The 'Tropical' sound has been arriving in different forms over the last couple of years or so. It's great because it seems to really put a smile on everyone's face. It can be fun without sounding tacky or comical. I'm only really just getting into it myself and I certainly don't have enough music yet to curate a 'Tropical' set. For me, there seems to be something quite infectious albeit irritating about steel drums & wood blocks. It's fun and catchy at first, but then it can make you feel a bit nauseous causing you to get sick of the song after a few plays.
However, this one by the El Guincho sounds really fresh with a pleasing video to accompany. I hope we can continue to enjoy it.
Video for El Guincho's new single "Bombay" from his new album "Pop Negro" (Young Turks 2010).
Filmed by Canada ( http://www.lawebdecanada.com ) directed by Nicolas Rodriguez.
Like I said, I'm still finding out more about the 'Tropical' movement but, if you're a fan of El Guincho, I'm sure you'll be keen on 'Fools Gold' (special credit goes out to mrmr, Alys & D-macLennoxx). For those of you on the more 'funky-housey-percussive' flex, try 'Round Table Knights' and particular favourites of mine 'Breach' & 'Doc Daneeka' who are really coming up at the moment.
I must say, I was a bit lost today until I was introduced to this beautiful, uplifting track and video by Cee-lo. According to The Independent, the single drew more than 2 million Youtube views in 5 days. Atlantic records has scheduled its international release on October 4th. For now, let us enjoy the humorous video.
"The kind of infectious that's good to spread around"
I have to admit after having the highest expectations of this album when it dropped back in April, like most of my peers I was rather dissappointed. Sadly, the CD has been left to gather dust in the bottom of a shoebox which I used to move out of my Uni' house (i'm not sure if it's even still there!).
Seeing a video like this has made me realise I should probably go back and give 'Flylo' a second chance. This song is beautiful and trust me, the video will make anyone tempted to experiment with DMT.
Nicccceeeeeeee. Flying Lotus in MmmHmm, featuring Thundercat. Directed by Special Problems. Commissioned by Warp Films. Track taken from the album 'Cosmogramma', out now.
Catch Flying lotus in action at Bestival this year! After all, he is considered to be one of the happiest DJs on the planet. I'll take my chances. Free Hugs.
Winchester's future 2-step producer Mahni lays down yet another passionate, synth-driven dancefloor filler. This arrived in my inbox with a claim that he skipped dinner to make this, so it would appear that hunger proves interesting results. Either way, dedication (let's just hope you weren't missing out on any potato waffles, Mahn). No, but seriously, if you're anything like me then this track will have you skipping up-and-down the kitchen with your head in your hands. We are given a dense medley of 'vacuumed' synths and '2010' strings accompanied by MILITANT kick to pick you up! All of which, finished with some signature clicks and crisp snares. Again, I will say this fits correctly with fans of movers like Joy Orbison or Xxxy. It certainly has the potential to be timelessly uplifting!
If you're lucky enough to be in Reading town this evening. mrmr alongside myself might well be spinning another eclectic session of cultured flavours at the Oakford Social Club (opposite the train station). It's a tuesday night, following a bank holiday, so don't expect to hear too many rewinds. But no doubt, we'll keep the cleaner & bar staff on their tippy-toes once more! Expect your extra variety meal; Jamaican meets Thai/Scandanavian cocktail inside the ride!
If you're keen on your hybrids like me then this company should have already caught your eye. Originally from L.A, these shoes have been getting great press support from TimeOut Magazine; voted 22nd in their '100 best spring shoes for men' list. As of yet, I haven't seen them stocked widely in the UK (even in size?, which is usually the premiere shoe seller). However WeSC on Carnaby Street stock a limited selection, where I picked up my pair of 'Bentens' (pictured above). If you can afford the postage, then Keep's own website offer a tempting offer on two pairs. I picked up my pair for about 50-60squid some months ago but, all of WeSC's stock are on sale. They were there the other day for £32!
The best part is most of their bird's shoes turn out to be unisex (or close to), so take your pick without the embaressment .
A very good wear; I put a good Techno-stomp into them on NYE and they're still dancing months later..
On a more tongue & cheek tip, Tanka posted this jokes refix up yesterday. It's like waking up and skipping to work pon a 4x4 riddim. If you're feeling a bit low, launch this on your system and see how quickly you're doing backflips down your corridor. Trigger fingers an' all.
As much as I hate using terms like: 'funky' to describe tracks which have emerged from 09's boom of the afro-house/tribal/2 step hybrid type ish. This militant, synthed-out 'funk'-step cut from Winchhomeboy Mahni falls right into place amidst a culture of really decent housey music at the moment. 'Factum' definately would find itself mid-set; each bar greatly more progressive than the next until we're rewarded with a gully 2nd drop which reminds us why we should be listening to tracks right the way through (penalties for impatience Djs). If any of you have been following the fine work of such producers as Martyn, Joy Orbison, Floating Points & xxxy, you should see the potential in Mahni.
Most will know him from the cult comedy and self entitled rock band: Spinal Tap. However the multi-talented: songwriter/performer/actor/director deserves big boy props. Any one of his films deserve watching with a bag of butterkist.
M-dog and I watched 'Waiting for Guffman' this afternoon, which was mad decent.
I gotz some of his other films. I can blates lend you some init..
If we begin to start counting the amount of blogs the name 'James Blake' has featured in the last 6 months, it would take days. I don't want to go on about how much noise this young producer/vocalist is making at the moment. However.. I was at the LuckyMe night at Cargo a month or so back and was blown away by this refix played during a set by the label bosses: The Blessings.
If you're like me, then this should give you monumental feelings of nostalgia; memories of underage discos and ben sherman shirts. Whether this is your cup of tea or not, you can't deny its immense production quality. It's comfortably loaded with signature Blake synths and twisted vocals.
My sources tell me that this is available on 12" whitelabel. But, it is credited to 'Harmonimix'. So tread carefully.
On the flip is another refreshing twist on Lil Wayne's 'A Milli' (if you get a chance, read Vice magazines review on the rapper's recent album.. hilarious!), which seems to be favourable amongst the DJs for an end of set joker. Receiving support from Appleblim, Ramadanman & Joy Orbison.
I came across this brand on urban industry and purchased a neat, lightweight cap in the same colour as pictured above. I'm not sure how well known this brand is but it doesn't seem like many UK stores have been able to stock it yet :(. Most of the designs and colours are quite bate but the fonts are reassuringly classic! OnlyNy have got their image right without the need to overcomplicate things.
If you like your all-american type ish, check out their online store and cop dat shit! (that's if you can afford the postage)
They've included on their site beautiful images of beautiful people wearing their garms.
It just makes you wish you could spend every summer in colourful cotton, drinking 40z on a Ny promenade.
This blog has been kick-started due to my recent fondness of watermelons (a fruit which I detested as a kid). I don't see an article more appropriate than this BBC news story addressing 'square watermelons'. Say goodbye to the inconvenient, 'traditional' round shape. Fridges worldwide will welcome the new square.
We paid 6quid for a normal watermelon during carnival last summer. These badboys sell for an equivalent c. £55!