Tony Touch Makes A Moving Tribute Mix Dedicated To The Artists We Lost In 2016 (Audio)

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2016 has been something else. While there has definitely been good in the year that’s finishing out this weekend, there has been a lot of shock and awe in between. In the art world, music lovers lost more than a few icons. None of these deaths seemed to come as expected. They all hurt, and left massive holes in the creative universe.

This week, Tony Touch took his Toca Tuesdays post at Shade 45. There, the Brooklyn, New Yorker got behind the turntables and “freestyled” (as he says) a tribute to some of the musicians lost in 2016. While Tony is known for “piece-making” some incredible Hip-Hop, one half of the Diaz Brothers salutes Prince, David Bowie, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, George Michael, Billy Paul, as well as the devastating loss of Phife Dawg in this off the cuff blend of jams.

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One hour in length, this mix amazes in that it somehow keeps the music moving, showing the many voices and sounds lost in ’16, and how with a deft ear, they all can fit together. Moreover, Toca picks some songs in his portraits that not just anybody may pick, in the name of the groove.