I was recently asked who the most slept-on rapper is in Houston right now. The answer is undoubtedly Jax Yohana. I pride myself on having a ton of “I told you so” moments when it comes to Houston music. So far this year, I have amassed moments with Open Source, Lyssa, Mike C, and mark my words when I tell you, Jax Yohana is up next.
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Milli Mars is an artist based in San Antonio, Texas, previously featured Fader, Mishka, Complex, Fox News, Spurs insider and others. He returns with a new video, Class Of 1999. Sponsored by Creep Street and produced by DJ IV.
Much like mixing water and flour, DJ IV mixes hip-hop and soul to create something solid.
Ever hear people talk about how music sounded better on vinyl or cassette? I think it’s more accurate to say music was just better back then, regardless of the medium. What we’ve been missing as music-lovers is that grit, the rawness of sound that goes along with feeling out the textures of a song. Producers are over-processing songs for the sake of digital reception, and it’s a problem.
Enter DJ IV from Houston, TX.
His newest project, “Paper Maché Muscle,” is described as “a hazy, psychedelic mash-up of popular and obscure vocalists, paired with an eclectic blend of manic record chops.” As a lowkey legend in the music game, the CEO of Killem Collective, and a lover of quality music, DJ IV has combined the depth of texture we’re used to hearing in classic hits with the funkiness and vibiness of the new school of hip hop. If you’re a fan of Childish Gambino or Kendrick Lamar, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to appreciate this project. (Also, congrats on the impeccable music taste.)
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+ Music by DJ IV
+ Art work by Dann K Miller
Paper Maché Muscle is a groovy set of spastic ideas, helmed by the Houston native Ichikara Valdez, known by his eponym, DJ IV. His style of sampling, combined with his eclectic taste in music, invite the listener to a world of grit and texture, inhabited by a range of influences from around the globe, with both opposing and complementary elements of sound. “The title of the project comes from the technique of layering used to produce the final sound,” IV explains. “It’s almost the antithesis of a beat tape.” His selection in percussion and rhythm are highlighted by the heritage of sounds in his production.
IV is a musician and producer whose career is structured by growth of his own personal library, which, like his preferences, is built on the genres he knows, but always branching out. An avid crate digger, IV’s collection of records contains artifacts from the iconic artists of every era. His earliest influences, from Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Soul, and Hip-Hop, led him to explore the foreign iteration of these same genres. Paper Maché Muscle reflects this odyssey, presenting the listener with an aesthetic experience analogous to the fully stamped pages of a passport.
“It works together because it came from the same stream of consciousness,” IV says of Paper Maché Muscle, which flows wondrouslydespite the enormous variety in the origin and mood of the sounds. Paper Maché Muscle emerged as a challenge in interpretation and sound design. A lull in collaborative work moved IV to turn inward, and assess the potential he could produce with just his records and his chops. It serves as an introduction: IV’s next solo project, Lead Savage, is already nearing the final stages and production, and it is slated for release summer 2017.
+ by Nayeli Garza
Producer/ DJ Ichikara "IV" Valdez cooks up a hazy, psychedelic mash-up of popular and obscure vocalists, paired with an eclectic blend of manic record chops to create a genre bending mix. Paper thin minimalism is glued together through pop culture references, subliminal messages and an irrefutable funkiness and grit signature to IV's sound.
+ Video by Diego Arrieta
+ Cover rework by Joey Flaco
IATI Louder Than Music interview with DJ IV, hosted by Hope Carter.