Mix & Studio Session: Tripletrain

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Our 4-yr mix series continues with New York’s finest in Teklife.

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“This is probably our best, or our most personal mix yet… just because it’s our shit — that we touched.” DJ Mel Gibson and DBK come to the table with a fresh bag of exclusive/unreleased tracks and cook up one of the most inviting platters of footwork we’ve heard since Double Cup. DJ Rashad introduced us when he put them up during SXSW presenting them as peers, and you can feel the kinship in the music – they both have a tight grip on that comfortable zone between turnt-up and chilled-out, where you can dance or smoke. And when they recall his jazzier, more soulful side, like when the horn section peaks out on mix opener “All I Can Do”, I swear I can hear the ghost of Rashad.
“We sought out to kind of do [footwork] but not really copy it, to use that sound to guide you.” (Their penchant for soul and jazz samples probably owes just as much to Dilla, whom they close the mix with an edit of.) “All I Can Do” is distinctly their own, but then when Rashad/Spinn/Taso’s “Cream” VIP slips in sounding like a continuation of that same thought, it all kind of makes sense. Fittingly, then, their next appearance will also be alongside all of them on Hyperdub’s upcoming Teklife compilation, Next Life. They’ve also got two EPs in the oven, and you can get your first dibs on all that right here.

We visited the duo at their Sunset Park studio….

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TRACKLIST:
TRIPLETRAIN – ALL I CAN DO
DJ RASHAD DJ SPINN DJ TASO – CREAM
DBK – SELFISH
DJ RASHAD DJ SPINN – Y CANT WE SMILE
TRIPLETRAIN – SUMMERTIME
DJ TASO DJ SPINN – 224 GRAMZ
DJ TASO DJ EARL TRIPLETRAIN – BUMBACLOT
TRIPLETRAIN – XXXXXXXXXXX
DJ RASHAD FT DJ SPINN – LET U KNO
TRIPLETRAIN – BITCHES AINT SHIT
PAYPAL FELONEEZY JACKIE DAGGER – U SHOULD KNOW
DJ MEL GIBSON – HEART OF GLASS
MACHINEDRUM – SEASEA
REGENT STREET & THE HEIGHTS – I AINT GOTTA NAME FOR IT
DBK – HOES AINT LOYAL
DJ BIG HANK DJ MEL GIBSON – LEAN N MOLLYS
DJ RASHAD DJ MANNY – HOUSE YOUR BODY
TRIPLETRAIN – LIGHTS OF THE CITY
MACHINEDRUM – EVERYBODY LOVES THE SUNSHINE
TRIPLETRAIN – COCAIN
DBK – WANNA BE DOWN
DJ SPINN – REDBULL AND VODKA
DJ TASO – XXXXXXXXXXXX
HESK – NEVER STOP
TRIPLETRAIN – XXXXXXXXXX
DBK – DILLA GO
TRIPLETRAIN – NOBODY
DJ MANNY DJ MEL GIBSON – LOVE MACHINE
DJ TAYE FT DJ EARL – WHATCHA SMOKIN’
DJ EARL DJ TAYE DJ MANNY – FROM ABOVE
DBK – DILLA DIME PIECE

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