DANJ 005: El Preso by Lester Burn ‘Em [New Mix]

Once again it’s on and we’re back with another edition of DJs Are Not Jukeboxes to remind that there is indeed art to the blend. This week the artist behind the mix is DJ Lester Burn’Em, dropping off an uptempo b-boy infused 30 minutes worth of sound for your listening pleasure. Press play, tell a friend, and like us on soundcloud to get the next one first!

Indy invades CumbiaSazo! Sweet Poison Victim, K.Sabroso, + more! [New Event]

Indy invades CumbiaSazo! Sweet Poison Victim, K.Sabroso

The weather may still be making up it’s mind but one thing’s for certain, 4th Saturdays are the move for satiating your Tropical Bass & Cumbia cravings. This weekend it’s an Indianapolis takeover at CumbiaSazo! The live band Afrobeat / Highlife stylings of Sweet Poison Victim and the Global Bass flavors from K.Sabroso both top the bill of Indy artists. Also featuring the dancefloor-friendly turntable tactics of Shazam Bangles who leads the hometown squad. However, the list of artists goes on and on… These events are consistently chock full of talented individuals, performers, and creators and your world would be that much better having attended.

Get jump on things with this selection of tracks from Sweet Poison Victim’s latest release. & If you’re feeling lucky, head over to our RSVP page for a chance to win a pair of tix. OR play it safe an RSVP via do312 for 1/2 price door tickets. Either way, every one could use a little more Sazo in their lives… Make that move! Continue reading “Indy invades CumbiaSazo! Sweet Poison Victim, K.Sabroso, + more! [New Event]” »

LeFtO + Makaya McCraven + More! @ Door No.3


Cuerators and International Anthem have teamed up for an event promising to be a map of how Jazz makes its way to Hip Hop and how Hip Hop can make it back to Jazz. A lofty goal indeed but when you’re talking about musicians like LeFtO & Makaya McCraven, an internationally renowned DJ and an internationally renowned Drummer / Producer respectively, the goal seems pretty close to completion. Both men live on the road and this show is a rare chance to see both artists together…

A couple years back Makaya was a force to be reckoned with at our Elder Tree stage at West Fest, & we had LeFtO here for a set that same year. Both performances were stellar, and even though we’re obviously biased, we can safely say this event will be one for the books! Peep a few pics from the last LeFtO show here (courtesy of Victor Duarte).
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Can’t Keep Checking My Phone [New Music]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra hits us in all the right places with, “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” the second single off of their upcoming album Multi-Love (out May 26 via Jagjaguwar). I’ve been lost in the melody and bass line for the last 30 minutes (honesty is the best policy no?). Having a shit day? In need of a pick me up? This just might be the jam for you. Cheers!

theWHOevers- TreeHouse [New Music]

Chicago’s theWHOevers continue their “marathon” of drops for their new project Marathon with their latest release “Tree House.” Over soulful and sexy production courtesy of Ka-Yu, DOTKOM and J Arthur trade off with bars about life’s highs and lows (if you have a pulse, you’ll dig it). So far, 2 for 2, looking forward to how the rest of this project plays out.

DANJ 004: Cuerators [New Mix]

What began as a way for a few friends to share tunes on gChat (when it was still called gChat), Cuerators has since attracted the attention of some of the world most influential DJs and recording artists. As their listener base has grown, their reputation as a best kept secret for discovering the new underground music has grown in tandem.  The site’s founders King Hippo & D.Moon come from rich musical backgrounds and are both driven by a passion for discovering and sharing new music. It’s for this exact reason we asked the guys to be a part of the DANJ mix series

Including tracks from notable artists like Flying Lotus, D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, & SBTRKT as well as lesser known tunes from artists like Lanzo, Porter Ray, Dave Aju, & Lord Echo, DANJ004 is a heady blend of soulful beats, hiphop, and progressively minded electronic tracks. So sit back and prepare for drift off. 90 minutes of aural pleasures awaits…

ChampLow – Picture This [Video Premiere]

Today we’re excited to debut the video for ChampLow’s track “Picture This” from their recent Crown(ed) Royal ‘tape.’ Released in late ’14 as a part of a collaboration between State Champs and The Highest Low, this project of previously unreleased material features members of the 5-state deep Hip-Hop collective Honor Roll Gang.

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Filmed on location at Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center, the video takes a cue from its surroundings by using a myriad special effects to mimic actual paintings. Pulling double duty on direction / filming, HRG members Nick Arcade and Snotty Pippen both show they can excel without a mic in their hands. The visual style lends itself well to the hypnotic, horn-led track produced by Marvelous Wonder, an a/v experience akin to rolling up and wandering through a modern art gallery. 

Enjoy & share the video above, and be sure to get (re)acquainted with the full Crown(ed) Royal  project here (free dl!)

A Moment With: Vapor Eyes [Interview]


Chicago based producer Vapor Eyes has created a steady buzz both locally and nationally since he first emerged in 2007, most notably through his shows and collaborations with Chicago’s Push Beats collective and Detroit label/collective, Young Heavy Souls. Since then, he has established himself as a bold experimenter and explosive live performer, unafraid to blend Hip Hop, EDM or whatever else has caught his ear and turn it into something new and wonderful. We sat down with him to discuss his influences, used Pontiac’s and his latest project Whispers

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Oddisee- That’s Love [New Music]

DC lyricist/beat extraordinaire Oddisee gives us a crash course on love on the single “That’s Love” off of his upcoming project The Good Fight. Out May 5th via Mello Music Group, very excited to see what the whole project in it’s entirety has in store for us. Already picturing a beautiful evening or twenty this summer with this in very heavy rotation, zero sleep allowed on this one.