Fade to Mind starting collaborative release series called Mind to Mind; MikeQ and DJ Sliink first to touch brains

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Mind to Mind: it’s not what you’re probably not thinking. It’s not the formal name for label-sponsored scientific research into the promotion of Xavier-like telepathy across the human race. Really, if that were the case, you’d have to wonder what the Kingdom-run Night Slugs offshoot Fade to Mind is really doing in that business, unless their ultimate goal is to increase the ease by which their associated producers collaborate. Need I remind you of the numerous credits adorning the theoretical liner notes of CUT 4 ME (TMT Review)? One wonders about the potential for even more synergy if Kelela and her associates were literally able to tap into one another’s senses.

But no! The reality is much easier to believe, in that Mind to Mind is a new release series dedicated to showcasing “unprecedented collaborations between producers, vocalists, artists and designers.” We’re not afforded much of a description beyond that, so moving on to the very first release in the series, which came out last week: it features New Jersey artists MikeQ and DJ Sliink. Both tracks on the release “have Jersey Club and Ballroom Elements, and come from deep within both scenes,” according to MikeQ, a contemporary deliverer of those “ballroom elements,” which were previously a big thing in New York during the 80s and early 90s. Meanwhile, DJ Sliink’s regular club appearances in New Jersey have apparently been memorable enough to warrant deification. Don’t ask me why the ancient Greeks never bothered to fill the role of the Club God.

Here’s a snippet from the first of two tracks off this first Mind to Mind release:

Mind to Mind: MikeQ & DJ Sliink tracklisting:

01. The Bitch ft. Miss Jay
02. Werk’d It

• MikeQ: https://www.facebook.com/TheOnlyMikeQ
• DJ Sliink: http://www.therealdjsliink.com
• Fade to Mind: http://fadetomind.net

RIP: DJ Rashad

More details will be added as the news comes in. An official statement is expected on Monday.

From Lit City Trax founder J-Cush:

[Update: an official statement on DJ Rashad’s passing has been issued; read below.]

DJ Rashad aka Rashad Hanif Harden, 34-years-old (born in Hammond, IN - October 9, 1979), the Calumet City, IL-based DJ and producer, passed away around 1:30 PM Saturday, April 26, 2014 on Chicago’s Lower West Side. He leaves behind a nine-year-old son, Chad and his parents, mother Gloria Harden, and father, Anthony Harden. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Rashad’s father told the Chicago Sun Times on Saturday: “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this. He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.”

His manager, Wes Harden: “Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of Footwork and Juke. Rest assured that all of those close to him will make sure that the legacy lives on for a great man whose life has been cut far too short.”

Kode9 from Hyperdub: “I was honored to release music from Rashad on Hyperdub. I’ve only known him for around 3 years, but he had become a good friend and one of my biggest musical influences. He was one of the funniest, most positive people I’ve ever met and a true innovator. Everyone at the label is devastated by his passing and wish to send our sincere condolences to all his friends and family in Chicago, the Teklife crew and anyone anywhere who was graced by his presence and uplifted by his music. I’ll never forget singing duet with him in a karaoke bar in Tokyo”

DJ Rashad was a quintessential figurehead in the evolution from Ghetto House to Chicago Juke to Footwork and one of the artists to have to consistently pushed the evolution of the Footwork genre forward. He was born in Hammond, IN and moved to the deep south suburb of Calumet City, IL soon after. Rashad started out as a dancer (around the time he was in seventh grade) cutting his teeth with some of the most respected dance groups including House­O­Matics, The Phyrm, and Wolf Pac. He quickly thereafter took up DJing with some of his first public gigs around 1992 at spots like his sixth grade high school club Jubilation. He met his longtime ally, DJ Spinn, during homeroom class at Thornwood High School in 1996. They quickly began producing tracks at each others’ houses. During this era, they DJ’d parties with the likes of RP Boo, DJ Clent, Gant-­Man and others.. His first release to make it to vinyl was the track Child Abuse on Dance Mania (mislabeled as DJ Thadz) in 1998. Following the release of his single Itz Not Rite (Planet Mu) and his inclusion on the Bangs and Works album (Planet Mu) circa late 2010 he was constantly in demand around the world and spent the majority of his time on the road touring the world as a DJ, more often than not in tandem in with his closest, lifelong friend, DJ Spinn. He was involved in many Footwork cliques - including Beatdown House (founded by DJ Clent), the Ghettoteknitianz (with DJ Spinn) and Teklife. As a producer his crowning achievement was the October 2013 release of his album Double Cup on Hyperdub Records featuring collaborations with DJ Spinn, Taso, DJ Phil, Manny, Earl and Addison Groove. His last performance as a DJ was at Vinyl Club in Denver, CO on April 24, 2014. A new EP We On 1 is slated for release today Monday April 28th via a new Houston-based label called Southern Belle. His collaborations Acid Life with Gant-Man and Bombaklot with DJ Earl and DJ Taye are featured on the forthcoming Hyperdub 10th anniversary celebration album Hyperdub 10.1 which will be released May 20th. His music will live on eternally.

• DJ Rashad: https://soundcloud.com/djrashadteklife

[Photo: Ashes57]

In which Jessy Lanza announces a North American headlining tour and we all learn a thing or two about joke-planning

Look, “reader,” (if that even is your real name), I don’t know how many different ways we’re going to have to say this: Jessy Lanza is going on tour. Should I speak up? JESSY LANZA IS GOING ON TOUR. This time it’s a North American headlining tour and it’s starting next week! And she’s going to spend a lot of time in Canada because she’s an independent woman. Also she is from Canada. That’s where she lives. It is her home. She’s going to be joined by Ricky Eat Acid, Saint Pepsi, and XXYYXX on a few of the dates, so make use of the symbolical construct I’ve created below and figure out for yourself which dates in particular I’m talking about.

I’ll bet you know all about her certified-great LP from last year on Hyperdub called Pull My Hair Back, don’t you? It was great, and it was great in a way that was easily certified, as indicated by my previous sentence. “Uh, it sounds like you’re talking in circles to fill space, Taylor.” Hows about you shut up, “reader!” And maybe while you’re working on permanently sealing that trap-hole of yours up with some glue or something, you could watch Lanza do some NPR-type-stuff below. I guess I’ll never know your real name though, will I? What with that whole permanent-shutting-up thing I told you to do two sentences ago? Maybe next time I’ll plan my jokes out a little more thoroughly. Lesson learned.

Those dates I mentioned:

04.30.14 - Ottawa, ON - Mercury Lounge *
05.01.14 - Montreal, QC - II Motore *
05.02.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *
05.03.14 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar *
05.04.14 - New York, NY - Santos Party House *
05.05.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage *
05.07.14 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
05.09.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
05.11.14 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
05.12.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
05.14.14 - Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
05.15.14 - Calgary, AB - Saits the Gateway
05.17.14 - The Media Club - Vancouver, BC
05.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza #
05.19.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene #
05.21.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill #
05.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #@
05.23.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison

* Ricky Eat Acid
# Saint Pepsi

• Jessy Lanza: http://jessylanza.com
• Hyperdub: http://hyperdub.net

[Photo: Hollie Pocsai]

Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad on upcoming May tour; three musicians playing together never sounded so mysterious

Though we didn’t know it at the time, Noah Lennox a.k.a. Panda Bear’s contribution to Panthu Du Prince’s delightful Black Noise (TMT Review) LP from 2010 was secretly a plea in recognition of the latter’s apparently gradual creative process. At least the hook was. At least part of the hook was, so stick to Hendrik Weber’s side! Because despite the fact that we’ve been delivered almost NO new material since the release of that LP, he’s now highlighting some activities that are of interest to both fans and the public-at-large. Your refusal to rat after bearing witness to a myriad of legal and moral infringements is a testament to your loyalty, and it’s finally paying off. I might be interspersing a common theme from fictional movies about organized crime here, but you get the idea.

Beginning May 1, Pantha Du Prince will be taking a break from his artist residency at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles to go on a short U.S. tour. Royalty’s rarely without company, so for each show (with the exception of the one in New York), he’ll be accompanied by Norwegian drummer Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg and New York-based guitarist Scott Mou — a collaboration that’s been numerically dubbed The Triad. Or, alternatively, maybe that reference to organized crime wasn’t so irrelevant after all!

Here are the dates, and yup, you can expect new material, presumably from the new album that Pantha’s currently working on:

05.01.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
05.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
05.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
05.06.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.07.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.09.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *

* without Scott Mou

• Pantha Du Prince: http://www.panthaduprince.com

Record Store Day boosts vinyl sales 2,000%; record store clerks ask if they can go get coffee now

You might think kindergartners made up these ridiculous percentages, but according to BuzzAngle Music, they’re all true. In the first-ever release of Record Store Day sales data, the website is quoting some sales figures that should make independent record store owners and fans ridiculously happy, and not-fully-recovered indie record store employees ridiculously exhausted.

It was a big one this year. The biggest, even, and one of the first to prominently feature releases from mainstream artists (a sometimes controversial move). Independent record stores reported a 2,042% vinyl sales jump last Saturday for Record Store Day, with an average 645% sales growth in comparison to the previous Saturday (again, yes, these are real, verifiable, not made up by a hyperbolic child on a bus sales figures). BuzzAngle has kindly compiled some lists of Record Store Day’s Top 25 Albums and Top 25 Singles. Good to see Bruce Springsteen and Joy Division finally getting some recognition!

Top 25 albums:

01. Tame Impala – Live
02. The Grateful Dead – Live at Hampton Coliseum
03. Joy Division – An Ideal For Living
04. The Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3
05. The Ramones – Meltdown With The Ramones
06. The Velvet Underground – Loaded
07. Death Cab For Cutie – Live 2012
08. Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 1969 Singles
09. The Pogues – Live With Joe Strummer
10. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
11. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
12. Various – The Wizard of Oz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
13. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
14. Green Day – Demolicious
15. The Civil Wars – Live at Eddie’s Attic
16. Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers
17. Pixies – Indie Cindy
18. Chvrches – Recover EP
19. Various Artists – Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day (Volume 1)
20. The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest
21. The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle
22. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live At Monterey
23. Johnny Cash – With His Hot and Blue Guitar
24. The Doors – Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
25. Garbage – Girls Talk

Top 25 singles:

01. Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die
02. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. – Side By Side Series: Just Like Heaven
03. Devo/The Flaming Lips – Side By Side Series: Gates Of Steel Live
04. Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty
05. David Bowie – 1984 Picture Disc
06. Mystery Artists – Rush / Love – Side By Side Series: 7 and 7 is
07. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
08. Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew
09. Off! – Learn To Obey
10. Conor Oberst/Dawes – Million Dollar Bill / Easy/Lucky/Free
11. Fleetwood Mac – Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer
12. Poison Idea/Pantera – Side By Side Series: The Badge
13. Haim – Forever
14. Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time
15. Mazzy Star – I’m Less Here
16. Conor Oberst – Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends
17. Atmosphere – The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single
18. Broken Bells – Holding On for Life
19. Cage The Elephant – Take It Or Leave It b/w Jesse James
20. Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band – Say Goodbye To Hollywood b/w Baby Please Don’t Go
21. Kings Of Leon – Wait for Me b/w Don’t Matter (Live)
22. Dream Theater – Illumination Theory
23. Ray LaMontagne – Supernova b.w. Pick Up a Gun
24. Clutch & Lionize – Run, John Barleycorn, Run / Ether Madness
25. Frightened Rabbit – Live From Criminal Records

• Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com

2 Chainz to check in with us on new EP Freebase, wants his pals to know he’s doing just fine

Are you a fan of 2 Chainz? IF YOU ANSWERED YES: proceed through this story as usual. IF YOU ANSWERED NO: you aren’t wanted here. 2 Chainz does not want you here. This news is not for you. You have hurt 2 Chainz with your actions. Please leave. Please. Leave. You’ve done enough damage.

Now that it’s just us Chainzheads here, I’m pleased to announce that 2 Chainz has a new EP coming out soon. It’s a five-track release called Freebase, it’ll be out May 5 (as XXL reports), and it’ll be available right at this page. In a press release, Chainz said the following: “It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow up album. This is a taste of what is to come, and is more importantly, for them.” Awwww, for us, Chainz? Hey. I love it, but I want you to know this: all we want is for you to be happy.

Our good friend 2 Chainz also made us a trailer for his forthcoming EP. Admittedly, there are some images here that some might find a little upsetting, and some quick cuts that might hurt your eyes, and some fellow who is not 2 Chainz talking during it, but there’s also some nice footage of our pal 2 Chainz. Looking great, Chainz!

• 2 Chainz: http://www.2chainz.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

[Photo: Tim Mosenfelder]