As we continue to count down the days until Friction brings that proper drum & bass smackdown to Uprising this Friday night at the Hollywood Palladium, we thought we’d flip things up a bit and have the Shogun Audio head honcho—and veritable legend on the decks—hit us with a playlist of bits he listens to when he just wants to turn things down a notch and chill.
“I spend most of my life listening to drum & bass music, which I obviously love,” Friction says, “but when it comes to switching off, zoning out, whatever you wanna call it, these are some of my favorite tunes to listen to.”
The Internet “Under Control” (Columbia, 2015)
A slightly more uptempo cut from their Ego Death LP but definitely one of my favorites. This is also one of my favorite LPs to be released in the last year. Proper music!
Kaytranada “At All” (HW&W, 2013)
It seems like everyone’s talking about this guy at the moment but this one from two or three years ago is still a winner for me. It’s a master class in cutting and pitching samples and vocals. Check out his [recently released] album 99.9% as well.
Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle “You & Me” (Flume Remix) (PMR, 2013)
A ridiculously good remix. I was a fan of the original track but this version gives it a completely different vibe. I’m not gonna lie—I’d love to do a D&B mix, though!
Vic Mensa “Down On My Luck” (Virgin, 2013)
Vibe levels on this track so big. Vic Mensa kinda treads the line between spitting bars and singing and it works so well. I’ve always been a big fan of rapping over 4/4 house beats and the beat and vocal on this track work [great] together. Big tune!
J Cole “Wet Dreamz” (Roc Nation, 2014)
Had to put one straight up rap tune on here so went for J Cole. Always been a big fan of how he gets involved in his productions and I love the way he tells a story. He’s in my top three modern day rap artists for sure.