DJ Spinn, Taso and J-Cush

120 minsFirst aired 14 Feb 2017Next Teklife Thu at 11:00pm EDT

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 about 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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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