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

RJD2
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

Lushlife
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 →

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10 artists playing Firefly you shouldn’t miss

Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The Firefly Music Festival starts this Thursday and goes through Sunday. Over 100 bands spread out on six stages will seek love and admiration from audiences crammed into Dover, Delaware. We’re psyched for the headliners – Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers, Morrissey, The Killers, and Snoop (as long as he brings the hits and stays clear of that new album). We’re equally excited to see Run The Jewels, Hozier, DJ Mustard, Sylvan Esso, Citizen Cope, and Spoon. The bill is stacked with the requisite one hit alt-rock newbies (um…) that the crowds likely won’t pay attention to until the band plays “the hit.” But below the headliners and mid-level artists playing, there’s a lot of gems.

Here are ten artists playing Firefly that you shouldn’t miss. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee collaborate with RJD2 and STS on “Don’t Get Played”

 

RJD2 and STS | via Facebook.com/RJD2
RJD2 and STS | via Facebook.com/RJD2

The new album by Philly electronic artist RJD2 and local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim was already a dream collaboration, but add in one of our favorite local soul singer-songwriters, Amos Lee? Wow.

On “Dont Get Played” Lee’s smooth vocals and elegant hook gives way to the equally-smooth rap from STS, whose rhymes center around love and loyalty, breaking up and making up and everything in between. It’s a standout soul/rap/jazzy/electronic hybrid where all three artists prove they’re not messing around. Continue reading →

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STS & RJD2 illuminate low-income struggles with new video for “Hold On, Here We Go”

 

Still shot from STS and rjd2's video for "Hold On, Here We Go"
Still shot from STS and rjd2’s video for “Hold On, Here We Go”

Philly duo STS & RJD2 have proven a force to be taken seriously. With their album, STS x rjd2, out on May 5th, the two are hyping up the release with a new music video for their track “Hold On, Here We Go.”

The song is an ode to the struggles of low-income families, and its video centers around a boy saving up for his first car, collecting his hard-earned money in a box under his bed. But when tragedy strikes his family, the boy thinks twice about how his money will be spent. Continue reading →