Chemist :: Shadow :: Renegades of Rhythm :: The Afrika Bambaataa Collection (ADDED DATES)

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Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when turntablists supreme DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of Hip-Hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall.

“This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.”DJ Shadow.

Using only vinyl pulled from Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity. DJ Shadow states, “His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa…it’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That’s when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them.”

Sorting through the collection with this holistic aim in mind was daunting. “The first sort was to make sure we didn‘t leave anything important behind. We definitely over-pulled,” adds Cut Chemist. To help them narrow their selections, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist focused on the appearance of the records themselves, “It was pretty clear what he played a lot and what he didn’t. The sure-shots were covered with tape and the jackets were beautifully tattered; that made it easier after a while to pull records.”

“The program will be multifaceted,” DJ Shadow explains. Bambaataa as artist, exploring the influence of his classics like ‘Planet Rock;’ Bambaataa as collector, and the genre-defining breaks he discovered; and Bambaataa as peacemaker and force for social change. He influenced an entire generation worldwide, so we feel a great obligation to get it right.”

Naturally, it was paramount to the two DJ’s that the tour have the full blessing and support of Afrika Bambaataa himself. “I call on all who love Hip-Hop to come out, see them, hear them,” says the Godfather. “My story is our history in DJing.”

The ROR tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour with be produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.

The tour may be rooted in a historic vinyl collection, but both DJs are quick to point out that people should not come to this expecting strictly an ‘old-school‘ set. As DJ Shadow sums it up. DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist + Bambaataa’s records + his blessings: it’s going to be epic. That’s all you really need to know.” Or, as Afrika Bambaataa puts it, “DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are going to blow your funky mind.”

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Reddit AMA with Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow

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“What’s up?  You got Cut Chemist and Dj Shadow, two DJ’s for the price of one…Ask Us Anything!!”

Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, were recently summoned for an AMA at reddit insight of there upcoming RENEGADES OF RHYTHM tour kicking off on September 1 called, in which the two pay homage to Afrika Bambaataa by utilizing his own record collection.  Read the Q&A from fans across the world wide web in the forum here:

 REDDIT AMA with Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow.


Shades of Soul: Cut Chemist interviewed by Oliver Wang

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Words by Oliver Wang

This one had been in the works for a minute but with his touring schedule, it was hard to fit in until now. Me and Cut Chemist sat down and chopped it up for nearly 90 minutes, talking about his life and career, plus the formative songs that go with both. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of his work, whether within groups like Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli or his solo productions, remixes and mixes. The occasion for this interview is actually pegged to his latest release, a compilation of mid-1980s experimental French music (yeah, you heard that right) called Funk Off. If you know anything about Cut and his love for cut-and-paste, you’ll understand why he’s releasing a comp of songs by a pair of obscure artists who were scratching on reel-to-reel and assembling pastiche songs with a hip-hop sensibilities far earlier than most.

Shades of Soul EP 2.8: The Cut Chemist Interview by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud


Hollywood: Cut Chemist Live at Amoeba!

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Amoeba Hollywood – June 5th @ 6:00pm

Join us for a live performance + visuals with Cut Chemist – one of the greatest mixmasters on the planet, a world class scratch artist, and collaborator with Jurassic 5, Edan, Blackalicious and DJ Shadow.

It goes without saying he’s also a LP collector assassin too – amongst the genres he loves to crosscut, a big love of Cut’s is crunchy electronic post punk – so much so that he’s now issued the compilation Funk Off!, highlighting French minimal synthheads Vox Populi! and Pacific 231 with tracks that originally appeared on their rare ’80s cassette and vinyl releases.

CC Debuts Dance Styles in J5’s New Video!

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JURASSIC 5:

First new track by Jurassic 5 since the reunion! Produced by Heavy D.

“The Way We Do It” was produced by Heavy D during J5’s “Feedback” recording sessions. J5 immediately connected with D as a true Hip Hop hero as well as a great person. This is one of 4 songs recorded with legend. More exclusive songs and versions of songs are coming soon!

JURASSIC 5 ON TOUR
 


J5 20 Year Anniversary Summer Tour: Europe + U.S. Word of Mouth Reunion

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Jurassic 5 will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, with a European tour kicking off in June to be followed by a special Word of Mouth Reunion tour in the U.S. featuring Dilated Peoples & The World Famous Beat Junkies.

TOUR DATES and TICKETS

“What’s The Altitude” over 100 Million Served

Cut Chemist‘s first video single, from The Audience’s Listening album, “What’s the Altitude” featuring Hymnal hits a landmark number of views breaking over 100 million! How’s that for a #ThrowbackThursday?

Original copies of The Audience’s Listening on Vinyl (2LP) and CD are available now at A STABLE SOUND.