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RJD2 Releases The Glow Remixes EP as Free Download

Renowned producer/DJ RJD2 and his label Electrical Connections are jump-starting the new year with the release of The Glow Remixes on January 3. The three-track digital EP is now available as a free download exclusively through Bandcamp and includes “The Glow” original music video.

The Glow Remixes features new remixes of “The Glow”, a track from his acclaimed 2010 release, The Colossus. One track comes from Paolo Palazzo, who was selected by fans as the winner of RJD2’s recent remix contest. The Chicago heavyweight DJ duo Flosstradamus also gives the original cut a dancefloor-friendly makeover, while Candy Panther completes the EP with his laid back, mid-tempo club adaptation.

Two new pre-orders available today

RJ’s Electrical Connections is also pleased to announce the new record from The Insane Warrior, We Are The Doorways, coming February 1. Starting today, fans can pre-order the CD or digital version of the album exclusively on Bandcamp. Pre-sale includes an immediate free download of a track from the release, “The Water Wheel.” Another track from the album, “Then You Hear Footsteps” is available for free to all fans.

A strictly instrumental affair, We Are The Doorways was loosely inspired by horror and sci-fi film scores of the 70s and early 80s. At times jazzy, psychedelic and introspective with blissful ambient passages, the record still maintains the attention to groove that RJD2 is known for. Unrestrained, open passages - often without rhythmic elements - recall the work of both Eno and John Carpenter.

In addition, an RJD2 & The Insane Warrior limited edition deluxe package is available for pre-order starting today. Available only on Bandcamp, this special offer includes the We Are the Doorways CD,

RJD2’s 2002-2010 vinyl box set (including Deadringer LP, The Horror EP, Since We Last Spoke LP, and the exclusive Tin Foil Hat EP), The Colossus LP, a signed silkscreen poster, and The Insane Warrior’s We Are The Doorways CD.

About RJD2 and RJ’s Electrical Connections

RJD2's music is a no-format collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop, psychedelia, and kitchen sinkism combining disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world. Born Ramble John Krohn, the innovative producer’s ten-year career reached a turning point in 2009 after he scored the award-winning theme to the hit AMC show, Mad Men. In early 2010, The Colossus became RJ’s Electrical Connections first release, hailed by SPIN as “his finest album since 2002’s instrumental hip-hop classic Deadringer, balancing punchy funk…with soul ballads.” Filter subsequently called Krohn “the real deal, in a world full of one-dimensional derivatives” while Relix deemed The Colossus a “kaleidoscopic album” with “fist-pumping hip-hop tracks and spastic dance numbers that deserve a place on your heavy rotation playlist.”

The Insane Warrior's We Are The Doorways presents yet another unique landmark in the ever growing catalog of RJ's Electrical Connections. 

Check out some RJD2 coverage on The Grateful Web

RJD2 tour dates:
Sat. 1/15/11 - Calgary, AB @ Canada Olympic Plaza w/ Subvert
Sun. 1/16/11 - Stateline, NV @ MontBleu Resort Showroom
Fri. 1/28/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sat. 1/29/11 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ MTHDS, Willdabeast
Thu. 2/10/11- Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
Fri. 2/11/11 - Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
Sat. 2/12/11 - Tallahasse, FL @ The Engine Room

Fri. 3/4/11 - Bozeman, MT @ Rail Jam

Sonny Rollins Book Event: Saxophone Colossus

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins celebrates his 80th birthday this fall, and Saxophone Colossus has been published to mark this occasion and honor his incredibly prolific career. This intimate appreciation combines the images of John Abbott, who as Rollins’ photographer of choice for the past 20 years has captured the saxophonist at home and at work, and the essays of Bob Blumenthal, a jazz critic who has chronicled Rollins and his art for nearly four decades.

Sonny Rollins has been at the center of jazz and its evolution virtually from his birth. Growing up in Harlem in the heyday of swing and coming of age as the first wave of modernists announced their discoveries, he quickly found himself sharing bandstands with his idols and making music of his own that continues to influence and inspire. Saxophone Colossus, named for the 1956 masterpiece of the same title, is Abbott and Blumenthal’s tribute to Rollins’ music and spirit.

John Abbott’s award-winning jazz photography has been featured on more than 250 album and magazine covers. He has been the primary cover photographer for JazzTimes magazine since 2003. Bob Blumenthal is the winner of two Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins Photography by John Abbott Text by Bob Blumenthal
Published by Abrams

Book Signing/Author Event
John Abbott, Bob Blumenthal and Sonny Rollins HIMSELF will be at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca/NYC to sign books and give a talk and slide
show about the new book Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.

Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-5389
Please call the store for event rules and restrictions.

RJD2 Announces Massive Tour in Support of The Colossus

While we wait anxiously for the ever-approaching release of his new record, The Colossus (out January 19th, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections), RJD2 has given fans another reason to rejoice. He will be embarking on a tour of “colossal” proportions! Touring for the majority of January and February, with more dates to follow, RJ will hit the road with a full band, his first such tour since 2008!

RJD2 Tour Dates:

Sat. - Jan. 9 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Sun. - Jan. 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Mon. - Jan. 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater

Tue. - Jan. 12 - Savannah, GA @ Live Wire

Wed. - Jan. 13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

Thu. - Jan. 14 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar

Fri. - Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

Sat. - Jan. 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heavan Room)

Sun. - Jan. 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Mon. - Jan. 18 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews

Tue. - Jan. 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Wed. - Jan. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

Thu. - Jan. 21 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

Fri. - Jan. 22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street

Fri. - Feb. 5 - Columbus, OH @ Sully's Music Diner

Sat. - Feb. 6 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House

Sun. - Feb. 7 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Mon. - Feb. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In

Tue. - Feb. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe

Wed. - Feb. 10 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford

Thu. - Feb. 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas

Fri. - Feb. 12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Sat. - Feb. 13 - Austin, TX @ Emos

Sun. - Feb. 14 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's

Thu. - Feb. 18 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

Fri. - Feb. 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College - Harris Center

Sat. - Feb. 20 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club

RJD2 To Give Away Free Stuff Every Week Until The Colossus Hits Stores in 2010

This morning RJD2 took to his website to announce that he will be giving away free records, MP3s, and more each Monday from now through the release of his forthcoming full length, The Colossus, on January 19th, 2010.

It all kicks off with a giveaway of a super rare vinyl test pressing of "The Horror" EP, originally released in 2003 on Definitive Jux records and in line to be reissued on November 17th via RJ’s newly formed label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, now home to nearly all things RJD2 past and present.

So far this year has seen the re-release of 2001’s Your Face or Your Knee Caps on August 18th and a limited edition box set entitled RJD2 2002-2010, out last week. A strictly vinyl affair, the box set includes full length LP versions of Deadringer, "The Horror" EP (first time on vinyl!), Since We Last Spoke, "Tin Foil Hat" EP (a brand new EP of 7 unreleased songs), a hand silk screened, signed and numbered poster, a download card for the box set content, plus a beautifully printed box.  Additionally, a space will be left in the box for The Third Hand LP released on XL Recordings in 2007 and a space for The Colossus.

"The Horror" is just one of three reissues to hit stores next month – the other two being 2002’s Deadringer, out November 3rd and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, also out on November 17th.

And of course topping it all off is RJD2’s new album, The Colossus, to be released on January 19th. Only time will tell what additional prizes he has up his sleeve. Until then, read RJD2’s note and enter for a chance to win here.

RJD2 Releases New Album, The Colossus, Jan. 19, 2010

Whether it be releasing albums on labels including Definitive Jux, XL, Fondle ‘Em, Eastern Conference, or now his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, producing music by Diverse, Acelayone, and Dice Raw, remixing artists including Massive Attack, Mos Def, Fallout Boy, Cannibal Ox, Booker T, Polyphonic Spree, or releasing albums as Soul Position, RJD2 (aka RJ or Ramble Krohn) has been remarkably inventive and productive in creating music throughout his ten year career. And of course, this doesn’t include the work RJ has done for various television shows, including CSI, and Mad Men (for which he won his first award, ASCAP’s Best TV Theme), films, including Wimbledon and Freedomland, and commercials for brands including Saturn, ESPN, Lion’s Gate, Levi’s, Nike, and more. Throughout this constant influx of studio work, RJ has toured the world and traversed the continental US yearly, most recently with a full band. No matter the outlet throughout this decade, the goal for RJD2 has always been the same – to make a piece of music that is going to hopefully rearrange one’s brain, or at least provide some relief from real life for a moment or two. With his newest album, The Colossus, RJD2 manages to do it once again, perpetually looking forward with a clear reverence for the past.

The Colossus is RJD2’s fourth album, and the first he’ll release on his own label. In addition to re-acquiring the master recordings of his Definitive Jux catalog in its entirety and re-releasing them, this new label marks a huge step for RJ as being completely independent and working on his own terms, artistically and business-wise.

As RJ’s last album, The Third Hand, was his first truly solo album, with no guest performances whatsoever and very little sampling, he decided to move in the opposite direction on The Colossus and create an album that is as collaborative as possible, while also being an “overview” of all the different types of working approaches RJ has used over the years. Some songs are strictly sample-based; some are live; some songs are completely instrumental while others are vocal songs, some featuring guest vocalists, with RJ taking on the duty in others; he brought a few rappers on board, as well. It was all tracked at the same time and in the same place, which gives the album a cohesive feel, but it also manages to retain the diversity throughout that has become a trademark for RJD2. The Colossus features Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange), Kenna (Star Trak, VA Beach), Aaron Livingston (The Roots’ Guns Are Drawn), Columbus MC’s The Catalyst, Illogic, NP, and a slew of instrumentalists. Additionally, it marks RJ’s debut behind the drum kit.

The Colossus, out January 19, 2010 on RJ’s Electrical Connections, is RJD2’s most sonically lush and varied record he’s ever created. It is a kaleidoscopic look forward, as well as back.

Tracklisting:

01. Let There Be Horns

02. Games You Can Win (Featuring Kenna)

03. Giant Squid

04. Salud 2

05. The Glow

06. A Spaceship For Now

07. The Shining Path (Featuring Phonte Coleman)

08. Crumbs Off The Table (Featuring Aaron Livingston)

09. A Son’s Cycle (Featuring The Catalyst, Illogic, and NP)

10. Tin Flower (Featuring Heather Fortune)

11. Small Plans

12. Gypsy Caravan

13. The Stranger

14. Walk With Me