Loco Dice's career has become more and more prolific with each passing year. From his early days as a hip-hop rooted DJ, playing support slots to some of the best names of the mid-late 90's era like Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to running his own label, Desolat - alongside Martin Buttrich, he's blossomed, taking over the underground global party scene for five years running now. Yielding techno funk releases from a family of associated artists like Dubfire, Luciano and Livio & Roby and releasing albums from Buttrich, tINI, Guti and himself; you can always feel Dice’s attention to detail and healthy obsession for pushing the envelope of electronic music in the Desolat material.
Alluring us closer to Saturday when he'll be swooping down on Room One for a sell-out show challenging our Martin Audio system until the extended hours of 10am; we asked the Dusseldorf based producer to give us five of his influential tracks and as we (not so secretly) hoped, he's given us a quintessential hip hop selection...
We've also got five signed copies of Dice's Toxic EP, which out now, up for the winning. Simply email us the answer to the following question by 5pm on Friday.
Q: What is the name of Loco Dice's album on Desolat?
The winner will be notified by email.
Afrika Bambaata & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
It all started with this, somehow. It was my connection to techno via Dusseldorf - Kraftwerk - hip hop...
Eric B & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
Rakim is one of the best MCs ever, up until today. ‘I Know You Got Soul’ happened in the era of extensive sampling and cutting. Exciting creative times and this is just one example for few tunes from that time.
Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down
There are no words necessary for PE, I could have picked any song. This is so powerful and loud and the best way to introduce Public Enemy to someone.
NWA - Dope Man
The group that changed hip hop, picking up social issues as a central theme and if you leave guns out, it was almost like a description of the environment of kids of immigrants growing up in Germany. I found an instant connection back then.
Jay Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder
One from today. Undisputed champ of lyrics, beats and business... I'm not totally convinced with today’s hip hop but Jay Z still represents the pure form and old school of hip hop.
Advance tickets for Saturday have now sold out but you can purchase tickets on the door from 11pm.