It’s a reassuring thing when you find out your favourite DJs can produce, and in House Shoes’ case, really damn well. Educated Motor City-rooted Boom Bap productions of the highest calibre… 
For those keeping a close eye, Shoes has had Beats for years. Now he’s curated his first album entirely of entirely his own compositions and a heavyweight cast of collaborators. Let it Go is due out June 19th on the ever-consistent Tres Records. 

House Shoes has always displayed the finest tastes as a DJ and it’s noticeable the man who championed Jay Dee since his earliest Beat tapes has kept up his appetite for supporting the most innovative and important Hip Hop of the current generation (check out Old Klouds by Knxwledge, curated by Shoes). Shoes is also the man responsible for one of the most genius concepts in this modern Hip Hop era-Elzhi’s Will Sessions-backed Illlmatic remake. 
His beats share the same heart, grit and funk as the aforementioned producers, combined with the blatant I don’t give a damn Hip Hop attitude in chopping both the rarest and most recognisable of breaks. It’s a close call between Showbiz & AG vs Shoes & Quelle over the same sample here…Certainly shows the promise of another potentially classic duo.

http://soundcloud.com/tres-records/12-golden-quelle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5jq5adOG70

 

While not prolific in his own output to date, Shoes beats bring about the same level of curiosity as the original Dilla heads of his 90s Detroit generation, such as Waajeed and Ta’raach. His discography to date contains some classic material, whether straightup emcee/producer collaborations or instrumental. The title of the mix is also one of the meanest Curtis Mayfield flips I’ve heard and puts Pete Rock’s version to shame. Get your ears around The Makings parts1 & 2 for a taste of what to come…  

http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/04/house-shoes-the-makings-part-1

http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/05/new-music-house-shoes-the-makings-part-2