DJ Chela (NYC) In The Studio for Episode #84 (December 21, 2010)

A photo from DJ Chela‘s guest set on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
jed and lucia – painted stars refix (ubiquity)
karlmarx – mists (melting pot)
mike gao – loving night (all city)
musiq – dontstop featuring bilal (def soul)
j. roc – we good (
mf doom – deep fried frenz (rhymesayers)
ta-ku – sylvia (paperchain)
krystal klear – boogie wan (all city)
bilal – lost my mind (plug research)
onra – the perfect match (brownswood)

DJ Chela’s Set
dj center – yes! featuring zaki ibrahim (push the fader)
bocafloja – legado remix (quilomboarte)
blitz the ambassador – breathe featuring rob murat (alala)
pharoahe monch – shine featuring mela machinko (war/duck down)
red astaire – follow me (g.a.m.m.)
stacy epps – floatin (brownswood)
jay electronica – the announcement (featuring john f. kennedy) (mixtape)
ursula rucker – feel me (noizeyboy / soulspazm)
surya – green tara mantra (benevolent)
homeboy sandman – angels with dirty faces (highwater)
reflection eternal – back again featuring res (blacksmith)
youngblood brass band – pastime paradise (big band)
hot 8 brass band – it’s real (tru thoughts)
cee lo green – i want you (elektra)
pure p – human nature (retouch) (g.a.m.m.)
miguel – all i want is you (feat. j. cole) (jive/sony)
ursula rucker – so what? (noizeyboy/soulspazm)
j. period and nneka – walking (j. period remix) featuring jay electronica (mixtape)
wyclef jean – sang fezi (columbia)
j-live – home or away (triple threat)
awkword – imperialism (feat. c-rayz walz & reks) (sub city)
mark ronson and the business intl. – bang bang bang (rca)
erykah badu – love (universal motown)
dj vadim – beautiful ft. yarah bravo (101 distribution)

DJ Chela (NYC) On The Main Ingredient 12/21!

DJ Chela is going to come by The Main Ingredient Monday night to play a guest set!
(DJ Chela on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace. Her site.)

DJ Chela’s Bio:

DJ Chela is the DJ for the next generation, representing her values and music with passion. Since her beginnings in 2002, she has performed on three continents, branding her name in everything from radio, clubs, mixtapes, battles and live shows to political activism. Out of her legwork she has birthed a movement all her own: the New Girl Order, embracing the new possibilities for our world when Women’s voices have an undeniable and respected presence in Hip Hop and society as a whole.

Spending her formative years between Durham, NC and Nicaragua, Chela saw a lot of the world and from a young age dedicated her life to a global movement for social justice. During this time she also became impassioned by music and in ‘93 learned to play the guitar, writing and performing original songs. In 1998, living in Oberlin, Ohio, she fell in love with DJing and after several years gathered the experience and courage to take it on. Later in Durham she worked alongside the Reggae sound system TNT Sound and turntablism pioneer DJ Soundmachine, honing her skills.

Today, her live sets are a dynamic synthesis of Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae, Latin rhythms, Rock and Pop to classic funk and soul, and have secured her gigs everywhere from New York, Miami, DC, Philadelphia, to Caracas, Venezuela. Chela’s recent mixtape releases “Chela for President,” “Embedded Reporter: Live from the Front Line,” and “High Treason” have helped her to establish a unique style all her own in mixtapes: revolutionary themes combined with scratch production, mixing and original blends, with a focus on showcasing emerging artists.

In 2005 she earned the nomination for “Best Female Mixtape DJ” at the Justo’s Mixtape Awards, as well as the prestigious induction into both Justo Faison’s Justo’s Mixtape Allstars and the elite all-female Hip Hop movement the Murda Mamis. DJ Chela hosts and mixes the weekly radio program “New Girl Order Radio” at Duke University’s WXDU, and was recently selected as one of the “Top 10 most influential College DJs” by Urban Network Magazine. She has been featured in The Source, Mixtape Magazine, Ozone Magazine, Down Magazine, and graced the front page of her hometown papers numerous times. Chela has worked alongside revolutionary MC Immortal Technique as his DJ, and has opened up for such artists as Remy Martin, Rah Digga, Talib Kweli, dead prez, Saigon, and KRS ONE, also sharing the turntables with legends Luv Bug Starski, DJ Showtime, DJ Envy, and many others.

Beyond the realm of DJing, Chela is also a singer/songwriter, visual artist, Reiki master and aspiring fashion designer, possessing an artillery of hidden talents she promises the world will bear witness to in time. With a style and charisma that rivals her DJ skills, backed with a passionate commitment to social justice, Chela is emerging as an unstoppable young star with authenticity, originality and depth. In 2006 and beyond, as she continues to drop mixtapes, travel, perform and speak, the New Girl Order is on its way.

What others are saying about DJ Chela:

“Chela is a true conduit of information and definitely a stop on the Underground Railroad.”
– M1 of dead prez

“Chela is as essential to Hip Hop’s Political scene as some of the dope records she spins that are found in her crates. Chela redefines beef by not battling other emcees and deejays, but instead she stays bringing crazy heat to this oppressive system.”
– Davey D,

“Chela is the hottest female DJ in the country.”
– Saigon

“When I heard her muppet/chop combos, I knew Chela was no joke.”
– DJ Soundmachine

I have by no means heard every album that came out this year (or even every album relevant to the music I like), but I have heard quite a few and here are my favorites:

1. Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle (BBE)
2. Oddisee – Odd Spring (Oddisee Music)
3. B.Lewis – La Semaine (Self-Released)
4. The Stuyvesants – Brooklyn’s Finest (SD)
5. The Roots – How I Got Over (Def Jam)
6. Bonobo – Black Sands (Ninja Tune)
7. Onra – Long Distance (All City)
8. Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge (Plug Research)
9. Benny Tones – Chrysalis (Every Waking Hour/Wonderful Noise)
10. Quadron – Quadron (Plug Research)
11. Hi-Hat Club Vol. 4 – Chopshop (Melting Pot)

How times change…I only have one of these albums on CD (four are digital-only releases). If any of the labels listed want to send me a CD as a thank you for supporting, please do!

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1. Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle (more info)
Label: BBE (London)
Release Date: July 19, 2010

2. Oddisee – Odd Spring (more info)
Label: Oddisee Music (Maryland/Brooklyn)
Release Date: May 11, 2010

3. B.Lewis – La Semaine (more info)
Label: Self-Released (Northern California)
Release Date: September 8, 2010

4. The Stuyvesants – Brooklyn’s Finest (more info)
Label: SD (Brooklyn)
Release Date: June 1, 2010

5. The Roots – How I Got Over (more info)
Label: Def Jam
Release Date: June 21, 2010

6. Bonobo – Black Sands (more info)
Label: Ninja Tune (London, Montreal)
Release Date: March 29, 2010

7. Onra – Long Distance (more info)
Label: All City Records (Dublin)
Release Date: May 17, 2010

8. Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge (more info)
Label: Plug Research (Los Angeles)
Release Date: September 14, 2010

9. Benny Tones – Chrysalis (more info)
Label: Every Waking Hour (New Zealand), Wonderful Noise (Japan), Not Available In The U.S.
Release Date: May 23, 2010

10. Quadron – Quadron (more info)
Label: Plug Research (Los Angeles)
Release Date: March 23, 2010

11. Hi-Hat Club Vol. 4 – Chopshop (more info)
Label: Melting Pot Music (Cologne, Germany)
Release Date: May 14, 2010

The Main Ingredient Episode #83 (December 14, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #83 (December 14, 2010)
j dilla / jay dee – the $ (madlib remix) (stones throw)
freddie joachim – what a woman really needs (melloworange)
stik figa – bucket (oddisee)
n6el – this is not a love song (stereoptico)
iman williams – float away (feat. porsche smith) (
invincible – 16 bars (produced by astronote) (mixtape)
mux mool – wolf tone symphony (paul white remix) (ghostly) – possessions (bbe)
floating points ensemble – post suite (ninja tune)
fid mella – ready (melting pot)
amerie – talkin’ about (columbia)
opolopo – the singularity (tokyo dawn)
dinner at the thompson’s – how can i? (earth at work)
mark de clive-lowe – blueberries (
kelis – 80’s joint (rca/jive)
flako – the awful dynne (kwatro)
francis and the lights – knees to the floor (cantora)
kyrstal klear – tried for your love (hudson mohawke rework) (all city)
barry styles – soul man (unfold)
bonobo – 1009 (ninja tune)
mulatu astatke – yekermo sew (te’amir remix) (mochilla/vtech)
jr and ph7 – hustle and flow (feat. oddisee and olivier daysoul) (soulspazm/foundation)
benny tones – fire fly (feat. mara tk) (wonderful noise)
brenk – anutha journey (melting pot)
body language – you can (
the clonious – one at a time (feat. muhsinah) (ubiquity)
bilal – move on (plug research)
milosh – the city (plug research)
jamie lidell – she needs me (warp)
nitin sawhney – tides (bbe)
dwilt sharp – i need you close (parts 1 & 2 edit feat. lorette fleur) (gas’d)
spacek – how (island)
raekwon – canal street (ice h2o/emi)
hypnotic brass ensemble – spottie (choice cuts)

The Main Ingredient Episode #82 (December 7, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #82 (December 7, 2010)
little beaver – party down – part 1 (cat)
king floyd – i feel like dynamite (chimneyville)
sugar billy – super duper love part 1 (are you diggin’ on me) (fast track)
four tops – are you man enough (dunhill/abc)
bobby bland – i wouldn’t treat a dog (the way you treated me) (dunhill/abc)
consumer rapport – go on with your bad self (wing and a prayer)
ripple – i don’t know what it is but it sure it funky (grc)
barry white – just a little more baby (20th century fox)
commodores – cebu (motown)
hot – just cause i’m guilty (big tree)
eddie kendricks – shoeshine boy (motown)
the controllers – the people want music (juhna)
rose royce – i’m going down (mca)
marvin gaye – come get to this (tamla)
b.b. king – up at 5 am (abc)
sharon paige – hope that we can be together soon (philadelphia international)
the 5th dimension – love hangover (abc)
joe quarterman & free soul – (i got) so much trouble in my mind pt. 2 (gsf)
parliment – presence of a brain (casablanca)
bobby womack – nobody wants you when you’re down and out (united artist)
johnny bristol – do it to my mind (atlantic)
act 1 – goodbye love (we’re through) (spring)
curtis mayfield – right on for the darkness (curtom)
maze – time is in my side (feat. frankie beverly) (capitol)
the tymes – it’s cool (long version) (rca)
the stylistics – hey girl, come and get it (avco)
tavares – too late (capitol)
the ebonys – making love ain’t no fun (with out the one you love) part 1 (buddah)
earth, wind & fire – departure (columbia)
aretha franklin – angel (atlantic)
bill withers – make a smile for me (sussex)
bobby caldwell – open your eyes (clouds)
switch – there’ll never be (gordy)
curtis mayfield – so in love (curtom)