Sam Huber's and Keith Shocklee's NY #1 Available Now
Sam Huber, Finnish Funk superstar and figurehead of the Global Soul Movement, is celebrating the end of his popular tour throughout Finland and Northern Europe with the release of his latest collaboration: a remix EP featuring new versions of Huber's tracks "NY #1" (from 2017's Confused) and "The End of the World" (from 2018's Top of the World), both produced by Public Enemy and Bomb Squad founding member Keith Shocklee.
Given Huber's Nordic background, Shocklee might seem a strange fit as a collaborator but, according to Shocklee himself, kings recognize kings. "When we started Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad," Shocklee says, "we wanted to stand apart from the radio pop of the time. We were always focused on the issues of the day and making sure we kept the music very, very funky. I see that same passion and social awareness in Sam's music and in the way that the whole True Groove team does business. They've shown me that the seeds that PE and The Bomb Squad planted continue to bear fruit today. Sam is the real deal!"
Sam Huber is excited and honored to team up with a living legend of the funk and hip-hop community. "When I was first writing 'End of the World', way before Keith was in the picture, there's a specific lick that was inspired by Public Enemy, so it's no exaggeration to say Shocklee's work influenced these songs from the start. PE is one of my all-time favorite bands and the opportunity to work with a member of the group is a perfect match for the music and a dream come true for me."
It's been a remarkably busy 2018 for Huber: over the past twelve months, in addition to the Shocklee project, he has put out his sophomore album, Top of The World; released an EP of remixes with Bill Laswell titled Radio Friendly Enemy; and played packed live shows across Europe and at NYC's Bitter End.