“Zulu Rainin’ Hell // Mix By Jimmy” Vinyl Available Now (IN-STORE)


Parallel to the Renegades of Rhythm Tour where Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow pay tribute to Afrika Bambaataa by playing directly from his legendary record collection, Cut Chemist dropped the timely “Mix By Jimmy,” available now for the first time and on VINYL ONLY by Boo-Hooray.  Get it direct from the source in the A Stable Sound Shop!

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“Take a peak into the exclusive material from hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa. ‘Mix By Jimmy’ features recordings Bambaataa had pressed to acetate for spinning live at shows in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This mix includes entirely unreleased material along with demo versions of hits like “Looking For The Perfect Beat,” “Renegades of Funk” and “Planet Rock. “Listen and take a trip through the deepest part of the most important music collection of our time.”

-Cut Chemist



Renegades of Rhythm :: Europe 2015


Just Announced:  Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow are bringing their vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour to Europe in January/February 2015!

Full list of European dates:
29 January – Nimes, France at Paloma / SMAC de Nîmes Métropole
30 January – Basel, Switzerland at Kaserne Basel *Musik*
31 January – Reims, France at La Cartonnerie de Reims
3 February – Manchester, UK at The Albert Hall
4 February – London, UK at HMV Forum
5 February – Bristol, UK at Motion
7 February – Vienna, Austria at Ottakringer Brauerei
8 February – Budapest, Hungary at Dürer Kert
9 February – Poznam, Poland at SQ klub
10 February – Prague, Czech Republic at Roxy Prague
13 February – Helsinki, Finland at Ääniwalli
14 February – Tallinn, Estonia at Rockcafe
15 February – Vilnius, Lithuania at LOFTAS
18 February – Milan, Italy at MAGAZZINI GENERALI
19 February – Amsterdam, The Netherlands at Melkweg Dance
20 February – Brussels, Belgium at Ancienne Belgique – AB
21 February – Luxembourg at den Atelier
22 February – Paris, France at Le Trianon



Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow recently wrapped up the first run of the record breakin’, history makin’ Renegades of Rhythm tour, where the two payed homage to Afrika Bambaataa by playing direct from his historical record collection on six turntables across North America.

When the tour hit the West Coast earlier this month, Cut Chemist dropped the exclusive, “Mix by Jimmy,” a collection of never before heard acetates and demo versions of the earliest Bambaataa works ever put down.  The ‘dead sea scrolls’ of hip hop, if you may.  Since then the mix has racked up over 50k listens and is now available to pre-order on vinyl via Boo-Hooray.


Pre-Order:  Zulu Rainin’ Hell (Mix By Jimmy) // Jimmy Jim Vinyl LP

“This is a definitive mix of the deepest part of the deepest music collection of our time.”
-Cut Chemist

Upcoming + New Dates Announced for Renegades of Rhythm Tour


09/18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater: http://cncrt.ly/1nIrsxL

09/19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/SMspK0

09/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/UEJ7Nk

09/22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom: http://cncrt.ly/1nf4Frq

09/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/1shjyAu

09/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater: http://cncrt.ly/1p6MqYv

09/26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre: http://cncrt.ly/1uwDzij

09/27 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up: http://cncrt.ly/1p8gCk5

09/29 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl: http://cncrt.ly/UEIt2v

10/01 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/1lqa8cg

10/02 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/U0S4Qz

10/03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium: http://cncrt.ly/1lFB0tD

10/04 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/630287

10/06 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt State University: http://bit.ly/1r1zRhp

10/07 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater: http://cncrt.ly/1uwDDia

10/08 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre: http://cncrt.ly/1p8hFAt

10/09 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom: http://cncrt.ly/1shk1Tl

11/06 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met: http://bit.ly/DJS-TheMet

11/08 – Montréal, QC, Canada – Theatre Corona:

11/10 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater:

11/11 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom: http://bit.ly/DJS-TownBallroom

11/14 – Milvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater: http://bit.ly/DJS-MrSmalls

11/15 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater: http://bit.ly/DJS-JeffersonTheater

11/17 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre: http://bit.ly/DJS-GeorgiaTheatre

11/20 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Garrick Centre: http://bit.ly/DJS-GarrickCentre

11/21 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada – O’Brians Event Centre: http://bit.ly/DJS-OBrians

11/22 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Encore at WEM: http://bit.ly/DJS-Encore

11/23 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Flames Central: http://bit.ly/DJS-FlamesCentral

11/25 – Oakland, CA, United States – The Fox:

Edan & Paten Locke Join the Renegades of Rhythm Tour!


We’re excited to announce that Edan and Paten Locke will be joining the Renegades of Rhythm Tour* as the opening act for Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow.  Given the nature of the show we couldn’t think of anyone better to fill the slot.  Get your tickets this tour will make history!

*Here are the shows Edan and Paten Locke will be participating in:

09/03 – Boston, MA
09/04 – New York, NY
09/05 – New York, NY
09/06 – Philadelphia, PA
09/08 – Washington DC
09/09 – Baltimore, MD
09/11 – Charlotte, NC
09/12 – Atlanta, GA
09/14 – Orlando, FL
09/16 – New Orleans, LA
09/18 – Austin, TX
09/19 – Dallas, TX
09/20 – Houston, TX
09/23 – Chicago, IL
09/26 – Denver, CO
09/27 – Aspen, CO
09/29 – Las Vegas, NV
10/01 – San Diego, CA
10/02 – Anaheim, CA
10/03 – Los Angeles, CA
10/04 – San Francisco, CA
10/07 – Portland, OR
10/08 – Seattle, WA
10/09 – Vancouver, BC


ChoiceCuts Live: Edan & Paten Locke from ChoiceCuts on Vimeo.


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


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.”

Renegades Of Rhythm

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