Memphis House

by DJ GRAN SPORT

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slicedpoppy Flawlessly incorporates a dark deep down south hip hop sound while skillfully blending in house. A unique masterpiece 10/10 Favorite track: DJ Livewire - Catch A Cap.
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og.maxwell (Piñata Radio) I cannot stop to be surprise how eclectic, how singular and how deep can be Cosmic Composition... This "Memphis House" compilation is a must have. Two genres, mixed together for the better of our ears ..
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whyfisucks. A modern myth, blending the sounds of one land worlds apart. DJ GRAN SPORT takes the connective thread between two movements of the sonic-underground and brings them back to a new wholeness through the filter of their own dutty production aesthetic. Favorite track: Pimps & Playas - Shit Is Hard.
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about

DJ GRAN SPORT is an artist who spent most of his life transient between Chicago, Illinois & Memphis, Tennessee. Since a young age, SPORT would travel between the two cities he calls home collecting mixtapes and inspiration on his travels.
Living much of his life feeling like an outcast, SPORT recalls the fact that he never felt fully accepted or apart of either scene but would often observe from a distance and regularly attended rap events in Memphis and House parties in Chicago to gain inspiration as a fly on the wall.
His years producing alone helped him piece together a sound that can be easily recognised as a collision of the two cities sonically but also a sound that was rarely touched upon in his time and a style that even today is uniquely his own.
In his own words the Memphis House release was originally made for the long drive back to Chicago after visiting family in Memphis, something to remind him of home and at the same time keep him awake and alert.

This collision of lo-fi house rhythms laced with Memphis rap's gully/dark soundscapes set the groundwork for the Memphis House series that was originally released on 40 cassettes in 2004 by DJ GRAN SPORT's cousin.
Sadly the release was meet with little to no acclaim and the release along with DJ GRAN SPORT's love for producing slowly diminished.

By pure luck a friend of the Cosmic family came across one of these rare cassettes at a boot sale in Chicago in 2017 and sent it to us to see if we knew anything about the artist. We were instantly blown away by what we heard and we're in awe at the age of the productions and unknown nature of the artist and his music.

We decided to reach out via the outdated email found on the back of the cassette and miraculously after 6 months without a reply we received a confused and surprised email from the man himself.
After a few weeks of talks he gave us the green light to re-issue his Memphis House series and sent us a whole range of material that has never been heard by anyone but himself and his cousin since 2004.
This is the first of many releases to unearth and demystify the music of DJ GRAN SPORT.

All tracks are re-edited/remixed by DJ GRAN SPORT between 1995-2004.

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released April 20, 2020

Artwork by Felix Buhler
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