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Jamie xx pays tribute to the late DJ Rashad

Over the weekend, Jamie xx featured on BBC Radio 6 Mix residency, has been pumping some electrifying music that’s been invading clubs across the world. He kicked off his 2-hour set with a tribute to the late DJ Rashad by re-remixing his mix of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Heart Is”, commenting “rest in peace to the both of them,” as the track faded in.

The rest of his set also featured mixes of King Krule, Orson Welles, Paul White and Dreadboy. You can listen to the full set here. During the set, Jamie xx also revealed that his band, The xx, are set to record their third album, which you can find more information about this on their instagram page.

Meanwhile, listen to Jamie xx’s new track “girl”


source via pitchfork   and NME

Music has lost a legend! RIP DJ Rashad.

DJ Rashad, born Rasahd Hardem, a leading producer in Chicago’s footwork scene, dies Saturday afternoon. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Rashad was found unresponsive by a friend on the city’s West Side at 1:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 34.

The Chicago police suspect a drug overdose, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near the body. On Sunday, an autopsy proved inconclusive. Toxicology studies are being conducted to determine how he died. Police have confirmed there were no visible signs of injury.

Born Rashad Harden, the producer and DJ was a pioneer of ‘footwork’, an electronic-oriented music genre that originated in Chicago and has been big around the city for more than a decade, named forits lightning-fast dance moves. It marries dreamy synthesizers, bursts of brutally fast beats and R&B samples to classic stepper’s movements and hip-hop dancing. It started out in high school gyms and neighborhood dances on the South side and the West side and has long since crossed over to clubs and rock festivals.

Rashad’s father told the Sun-Times his DJ son was a big part of the local music scene, having started out as a DJ when he was 10-11 years old. “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this,” Harden said. “He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.” Rashad performed throughout high school with dance troupes before turning more to spinning records at parties and for WKKC, the Kennedy-King College radio station, and helping to develop footwork, which centres around dance battles. He was the most prominent member of the Teklife crew.“He shared his music with everyone that would listen,” Rashad’s father said. “He’s been all over the world, taking footwork all over the world. He’s done quite a bit over his short time.”

Rashad’s most recent album Double Cup was released last October by the influential British label Hyperdub, and he has an EP,We On 1, scheduled to come out on vinyl, today, April 28th via Southern Belle Recordings.

Via Chicago Sun-Times.com