The album features choice selections from my debut record, re-imagined by a crew of some of my favorite producers-
iTunes featured the album on the front of their R&B/Soul picks the day it dropped (thanks!). Check it out and let me know what you think of the different versions. Plenty on there for you to enjoy.
Here’s an exclusive for you…Today I bring you a bonus track from the vinyl release of “Everything in Time”- a track titled “Workin’” that Oddisee and I collaborated on during those sessions. Music to get your mind + grind right!
O and I caught up recently to talk shop about the influence NYC has had on our creative process. Check that conversation out and download the mp3 of “Workin’” for a limited time here.
Continuing on with our series of “free for a week” downloads from Everything in Time Remixed, we have Captain Planet’s remix of “Center’s Groove”. Catch it while it’s up and stay tuned for another treat this Tuesday! To get the word as soon as a new download goes up follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
* All Vinyl Mix | Cover Artwork by Andrés Jiménez
This month’s podcast mix comes to you courtesy of the Paris based website for all things soulful, funky and deep – Paris DJs. I’ve been checking for Paris DJs for a number of years now, always updated with the latest info on some of my favorite artists and releases.
When the opportunity came to do an exclusive mix for their site, I was more than happy to put this together. Below are a couple questions you may have regarding the mix and you’ll find the link to download it straight to your digital player here.
What are Center Bumps?
Center Bumps are tunes that I’m feeling that particular week and/or month. They are songs in constant rotation and highlight new and old music that I’ve dug up in that respective time period. I use to include charts in my mailing list emails and people would always write back asking how they could hear that music. Well, now you can courtesy of these monthly mixes.
Why did you choose to do an all Vinyl mix?
To be honest I’m still high off of Everything in Time being released on vinyl. Vinyl is still my favorite way to listen to music. I have so many gems that haven’t been released digitally, so it made sense to spread love the analog way.
Why Paris DJs?
Djouls and crew been putting it down for years on that side of the Atlantic, always keeping it fresh. With so many people in common, it was only a matter of time til we connected online for a release!
Today is the first in a series of free downloads from the forthcoming, Everything in Time Remixed project, coming to your digital player this October.
Remixes are always refreshing to me as I get to see how other folks re-interpret the works. An all-star remix cast formed over the course of the last year to re-work songs from Everything in Time. That lineup included- DJ Spinna, Waajeed, J.Rawls, DJ OBaH, Sam Champ, Captain Planet, DJ Eleven and others.
“You Got the Love” is one of my favorite Rufus and Chaka Khan tunes and Gretchen Parlato and I had a ball paying tribute with our cover of the song from my LP. Now, Sam Champ brings a completely unique and lovely flavor to the song on his remix. Get it for free for the next week below.
Looking forward to being part of the festivities this Saturday afternoon at the Fat Beats Pop-Up Shop.
I’ll be spinning at 2:30PM and the entire day should be full of flavor with performances and DJ sets, celebrating the pieces of wax we love. Check it out!
* ‘Everything in Time’ now available on double vinyl, including bonus instrumentals and the unreleased track, “Workin’ feat. Oddisee
Today is a special day- what seems like a secret that we’ve been giddy about and keeping quiet since mid October of last year (when Spinna delivered his mix), gets to fly out and greet the world today, in probably the greatest and purest musical form- a warm piece of 12″ Vinyl.
To me, it’s come full circle- my Spinna crates are THICK, packed with the dopest remixes and banging originals from the Beyond Real architect from the last two decades. I remember always glancing at my record library and noticing that Spinna’s productions took up a whole crate by themselves!
So to receive a taylor-made remix that falls in pocket with any of his greatest work, is a blessing! As soon as I heard the the track I was immediately brought back to his classic Composition Series and remixes for De La Soul, Das Efx and Mobb Deep, from the ’90s. That was the feeling, but the programming and sounds were updated to now. So I guess the “Back from the Future” title he gave the mix is quite appropriate.
Big thanks to FroLab for lacing the incredible art work you see on the package, Footlong Development for making it possible, Middle Child for saaaaangin(!!!) and to DJ Spinna, for doin’ it like no other.
VINYL only release, available online here
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 the rest of this entry »
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 the rest of this entry »