Afrika Bambaataa: Looking For The Perfect Beat

Remembering Benjamin Curtis and Phil Everly, White Lies' album art, Afrika Bambaataa and more in music this week

The grandfather of hip hop, the father of electro funk and the godfather of early techno, NYC-bred Afrika Bambaataa was an early proponent of incorporating drum machines and samples, breaking down genre walls to literally spin them together. We jammed to the 1983 hit “Looking For The Perfect Beat” this week to prep for a DJ set fr om Bam at the intimate Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, which took place last night with Cosmo Baker and global DJ OP!. This track comes off the historic Planet Rock: The Album; with every listen, you can hear the living legend’s influence even in today’s music.