Billboard Bits: DJ Spooky, Snoop Dogg, Sonora Carruseles

News on DJ Spooky, Snoop Dogg, Sonora Carruseles

DJ SpookyOn Sept. 18, Ryko-distributed Six Degrees Records unveils its new series, "Under the Influence," which will spotlight globally recognized DJs. New York's DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid (aka writer/bassist/producer Paul D. Miller) was tapped to mix the first volume.

According to label co-founder Bob Duskis, each set will spotlight a different DJ and his/her musical influences. Additionally, each featured artist will choose how to approach the project -- whether beat-mixing the set or something more experimental. Left to their own devices, "DJs don't have to worry about the constraints of moving a dancefloor," Duskis says, "and they can focus on tracks that have been influential to them."

Those who have experienced Spooky's live sets know that musical diversity reigns supreme. The same can be said for this collection, which features the sounds of Moby, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sonic Youth, and Iranian-born vocalist Sussan Deyhim, among others.

-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg has teamed up with designer Ivy Supersonic to launch an "outrageous" line of women's underwear, due in stores in the near future. The garments feature Snoop Dogg's face on the front, decked out in one of Supersonic's trademark pink hats. Snoop wore the hat last night (Sept. 6) at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

This is not Snoop's first foray into all things erotic. Earlier this year, he signed an exclusive deal with the Erotic Networks for online posting of content from "DoggyStyle," the adult film he recently directed. The network's official Web site is hosting clips from the film, as well as music tracks and other adult-oriented content.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Sonora CarruselesColombia's Sonora Carruseles, considered one of that country's premiere salsa bands, will embark on its first-ever U.S. tour Sept. 12 in Miami. The 13-member troupe was last year denied visas to travel to the U.S., but is now making up the difference with a seven-city, nine-stop tour.

According to tour organizer Rita Benitez, the band will use the tour to promote its latest album, "Salsa Brava" (Discos Fuentes), before traveling to Europe for a series of concerts.

-- Leila Cobo, Miami


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