One Hundred is the culmination of years of work for DJ Sun. With the release of his Monday Drive EP in 2007, he put himself on the map as a producer, following that up with another EP and a couple of singles. True to the buildup to One Hundred, four songs from those releases are included, but with fifteen new tracks to complete the gumbo.
These songs benefit from Sun’s proficient use of samplers, but with his own Farfisa, Korg, Wurlitzer and Rhodes keyboard playing as well as plenty of live instrumentation and singing from more than a half dozen Houston artists. The familiar bits of songs you hear shimmering over those warm keyboard parts and headlines get stretched out and layered the way Sun hears them, forming new structures of melody and new directions in each track.
This is a nod to the wide swath of influences to which DJ Sun was exposed while splitting his formative years between Rotterdam, Houston and the South American country of Suriname. A historical document, if you will, of the sounds that shaped his own musical upbringing, a contemporary swing that sews up his work so far and opens the door for what will follow.
Receiving collaborative assistance from 3-time Grammy winner, Tim ruiz (La Mafia) to engineer the project and lend additional instrumentation (guitar, bass, keys) has further enhanced the ideas with which DJ Sun came to the table. Topping it off, Dave McNair (formerly of Masterdisk and Sterling Sound), a well-known mastering engineer with credits ranging from Bob Dylan to Los Lobos, Willie Nelson to The String Cheese Incident, K’Naan, Bruce Springsteen, The Doobie Brothers, and many others, performed the mastering of the album and the mixing of “Heart Seed,” the one song on the album with a vocalist.
Further collaborations include the first track “Tomorrow,” with E’s E from Names You Can Trust out of Brooklyn, a result of numerous trips into the Kensington area of the NY borough. Meghan Hendley, Mark Sound (aka Mark Speer), and Jessica Zweback, respectively of Tyagaraja, Grandfather Child, and Sky Blue 72 all lent keyboard help to “Break Remix,” “Marksonthekeys,” and “Ten.”
For the lead single of “Heart Seed feat Leah Alvarez,” DJ Sun recruited fellow producer/dj, The Are to do a hip-hop styled boom-bap kind of remix. The Are, also a Houston native is a multiplatinum producer from the Trackmasters production group who has recently had the production credits on respective lead singles for LL Cool J (“Take It feat Joe”) and Keyshia Cole (“I Ain’t Thru”).
US Tour Dates
April 5th - Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba in store DJ Set
April 8th - Los Angeles, CA - Motown on Mondays @ The Short Stop
April 29th - Houston, TX - One Hundred Days after One Hundred, RockSteady Mondays @ The Flat (Live set w Band, and DJ set)
June 1st & 2nd - Houston, TX @ Houston Press Summer Fest (Full Band)