(Swiped from Pitchfork Media)
Fool's Gold-- the hip-hop/dance boutique label owned and operated by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs-- and Downtown Music-- home of Gnarls Barkley, Art Brut, Justice, Santogold, Mos Def, Spank Rock, and others-- are hardly strangers. After all, Downtown recently snapped up Chicago rapper Kid Sister, who released her first singles through Fool's Gold. But now the two are tighter than ever, as they've announced a joint venture that will see Fool's Gold "housed within the Downtown infrastructure," according to a press release.
Looking at the Fool's Gold release schedule, the new deal means a ton of jams coming your way throughout the summer. Treasure Fingers' "Cross the Dancefloor" single and Kid Cudi's A Kid Named Cudi mixtape are due this month, while Four Color Zach & Pretty Titty's Sing Sing Breaks mix and Sammy Bananas' Braids & Fades EP will emerge in August. There's a Fool's Gold Remixed compilation on the way for September, while Jokers of the Scene's Acid Bagg EP, Nacho Lovers' "Go On" / "Acid Life" single, Bag Raiders' Big Fun EP, and Trackademicks' "Enjoy What You Do" single can be expected before the summer's up.
Meanwile, the label is prepping EPs from Crookers, Congorock, and LA Riots, as well as Malente's I Like It long-player. There's even a free "Mad Fools" party July 20, which features members of both the Fool's Gold and Mad Decent rosters-- Diplo, Santogold, A-Trak, Kid Cudi, Blaqstarr and others-- joining up for a gig at Central Park Summerstage in New York.One Downtown/Fool's Gold release a little further off in the distance is that Kid Sister LP we mentioned above. Though it was initially intended for a June/July release, she's working on it right now. Now called Dream Date (rather than Koko B. Ware), it's due September 23. A recent MySpace blog post finds Kid Sister apologizing profusely as she mentions that a few of her forthcoming tour dates-including her appearance at the Hard Summer festival in L.A. this weekend-- are now off so she can focus on finishing up the disc. She claims to have already worked up ""EIGHT count 'em EIGHT new heaters and lotsa surprises hiding behind every corner! Aww sooky sooky nah! WOOO!", presumably a nod to the disc's tasteful, low-key vibe. A bit bummed by the cancellations, Kid Sis adds, "let's not get all crazy-like and leave flaming bags of doggie booboo on my doorstep or TP my bike." Seriously, if you must MySpace, friend this person.
Kid Sis will pick back up in August for a mess of festival appearances both in North America and Europe.
She came back with a quickness:
07-19 Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival
07-20 Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphiteatre Rock the Bells Festival
08-03 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-07 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08-08 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08-16 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08-23 Denver, CO - Rock the Bells Festival
08-30 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rock the Bells Festival
Video: Kid Sister (ft. Kanye West): Pro Nails [from the Pro Nails single]