Nickodemus – Endangered Species

You know what Hip Hop?  You’re really disappointing me right now.  I mean, when was the last time a truely awesome album dropped?  Sure Kanye’s new album is good and he’s got a superb tour going on from what I hear, but it’s starting to look like you’re starting to lose ground.  Not that I blame you…you’ve had a good run.  We all had a good time together…remember that pool party in Manhatttan Beach in 93?  The good times we had in the eighties?  Even the jiggy era!

Now that I think about it, my booty call House Music hasn’t done much for me either.  Sure, she makes a good appearance from time to time…but she’s kind of flakey.

But, I’m afraid we’ve grown apart.   It’s not you…it’s me.  I need something more….and I’ve met someone new.

No it wasn’t on Ashley Madison.

Her name is Midtempo and she’s a really cool genre.  In fact, one of the best purveyors of the scene is a nice kid from New York named Nickodemus , and if you check out his first full length album ‘Endangered Species,” you’ll see what I mean.

Nickodemus came up from the burbs, riding the wave one catches after getting a first set of turntables.  He spent years honing his craft and playing numerous clubs like Giant Step before setting up his own gigs with other musicians and friends.  The driving force behind their nights was a complete abandonment of a single musical style or genre.  You would hear Drum and Bass alongside Rare Groove, Dub right next to African rhythms with live musicians…and it was this genre bending atmosphere that shaped Nickodemus and his musical tastes.

He and his compatriot Mariano founded the world famous club Turntables on the Hudson in 1998, which took place on the Chelsea Pier, and have been rocking the party ever since.  The thing about their dance parties is that you won’t hear anything you recognize…but you won’t care.

Unless you’re one of those people who can’t dance unless they know the song.

Which brings up a good point.  What’s up with those people?

I run into them at gigs all the time, and no matter how freaking awesome a track you throw down, they refuse to dance unless it’s something they know from the radio. Then again, these are the same folks that will walk up to world famous DJs at a club to make requests for the new Fergie song, so I guess that tells you right there.

So to revise…this is music for the more adventurous of the bunch.

Hip Hop usually occupies the 90-100 BPM range…House and electronic, around 120-130.  Midtempo hangs around the 106-118 neighborhood and it’s a pretty groovy place to be. So if you’re looking for something that isn’t hip hop and not as fast as electronic or house…look no further.



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