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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 →

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RJD2’s Icebird album gets a special vinyl reissue for Record Store Day

RJD2 and Aaron Livingston | Photo courtesy of the artists
RJD2 and Aaron Livingston | Photo courtesy of the artists

Record Store Day is coming up next month on Saturday, April 18, and fans of local artists RJD2 and Aaron Livingston (the mastermind behind Son Little) have something to look forward to: a reissue of the 2011 LP by their collaborative project Icebird. The Abandoned Lullaby will be released on clear gold vinyl  via RJ’s Electrical Connections and MAD Dragon Records.

You might have caught Son Little in February at Free at Noon; his collaboration with RJD2 for The Abandoned Lullaby showed his diversity as an artist, resulting in an album that had one Pitchfork’s Nate Patrin dubbing the pair “the best two main independent producer/singer superduo to come out of the woodwork since Gnarls Barkley.” Continue reading →