Teklife

DJ Spinn, Taso and J-Cush

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14 February 2017

Teklife co-founder DJ Spinn and LA footwork ambassador Taso discuss new jams and throw down wild mixes, with LDN’s J-Cush and Mel G, pinch-hitting hosting duties for DJ Earl.

With DJ Earl holed up in Miami working on new music, NYC-based footwork practitioner Mel G steps up to host this episode of Teklife. First up is Los Angeles’ Taso, who delivers an explosive mix and opens up his debut full-length New Start’s subtle blend of jagged soul, ethereal jungle and filthy trap. On the second half of the show the crew calls up Lit City Trax boss J-Cush to reminisce about NYC’s shuttered basement venues – and a particularly memorable afterhours excursion with Spinn in London – before the Cush-man drops a high-octane selection of label-only exclusives – including a never-to-be-released D Double E dubplate. Then it’s Spinn’s turn on the mic, dropping a few hints about his forthcoming Hyperdub LP and Teklife’s global reach before shutting down the show with 30 minutes of straight fire cuts from across his catalog.

1:35

Stick around until the end of the show to hear more exclusive heatrocks from the forthcoming Teklife 004 compilation, due February 17.

4:27

Is that Rick Astley you're hearing? To use his words: you wouldn't get this from any other guy.

32:58

Listen to this nasty, snotty standout from Taso's debut LP New Start in full here.

40:44

Dig into Lit City Trax's discography over at its Bandcamp page. Founded by J-Cush, the club night and record label consistently churns out fire bangers.

42:55

That would be Dave Quam, AKA Massacooramaan, a photojournalist and DJ.

52:06

Listen up, 'cause this is the only time you'll ever hear this never-to-be-released Cushman joint from grime don D Double E.

1:12:35

Relive the glory days of Williamsburg DIY venue 285 Kent with this Pitchfork documentary about its life and death.

1:15:53

Read the whole story about how Spinn's laptop got stolen over at FACT.

1:16:47

It may be February but Chance the Rapper and Jeremih's Merry Christmas Lil Mama mixtape, featuring Spinn's golden touch, is an essential year-round listen.

1:18:34

ICYMI: Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson and Casey Affleck said good-bye to Barack Obama's legacy with a Saturday Night Life spoof of Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis."