We’re painfully aware of the costly international shipping charges from US so we’re very happy to have made deals with Juno Records in UK and Delic Records in Japan to make Lesson 4 less expensive for our distant fans. The first box to Juno sold out immediately so we had to rush a second box!
Happy Halloween! And what a perfect day to make this announcement:
Lesson 4 : The Video is now live on YouTube!
Lesson 4: The Beat has been given a trippy treatment by Timezone LaFontaine in an 11+ minute animation depicting your hip hop heroes in a trek across the continent in the flying orange VW Beetle named Chiclets with giant roof speakers blaring the warnings about the evil BEAT.
I suggest you take time to appreciate the details and hidden items woven through the psychedelic piece. I’ve been staring at it over the past year while sound designing it and I still find new bits I haven’t noticed before.
We’re planning on an interview with Timezone in the near future so we can learn about some of his fascinating techniques especially the use of neural networks. He's also a musician who makes some intriguing, colorful and very original music and can be heard on his Bandcamp page.
Needless to say we are beyond excited about Timezone’s interpretation of our latest Lesson and hope it excites you too.
And don't forget - New! 12" vinyl Lesson 4: The Beat now available! Special limited pressing at ddski.com/store.
We’re happy to announce JUNO Records in UK has picked up some copies of Lesson 4 vinyl for sale to the European market. Shipping from US to UK is ridiculously expensive and we realize it’s been a barrier for some people. Hopefully this will help get this record in the hands of more of our fans.
The first batch sold out quickly, and as of now these are still in stock. As you already know, this is very limited pressing. Get it before it’s gone:
Please let us know how it works out for you, tag us on social media @DDSTEINSKI or use the Contact form.
Hey all, just a quick note that Steinski’s legendary mix from 2003 Nothing To Fear is now available on our Bandcamp page -
Nothing To Fear originally aired on Coldcut's Solid Steel BBC radio show, and is newly remastered in 2019.
Steinski the man, the DJ, The remixer, The Producer, the legend has laid down a masterpiece of mixing history here that covers genres that few DJs could even understand yet alone mix, edit and morph into workable pieces for this tapestry of sheer ART. Just the intro alone spans more complex arrangements and clever mixing tricks than many a pro could even come close to matching. The thing is, he doesn't just take records (MP3s to the "new" DJ's) and mix them together to create a "blend" Steinski takes fragments of sound, music, voice snips and "twists" them to carefully and meticulously make them "fit" into his vision for this mastermix.
Freddy Fresh author of Freddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records
The time has arrived! We’ve been sitting on this for months waiting for the records to arrive. Now we can finally announce our special limited pressing of Lesson 4: The Beat.
This is a private pressing that we're selling exclusively from our website for as long as supply lasts. This also marks the vinyl debut of ADA, who's been along for the ride handling turntable and production duties on several of the featured tracks.
We opened up shop early to our mailing list subscribers, and now we’re overjoyed to make it available to anyone who missed out on the first round.
Aside from the main mix of Lesson 4: The Beat, this beautiful 12" includes tracks never before pressed to vinyl: This Music, What’s The Angle, Realm Of The Jezebel Spirit, Bonus Beats, a special Dub Mix and more!
Lesson 4: The Beat 12” vinyl is available right now exclusively from our store here: ddski.com/store
Order yours now, don't delay! If past history is any indication, this is destined to become a hot collector’s item once it’s sold out.
***Also watch for coming announcements about the new Rarities Vinyl Shop very soon.
Sorry we’ve been quiet so long! We have been busy behind the scenes and good things take time.
First big news is we are creating a vinyl shop right here on this site! We’ve got some special limited edition items and collectibles that will only be available here. We’ll be notifying our fans by email so be sure to sign up using the Contact page. That way you’ll get a chance at limited vinyl before the general public!
Jazz is a remix of Afrika Bambaata and the Jazzy 5’s Jazzy Sensation from 1998 and marked our return after a 13 year break. It was released only on special promos to cd and vinyl and has been remastered for its first digital appearance.
Jazz was the first Double Dee and Steinski mix done using Pro Tools, version 4 to be exact, and so it was our first digitally produced piece. And it was the first time Steinski had hands on the controls for one of our mixes. To this day it sits at the top of our favorite tracks!
Voice Mail/Sugarhill Suite is our take on remixing some favorite hits from the Sugarhill catalog. A UK release that didn’t make it to vinyl it was only released on cd and has been a forgotten track until now! Also newly remastered.
Voice Mail was done the year after Jazz and by now I was up to speed using Pro Tools so Steinski and I were each working alone in our spare time and sending the work in progress back and forth until we were happy with it. The final mix was done at McBone Studios in NYC directly across the street from Irving Plaza where we later performed at sold out shows opening for DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Coldcut.
The big deal is we snagged legendary DJ Cut Chemist to add his signature scratching to the mix and of course his performance was stellar! Also adding bass is Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker. Again this is another of our top tracks, lots of fun voice bites and of course the Sugarhill hits that are unforgettable.
Remastered from the original masters, both are now available at Bandcamp right now so go get 'em!
And stay tuned for more exciting vinyl news very soon!
I’d like to make a quick mention of the highly talented artist who is contributing his precious time to create an original animated piece to accompany Lesson 4: The Beat - Timezone LaFontaine!
In the near future there will be an article going more in depth and showcasing some clips of the upcoming work. It’s around half done and it’s looking spectacular!
Timezone LaFontaine also has his own music thing going on at his Bandcamp page, I highly recommend his work!
The cover artwork being used on the EP and single versions of the tracks are grabs taken from the animated work in progress that he’s so generously given us to use as we see fit. Thanks Timezone!