New York based producer DJ Center has cooked up Everything In Time his debut release via the Push The Fader label. Like a well-organized buffet this album delivers a tasty sampling of audio treats for your eardrums. On the liner notes Center writes that he draws inspiration from his homeland of Romania, the Boro of Brooklyn and the lands in between for his eclectic musical palette. He does so masterfully creating widely varying grooves and arrangements that gel together surprisingly well. The album explores hip-hop, soul, jazz and more through ten tracks that are accentuated by tasteful live instrumentation. Center is in good company on the release with a diverse ensemble of vocalists and musicians including Oddisee, Chris Rob, Gretchen Parlato, Zaki Ibrahim, Maurice Brown, Samia Farah and others.Read more →
Brooklyn and green tea. Those are the three words I associate most with Emil Herscher, aka DJ Center, one of NY’s finest and most soulful DJs. The man likes to hang around 85-95 bpm, dropping tracks that bubble up with low end and thumping kicks, tight snares and dreamy keys. He’ll mix in a hip-hop track, might cut into a house song. Mostly he’s known for slow hips and sweet ears, a refined taste that swerves between a Jazzanova remix of Fat Freddy’s Drop, a Q-Tip banger, and his own “Sangare” take Vieux Farka Toure, without missing a beat.
Eventually that perpetual question arose: When do I release my own album? There’s something undeniably gratifying about watching a dance floor move to a song you built from the ground up, a thirst that remixes cannot quite quench. Center started toying with the idea three years ago. Dozens of months of hard work later, the mission is completed with Everything in Time.Read more →