You may know RJD2, electronic music and hip hop producer, from his numerous commercial placements with song "Ghostwriter". And if you don't know him from that, I have a feeling I know where you do know him from. "Ghostwriter" is a great song. In fact the entire album, Deadringer, is great. That said, I'm definitely partial to this track.
I believe I first heard this stuff mid-college time. I'm sure it was Ali who introduced me. She may have even put this track on a mix. There's something so perfect and expert about the way RJD2 (aka Ramble John--note to self: name children "Ramble") mixes and mashes his beats and sounds: A dash of old funk, a pinch of a soul vocal and a base of the new. Not surprising that this delicate balance between retro and modern is a perfect fit for the Mad Men theme.
Apparently, a few years ago, RJ moved in a new musical direction--toward playing instruments and singing. It's definitely different, but not nessicarily bad. It seems as though he has returned slightly to his older style on his newer record, The Colossus.
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Live in NYC? RJD2 plays The Highline on March 7. Live elsewhere? He's on a major tour now.