Monday, March 22, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga 12" artwork


We got the artwork for ESQ & Chikaramanga / My Intellect 12". This 12" is slated to be released in early May. Once the mastering is done, we will put up the songs on Tres myspace page.

Chikara
LA

Friday, March 19, 2010

DJ Lowkey



DJ Lowkey's artist page is now up and on Tres's web site. Our 6 year anniversary compilation will be mixed by Lowkey. It will be out in a few month.

He recently did a podcast for BlacknBling.com that we suggest you check out.

The link and tracklist is shown below:

http://www.blacknbling.com/search?updated-max=2010-03-09T01%3A48%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=12

1 quelle - deal with it
2 georgia anne muldrow and dudley perkins - get up gogo
3 strong arm steady - chittlins and pepsi
4 bk one - here i am
5 self scientific - designer music
6 suff daddy - suff experiment
7 lewis parker - the unseen trap
8 dynas - the apartment
9 crown royale - after all ***exclusive***
10 14KT - verbal intercourse 06
11 mainframe - knock em out j
12 kit knows - knots
13 bug - cosmic lab
14 houseshoes - the makings
15 meth, ghost & rae - our dreams
16 redman - coc back
17 problemz - pay your respects
18 raekwon - baggin crack
19 chikaramanga feat droop-capone - a life like this
20 truck north - sandwich shop
21 blame one - i keep telling you

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Johnson Family Reunion

Mainframe from Johnson & Jonson invited me to the Gonjasufi's album release party at Echoplex last night. Gonjasufi was featured on Johnson & Jonson's album as a member of Johnson family. His alias is Randy Johnson.

Gonjasufi's debut album came out last week through Warp Records. I bought his 7 inch The Gaslamp Killer produced, which came out a few weeks ago. The GLK is also a member of Johnson Family. His alias is Ben Johnson. Since I really liked the 7 inch, I was looking forward to seeing the show.

When I got to the venue, Mainframe (aka Jon Jonson) was just about to start spinning. He played a lot of unreleased stuff he had in his laptop, such as unreleased Blu stuff, Gonjasufi stuff, etc.



While Mainframe was spinning, I set up the merch booth for Johnson & Jonson records and CD. Stephen and John from Warp Records let me put J&J stuff on their merch table. Thank you!




After Mainframe's set, Gonjasufi went on. The Gaslamp Killer was the DJ for Gonjasufi.



The GLK said that show was Gonjasufi's second show ever. I guess he had performed only once before that show. The show was great though. John from Warp Records told me that vinyl of the Gonjasufi's album will be available next week. I definitely need to get that.

After Gonjasufi's set, The GLK span and then other Warp Records artist, Flying Lotus span.




The whole show was recorded by Dub Lab crew. You can listen to it here!

There are so many talented artists doing new stuff in LA.
I'm grateful to be part of this scene.

Chikara
LA

Monday, March 15, 2010

Saturday, March 20th



Chikaramanga will be DJing at The Continental Room in Down Town Fullerton on Saturday, March 20th.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ESQ & Chikaramanga LOGO


Our in-house designer, Sausen came up with the logo for ESQ & Chikaramanga. I like it!
I finished mixing tracks for the first ESQ & Chikaramanga 12" last week. Now, I am waiting to hear from ESQ about the mix. If he likes it, I will take it to the mastering studio.

Today is the release date for U-N-I & Ro Blvd / A Love Supreme 2.0. Their album release party will take place at Blu Monkey Lounge in LA tonight. It's free to get in.
My plan for today is to go to Amoeba, buy the album, bring it to the release party, and get it autographed.

Chikara
LA

Friday, March 5, 2010

New track from Co$$


Co$$ just dropped some new music. It's an ode to the old school and it's been put up on 2dopeboyz.

“Sup world? Anyone who knows me personally or musically knows I have the utmost reverence for the “old skoo”, so I thought I’d prove it by laying one of those throw back 80s/90s inspired joints…I hit up my nigga Playa Haze because I knew he could cook up one of those old skool joint with that classic boom bap feel..I came up on a variety of MCs, from Pimp C to Daddy Kane, Planet Asia to MC Lyte, they all inspired me to do what I do today, so enjoy the joint, and respect the Old School ya’ll, without the past there would be no present….R.I.P. Pimp C!!!……” – Co$$

He responded in the comments himself, talking about his album coming out this year......GET. READY.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

DJ Sarasa's new mix CD "LA"


DJ Sarasa's new mix CD, "LA" is going to come out on March 8th. All the tracks on this mix CD are from the artists who are from LA, currently live in LA, or have something do with LA. She put Co$$ & Fonetik Simbol "Khakis & Taylors" on it. Our intern, Chris's (aka Giant Squid) crew Late Bloomers has a track on it as well. Here is the track list.

1. Matty G- West Coast Rocks (The Glitch Mob Remix)
2. Boreta- Bubblin in the Cut
3. edIT- The Game is Not Over (feat. J-Dilla, Phat Kat & Dabrye)
4. The Glitch Mob- Nalepa “Monday” Remix
5. edIT- More Lazers
6. Mr. Oizo- $tunt$ (Flying Lotus Remix)
7. Flying Lotus- Melt!
8. AshTreJinkins- Cambodian Bonfire
9. AshTreJinkins- Yodaz Brain
10.Jesse "X-Ro" Pinkney- Leimert 19
11.DIBIA$E- Spacely Sprokettz
12.DIBIA$E - Cosmo Boppin
13.Shlohmo- Spooky Specs
14.dak- Fownd
15.Nosaj Thing- Coat of Arms
16.Nocando- The Man Who Served the World
17.Otherwize- Point of View
18.Grand Agent- L.A. Confidential (prod. By OH NO)
19.Charles Bronson- Covered Face
20.Sahtyre- Move (ft. Swim Team)
21.Co$$- Kahkis & Taylors (prod. By Fonetik Simbol)
22.LMNO & Yann Kesz- Cocaine
23.Uncle Imani of The Pharcyde- Hard
24.Percee P- Mastered Craftsman (prod. Madlib)
25.M.E.D.- Push
26.Ali Baba Abnormal- Glocknload
27.Astro- Caution
28.Metamorphs- Revenge
29.Good Cop Bad Cop- Missing Link (ft. DJ Tommy Blak)
30.Aceyalone- The Guidelines
31.Herbal Influence- Love’s Contribution (ft. Grover Zealous)
32.Late Bloomers- Wops Bounce
33.DIBIA$E & Pudge- Smoke it Over
34.Inverse- So True feat. Deacon (of Cunninlynguists)
35.J Rocc- Secondhand Sureshots
36.People Under the Stairs- Down in L.A.
37.Oddisee & Trerk Life- Last Joint

There are three tracks from Dibiase!! Nice!

This mix CD is probably available only in Japan.

The release party for this mix CD is going to take place at Kick Lab in Tokyo on the release date, 3/8. Sarasa is going to spin for a couple hours during the party.


Chikara
LA

U-N-I & Ro Blvd "The Documentary"



U-N-I's new album, "A Love Supreme 2.0" will be out on March 9th. Tres has nothing to do with this release, but I wanted to mention it here beacause I, personally, as a fan of their music, have been waiting for this release. The album is double disc (CD & DVD). It will be available on iTunes as well.
Ro Blvd invited me to the screening for the documentary of U-N-I & Ro Blvd. It took place at MGM theater in west Los Angeles, yesterday. I'm not sure, if this documentary is on the DVD, which comes with the album. Interviews of them and various different people, tour footage, recording scene, etc. were on the documentary. It was interesting to see how this "A Love Supreme" project came together and how they reached to the point they are at now.

Chikara
LA

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fretless Fader

Our intern, Mathis found an interesting youtube footage. This is a cool invention. DJ John Beez used "Target" off of Thes One's "Lifestyle Marketing" album for this preview!



DJ John Beez (North California) is constantly pushing the limits of the classic 2 turntables and a mixer-setup. His newest invention is called the “fretless fader”. Basically, it allows the DJ to pitch-shift his scratches.

Through the use of built-in sliding MIDI control, the Fretless Fader allows DJ’s to scratch, "cut, and change notes through 2 octaves without taking your hands away from the vinyl and fader."

Fretless Fader creator JohnBeez gives an update and explanation of his diabolical hardware creation. In addition to showing off the major/minor switch, he shows how the Fretless Fader has the unique ability to move both up and down an octave.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shibuya!! Tuesday, March 2nd!!!


Kiwamu Omae’s official birthday party!!!

SHIBUYA
Hip Hop/Soul/Funk/Disco/Japanese

March 2nd, 2010
7:30pm – 12:30am
NO COVER
21+

@ Far Bar / Chop Suey (in Little Tokyo)

347 E 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel) 213.617.9990

Shibuya Club DJs

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Kap (Kap Soul)
- Kay (Ubiquity)
- YOTAH
- Kiwamu Omae

Japanese cuisine
Outside Patio
Full bar (Hot & Cold Sake, Sapporo on tap, etc)

For more info, visit www.myspace.com/shibuyaclub.