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Announcing DEM SAY AH

Dem Say Ah

It is with great pleasure and joy that I share news about my forthcoming record, Dem Say Ah featuring Akoya Afrobeat, officially out 4/15/14!

What started as a remix for Grammy Award Winning Jazz artist Gregory Porter, morphed into a straight Afrobeat dancefloor situation. For the recordings I came together with Akoya and Kaleta, Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, Maurice Brown, Chris Rob and DJ Spinna.

For more on how the record came to fruition and to pre-order your copy, visit our Kickstarter page and let the get down begin!

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New Music: Misunderstood Pt. II (feat. Consequence, Saunders Sermens & Stimulus)

Maurice vs Mobetta

Here’s a new tune I cut for Maurice “Mobetta” Brown feat. Consequence, Saunders Sermens and Stimulus (of the Real Live Show).

Mobetta and I often record together and it was a pleasure to produce for his upcoming album. A heavy weight cast, features from Talib Kweli, Consequence, Jean Grae, Prodigy, amongst others.

‘Maurice vs. Mobetta’ will be released on 10.8.13.

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‘Everything in Time Remixed’ is Here

DJ Center - Everything In Time Remixed

It’s here! After previewing select remixes for the last couple of months, I’m happy to announce that ‘EVERYTHING IN TIME REMIXED’ has officially arrived (and with some good words to compliment)!

The album features choice selections from my debut record, re-imagined by a crew of some of my favorite producers-
DJ Spinna, Waajeed, J.Rawls, DJ OBaH, Captain Planet and Applejac, amongst others.

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.

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DJ Center + Oddisee – Workin’ in NYC

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.

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The Making of the Vinyl – “In a Song (DJ Spinna Remix)” 12″

In true “frolaboration”, the folks at Frolab take us through the process of how the vinyl you hold in your hands came to be- from footage of Middle Child singing acoustic to the DJ Spinna remix, it’s all there- the 12″ cover photo shoot, footage at the pressing plant of the record being made and DJ Spinna dropping originals at his Thingamajig Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Check it out!

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‘In a Song (DJ Spinna Remix)’ – Vinyl Available Today

Spinna

* Photos by Anthony Demby for Humble Riot

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

Spinna - In a Song Remix

DJ Center – In a Song (DJ Spinna Back From The Future Remix) by DJCenter

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Feel What I’m Feelin’- Jazz (in the Color Purple) Mix

DJ Center - Feel What I'm Feelin'

This is an oldie but a goodie- I cut this Jazz session back in 2005. It appeared as disc 2 on the double CD release, “Feel What I’m Feelin’“.

Long out of print, this mix has traveled to places and spaces as far and wide as Tokyo, Japan and London, England. For weeks it ran in its entirety on ScannerFM, 100.5 in Barcelona and it has received praise from some of the great artists that it pays homage to- Gary Bartz and Junior Mance, respectively.

For me, it was about the music- how much it spoke without saying a word. The blues roots, the spiritual jazz tributes and the clear connections to the modern day architects of sampling- it was all in there. It was a mix highlighting the genius and beauty of the artists and tunes you hear, yet weaving and blending them altogether as I would any of my DJ sets.

To date, I’m not aware of any other mixes with the same approach or feel and for me, this project was both a blessing and labor or love.

Hope it leaves you feelin’ as good as it left me when I put it together.

DJ Center – Feel What I’m Feelin’ (Download)

* for track listing, click here (scroll down to CD-2)

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The importance of Vinyl in 2011

Center Bumps

Not a day goes by when I don’t hear someone talking or writing about how no one knows what is going on with the music industry. The future of music and how we will access it remains a question mark. These are some bugged times indeed.

The thing that is for sure is that most DJs (myself included) are now spinning in clubs with their laptops or aren’t carrying the amount of records they once were (I’ve witnessed most selectors in Europe being happy to rock off of CDs on a nice pair of CDJs).

In the ’90s, the “Save the Vinyl” movement was created and it’s logo (two hands holding a piece of wax) was found on the back of many albums during that era. There was a unity amongst vinyl supporters, we would not let the format die. And we were successful. I once heard from some record label friends that DJs were the ones keeping new releases from being printed strictly on CD during that era.

The question of the existence of wax remains today.

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