Wednesday, 30 June 2010
I heard some sad news last night - hip hop legend and pioneer The Ram: Ell: Zee has passed away. He was a part of hip hop culture as it was born, rhyming, breakdancing and graff writing with other legends like Dondi. (You will have seen Rammellzee in the classic film Wild Style if you haven't heard about him until now).
I first heard about Rammellzee through someone I know who has an original vinyl copy of the single "Beat Bop", which is so rare its called the "Holy Grail" of hip hop records (no I won't tell you where he lives). It has the kind of story behind it you couldn't make up. Rammellzee was arguing with Jean-Michelle Basquiat and calling him a fraud, but Basquiat thought he could out-do anyone as a rapper, dancer or painter so they decided to make a battle record to sort it out -
"He wanted [to] say his own verses... me and K-Rob read them and started laughing, and we crushed up his paper with the words he had written down and we threw it back at him face first."
The record ended up being the 10 minute version below with Rammellzee and K-Rob rapping, directed by Fab Five Freddy, and appropriately it became the soundtrack to the cult film Style Wars. Rammellzee's is the nasal voice on this track, which he is quick to state he used long before B-Real came along.
"If you've got the guts to challenge your own mind..."
Rammellzee's approach was highly intellectual, revolutionary and avant-garde. He created his own theory called Gothic Futurism "which describes the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet; his treatise, "Iconic Panzerisms", details an anarchic plan by which to revise the role and deployment of language in society." [Source]. All of his mathematical theories came from his own head, as he says "anyone can make an equation".
He also started drawing incredibly elaborate masks in 1981 and wearing them in '87. He made more than 20 different masks, one of which cost $80,000, weighed 180 pounds, had an exo-skeleton, a built in soundsystem, missiles, pyrotechnics, and brass knuckles.
I would highly recommend you take a listen to this fantastic interview with him by Uncommon Radio from early 2007. You really feel for the interviewer as he struggles to maintain some sort of course through all of the incredible stories and abstract intellectual thought that must have seemed completely mundane to Rammellzee. You can also read about what the day was like for the guy who did the interview here (also recommended).
The impact the man has made on hip hop culture is unquantifiable - whether or not he directly inspired the artists who instantly spring to mind (The Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, MF Doom, Madlib, Teebs) he certainly paved the way for them - few have been as true to their own innovative and obscure artistic paths as The RAMMΣLLZΣΣ. R.I.P.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
I didn't watch the BET awards - I tried but as I tuned in Chris Brown was doing an MJ tribute. It was very well done, but I don't think being a talented celebrity and crying in front of millions of people to "Man In the Mirror" should be hailed as some kind of redemptive gesture worthy of the publics "forgiveness". It's unfortunate Brown has become the poster child for domestic abuse but it's a serious issue that kills hundreds of women every year, and if he is to be praised for anything relating to that it should be for seeking professional help, not his dancing. The show was also sponsored by the Army with loads of adverts to join up, coupled with children in McDonalds adverts. I couldn't help but think - this is how to reach as many black people as possible with messages about things that will kill them in 3 easy steps!
All of that aside, I've just seen the video of Janelle Monae covering "Let's Go Crazy" in front of Prince. This is priceless, watch his face, he looks like he's chewing wasps and trying to smile at the same time. I hope she does this at The Hoxton on Thursday night!
Via We Listen For You
Monday, 28 June 2010
The lovely crew at Pinboard Blog have launched this great new series called "The People" where they go out and get the ordinary persons opinion on various matters of import. This is the first in the series and I have to say those questions were not "simple", I would seriously struggle to answer what my favourite Michael Jackson song is (I could probably narrow it down to 10 if you gave me a few hours).
Anyway, big up PB crew - lets hope we see lots more of these in future!
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Lissie and Ellie Goulding from StitchThat on Vimeo.
I just came across this juicy little nugget of a video through some Facebook investigation. I wrote about Lissie back in December saying how fabulous and talented she is (and her amazing Eric Claptonesque guitarist), and it looks like she's getting loads of shine at the moment - happy times. If you would like to buy me yourself a copy of her album "Catching A Tiger" & watch a few more videos you can do so here.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Not too sure when The Roots sleep - their new album "How I Got Over" (on which I shall reserve judgment until I have a few more listens), came out a couple of days ago and now they've announced another release, this time a covers album with John Legend. I have to say, the clip above makes it look like the musical choices have forced John to get out of his candlelit bubble bath and do some proper singing which is exciting, I'm actually really looking forward to hearing it.
You can download "Our Generation" HERE
Via Levi's Pioneer Sessions & Giantstep
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Jeans (Unofficial video) Quadron from jenna mangulad on Vimeo.
Love this - there's just something about Coco. This is one of my favourite tracks off the album (still not 100% what they're on about but I'm sure I'll work it out eventually).
I'm too excited to type anything. PREORDER HERE
"In April 2009, Brandon Stosuy from Stereogum.com asked me if we wanted to play a benefit concert at a bookstore in New York. I said yes. He asked Björk the same thing, and she said yes. Then he asked us if we wanted to collaborate, and we said yes. Björk asked me what we should do, and I said, “I don’t know, I guess I’d really love to write a bunch of new songs for us to sing together?” And she said Yes.
That same month, Amber from Dirty Projectors was walking along a ridge on Mount Wittenberg, north of San Francisco. She was looking out at the ocean and saw a little family of whales, as you sometimes do in April on the Northern California coast. I wrote some songs about it and sent them to Björk, who agreed to sing the part of the mom whale. The songs became Mount Wittenberg Orca. Amber and Angel and Haley sang the part of the kid whales, and I sang the part of Amber. We sang all week long and learned the music just in time to perform it at the bookstore on May 8th.
Then our album Bitte Orca came out and we went on tour forever. We finally got a chance to record Wittenberg last month, almost exactly a year after we first sang it. We went into the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and rehearsed it for three days, then we recorded it as quickly and as live as possible. We only overdubbed lead vocals and a guitar solo.
Now we’re making a website for it, which will be the only place you can buy it. It’s going be up June 30th (we are playing in Utrecht that day!) The music is going to be $7, because there are seven songs. You can preorder now if you click here.
We’ve decided to give away all the money that Wittenberg generates to the project of creating international marine protected areas. Only 1% of the oceans are protected in any way and this is a huge problem. We’re working with the National Geographic Society to create areas of sustainability, so the oceans don’t end up like a giant poisonous corpse hugging the continents. You can learn more about this project here and here and here and here.
We’re so psyched about how this recording came out and hope you are too. Don’t listen on those tinny computer speakers — put in on the stereo and blast dat shiiiiiiiiii!!
Thanks to Stereogum
I feel like I am Tinashé's biggest fan - I think he's incredibly talented, which is why I have to say I was really disappointed when I saw the videos for his first two singles... I posted up the stunning and heartfelt acoustic versions of Mayday (about a break up), and Zambezi (about love during a war), which I know have made grown men cry, but I got quite a shock when the videos turned out to be super happy up tempo dance remixes possibly directed by Aldous Snow. I say this knowing he lives two roads away from me - I'm always honest and those remixes hurt my heart.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to see this video for "Saved" which comes out on August 15th. Let's hope we continue to hear more of his music presented in the spirit in which it was written - hey, it works for Laura Marling.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
"I just want them to know that I’m coming. That’s all. I’m in the kitchen and I’m cooking up something real nice."
The rest of it wasn't quite as enlightening (though quite frankly the words above are all I want to hear), but you can read the full interview HERE
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Yeah there's loads of hype about this guy but erm, I love this song. It's a sunny Tuesday afternoon and I want to go to a club right now. Is he the hip hop alternative to Drake whingeing and singing about haters? Is he the more marketable version of what plenty of underground artists have been doing very well for years? Does he have some je ne sais quoi (which to me isn't quite coming through in this video) the money men can smell? All I know is that no one in the past year or so has truly lived up to their internet hype (Drake, Asher Roth, Wale, *Jay Electronica) by delivering a really solid classic album, and I'm crossing my fingers for this guy.
*NB I'm sure Jay Elec will deliver, the question is when...
Monday, 21 June 2010
Wow. Dr. Martens' 50 year anniversary series has brought us some fantastic cover versions from the likes of Dam Funk and the Noisettes, and this video is absolutely beautiful - the amazing Cinematic Orchestra covering Jeff Buckley, who was covering Nina Simone. Download it HERE
Via Data Transmission
DOWNLOAD HERE [SENDSPACE] REUPPED 21.06.10
So we're 21 WE LOVEs deep now, this volume is 30 tracks long, we're up to 333 tracks in total, and almost 21 hours worth of music that spans African (quite a lot this week), electronic, hip hop, funk, Brazilian, disco, pop, jazz, soul and some experimental weirdness. Thank you to all the people who download these every month and all of the hardworking artists and bloggers making and sharing so much great music.
Tracklist & disclaimer after the jump >
Saturday, 19 June 2010
I've written about Benin City before so I had to share this live studio version of Work! followed by Boogieman, apparently they thought it was messy - I thought it was pretty good! You can catch them live on 1st July at their night Poejazzi with Yungun, Inua Ellams and Lail Arad @ Udderbelly, Southbank Centre...
Good luck getting "all work and no play makes Jack a Dull Boy!" out of your head.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
There are so few artists who can drop an album, and I'll do what I do when I used to buy CDs - make the purchase without listening first.
I didn't need a dope video...
The Roots "How I Got Over" from Okayplayer on Vimeo.
Or even this nice little widget I just found over at Okayplayer that gives you previews of all the tracks...
As far as I'm concerned they could have dispensed with the entire marketing campaign, ?uestlove could just tweet an iTunes link out of the blue saying "we made a new album, buy it" - and I'd click happily, which I will, in 5 days time. Because they are The Roots.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
I challenge you to find anyone who doesn't love Roy Ayers - the last time I saw him live was in a muddy field on a gloomy day, he came out in a pristine white suit (so you know he's doing good), and the sunshine actually came out when the song started. This slightly strangely edited piece is great and gives a little insight in to what he's up to - he reminds me of a very hospitable young boy, the way he's so excited about his instruments and lady. Apparently the DVD is set for a Japan only release (makes sense), but you can buy it here if you can get your Japanese friend to work the page out for you.
Big up Spine TV
Jamie Lidell from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.
Totally missed this one, just came across it on Prefix Mag. I love Jamie Lidell, he's supremely talented, and apparently very relaxed about personal grooming and er, diction, but that doesn't stop him completely killing it.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
"Cosmogramma, we are part of something vast and wondrous,
and we are part of something intimate and true."
It's not just a bunch of lines then. Real talk - it's so beautiful and unique that when you hold a physical copy of this album in your hands it feels like you're connected to all of the other people in the world doing the same thing... or maybe that's just me being a hippy...
Update: Fying Lotus has also just announced three shows in London this summer -
14th Aug- Brainfeeder with Special Guests @ Hearn Street Car Park
16th Aug- Live Film Score: Harry Smiths “Heaven & Earth Magic” @ Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
18th Aug- Flying Lotus Presents INFINITY w/ Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ravi Coltrane and Rebekah Raff @ The Institute of Contemporary Arts
Tickets on sale for all three now.
When the shiny ball of light rubbed his hands together gleefully and informed me he'd just made a live set I didn't really know what he meant - and now I do, it looks amazing! I can't wait to see it.
I love it when producers* come up with a live show, but I wish I didn't have to wait for that to hear them spin their own tunes (because they often feel awkward doing it) - my logic is that if you're a producer DJ the audience are probably fans of your music and are hoping to hear some of it. I've even been to album launches where no one played any music off the album being launched!
*NB, I think the shiny ball of light does play some of his own stuff when he's DJing, I've only seen him once but it was enough for him to become an instant favourite.
Monday, 14 June 2010
It was a moving and memorable evening - tears, laughter, free popcorn... huge thank yous to those who came. For a download link to 10 promo tracks featured in Secondhand Sureshots & Timeless & to see the rest of the photos head to the MF Social Club Facebook group. I'm currently working on the second screening so stay tuned.
A big thank you to Phil Edwards & others for these photos.
A big thank you to Phil Edwards & others for these photos.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
It is so rare I post anything without having a chance to listen & digest first, but this project is so physically beautiful and such care has gone in to it whether we like the music or not I still think its special. I'll come back to this post later on...
AFTA-1 "FORM" Promo Video from Erok (Ek5obition) on Vimeo.
>UK B-Boy Champs Qualifier @ Islington Academy
>Meshell Ndegeocello @ Jazz Cafe
Mon 14th June
>Meshell Ndegeocello @ Jazz Cafe
Tue 15th June
>Cypress Hill @ Brixton Academy
>Meshell Ndegeocello @ Jazz Cafe
Wed 16th June
> OneTaste Collective Album Vol. 2 Launch ft Oi Va Voi, Jamie Woon, Polarbear, Kate Tempest, David J, MC Xander + Portico Quartet @ Koko
Fri 18th June
>On The Real - Skitz “Sticksman” Album Launch Party f/ Skitz, Rodney P, Dynamite MC, Deadly Hunta, Harry Shotta, Iron Braydz, Mr Ti2bs & more tbc @ Plan B
Sat 19th June
>Stac "Turn That Light Out" Album Launch, ft Stac & Choir + Jamie Woon, Blue Daisy, LenAfrosaxon, Pause & Dom Servini @ Vibe Bar
>Work It @ Visions Video Bar
>Creative Control Coalition launch party - artists, bands, DJ’s and MC’s inc. Colonel Red, United Vibrations, Jay Scarlett, Kay Suzuki, Morgan Zarate, Omunit, @The New Empowering Church, Hackney
>Urban Nerds Present The DMC DJ Championship London Heats 2010 @ The Scrutton St Warehouse
Sun 20th June
>Boglewaltz Tropical Garden Party ft Benji B, Morgan Zarate, Alex Nut, Floating Points, Vince Vella, Twin Cities & D.Abolo @ Dex Club Brixton (Roof Terrace)
Mon 21st June
>N*E*R*D @ Forum Kentish Town
Tue 22nd June
>Charlotte Gainsbourg + Chilly Gonzales @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Wed 23rd June
>The Black Keys @ The Roundhouse
Thu 24 June
>Jazz Re:Freshed Present Blitz The Ambassador + Full Live Band @ Bar Mau Mau
>Quantic y su Combo Barbaro + The Bamboos @ The Barbican
Fri 25th June
>Dirty Projectors & Alarm Will Sound: The Getty Address @ The Barbican
Sat 26th June
>Stevie Wonder live @ Hyde Park
>Plain Janes Presents Visual Soundclash @ The C.A.M.P.
>What's Good vs Livin Proof @ The C.A.M.P.
Sun 27th June
>Al Green & Michael McDonald @ The 02
>Nu Position #3: A Tribute to The Music of Prince, Minneapolis & renegade funk. DJs - Kyri, Chris Philips, Playing With Knives & Osunlade @ Life, Old St
Thu 1st July
>Janelle Monae Live @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
>Poejazzi ft Yungun, Benin City, Inua Ellams & Lail Arad @ Udderbelly, Southbank Centre
>The Accidental Powercut w/ Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jono McCleery, Speakers Corner Quartet, & Polarbear @ Quintissentially Soho, House of St Barnabas
>Aesthetic Sounds 'Live' 5th Birthday Show ft.Yahzarah & Terri Walker @ Vibe Bar
>EOW MC Challenge UK Final w/ Jack Flash & Extra Curricula, Speakers Corner Quartet (J Dilla Tribute), MC Challenge Final & more @ MASS Brixton
Fri 2nd July
>Breakestra & Chali 2Na @ Jazz Cafe
>Wireless Festival (pop line up) @ Hyde Park
Sat 3rd July
>The Doctor's Orders present 9th Wonder w/ Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Kidkanevil, Eric Lau, T.Maronie & Chris P Cuts @ The CAMP
>Breakestra & Chali 2Na @ Jazz Cafe
>Wireless Festival w/LCD Soundsystem, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, DJ Shadow, Jamie Lidell & more @ Hyde Park
Sun 4th July
>Wireless Festival w/ Jay Z, Drake, Mr Hudson, Bluey Robinson, Chase & Status, Wiley, Roll Deep, Professor Green, Wale, D12, The Knux & more @ Hyde Park
>Wale @ Jazz Cafe
Tue 6th July
>Gilles Peterson & Roberto Fonseca present Havana Cultura Live New Cuba Sound @ The Barbican
Wed 7th July
> Deviation w/ Joy Orbison & Electric Wire Hustle Live @ Gramaphone
Thu 8th July
> Sean Price live + DJ 279, IronBraydz, Skandal, Capital R, + Genesis Elijah @ Fabric
>Brother Ali @ Dingwalls
Fri 9th July
>Daedelus Live @ the Rhythm Factory
>Omar @ Jazz Cafe
>Extended Players (Shortee Blitz, DJ MK, Harry Love + Mr Thing) @ The Westbury
Sat 10th July
>Omar @ Jazz Cafe
Sun 11th July
>Spin Doctors Bday/ World Cup BBQ ft Spin Doctor, DJ Vadim, Jazzie B (tbc), Mr Thing, DJ IQ, Kid Kanevil, Alex Nut, The Last Skeptik, Excalibah, Chris Read & co @ Cargo
Mon 12th July
>Drake @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Tue 13th July
>Drake @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Wed 14th July
>Deviation w/ Bilal (full live band), Fatima, Muhsinah & Benji B @ Fabric
Thu 15th July
>DMC UK DJ Final & Battle for UK Supremacy 2010 @ Islington Academy
Friday 16th July
>Lee Fields & the Expressions @ Scala
Sat 17th July
>The Creators Project London w/Kele Okereke, Mark Ronson, Filthy Dukes, Trevor Jackson, Mumdance, Flats, Yuck, and Hudson Mohawke @ Victoria House
Sun 18th July
>Boglewaltz Tropical Garden Party ft Mista Jam, Dom Servini, DJ Derek, Twin Cities, ATG, Klose One, Rattus Rattus & Co @ Dex Club Brixton (Roof Terrace)
Tue 20th July
>Damien JR Gong Marley & NAS with support from TY @ Hammersmith Apollo
Thu 22nd July
>Soil & Pimp Sessions @ Jazz Cafe
>Earth, Wind & Fire @ The 02
>Coz Ov Moni - "Kete Karpet" Premiere w/ Wanlov the Kubulor & M3nsa @ The Ritzy
Fri 23rd July
>Soundwave Festival Croatia
>The Doctor’s Orders 5th Birthday Party w/ Tim Westwood (Golden Age Set), Guilty Simpson live, Spin Doctor, The Extended Playerz 6 Decks set @ Fabric
Sat 24th July
>PMOI Beach Party w/ Kidkanevil, Illum Sphere & Alex Nut @ Soundwave Festival Croatia
>Erykah Badu @ Brixton Academy
Sun 25th July
>PMOI Main Stage Event w/ Tanya Auclair, Tranqill, Olivier DaySoul, Andreya Triana & Oddisee @ Soundwave Festival Croatia
Thu 29th July
Leela James Live @ Bloomsbury Ballroom
Sat 31st July
>Field Day Festival w/ Caribou, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Phoenix, The Invisible, Chilly Gonzales, Joker, Dam Funk & Master Blazter, Gold Panda, Hudson Mohawke, Mount Kimbie & more trendy stuff @ Victoria Park
Wed 4th Aug
>Wu Tang @ Brixton Academy
Sat 14th Aug
Brainfeeder with Special Guests @ Hearn Street Car Park
Mon 16th Aug
Flying Lotus Live Film Score: Harry Smiths “Heaven & Earth Magic” @ Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
Wed 18th Aug
Flying Lotus Presents INFINITY w/ Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ravi Coltrane and Rebekah Raff @ The Institute of Contemporary Arts
Wed 29 Sept
>Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics @ The Barbican
Fri 15th Oct
>Orchestre Pol-Rythmo de Cotonou @ Koko
*I had to put up June & July because I'm late on this and there's sooo much going on - apologies for the delay to the people who've emailed me asking where to go! Feel free to email me a link or a short press release if you can think of something else that should be on here...
Friday, 11 June 2010
I came across this video today, and found it so sweet and idealistic. Seeing the Black Eyed Peas perform at the World Cup ceremony made me think of Joints and Jams. I always find it so funny to think if I'm at a party and the DJ plays that song, they would probably prefer to eat their own arm than play anything BEP have made post-Fergie.
This isn't meant to be a simplistic post from an ageing hip hop fan bashing them for going pop - if you listen closely here they talk about being more than just hip hop, and the multicultural message is still there, (it just makes me want to break my computer now). I suppose I genuinely find it incredible that the same bright eyed, seemingly genuine people went on to make a song called "My Humps", and wonder what happened to the "positive consciousness that leads people in the right direction" they talk about above. OK, that doesn't take a huge leap of the imagination but it was just such a staggeringly epic transformation.
Is it naive to think there could be levels of selling out? (EG the 99% clause: You can take my dignity but I won't say "I mix your milk wit my cocoa puff/ Milky milky cocoa puff" )? And surely there are some unwritten rules? "You can sell your soul to David Guetta but you're forever expelled from the world of hip hop and no one may describe you as such anymore, lest you make a song the press describe as 'one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium'." Or perhaps "The penalty for making music combining any of the following lyrics; "You love my lady lumps/ My lovely lady lumps/ They say I'm really sexy/ The boys they wanna sex me/ What you gon' do wit all that breast? All that breast inside that shirt?" With the words "So Real (rpt x 17)" Shall be death by embarrassment." And surely "You can go with Guetta, but you can't take Kelis with you."?!
I forgot to post this despite the fact it has puppets in it. It comes from Paul White's new album "Paul White and The Purple Brain". One Handed Music sent a very nice email in their usual fantastically written copy about it being psychedelic and all the notes being taken from the work of an obscure Swedish musician called S.T. Mikael and the pack being made out of wonderful things for the environment, but for some reason I have fixated on the fact they made an a c t u a l p u r p l e b r a i n !! I really want one, I can't explain why, I have no plans for what for what I would do with it, I just want one.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I've been sitting on this all week, sorry. I love Cee Lo so much I just wasn't ready to listen to it (I mean, there's even a new Goodie Mob song on here!), but I got myself together this morning and it was worth the wait. I seriously cannot wait for his new album "Ladykiller". The artwork and the "mixtape" title are so misleading, even if it is supposedly made of gold - this is just a brilliant project. My favourites on the first listen are "Is It?" (modern classic) and "I'll Kill Her" (hilarious story). I suspect I'll have a lot more favourites by the third listen. Just download the thing if you haven't already.
01. Goldschläger (Produced by The Grey Area)
02. You Don’t Shock Me Anymore (Produced by The Grey Area)
03. Cho Cha the Cat (with the B-52’s) (Produced by The Teddy Bears)
04. I Like It (Produced by The Grey Area)
05. Little Black Book (Produced by The Grey Area)
06. Talking To Strangers (Produced by The Grey Area)
07. ChamPain (Produced by Doc & The Grey Area)
08. Night Train (with the Goodie Mob) (Produced by The Grey Area & Anthony Kronfle)
09. The Secret (Produced by The Grey Area)
10. Sophistic@ted B!$ch (Produced by The Grey Area)
11. I’ll Kill Her (feat. ME & LOnan the Destroyer) (Produced by ?????)
12. Is It? (Produced by The Grey Area)
13. Super Woman Theme Song (Produced by The Grey Area)
14. Night Cap Outro (One Last Shot of Goldschläger) (Produced by The Grey Area)
Stac - Turn That Light Out // Documentary from WahWah45s on Vimeo.
It seems today is music documentaries about new artists I really like day! This one is about the wonderful Stac, who I met through the Onetaste Collective and my singer songwriter friend Tanya (who you'll also be hearing a lot from shortly). I remember showing up to their gigs with my fingers crossed I'd get to hear "Balls Bounce", it sounds fantastic live. I've recently just got back from the US, and I have to say it's so nice to see such British humour, I giggled all the way through this and only stopped because Stac's singing is just so damn gorgeous. Strings, a choir, a Cadburys caramel mug - only the best for this lady. I'll be reviewing her album shortly because it's out this month, and I believe I've already mentioned the launch party on June 19th.
Go Hard Or Go Home from dunc & toine makin' dollas on Vimeo.
I just came across this new documentary about two of my favourite new artists Dunc & Toine! It's actually someones school project (California hipsters you missed a trick - this is how you appeal to school kids!!) but I think it's really nicely put together if you can get past the awkward intro from two rather sweet young girls. The guys are really natural in front of the camera and that's what I like most about them - no bullshit, they're just themselves. If you haven't downloaded their EP The Basics yet you can do so below, I highly recommend you do.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The U.N. Plan from Plug Research on Vimeo.
"US to Pakistan, we're all one!" - brave words right now. This is the third video from Shafiq Husayn's En A-Free-Ka [iTunes link], all of which have been gorgeous. I have to say I was really hoping for a video for Nirvana, (it's my favourite song on the album), which you really should check it out if you haven't yet.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Love love love love love - got lots of other stuff to sift through and share but in the mean time, this video just wins. I won't go in to dark little metaphors you could draw out of this about life in Baltimore (because I doubt it had anything to do with that), but it is pretty deprived in parts to put it mildly, hmm I wonder...
Monday, 7 June 2010
Stac 'All or Nothing' (LenAfrosaxon Mix) from Look At Me London on Vimeo.
It's not often a post begins with me saying I'll have to spank the artist who made something but in this case it does. Stac is so naughty for not sending me this brilliant new video - I did know her album "Turn That Light Out" is coming out on Wah Wah 45s this month because I'm heading to the album launch party on June 19th at Vibe Bar (with her choir!! Jamie Woon, Blue Daisy, Dom Servini and more...). So I hope you will join me there and we can all spank her together.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
I love Sarah Love so much and it was a real pleasure to hook up some press and a last minute show for Tanya Morgan and Spec Boogie in London last month - they're lovely guys and really talented. Check out this interview & instore with the first lady of hip hop, Donwill & Von Pea...
Big up Spine TV!
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
I'm working my way through my footage from SXSW ridiculously slowly at the moment but there is more to come. I was really impressed by a new band called Grillade - comprised of singer Ragen Fykes, producer Keelay (of Keelay and Zaire), and supergroup The Park. I wasn't quite sure what to expect since Ragen is quite softly spoken and was rocking the kind of English straw boater hat I was forced to wear on top of my afro to school as a child. As you can see from the video she's not so sweet on stage and tore a hole in it - Ragen actually reminds me of Tiombe Lockhart a few years ago. You absolutely have to watch this through until the guitar solo at 3.50mins - the band and production were very much on point. Ones to watch for sure...
LORN : NOTHING ELSE from StrangeLoop on Vimeo.
Looking forward to taking a listen to Lorn's new album "Nothing Else" coming out on Brainfeeder June 8th... so much of the time though I wish people would make visual albums (like Gorillaz - Plastic Beach so should have been a CD/DVD box set). Still, budgets and time I suppose...
I had an interesting conversation with a young artist this weekend who said that he didn't put his music out online because he was worried people would copy it - that might sound like inexperience talking but Charles Hamilton did try to tell Black Spade to his face last year that he made a beat he in fact copied from Black Spade. Of course the upshot was Black Spade recreated the beat live online and Charles Hamilton couldn't provide the original files as proof he made it so no one believed him.
What's probably the more worrying thing to a new artist is when someone jacks your style, and I think this video is a great reminder of that. There are a squillion Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke clones out there but we still want the real thing. If what you have is truly special there will be a demand for it - maybe not so much as individual digital units, but the things we can't copy (live experiences, unique merchandise and memorabilia for example). If what you're doing is easy to copy maybe you need to be more creative...
Buster Keaton from Plug Research on Vimeo.
Just realised I totally forgot to publish this a few weeks ago and it's just been sitting there. Oops. I like Quadron but real talk I have no idea what they're talking about most of the time (doesn't stop me loving Little Dragon though). This video is more slightly obscure loveliness - was hoping for some Buster Keaton style hilarity but no such luck.
Diamond District LIVE @ The Fix (Portland, OR debut) from Chase.Freeman on Vimeo.
This is really nicely put together and I'm a big fan of Kenny Fresh and Diamond District so I thought I'd share this with you...
Thank you to Chase Freeman