Label » [BNB 056] DJ Zeph - Batidas Latinas: DJ Edits Vol. 1
[BNB 056] DJ Zeph - Batidas Latinas: DJ Edits Vol. 1
After the success of DJ Zeph's "Batidas Latinas" mix CD released last summer, Breakin Bread were inundated with queries about how to get unmixed versions of the tracks that Zeph had composed.
These two EP's are the result of all that attention. Special DJ Edits of 13 of the most popular and dancefloor friendly tracks.
Latin samples, hip hop beats, vocals from some of the best loved rap lyricists from recent years. What more could you want? The perfect sounds for the summer! This is sure to become the soundtrack to many a barbecue and festival.
Cali based producer and b-boy DJ Zeph has found the perfect blends but this isn't straight mash up business. More like making new art from recycled materials. He seamlessly matches traditional latin with hip hop beats both old and new giving a whole new twist and vibe to the older tracks. He also throws in some of the new latin made by people like Quantic, Antibalas and Breakin Breads very own Color Climax.
Classic rhymes from the likes of KRS One, Too Short, Lauren Hill, Jay Z and Missy Elliot blend with latin stalwarts including Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon and Sergio Mendes.
Zeph's compositions take you on a ride thru beats, rhymes, rhythms and pure flavour. Latin songs are dropped over hop hop beats, raps are dropped over latin numbers. Watch out for the vocal drops that only a hip hop DJ with a proper feel for the clubs could come up with. All tempos and styles are covered on these EP's.
There's some traditional latin styles next to some heavy drums action some deeper tropical percussion sounds next to some guaranteed floor filling disco action, as well as giving the b-boys some action with perfect breaks for the circle.
- Ladies and Gentlemen (feat. Hector Lavoe & Senior Coconut)
- Floorwax Mezcla (feat. Raashan Ahmad & Antibalas)
- Discoteca Plastica (feat. Reuben Blades & Jurassic 5)
- Cuidado Muchachos (feat. Lauryn Hill)
- Music Shots (feat. Missy Elliot)
- Dinero En (feat. Ray Luv & Ugly Duckling) (DJ Raw B Remix)
DJ Zeph has been a tenacious disciple of music since the early eighties. In his hometown of Santa Cruz he jumped feet first into hip hop culture as part of a local breakdancing crew called the "Atomic Rockers." Ears predominated over feet and Zeph found himself increasingly interested by what was going on behind the tables. In 1982 the esteemed dj and producer Kutmasta Kurt took him under his wing and showed him the ins and outs of mixing, scratching, and selecting.
DJ Zeph records have been dropped at the Breakin Bread club nights since he released his self titled debut album on Wide Hive records back in 2001. Zeph went on from that release to do remixes and scratches for the likes of Z-Trip and J Dub before dropping his second album "Sunset Scavenger" in 2004 and collaborating with rapper Azeem on the album "Rise Up" released on Om in 2007. Despite this prolific output the Breakin Bread Crew felt Zeph was not properly recognised in the UK and started looking for a project that could be released on Breakin Bread. This mix CD is the result.
There's been a latin revival in the UK in the past 5 years with labels like Jazzman and Soundway re-issuing classic and obscure latin tracks from yesteryear and DJ crews like Sofrito hosting illegal latin warehouse parties in London. Quantic and a crew of similar thinking Brighton based heads also stared producing some new latin based tracks before Quantic took it to a whole nother level by moving to Colombia and starting a latin version of the Quantic Soul Orchestra. DJ Zeph is also coming from another angle. Cali was once part of Mexico and Zeph has always been aware of the States latin roots and been drawn to the music and how the drums in particular related to soul, funk and thus hip hop beats.
You can check DJ Zeph at www.myspace.com/djzeph