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Listen to a Matthew Law remix of Fhloston Paradigm’s “…GLOW” ft. Jacqueline Constance

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

King Britt doesn’t rest for a minute. The Philly DJ and composer’s experimental ambient Fhloston Paradigm project released its latest album AFTER… earlier this year, and instead of waiting a while to ruminate over new music, King Britt’s releasing an entire new companion project in the form of throwback-style remixes.

The first remix rolled out a few months ago, following AFTER…‘s release. Now, King Britt and company are back with a Matthew Law remix of album track “…GLOW,” which features Jacqueline Constance. The remix gives an electro spin to the original with the addition of DJ Law’s signature grooves. The seven-minute track is vibey and atmospheric, filled with sonic layers — it’s versatile enough that you can keep it low for some soothing background tunes or crank it way up and dance your heart out. The full remix EP will also feature a version of the song by Philly beatmaker, soundscaper and contributing writer for The Key, John Morrison. Continue reading →

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Get ready to party with Matthew Law as he levels up Friends and Fam

Matthew Law
Matthew Law | Photo by Meredith Edlow for WXPN

West Philly native Matthew Law caught the scratching bug early in his teens and has been infected with beats ever since. He cut his teeth at The Gathering, the longest running hip-hop event in Philly, and went on to man the wheels of steel opening for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and The Roots in the states and overseas. He’s also shared the stage with legends King Britt and Rich Medina.  Law has launched several popular dance parties too: Superdope, his first and now Friends and Fam, a monthly party at Kung Fu Necktie not to be missed. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White put a psychedelic twist on hits old and new

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

What do Nico, Frankie Valli, and Frank Ocean all have in common? Their wonderful tunes take a different shape on Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, the wonderful new album from the pond-crossing pair Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White. Lucky for us in the Free at Noon crowd, we got to experience the duo put their psychedelic twist on some classic tunes from the aforementioned trio and beyond.

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RiverCity Festival puts on a grand block party with Matt Pond, The Lawsuits and more

RiverCity Festival
Fishtown RiverCity Festival | photo by Matthew Shaver

It was a bad weekend for weather, but quite a good one for neighborhood parties.  The Fishtown RiverCity Festival was a grand collection of local merchants, food, beer, and entertainment.  Levee Drivers, Katie Barbato, Pine Barons, Ginger Coyle, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, The Lawsuits, and Matt Pond all braved the dreary (and often chilly) weather to bring the funk, folk, rock, and blues.  There was also a delicious assortment of beverages from Neshaminy Creek, 2nd Story Brewing Co., Saint Benjamin, Homebrew Outlet, and Philadelphia Brewing Co.  So, a block (park?) party the way it should be.  Check out photos below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Lawsuits

On the one hand, The Lawsuits are solidly part of the well-established Philly roots music scene. Their guitars twang, their vocals harmonize, and they gig more often than not with their like-minded bretheren in The Levee Drivers, Toy Soldiers and of late, The Districts. On the other hand, they’re a lot more, interweaving elements of reggae, a 60s pop flair, 80s rock anthemic refrains, highly literate lyrics and swelling arty crescendos. It’s a heady, eclectic blend that gets its first full-length showcase in the record presently wrapping up at producer Bill Moriarty’s East Falls studio, and in this week’s Key Studio Session, we get a taste of the progression the Bucks County band has taken since its uber-country Hot Love EP. For instance – compare the sparse and folky version of “In Deep With the Queen” from the Numbers EP with the swelling rocker we hear below. “Onion” and “Long Drive Home” are unreleased new ones that we’ll hear in their proper, finished versions on the album. We’ve even got some bonus footage of “Long Drive” care of Philly videographer Matthew Smith. Check it all out below, and catch the band in concert at Triumph in New Hope on March 16th.

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King Britt partners with Joshua Mays and students from Mural Arts Philadelphia for Youth Monument to the Future event

King Britt | photo by Jon Kaufman | via facebook.com/KingBritt

This year, the Mural Arts Program’s Monument Lab project has pondered the question: what is an appropriate monument for the City of Philadelphia in 2017? This idea has been explored in various installations and workshops across the city, and over the summer, DJ and multimedia artist King Britt and visual artist Joshua Mays worked with students from the Mural Art Philly’s Art Education Program to create a “monumental time portal” titled Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny.

This interactive music and visual performance will piece together sound samples, student-designed banners and artwork in order to both honor the past, and look with hope upon the future. The event, Youth Monument to the Future, will be free and open to the public this Saturday the 14th at Malcolm X Park in West Philly. Continue reading →

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Boiler Room brings the heat to The Fillmore with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kur and more

DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Normally, a chilly Tuesday night in January would not be the most ideal setting for a raucous dance party, but when the renowned music and lifestyle brand Boiler Room descends upon the city of Philadelphia, a party is sure to jump off. For the past four decades Philly has been (rightfully) celebrated as a breeding ground for elite DJ talent. This reputation along with a thriving hip-hop and dance music scene made this Budweiser-sponsored meeting with Boiler Room a match made in nightlife heaven. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Boiler Room ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff at The Foundry, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Dashboard Confessional at TLA

DJ Jazzy Jeff | via facebook.com/DJJazzyJeff

Budweiser’s Boiler Room series makes a visit to The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia tonight, and man, the lineup is stacked. On the MC tip, we’ve got the dynamic Joie Kathos as well as the poised-to-break-out rapper Kur, fresh off a TLA gig last month. And then the DJs: on the 1s and 2s is Matthew Law from the Illvibe Collective, as well as Cosmo Baker and headlining the proceedings, Philly legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, who’s been having a lot of fun with the Vinyl Destinations series but who still rocks the party like nobody’s business. For more info and to RSVP to tonight’s Boiler Room show, head here. Continue reading →

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Dance from West Philly to the Ben Franklin Bridge with The Bul Bey and Faylin Johnson

The Bul Bey
The Bul Bey | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Philly rapper The Bul Bey has a knack for crafting striking visuals to his music, whether you’re talking about the high-energy, infectious visual for his 2015 hit “Where I’m From” to his commanding charisma whenever he steps to the stage.

Today we got the first new video we’ve seen from Bey in a minute.  “So Much Further To Go” from Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies has a mean nightclub bounce with lots of sensory stimuli – bass hits, backup vocals – bouncing back and forth between your left and right headphones. If the song inhabits the after hours, the video is purely set in the daytime, with Bey dancing in the streets at 50th and Baltimore (Dock Street Brewing represent!) all the way the the pedestrian walkway across the Ben Franklin Bridge (um, SugarHouse billboard represent?).  Continue reading →

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Interview: RJD2 talks his new album Dame Fortune, collaborating, and the Columbus music scene

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RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | courtesy of the artist

If you’re into RJD2, you know the electronic producer / songwriter is big on collaborating. Even longer than his list of studio albums (which clocks in at 10 with this year’s Dame Fortune) is his list of production work, and the names are big: Aesop Rock, Mos Def, Massive Attack, Elbow, Yo La Tengo and Son Little just scratch the surface. So when he started work on the new project, the Columbus native and former Philadelphia resident called up some old (and new) friends to fill in the gaps. The result is a synchronous, soulful album full of twists, turns and eclectic surprises.

We spoke with RJ about how his production and songwriting methodology has changed from 2002’s Deadringer debut to Dame Fortune, his long list of Philly collaborators and what it’s like to be back in Columbus. Read the interview below, and see the master in action at Union Transfer on Saturday, May 28th.

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