When one artist gets the opportunity to play beside another they’ve looked to for inspiration and admired throughout their career, the team at PR knows it needs to be documented. 

This is Essential Cuts, a series where we ask our DJs to share some of their favorite tracks from the artists they’re sharing the booth with. 

Friday, 5.10, Boo Lean opens for dBridge, English drum and bass record producer whose career began during the genre’s conception in the early 1990s. Here’s what she has to say about her idol. 


Friday is a wish that’s been years in the making. Two years ago for my residency at PR, I hit up Sam from ICA to see how we could bring the Exit Records father to The Sound Room. That wish has come to fruition, and I can’t wait to share the decks with the one and only dBridge. 

My reverence for this man and his influence on my ears goes back before I even knew what Drum and Bass was. Back in college in Pittsburgh (which has a strong undercurrent of DnB heads) there was one record shop that carried it all. I remember putting down a needle and my head exploded. Slowing it down to half-speed I could hear space for melodies that I would hum to myself. 

I had no idea what to do with it though, and was too scared to even consider being the person behind the decks. And yet, as the journey goes, here we are! I’m excited to stretch my ears again and open the room in a way that hopefully does ya right.

– Boo Lean

 

Things Change

 

Broken, deep, and smooth at its finest. I am a sucker for vocals that tell you what you already need to know. A clear mantra. Life. Things Change.

 

 

Cat Power – Werewolf – Slick Tapes edit

 

Welp, if anything is going to trigger a portal for me, it’s an edit of Cat Power’s “Werewolf” (Slick Tapes). I think Chan and I share a born-day too, Jan 21, so I tip my hat to dBridge and her on this one. Slithery, hazy, introspective, and a little bit alien, these are some downtempo Aquarius vibes.

Bad Company

 

Classic weaponry always stays sharp. I share this one out of respect for all dBridge brought to Bad Company and original flamers like this. What I love about this track is the humor, or lack of ego, I get from it. It could be a video game soundtrack. The sinister side of Buck Bumble haha. The low end actually carries the speed for me, rolling over potholes and blasted terrain with no fucks given. It’s just fun.