Beat Research – Oct 07

As usual, DJ Flack & i&i & special guests will be conducting some weekly Beat Research over at the Enormous Room. Here’s our schedule for the month of October —

Oct 1 :: Brian Coleman

For anyone interested in hip-hop history Brian Coleman needs no introduction, he is the author of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Random House/Villard, 2007) and Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists (Wax Facts Press, 2005). Over the past decade he has written extensively about hip-hop for publications such as Scratch, URB, Wax Poetics, Boston Phoenix, XXL, The Source, and NY Press. He has lived in Boston since 1988 and has played funk and hip-hop over the airways through his show on WZBC. Tonight we get a rare treat as he will DJ a live set culled from his massive record collection. About his set, Brian says: “My playlist, as just selected: LISTEN TO THE MUSIC! A Random Pantload of Ill ’80s Hip-Hop Instrumentals. Subheadline: a Tribute to Leccos Lemmo, the Dub Hop Show and the man called Magnus. [the latter was solidified after meeting Pacey Foster for lunch yesterday].”

As an extra special treat the amazing producer edIT (Glitch Mob, Alpha Pup, Planet-Mu) will be in town from LA tonight dropping a set at Beat Research as part of his “Certified Air Raid Material” tour. As an original member of both LA’s Konkrete Jungle crew and the DubLab radio show (under the monikor Con – Artist) edIT has been involved with bringing out the experimental side of hip-hop and bridging it with the world of electronic dance music since back in the day. Last time he came through BR he brought the beats hard and funky and left the place a heaving sweaty mess — ring the alarm, you have been warned.

Oct 8 :: Filastine

Filastine creates music and live sets that bend genre, charting a new sonic map by synchronizing mutated hiphop with other street rhythms and international obscura. Filastine recently dropped his debut full length record, Burn It, to much critical acclaim, followed by a few vinyls on labels Soot and Shockout, and a new split mix CD with DJ/Rupture. In less than a year Burn It has been licensed and re-released three times, by French label Jarring Effects, Japanese label ROMZ, and the anonymous Crimethinc.

For the last year Filastine has brought his soundclash to clubs, squats, festivals, and underground spaces across the globe, from Buenos Aires to Reykjavik, Osaka to London, and all points in between, delivering the beats with laptop, midi triggers, loudspeaker, and percussion mounted on a shopping cart. Recently Filastine played both at a festival in Casablanca in front of twenty thousand people, and in a plastic hut on the coast of Japan for twenty people. He enjoyed both equally. With zero industry hype or promo budget his tracks have made it onto radio from BBC1 in the UK to pirate radio stations across South America.

Oct 15 :: Maga Bo

Maga Bo is a DJ/producer working with an international collision of styles, sounds, location recordings from all continents and beats that have yet to be classified. A study in the digital contortions of hip hop, ragga, breakbeat and jungle drum ‘n’ bass.

His sound is a divine (s)mashup of batucada, rai, capoeira, bhangra, and skewed electronic beats in a borderless conundrum of gritty street sounds, found and modified rhythms and melodies from Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, India and beyond. DJing and producing tracks with a portable laptop studio, he has worked and performed in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Oct 22 :: Sarah Nehama and Verbnine

Sarah Nehama has been an important presence in the Boston soundscape for some time now, sharing her deep collection of Arab pop and other eclectic sounds. She’s bound to have a bagful of goodies on-hand for her Beat Research performance. As an added treat, Verbnine — former resident of Spectrum with DJ Flack and DJ C — will be dropping a set prior to his return to Israel.

Oct 29 :: Halloween Party w/ DJ RNDM and DJ C !!

Beat Research regular DJ RNDM and former resident DJ C will be on-hand to bring out the fun and spooky vibes. You can be sure to expect both tricks and treats from these deft DJs.

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