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DJ Sun – “Ten”
Known for his popular Soular Grooves show on KPFT, DJ Sun has spent the past two decades mixing funk, soul, jazz, disco and classic hip-hop to create his own sonic collages. His considerable influence surrounds the Houston music scene, where he’s constantly spinning records, moving from party to party. Sun heard a lot of different music as he grew up, traveling between Rotterdam, Houston and Suriname. His experience and knowledge culminate on his debut full-length album, One Hundred, which is available on CD January 29th.
After cooking up a couple of EPs and a few singles, Sun decided to put together a record with four songs from those releases and fifteen new cuts. While his mixing skills are undeniable, his keyboard work on the Farfisa, Korg, Wurlitzer and Rhodes make his tracks even more authentic. Tim Ruiz (La Mafia) produces and supports Sun on One Hundred, adding keyboards, guitar, bass and arranging assistance. Leah Alvarez contributes vocals on a few tracks and Martín Perna (Antibalas) lends his flute playing to “Heart Seed.” Elsewhere Meghan Hendley (Tyagaraja) adds Rhodes to “Break Remix,” Mark Sound (Grandfather Child) plays Korg on “Marksonthekeys,” Jessica Zweback (Sky Blue 72) rocks the keyboards on “Ten” and Marion Aquilina lays down additional guitar on “Heart Seed.”
DJ Sun’s intimate knowledge of killer loops and tight breaks give One Hundred a timeless feel. The warm analog sound of vinyl and vintage instruments make this sound like a classic slice of hip-hop with a diverse palette of grooves. Adventurous and consistent, One Hundred offers an engaging listen from start to finish. Listen to “Ten” above or sample several tracks from the album at soundcloud. Be sure to check out his terrific video for “Fun” below.
Look out for DJ Sun at The Flat, Onion Creek, Hotel Zaza in Houston. He also frequents Washington DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge (home to Thievery Corporation) and Sycamore in Brooklyn. He will celebrate the release of One Hundred with performances at Breakaway Records and Malverde in Austin on January 26th.