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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 at Union Transfer, Pink Slip Daddy at Boot and Saddle and more

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RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | courtesy of the artist

RJD2 moved back to his native Ohio from Philly recently, but with over a decade of local music making under his belt, we will always welcome RJD2 with open arms as an honorary Philadelphian. Tonight he headlines Union Transfer in support of his new album Dame Fortune, which you can listen to in full below. It mixes his trademark slick grooves with proggy surprises and a cavalcade of guest vocalists. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.

Read our interview with RJD2.

Philly goth-punk trio Psychic Teens headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight to celebrate the release of their new record Nerve, which has undeniable hints of Bauhaus and Joy Division and other dark / heave bits of awesome. They recently released a music video for “Everything,” which is depicts a kids’ birthday party with them acting as the entertainment – it’s pretty awesome, and you can watch below. Tickets and more information to the JBs show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. 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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Get lost on the subway with RJD2 in his new video for “The Sheboygan Left”

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RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | courtesy of the artist

Funkmaster general RJD2 released his new album Dame Fortune back in March, and yesterday he shared a new music video for the track, “The Sheboygan Left.”

The video depicts a girl and a boy running around the New York City subway system while they dance from car to car, all the time followed by a cloud that is not unlike the smoke monster from Lost. The song’s exploding beats reflect off of the several different walks of life that the duo dances past underground. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new RJD2 song from Dame Fortune featuring Son Little

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RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist

Music producer extraordinaire RJD2 has released “We Come Alive”, yet another great new song from his upcoming record Dame Fortune.

“We Come Alive,” which features Son Little (Aaron Livingston) on vocals, kicks open with a pounding drum fill before the keys and Livingston’s earnest vocals enter. The song, a soulful R&B jam laden with warm reverb, features honest lyrics such as “feeling deaf, dumb, and blind” and “find me when the smoke has cleared.”

It is important to note that Livingston is credited as Son Little on this song, Continue reading →

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Listen to “The Sheboygan Left” from RJD2’s new album Dame Fortune

RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist
RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist

Philly producer/beatmaster RJD2 has shared a new track from his upcoming album, Dame Fortune.

RJD2 originally gained widespread notice when his song “A Beautiful Mine” was used as the theme song for the hit TV show, Mad Men. “The Sheboygan Left” feels familiar to “Beautiful Mine,” but instead of minor synths and dark strings, RJ utilizes funk bass and belting horns, creating a new potential theme song worthy of Mad Men‘s eventual 70’s spin off. The instrumental also carries traits of 90’s hip-hop, jubilant and full of excess. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Peace of What” by RJD2 featuring Jordan Brown

RJD2 | Photo by NIck Fancher | courtesy of the artist
RJD2 | Photo by NIck Fancher | courtesy of the artist

Raised in Columbus, Ohio, and a resident of Philly for several years, producer and DJ RJD2 has announced the release of a new album, Dame Fortune, due out March 25th on his own RJ’s Electrical Connections label. The first song from the record, “Peace of What” is WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week. Continue reading →

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RJD2 is back with “Peace of What” and a spring gig at Union Transfer

RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | photo approved by the artist
RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak

Philly electronic wizard RJD2 got his start by mastering sampledelic DJ music, crate-digging 70s soul bits to funkify the modern dancefloor environment; he later shifted gears to recreate classic sounds with original production. All along the way, he worked with the likes of STS, Kenna and Khari Mateen. And on his latest, pretty much all those strengths come into play. Continue reading →

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Lushlife enlists eclectic collaborators for Ritualize, incl. Killer Mike, Ariel Pink and RJD2

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Lushlife | Photo by Phil Bradshaw

We at The Key have been excited at the prospect of a new album by the talented Lushlife for a couple years now. But as even more details surface about his upcoming Ritualize, the word excited but not be enough to describe our collective enthusiasm.

Raj Haldar, the man behind the moniker, recently released the tracklist for his album due out in February ,and let’s just say that it was not without it’s share of enticing details. Rap albums track lists are more exciting than that of a typical album because of one thing above all else: features. In the case of Ritualize, the dizzying variety and overall quality of its nine different featured artists is what sets apart. Continue reading →