We were shocked by the sudden passing of DJ Rashad, a true innovator who inspired many of our DJs with incredible productions and a huge night here at Goodgod.
Some of our fave DJs have come together to pay tribute this Friday night, with proceeds going to Rashad’s family. And in the lead-up, they’ve put together their fave DJ Rashad tracks.
Whilst his more soulful joints like ‘Feelin’ give me the same vibe as hearing those early to mid-90’s jungle records that have defined so much of the music I love ever since (and with his untimely loss are the ones I play over and over), it’s this tune that really shook me to the core. Alongside his remix of Addison Groove’s “I go Boom” for 50 Weapons, these records are not only ultimate bangers but once you go deeper in to them, you see a real thoughtful quality to how everything has been put together. I firmly believe these records launched Rashad so ahead of the game, that he stood out on his own at that point. Not denying what his crew were doing as they are all super talented but for me, this was and still is truly groundbreaking stuff. The debilitatingly pounding bleeps that push the unrelenting bass & half time snares with all sonics pointing, gun in hand to the fact that we are hearing a person who ‘does not give a fuck’. Add in the switch up to a roll out and then again that classic jungle inspiration (for me anyway) comes in with pads. WHAT! The record sounds so lethal that you as a listener are part of it. Music has the power to instil emotions and this record does that. Albeit dark as ever, it strikes right to the core. If I was a boxer, I’d walk in to the ring listening to this. Any opponent would never have a chance.
Special note to Ashes 57 who captures the vibe brilliantly in the film clip.
With records like this, Rashad put his talent in to the stratosphere and is why his talent needs to be celebrated, explored and acknowledged.
His use of Stevie Wonder’s You Will Know ( taken from Stevie’s 1987 album, Characters) is absolutely brilliant and tugs at my heart strings every time I hear it. Stevie Wonders is one of those all time greats of mine and to hear this flipped the way it has just blows my mind. Dj Rashad had so much to offer and really thought more about the meaning of his samples and the effect it has on the dancefloor. As a producer he was on top of his game and was really making his mark on the music world and had so much to offer to the scene.
He will be very much missed but will live strong through his music.
It’s so hard to just choose one favourite DJ Rashad track as pretty much every ghetto set I’ve played over the years has featured his songs. “In Da Club Before Eleven O’ Clock” stands out, as not only is it one of my most played tracks, but it highlights what I love about Rashad. He always had the ability to take a raw, sometimes provocative vocal and make it sit so nicely alongside beautiful synth and instrumental sounds. RIP Rashad, you will be missed.
Oldie but a goodie. One of the first Rashad beats I came across. Great Mike Jones sample.