Claude VonStroke is using his given name as a hip-hop alias, with a self-titled album due out in January.
Crenshaw is more readily identified by the moniker Claude VonStroke, through which he's built a career pushing low end-heavy house as a DJ, producer and one of the minds behind the Dirtybird label. He made his formal debut under his given name with a couple singles released over the past few months, "Sleepy Kids" and "The Gene Sequence," each signaling a shift away from house toward a sound more readily incorporating elements of hip-hop, downtempo and bass music.
Now Crenshaw has uploaded a mixtape "inspired by themes of otherworldly exploration and retrofuturism." Heavy on his own tracks and remixes (and one cut featuring The Cool Kids), Transmission 001 also includes tunes from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow and Salva. The mixtape comes ahead of a Barclay Crenshaw album, due in January.
Crenshaw will head out on an 11-stop US tour in support of his album, starting with a night at LA's Low End Theory on January 25th. Check out the full itinerary below. Before then, he's got some more VonStroke gigs alongside his Get Real collaborator Green Velvet this month.
Listen to the mixtape, and head to SoundCloud to learn how to get a free download.
01. Barclay Crenshaw - Fatal Error
02. Everydayz & Phazz - Almeria (20syl Remix)
03. A Tribe Called Quest - Whateva Will Be
04. Special Ed - I Got It Made
05. Barclay Crenshaw - U Are In My System (feat. The Cool Kids)
06. Barclay Crenshaw - Stuntin' Is A Habit (Unofficial Bootleg)
07. What So Not - Buried (feat. Rome Fortune) (Barclay Crenshaw VIP Remix)
08. Royalston - Jungle Gone Down (feat. August Storm)
09. French Fries - Vogue (Unreleased DJ Madd 165 Edit)
10. Schlachthofbronx - Don (Barclay Crenshaw Edit)
11. DJ Shadow - Swerve
12. Salva - Drop That Bitch
13. Barclay Crenshaw - The Real X Files (Instrumental)
14. MF Doom - Hoe Cakes
15. J.J. Fad - Supersonic
16. Bleep Bloop - Denial
17. Losco - Wolf
18. Point Point - You Will Never Know
19. The Flatbush Zombies - Trade Off
20. Barclay Crenshaw - Artifacts (Instrumental)
21. Doshy - Phrases
22. Barclay Crenshaw - Gene Sequence
23. Deebs - Realize
Transmission 001 is available now.
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