Live: Tiombe Lockhart
Dj: Hudson Mohawke + Nwachukwu + Sucio Smash
Tiombe Lockhart came onto the independent scene as integral part of Platinum Pied Pipers debut cd Triple P (Ubiquity Records). On the success of PPP, Tiombe swept acclaim and worldwide nominations for her sultry and jazzy vocals on highlighted album cuts "Stay with Me" and "I Got You." Tiombe has since taken a departure from the hip hop drums in pursuit of darker sonic tales of the New York Underworld. Tiombe's writing and production work on her recent release "Queen of Doom" shows that her genre-bending range is a perfect reflection of what it is to be a youthful, complicated soul in today's times.
2008 has been declared the year of the Mohawke. Hudson Mohawke first appeared on the turntablist scene as being the youngest UK DMC finalist at age 11. A few play-stations and Jay Dilla albums later, Hudson's grown up composition mixes "Atari 8-bit crunch with math-rock, baltimore - club, and crunk hypy bounce" all encompassing that Glasgow hip hop stamp of approval. His sound being so futuristic and bionic made super label Warp Records run to scoop Hudson Mo as their newest signing. A new album on Warp is set to be released this year along with few other solo projects under the umbrella of Heralds of Change.
Nwachukwu (pronounced Wah-Chu-Ku) can be best described as a musical maverick. Many will know him as the producer, beat programmer and keyboard player of Attica Blues; who apart from releasing two groundbreaking albums blueprint (Mo'Wax) and Test Don't Test (Sony/Higher Ground) extended their talents as re-mixers to artists as diverse as Macy Gray, U.N.K.L.E, Duran Duran, DJ Krush, Jazzanova, and Ben Folds. Nwachukwu and his company Nepa Ventures have recently turned there attention to creating a innovative monthly club series - CDR Sessions, which serves as a conduit for burgeoning producers who seek a platform to showcase their work in progress to an audience of new music fans.
Since Sucio Smash has taken the helm of hosting New York's much loved hip hop show Squeeze Radio, he has continued to break ground within the city's music scene as did his predecessors from before - NY icons Bobbito Garcia, Stretch Armstrong, and Lord Sear. "The Squeeze Radio Show" has been rated several years running as NYC best hip hop show with a pod-cast that reaches a greater scope of the international music heads. Along with discovering and presenting new music within the old, Sucio has taken his taste making skills to form a new label, High Water Music, which will be releasing new albums this year by DJ Spinna, Sadat X, Sputnik Brown and Fresh Daily.