When throwing the word "veteran" around with the players of Chicago's juke/footwork scene, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that RP Boo was making moves roughly a decade before the likes of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. The artist born Kavain Space is credited with being a key part of creating the hyped-up ghetto-house sound back in the late '90s, and he certainly has the experience, stories, and production chops to prove it. Maybe that makes him something of a legend in relation to his contemporaries, which is why it's even more surprising that RP Boo's debut LP, Legacy, was released just this week via Planet Mu. To do our part in marking the special occasion, we asked Space to select for us five tunes he believes to be integral to the history of footwork, and the DJ/producer came back to us with a list of music and anecdotes spanning eight years of Windy City music and culture. Read more »
Record streams, remixes, DJ sets, unreleased tunes, music videos, and more fill out the space of this week's Press Play, with an array of excellent artists—like Wiley, Nautiluss, Daphni, !!!, Steve Summers, Ejeca, Glimpse, Mark Fell, and others—contributing their fresh productions and well-curated selections. We think the music on offer is well worth the time it takes to start clicking those play buttons, which can be done after the jump. Read more »
Hi, Doctor Nick! - Tips for Working with Vocalists and the Audience Adds to Some of the Doctor's Past Advice
We're not ashamed to say it. We love Nick Hook. And not just because he's funny or cool or knows lots of rad DJs and producers (although all those things are true). It's because he genuinely wants to help. He's been around the music game for a while, has picked up a lot of wisdom along the way, and is truly happy to pass along the knowledge he's accumulated. That's certainly what happens here every Thursday morning, when the good doctor answers questions from our readers about music, DJing, travel, production, gear, romance, and more. Hit him up firstname.lastname@example.org. He just might help you too.
Hope all is well. It's hard to believe that May is already halfway over.
I've been hiding out since Term One of RBMA ended. I'm just trying to learn some new stuff over here. Read more »
The media can be ruthless with its prescription of genre labels—once something has been assigned a particular stylistic tag, it's often an uphill struggle for an artist to grow out of it. Just ask Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus, the married couple who, for the past 19 years, have recorded together as Adult. Both art-school trained artists, Miller's and Kuperus' anxiety-addled sound and unique, extra-musical narrative was brought to popular attention in the early aughts when members of the press began lumping them in with Larry Tee's then-nascent electroclash movement. Granted, the association did bring the group a lot of attention, but it also threatened to pigeonhole the two Detroiters into the New York club-kid culture's fad of the moment. Much of Adult.'s career since has found the pair pushing against the electroclash tag and the expectations that come with it—resulting in a body of work that's unconventional in the way it consistently defies expectation. This week marks the release of The Way Things Fall, the duo's first LP since 2007, so we asked Miller and Kuperus to sit down with us and recount many of the pivotal moments of their long career. Read more »
It may come as a surprise to many that Eddie Ruscha has made music for decades. The Los Angeles native has led a quietly prolific career since the early 1990s; he's worked with legends like John Cale and DJ Harvey, he's toured with the Flaming Lips, and he's released a bevy of experimental music on major labels as well as homemade cassettes. But his latest record, a full-length solo album released under his Secret Circuit moniker via Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space label, feels like the most polished piece in his sprawling catalog. Having made his Beats in Space debut when he provided a mix for Sweeney's WNYU radio show in 2010, Ruscha is responsible for two of the imprint's 12"s, both of which are included on Tactile Galactics, the label's recently issued first LP. Although it's been a long road for Ruscha, the terrain has hardly been mapped, so we sat down with both Sweeney and Ruscha just prior to the album's release date to get the untold full story behind Secret Circuit and his many guises. Read more »
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