Posts Tagged ‘DJ Matt Cali

24
Dec
09

Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

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It was tough to hold off on posting this beauty of a mix by crate digger Russel Fong and DJ Matt Cali, but I promised myself I’d wait ’til Christmas Eve. Lucky for y’all, it’s here!

Both Russel and Matt have a knack for splicing old school treats with modern flavor, which is evident on this holiday-themed mix. Listen as Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means To Me” and Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” flow between cheerful samples and jingling bells. Also featured on the tape are jams from Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and more.

As Matt explains it:

Russel and I were on the phone together discussing some upcoming themes for new mixtapes and we both expressed are displeasure with corny holiday music. Russel mentioned he had some good old school jams and I had a couple of favorites myself so I fired up the turntables and there you have it.” Russel adds, “We just wanted to keep it short and sweet and play some good holiday jams.” 

Well, they certainly put together an impressive mix. Shouts to both of the fellas for the heads up, click the covers or download link below and spin it for some holiday goodness. Enjoy!

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Download: Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

03
Nov
09

Sample Junkies

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Since I’m a bit under the weather, it’s always nice to get quality stuff in the inbox.

Here’s the second mix from the Sunshine State’s honorable DJ/ turntablist Matt Cali and the Empire State’s musical mastermind/graphic designer Russel Fong, aptly dubbed Sample Junkies due to its nostalgic feel. It’s invigorating, really.

Sample Junkies is a three-part compilation of classic hip-hop samples and breaks mixed fluidly by Cali. Fong has chosen the music of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Dells, David Porter, The Charmels, Michel Gonet, Menahan Street Band, The Jackson 5, Ramp, Ramon Morris, Esther Bryde, 9th Creations, Monk Higgins, Sting, Smilin Billy Suite, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Aretha Franklin, Jack Mayborn,Roy Ayers plus plenty more to serve as the soundtrack to your trip back in time.

I’ve praised the effort of this dope duo before, so expect this mix to impress once again. No track list necessary. True sample heads, this is what you’re fiendin’ for.

Shout to the good homie Matt himself for hooking this up. Spin this tonight and reminisce, Enjoy!

Download: Russell Fong & DJ Matt Cali – Sample Junkies

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14
Oct
09

The Little Green Tape

The Little Green Tape

I love getting music like this in my inbox. It balances out the BS that account for 92.7 % of the e-mails I receive.

Bay area turnablist DJ Matt Cali and New York music guru/graphic designer Russell Fong craftily pieced together The Little Green Tape, an hour-long sonic journey through turntablism, break-beats, and instrumental hip-hop with sprinkles of electro-experimental and funkified rhythms throughout

Broken down into four parts, the duo works together as Cali mixes and scratches the sounds that Fong has expertly chosen. I’d compare it to the works of Double D & Steinksi and DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist in that the samples are hand-picked and spliced for a compelling, non-stop musical onslaught.

Among the laundry-list of sampled artists are Wu-Tang Clan, J Dilla, Mobb Deep, Jake One, The Xecutioners, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Shadow, Lewis Parker, etc.. You get the point, these two don’t play around.

Big thanks to Cali for hitting me up with this. Kick back, get in the zone, and vibe out to The Little Green Tape, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Matt Cali & Russell Fong – The Little Green Tape

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