $20
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Sankeys NYC
29 West 36th Street
New York, NY

‘NY Loves Dilla’ at Inaugural Event Hosted by Ma Dukes

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my earliest experiences listening to acts like Run DMC, The Fat Boys and UTFO the sound of hip-hop always made sense to me.  No one had to explain it to me or tell me that this was the “cool” music to listen to. Hip-hop has provided my musical foundation and my entry into the world of the arts.

In the spring of 1996, I was a high school student attending the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. By that time, I was a hip-hop geek who took great pride in his TDK and Maxell cassette collection of rap radio shows. I used to record Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito, The Underground Railroad with Jay Smooth, and DJ Evil Dee on Hot 97. Nevertheless, it was another Hot 97 show that introduced me to James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a. Jay Dee the artist later known as J Dilla. Future Flavors was the show and it was hosted by two of the genre’s most important and influential producers, Marley Marl and Pete Rock.

As I recall, at some point during their mix, Marley and Pete got on the mic to announce they were about to play a remix by Jay Dee. While I don’t remember if this was a remix for De La Soul, Busta Rhymes or Keith Murray, I do remember the level of excitement in the voices of the two hosts. I remember enjoying the song and like hip-hop itself, the sound just spoke to me. Yet this time in a way that was a little different; The sound was more melodic and the bass groove was simply groovier than anything I’d ever heard. At the time, it sounded like hip-hop from the future. Later I learned that Dilla was also responsible for Pharcyde’s “Runnin,” which was already one of my favorite songs in their catalog. It was evident that the producer had emerged with a new sound that rap luminaries and fans loved and longed for.

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‘ETCetera,’ a new NYC party with Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my days as a child I’ve always embraced new friendships. As an adult I’m more keen of my innate need to connect with people and exchange ideas. Commonalities usually bring us all together, yet it is through our differences we can evolve and have a rich exchange of information and perspectives.

I enjoy discovering the musical tastes of my friends. And yes, at times I may develop a genuine connection with a  person who simply doesn’t appreciate the same music I do. In those instances all is not lost…or is it? (Remember, music is everything!)

If I’m just getting to know a person and they mention their appreciation for the sounds of Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe, I’ll likely have an emotive response to this information. More specifically, an internal signal alerts me that I’m around my artistic kinfolk. We’ll probably enjoy the same events and we might offer each other chunks of musical perspective that we each yearn for, but have yet to discover.

Ge-ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe are both well versed in appealing to an audience through sound. I attended their first installment of ETCetera, a new quarterly event at The303 at Louie and Chan in New York’s Lower East Side.

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Interview: Ben Watt Shares His Latest + NYC & LA Shows

 

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Veteran music maker, DJ, author, and label-owner Ben Watt catches us up with his latest happenings as he prepares for a string of US shows to promote his upcoming album, Hendra. He’ll be playing Joe’s Pub in NYC on April 1 (sold out), Rough Trade in NYC on April 2, and The Echo in LA on April 4. You aren’t going to want to miss these!

Giant Step: It’s been over two decades since your debut album, North Marine Drive, came out in 1983 and over a decade since your last work with Everything But the Girl. What inspired you to get back into the studio for your own project?

Ben Watt: Instinct, mainly. After Everything But The Girl stopped in 2002, I focused on DJing and running my two labels Buzzin’ Fly and Strange Feeling Records for ten years, but I felt myself wanting to get back to words and writing again, not just beats and other people’s music. The first thing I did was write a new book – a memoir all about my parents’ lives and marriage that will be published by Bloomsbury in the US in June. (It has just come out here to great reviews, which is very heart-warming.) And then right after that I fell into songwriting again. It was perhaps triggered by the unexpected death of my half-sister, Jennie. She died just as I was finishing the book and it was a heavy blow. A lot of stuff just tumbled out.

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Brooklyn Goes Hard with DJ Grandmaster Flash Rocking #Offline Weekly

 

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by Lisa Russell

If you’re in the know, you know that #Offline’s Wednesday night party featuring live sets with Tribe Called Quest‘s front man Q-Tip and Natasha Diggs plus special guests is a party not to be missed. And if you’re really in the know, you know that #Offline was the place to be last night to witness legendary Grandmaster Flash kill it on the decks, proving he is the definitive master of the ones and twos.

Old school hip hop bodes well at the Brooklyn-based venue Output where its dress code is “Brooklyn is the new black.” The venue, with two dance floors, two full bars, and a dope outdoor space is the first dance club in Williamsburg and it prides itself on being as real as it gets. There is no bottle service and you won’t find a barrage of cameras as distractions. Instead you’ll witness a communal space where love of music and intimacy with the resident and guest DJs supersedes love of hype. The venue is so real that in the small chance you leave behind one of your valuables, you can write their lost and found at ilostmyshit (at) outputclub.com.

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