DJ Rashad – 10/9/79 – 4/26/14

There are times in our lives that we stumble across a style of music, or rather we stumble upon a new take on a particular style of music that we have already come to love but this time it comes equipped with new bells and whistles that you’ve never heard before. It pulls us in. It resonates with your being creating a feeling of discovery, a freshness, a rejuvenation for the body and soul.

Enter DJ Rashad. Born Rashad Hanif Harden he was at the forefront of creating a new style of electronic music that was unheard of, a style better known now as Footwork. With more beats per minute that you would like to keep track of, his music had a sense of chaos but in the same arena an overall sense of tranquility.

He paved the way for others to follow suit and keep his legacy and this new genre of music alive. DJ Spinn, a childhood friend who Rashad met during homeroom in high school, is just one of these people keeping the genre alive.

Rashad Hanif Harden was found dead in an apartment on April 26, 2014 in Chicago, but his memory lives on.

Here’s to DJ Rashad. Creating chaos in a most beautiful way for anyone entering the gates of heaven. R.I.P.

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Another piece of the puzzle

Deerhunter shared a new video for a song today title Living My Life from the new album that will be released this Friday, October 16, 2015. This new release will mark their 7th album. As singer Bradford Cox put it, “The idea was to have a formless visual that does not conform to the overwhelming cleverness and narrative ambition of most modern videos. Instead we have a sometimes pointless, sometimes ridiculous, and sometimes hypnotically beautiful mess of images and rhythm.”

Here are some other pieces of the album so far.

“Breaker”

“Snakeskin”

Sharon Jones’ battle with cancer begins anew

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She did it once, she can do it again. Queen of the Dap-Kings Sharon Jones reveals her return to a battle she’s won once before. First diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, she stated she will begin chemo therapy this Wednesday. Jones broke the news during the premier of Miss Sharon Jones, a documentary depicting her holding the Dap-Kings together while battling the disease. The announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to The Toronto Star, Jones said,” I’m going to do what I have to do. I’m going to sing.” Good luck Miss Jones, here’s to hearing you sing for a long time to come and may all the soul you have within you free you of this disease once again.

Pirupa – Sunday School Sessions #40

For this particular installment of Sunday School Sessions we take a journey with none other than Pirupa (Italy). Highly and regularly supported by other players in the game such as Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Steve Lawler and Danny Tenaglia, just to name a few, Pirupa’s own signature sound does not disappoint in the slightest. What is there more to say? Let the music do the talking. Hit play.

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