A few weeks back, my friend DJ Mekalek inquired about a TECB guest appearance to pay tribute to one of his fallen favorites, and I welcomed the opportunity to host his story with open arms. It concerns one of, if not the, biggest inspirations for Mek as a disc jock — former WRIU & BRU platter master, DJ Curty Cut — whose eleven-year anniversary of passing will be marked this Saturday. So, without any further ado, please continue on and wax nostalgic with my man while he takes it from here…
So there are two things you should take away from “Queen Until”:
NUMBER ONE: Psalm One has never made a better song. And I’ve been up on her far before her album with Rhymesayers, just in case you were concerned about me not having a clue.
NUMBER TWO: This is the lead single off of Coloring Outside the Lines, the long-overdue debut album from Panik — of Chicago’s powerhouse team of producers the Molemen. There’s no set date for the release yet, but it’s safe to say I haven’t anticipated a hip-hop album as much as this in years.
Out of everything I’ve posted in the past couple of days, this is far and away my favorite: DJ Mekalek & Jesse Calico’s remix of the fantastic Kendra Morris original, “If You Didn’t Go.”
Banger for sure — especially for all the heartbreak kids out there. And the remix comes with an interesting tale in tow. Essentially, Mek heard the song and related to it, as I’m sure most people could, then reached out to his man Jesse Calico about a remix he had started to conceptualize. Calico wrote a little something to what Mekalek had crafted out of the original, and, without sharing any details, Jesse coincidentally spit a narrative to closely resemble that of Mek’s yet-to-be-told story. (I know this because I’m friends with Mek and traded my sob story for the Dita N tearjerker one night last year.)
Knowing the above enhances the remix with feelings of familiarity and comfort in the otherwise gloomy song, at least in my opinion. Needless to say again, I’m really digging the track. As did Kendra.
This is probably the best WTC cut I’ve heard in years:
And it’s cheap as dirt. The download is free and there are also limited edition copies on 7″ vinyl available for just fifty-cents plus shipping costs. Get whichever one you prefer while they’re still available via BandCamp.
This didn’t make the Working Man LP. Still pretty live, though.
You can catch Pro — along with Strange Famous labelmate’s Sage Francis, B.Dolan, and Metermaids – this Saturday at Fete for the Working Man release party. All of the particulars can be seen on our sidebar to the right. If the details are no longer available, congratulations, you and I both missed the show. (My dude Murdoc is getting married that day/evening. Yeeeeet.) Better luck next time.
This is the latest from Mayer, the premiere single off of his upcoming Where Does This Door Go, slated for a July 16 release date. I really like the contemporary touch he’s given to the song. Too bad the record wasn’t coming out any sooner — I could groove to this on my Independence Day.