Illustrator and dublab DJ, Justin McNulty, aka Kutmah, was recently deported from his homeland of the United States to Great Britain. His Scottish father and Egyptian mother moved to the US when Kutmah was 12, but their son was never naturalized. So after keeping Kutmah in detention for more than two months in 2010, US immigration authorities sent him back ‘home’ to England, even though Kutmah considers himself a Los Angeles native.
Irie is an audio-visual DJ demi-god, tight as a mother and creative as you like. His latest clip is a response to the Kony 2012 campaign, which raises a few questions about, well, raising questions.
The thing with audio visual DJing is trying to find the image that looks like the sound. Hip hop tends to look like hydraulic cars; disco equals flares, cumbia equals cocktails on the beach, and dubstep, surprisingly, looks like levitating pallets of tomatoes exploding. Props to SaladUK for making that connection.
One of my favourite producers right now, Hedflux is right at the forefront of a style of breaks known as psychedelic tech-funk. Action-packed, but deep and intriguing, every track is a winner. Follow him on Soundcloud for regular DJ sets that you can download for free.
Sleevefacing is the art of using vinyl covers as part of a bigger picture. The term was coined by John Rostron, a DJ from Cardiff, who uploaded a couple of photos he’d taken with his friends back in 2007. You can find thousands of examples at Sleeveface, where you can also choose between different bands.
This week, London-based DJ Damian Lazarus will be on the American side of the Atlantic playing his refined underground style in a few select cities. Involved with music at an early age, Lazarus began as a music reviewer, co-established the City Rockers label and eventually set up his own label, Crosstown Rebels.