Diplo recently stopped by the Boiler Room’s London headquarters to drop a DJ set.
The Mad Decent boss’ hour-long performance featured tracks from African and Brazilian artists, alongside club favorites like Drake, Migos, and Cardi B. Diplo also threw in tracks from his groups Major Lazer and Silk City, his collaboration with Mark Ronson.
Tracklist (according to 1001Tracklists.com):
1. Aero Manyelo – Tshunga
2. Daft Punk – Emotion – DJ Mauboussin Bootleg
3. Mr. Eazi – Leg Over – Major Lazer Dub
4. Davido – Skelewu – Major Lazer & Wiwek Remix
5. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MO – Cold Water – ID Remix
6. Olamide – Science Student
7. DJ Mujava – Township Funk – Ashley Beedle Africanz On Marz Re-Edit
8. Kelis – Milkshake – Kandy Remix
9. Jay R Neutron – Know Me
10. Michael Brun – Jalouzi
11. Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, & Quavo – Know No Better
12. Babes Wodumo ft. Mampintsha & Danger – Umngan’wami
13. Bhizer ft. Busiswa, SC Gorna, & Bhepepe – Gobisiqolo
14. Babes Wodumo ft. Mampintsha – Wololo
15. MHD – Afro Trap Pt. 8 (Never) – ID Remix
16. ID – ID
17. Migos & Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee
18. Drake ft. Rihanna – Too Good – Liam Keegan Remix
19. Gama – Everybody Ready
20. SOPHIE – MSMSMSM
21. MC Neguinho do ITR – Popotao Grandao
22. MC Rafa Original, MC Taliba, & DJ P7 – No Beco
23. Major Lazer ft. The Partysquad – Original Don – ID Remix
24. Anitta, MC Zaac, & Maejor ft. Tropkillaz & DJ Yuri Martins – Vai Malandra
25. FlipN’Gawd – Brazilian Wax
26. MC Fioti, Future, J Balvin, Stefflon Don, & Juan Magan – Bum Bum Tam Tam
27. Migos – Narcos
28. Cardi B – Money Bag – Lazy Flow Afro Funk Edit
29. Migos – T-Shirt
30. ID – ID
31. Benga & Coki – Night
32. Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody
33. ID – ID
34. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – La Vela (Prende La Vela)
35. Orlando Voorn – In Da Jungle – Chocolate Puma Remix
36. ID – ID
37. Afrojack & Quinten De Rosario ft. Jessie K – Bald ‘N’ Hairy
38. Jude & Frank ft. Toto la Momposina – La Luna – ID Remix
39. ID – ID
40. Karismae – ID
41. Silk City ft. Daniel Merriweather – Only Can Get Better
Australian DJ/producer Nina Las Vegas recently made her debut on the Boiler Room. Her hour-long performance, which took place in Melbourne, Australia, featured an eclectic mix of forward-thinking club music.
In February, Nina served as a judge at the Red Bull Music 3Style World Finals VIII in Poland.
Watch her Boiler Room set above.
Invisibl Skratch Piklz perform on the Boiler Room in Oakland, California. (Photo credit: Tone Def)
The Boiler Room took a break from their usual electronic and hip-hop acts to host a turntablism party on Tuesday night. The show, which went down in Oakland, California, featured sets from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, J. Espinosa, and Great Dane. Representing the ISP were DJ QBert, D-Styles, and DJ Shortkut.
The night was kicked off by Great Dane, a member of the influential Team Supreme production crew. The Fullerton, California native put down 45 minutes of trap and future bass.
J. Espinosa, the 2015 Red Bull 3Style US champion, followed with an epic set of Bay Area hip-hop and turntablism. The crowd loved it, and so did Cut Chemist, who performed after Espinosa.
“That’s a tough act to follow,” the Jurassic 5 member told the crowd when he took over the turntables. As one fan on Twitter put it, “I’ll never hear Bay classics the same way after hearing what J. Espinosa did to [them]…”
Cut Chemist lived up to his name by dropping a creative and technical performance using both turntables and CDJs. His set included hip-hop, breakbeats, African music, and a guest performance from Blackalicious rapper Gift of Gab. It was the perfect segue into the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, who took the crowd to outer space and beyond.
Watch the entire show below.
On Tuesday, the Boiler Room London hosted Craze, a three-time DMC World Champion, and Jon1st, the 2013 DMC Online World Champion. The event, which was their debut on the show, was intended to put a spotlight on the art of turntablism.
Jon1st opened with an hour of drum and bass and glitch-heavy tracks, while Craze dropped an hour of hip-hop and bass music, including his usual critique of modern DJ culture.
Watch both of their performances above (Craze’s begins around the 1:01:10 mark).
In January, the Boiler Room hosted its debut show in Philadelphia for the last stop of their “What’s Brewing” series with Budweiser. Naturally, they summoned Philly’s own, DJ Jazzy Jeff, to showcase what’s going on in the City of Brotherly Love.
In his two-hour set, Jeff bounced through genres, from hip-hop and reggae to rock. The iconic DJ threw down various techniques, including scratching and juggling. He also played classic tracks as lead-ins to the songs that sampled them. Fans in attendance were treated to a unique experience, getting to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the legend.
The set was originally uploaded with performances from additional artists, but the audio was out of sync with the video. However, Boiler Room has now uploaded a corrected version of Jeff’s set, which you can watch above.
A-Trak began his recent Boiler Room set in New York by asking the audience, “who wants me to do some different shit tonight?” The crowd screamed, and the Fool’s Gold boss proceeded to throw down a turntablist-friendly performance of mostly hip-hop and trap. His entire set was weaved together with creative scratches, juggles, and tone plays, making it one of the most technical performances we’ve seen from him in a while.
It should be noted that, while A-Trak has achieved fame by producing house anthems and playing at festivals, he hasn’t abandoned his turntablist roots. He could easily ignore the technical side of DJing and still be successful, but he chooses to integrate turntablism into his sets on a regular basis. And though A-Trak is praised by the open-format and turntablist communities for his technical ability, his dedication to advancing and promoting the culture should be applauded, too.
Watch below and take notes.
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