Thursday, February 26, 2009

FREE DOWNLOAD ::: Chesca :: No More Lonely Days, No More Lonely Nights

if you don't already know her, let me introduce my girl, Chesca: a fellow catwoman with a love for disco, electro and boogie, this Italian-born, London-based producer/ DJ/ songstress is an expert in many things from throwing the most dance-worthy disco/boogie parties, finding and revamping some of the most obscure disco gems to simply being Chesca, a wild but tameable feline. Follow her tracks on her blog and check out more of her tracks on her page. Also check out my post on her back from last April, before I met her a few months ago through our mutual friend, Kon (Kon & Amir), while she was doing a few gigs in NYC with Blu Jemz and Roxy at Sway.

DOWNLOAD her free mixtape No More Lonely Days, No More Lonely Nights here! ::: TRACKLIST::::
jorge santana - kon edit :: chaka khan any love- dimitri from paris edit :: eddie hendricks thank you for the memories -lee douglas edit :: chicago- street player :: trammp- where were you edit :: marvin gaye- i want you - kenny dope remix :: ronnie laws- good feelings- edit :: never fade- chesca :: when it comes to loving me- kon edit :: sooner or later -kotey feat chaz jankel :: uptown downtown- jon quintiano :: hold on -norman weeks -dixon edit :: stay -chesca :: starfish- noble edit :: if you cant tell me something good about my baby -mark 4 :: chaka kan- stop on by- dimitri from paris edit :: dance dance dance- marta acuna :: the sound of music- dayton :: now that i have you- tommy macghee

Look out for Lichiban x Chesca collabo projects in the near future!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

BLOGLOVE: Happy Birthday, Ill Vibes!

Long overdue, but never too late, I'd like to send my peeps at Ill Vibes in D.C, and JB in particular who hosted me with 5* treatment, a big shout out for being the best hosts while I was down there in January. Illvibes-their super fresh blog loaded with exclusive interviews, free downloads and artist reviews-is having its one year anniversary, so I'd like to take the opportunity to send a Happy B-day shout as well. Check them out & give them some love here.
Thank you, you guys rule!

From lichiban blossom

i'm feeling...Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi: Welcome to Heartbreak

Kanye's new video. looks like low budget + a raw vision is the way

KANYE WEST "Welcome To Heartbreak" Directed by Nabil from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.
check Dedan's (who put me on this) dope blog, gottaeatworldwide.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

THE ANATOMY OF FOLK ART: if you haven't noticed

....the good old paisley and in fact most of traditional flower motifs are full-blown erotic symbols. I used to collect embroidered textiles from around the world (got some really beautiful pieces from Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, India, Hungary, Mexico, Kashmir, and Turkey), and as I started to pay more attention to the patterns, I started to notice that the same type of imagery...indeed, I believe that many of the flower designs are floralized coochies. (yes, I know Freud already pointed this out, but I had to discover it myself .) Perhaps it is because mostly the women of these communities work on these designs and embroider them, but they are definitely not just flowers.


I actually wanted to paint last night along this idea, but ended up only doing the design for it on photoshop. Check the examples of the embroidered flowers below, of you still don't believe me.

talking about Central Asian fabrics, I finally can share these dope Bokja pieces I found on the psfk site. I love the combo of modern furniture design combined with these Central Asian textiles. If anyone has been into my apartment, they'll immediately realize why I'm in love with these pieces.

Monday, February 23, 2009

NEW WORK: "Up In The Clouds" mural

i've been working on this mural in my building in Crown Heights on and off past week...it is a work in progress, will post more as it develops. i was really hoping that the people who live and have lived in my building for 20+years would like it, and so far the reaction has been great (smiles on faces)...lots of encouragement from the residents and my fellow artists homies in the building (big shout out to Laura, Wesley, Abeni, Concep, Ramz, Jen, Bettanice, Ibi, Sara, Dedan, Netic, Sango & Dietrich who have been giving me additional fuel). thank you.

iRECOMMEND: The Beautiful Renaissance :: Jesse Boykins III & Melo-X

Two of my favorite Brooklyn artists, Jesse Boykins III & Melo-X are doing a joint gig on Wednesday at Rehab. Good music for good people.

Below is one of Jesse's tracks remixed by Melo.

Happy Birthday to Jesse!


Tabloids House (Remix) (feat. Jesse Boykins III) - MeLo-X

Sunday, February 22, 2009

FREE MUSIC: Stones Throw podcast

I regularily check the Stones Throw site (one of my favorite west-coast labels beside Warp Records) for goodies and new artists. I highly recommend their podcasts that showcases their artists from the label's founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Dilla, Jaylib, Dam Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Madvillain, Quasimoto, Guilty Simpsons to James Pants. visit their podcast link or subscribe & download free on iTunes (MP3).

MY MOST RECENT FAVORITES are first, Pimp Paul and Play Boy Wolf 's aka Prince Paul & Peanut Butter Wolf's love mix, the hilarious "Be Our Valentine" which def wins my heart... Nothing like sexy 70s music with dark humor that lets you play out your baddest pimp/femme fatale fantasies in your imagination as you listening lyao. Satisfaction guaranteed. Next is the new Stones Throw 2009 Release Sampler with dope new tracks by Beat Conducta, Madvillain, Dam Funk, MED, and A-Trak among others mixed by J Rocc.

















Stones Throw 2099 Sampler - Track List

Intro:: Beat Konducta - In Jah Hands (Dilla’s Lament) :: Beat Konducta - Get Dollaz (24-7):: Madvillain - Draino :: Koushik - Let It Out (Koushik Vs Now-Again) :: Dam Funk - Chocolate (Rhythm Trax Vol. 4) :: Baron Zen - Rhythm Trax Vol. 3 :: Mayer Hawthorne - I’m Sorry :: Guilty Simpson - OJ Simpson/Madlib Remix :: MED - 100 Dolla Bills :: Beat Konducta Lifetime (Lifeline) :: Arabian Prince - Simple Planet :: A-Trak - KA$H (Trizzy and XXXchange Remix) :: J. Rocc - Paaaaaarty :: Baron Zen - Body Rock (Rhythm Trax Vol. 3) :: Mayer Hawthorne - One Track Mind :: Mr. Chop - The Infinity Machine ::Percee P & Sound Directions - Theme from Ivory Black (unreleased) ::Whitefield Brothers feat. Bajka - Joyous Joyful Exhaltation (J.Rocc edit) :: Stanton Davis - Things Cannot Stop Forever (Egon & Kelldada's Instrumental Remix) :: Freedom Express - Get Down :: Guilty Simpson feat. MED - Futuristic (Oh No Remix) :: MED & Kweli - Soon Find Out :: Dam Funk - I Gots To Be Done Wit' U :: J. Rocc - Chasin' the Sun:: Koushik - Koushik Vs Now-Again

Thursday, February 19, 2009

NEW WORK ::: Green Wolf-UW2013

future ::: intentions ::: back::: imagination ::: fly ::: like ::: wolf
just finished this commissioned piece I posted a couple of days ago. it is a part of a new series. more soon (it is cropped because of my scanner.)
"Green Wolf-UW2013"

i'm feeling...Kid Cudi: DAY N' NITE

this is dope...[new video]

source: okayplayer

iheART NYC: JUAN DOE " Made In Brooklyn"

My homie, amazing visual artist/designer/comic book creator Juan Doe is having a solo show entitled "MADE IN BROOKLYN" a collection of comic book inspired visual rhetoric. Can't wait to see it.

On view : February 27-March 22
Opening Reception Friday Febr 27, 2009.
43 Bogart St, Brooklyn
L to Morgan Ave

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FREE MUSIC: CUBIC ZIRCONIA mixtape vol. 1

i've been watching the rise of Cubic Zirconia since the first time I posted about them, and was psyched to see their new mixtape for free on one of my favorite music sites, my boy Kenny Fresh's FRESHSELECTS.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA - MIXTAPE VOL. 1: CZ DOES LONDON
1. Cubic Zirconia - I Wanna Freebase You 2. Cubic Zirconia - Dick For A Day 3. Chase & Status - Eastern Jam [Ram Records] 4. Cubic Zirconia - Josephine 5. Claw - Jersey Shore Guidos [Suicide Dub] 6. Curses! feat. Maggie Horn - The Deep End [Institubes] 7. The Bucketheads - The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) [Big Beat] 8. Cubic Zirconia - The Phone 9. Tyree - Acid Crash [Supa Dupa] 10. Cubic Zirconia - Fuck Work (Proper Villians/Jubilee Remix) 11. DJ Class feat. Lil’ Jon - I’m The Shit (Remix) [Universal] 12. Cubic Zirconia - (secret bonus track)
download this
priceless gem here


I've been a fan of Tiombe's fearless, out-of the box singing style and stage presence and comfortable-with-being-bizarre lyrics, so when I heard about CZ I expected to hear some hot shit. Like the band's name inspired by a type of diamond cut, the mixtape is about those shiny gems that people die for (literally)...at times dirty at others hilarious. this ain't fake
read more about them on freshselects.

In between their UK tour, catch the crew tomorrow at the
FLASHING LIGHTS
Nick Catchdubs, Jess Jubilee and DJ Ayres
Special Guests Cubic Zirconia and Nick Hook (birthday set!)
at the Dim Sum Restaurant
88 Palace
88 East Broadway (@ Forsyth)
2nd Floor
RSVP for $5 (!) at djayres.com/flashing


PHOTO OF THE DAY: still mi-zo

another one from mi-zo...i picked it because it describes my state of mind

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

NEW WORK ::: Law

NEW WORK::::Law

just finished the first step of this portrait commissioned by friend, New-York model Lawrence Annunziata aka Law whose face is going to become iconic if he keeps on with the modeling. I'm deliberating whether to add anything to it...originally was planned to be the drawing of a full torso with a gear, but sometimes it's better to stop than overdue it. will come back to it tomorrow with a fresh eye & post the developments.

Monday, February 16, 2009

iheARTNYC: Mars-1 NUCLEAR MYSTICS opening at JONATHAN LEVINE 2/21/09


MARS-1 Solo Exhibit
Feb 21 thru Mar 21, 2009
Opening Reception - Saturday, February 21st 7pm- 9pm
JONATHAN LEVINE Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9E New York, NY 10011
I'm looking forward to checking out the solo show of Mars-1. His dreamy surreal work continues the legacy of giants like one of my favorite painters, Max Ernst, while also expanding the vision into the future with a unique psychedelic aesthetics. Here is some info about Mars-1's work:
"Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness. Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology."

i'm FEELING: Woolfy!!!

I discovered Woolfy a few months ago & been one of my favorites since. Peep his super-dope release "The Astral Projections of Starlight" (Oct 2008) that takes you on a cosmic journey through the galaxies of your mind with soothing, lazy tunes (eg. Carry On, Escape)...I would listen to this to get some visionary inspiration.[source: discorocker.net]

Now for a different mood, listen to THAT LADY, a new-wave dirty disco gem with a heavy bassline and analog sound, this track is sexy as hell....a def turn on.
listen and download for FREE here (option click).

also check out his new EP, Oh Missy on dancetrack where you can also listen to it.

Somebody's gotta bring him to NYC!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Hermosdef, the Soulcatcher (1975-2009) RIP

I just woke up to a devastating news...someone from France left an RIP comment on my post on Hermosdef aka Hermann Deza, one of my favorite photographers. Strangely, I just thought of hitting him up on my Blackberry messenger, as I've kept noticing the "missing person" notices on myspace that his friends posted up and was getting worried about him.

I discovered Hermann's work online and immediately fell in love with his portraits highly saturated with hue & soul. We connected and I featured him here as the Photographer of the Month a year ago (for which he immediately returned the love on his page) and then later we also did an interview in My Homies Rule Too section along with his Organic Soul Crew partner, Dorlis (read the feature here). Last time I communicated with him, he had plans to visit Brooklyn and I was looking forward to introduce him to my Brooklyn universe of artist friends. As I learned from a couple of his friends from France who reached out today, Hermann was missing since the end of December and was found in the Paris' river, Seine on February 10th. Nobody knows exactly what happened. It is a terrible loss, we are all devastated about this whole thing. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
See more of his work on his flickr page.




For those who speak French, here is an interview with him

MY HOMIES RULE TOO: Concep

Concep is Brooklyn's answer to the renaissance ideal of the polymath artist. New Orleans-born Concep's journey in pursuit of intertwining his passion for visual arts, design, and dance led him to Brooklyn, where he has began to lay the foundation to his visionary empire. Cep gained large notoriety by winning MTV's 07 "Artbattles" Competition and has since painted for artists in the music industry and live at events in connection to Swizz Beats, Rich Medina, and Deeply Madly Living Gallery, Complex magazine, Girbaud, MTV's Wild'n Out, and Scion. Concep's ill skillz in street dance also allowed him to be involved in video productions for artist such as Mos Def, Little X, Eric Sermon, Timbaland, and Sa Ra. Cep's most recent endeavor was shot recently in his Crown Heights' studio in Brooklyn for MTV 2's Independent Music Week and MTV Africa's U.S. upcoming artist spot. As a designer, Concep has worked for urban brands such as Ecko Unlimited, Ruff Ryders, Pony and eventually landing a home at Marithé Francois Girbaud, a French brand specializing in premium denim and fashion graphics. His design work is intimately connected with his fine artistry, as you can find textile patterns that serve as inspiration for his design showing up in his paintings, or his paintings getting canvased on streetware.
His growing body of artworks is an unfolding story of the evolution of the self through the language of color. With a special talent for translating ideas, vision and energy, Concep has an ability to paint concepts, emotions and vibration that has an immediate effect on the observer (similar to the effect of music, which is much harder to achieve in painting). Encoding his key to the secret of life, the ever-present Pythagorean theorem, a2+b2=c2 (a(nthony)2=past, b(rown)2=present, c(oncep)2= future) is a reminder of the infinite possibilities that stretch between life and death, connecting dreams with the path of self-realization. Having elevated his magic surrealistic aesthetic of the street to a new level, Concep is ready to put some fire under the hyped-out art market sleepy asses. Beside our love of late night painting sessions, Concep (who happened to be my neighbor) and I share a special affinity for the color turquiose. We had a recent collaboration for my Secret Samurai show, entitled " I'll Meet You In The Crystal Cave" (check the result here) and he is working on a new one as well (follow the progress on his blog), and he has given me some recent love on his blog, which I'm super grateful for as well. Make sure to check out his newly launched website to get a real sense of the extent of his work and get some fresh produce on his super dope blog or drop a line on his page.

CONCEP //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// painter, designer, dancer, renaissance hustler, visionary,
WHAT DO YOU DO? Men's Senior Fashion Graphics Designer for the global brand Marithé Francois Girbaud by day, and all parts in between I pursue my painting... So Painter/Designer. WHERE DO YOU CALL IT HOME? I call New Orleans my home, that's where I was born but Brooklyn is where the Most Highest wants me to be, so it is my place here, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. TRUE BEAUTY IS… my freedom, the clouds above, the ocean, my family, and knowing the Universe got me. BEATS… start from the heart, bring us together, create motion, motivate and inspire, beats are energy within and around us. TRUE SEXY IS… can be found in the interior of the eyes. I think a woman is most sexy when she's confident not cocky. MUSIC IS MY... yin to my art's yang. Together they complete me, simply just like sight & sound. ART DOES NOT… have an ending, it is this endless, tireless process, this beautifully deep well full of replenishment. Art does not have a finish line, or a light at it's tunnels end. Art does not want me to let it go, it will continue to drive me insane until the entire world has overstanding of what I am attempting to accomplish. Art does not want to see me fail, and does not let me down... EVER! MY NIGHTS ARE… many times spent silent, listening to myself, listening to the Universe, painting and channeling the moons creative energy. I love to work at night as I believe the night belongs to me and my uninterrupted thoughts and ideas. My nights admire Miles, dissect Dilla, Learn from Pac, Meditate with Badu, smoke with LTJ, dance with Osunlade, and think with Marley. I take messages collected through songs, stories, poems, happenings and redistribute them through my canvasses. Oh, and I also be blogging like my life depended on it. lol THESE 3 TURN ME ON…A woman's lips (usually the bottom one), morning wood', and dark liquor...(honorable mention - fresh paint) SELF-KNOWLEDGE…has allowed me to look past haters, and people who might just misunderstand me or what angle I come from. Having self- knowledge allows me to not give a fuck about any critique, any doubter, or any weapon formed against me. Self-knowledge reminds me everyday that I'm on the way to becoming a Famous Negro Artist. ENOUGH OF …Hmmmm man... Enough of auto'tune songs, Rap beef, icegrillz , VH1 reality shows, saw sequels, Haters, Biters, non-motivation, loosie' cigarettes, radio not playing real shit, Babylon, selling you're classic Polo on Ebay, and last judging others. MY CREATIVITY IS... is my responsibility...just because we are given a curtain gift, talent, ability does not mean we can just sit around and bathe in it. My creativity is my responsibility, I must expose others to it, give back to my community with it, and change the world somehow whether large or small with it... I truly believe. My creativity is a2+b2=c2 (past, present, future). TRUE POWER IS...is the ability to be yourself 110%, creating your own lane to walk through, and never being discouraged by failure, I think this is true power,... believing in yourself I guess.
LIFE CAN BE THE... biggest magic trick ever.
I DREAM OF...I dream of living off the fruit of that which I love the most, my art and design. To one day reach the goals I have set for my set long ago, just reaching my Personal Legend. Everyday, (every f*cking day) I dream of being (your) favorite artist. Real talk, my business, my work expanding and taking me everywhere the Earth has something for me, health, and happiness. I'm living a dream...just coming up from New Orleans til' now.
TO LOVE IS TO…To love? They say "love is God's benevolence towards mankind", I'm not sure about other types of love, but i love shrimp? I think to love is to kinda be addicted I guess...
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE….I have successfully set the "Electric slide" off at like over 30 various parties and family reunions, hmmm and I have danced in like over a 20,000 circles with just mothers, daughters, and baby niece's clapping. but most importantly i'm determined and nothing will stop me until i'm in your house somewhere in some type, shape, or form ya'dig.
THE WOMAN OF THE FUTURE…The woman of the future needs to inspire us young men, teach instead of learn, grow with us and work side by side to achieve like goals. The woman of the future won't need to prove herself or compete, because she has made it, and broken down all but few barriers. She'll also stop wearing that crazy super glue lip gloss that be sticking to everything like cans, el's, straws, cheaks etc.!
WHERE CAN WE REACH YOU? concepmakelove.com
concepmakelove.blogspot.com
myspace.com/concepcompany
info@concepmakelove.com
LATEST PROJECT...Look out for "Cadillac Ambitions The Artworks and Thoughtworks of Concep 01-present" it's my book project I just wrapped up, self published to hit Amazon.com and all that.
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2009? Book, fashion retail, a few collaborations with some NYC streetwear brands (not saying yet, surprise), "Artbattles" checkout- artbattles.com, and setting up a my first super huge solo show.
SHOUTOUTS? My shoutouts are dedicated to anyone who knows who my next Art Dealer will be? Also a big shout goes out to the next Gallery home that can dig' my vision, a PR genius, and everybody who has shown me nothing but love as I walk the path to fulfilling my goals and dreams man, Thanks! For True. -Ccep

THE PAINTER ::: "Bala Blessing" 2008 ::
this one below is one of my personal favorites, esp. because I saw it as it was coming to life...it's got a radiance and intense vibration, you can feel its energy field if you stand in front of it


"Build & Grow" 2008


check out the feature on him on MTV2 Indie Music Week..you can see the rest here.
THE DESIGNER:: t-shirt designs for Marithé Francois Girbaud

THE DANCER::: and check him get down in MOS DEF's dope Ghetto Rock video

MORE DILLA....FREE TRIBUTE MIXTAPE and some memorable moments

The DONUTS FOREVER 3 night was off the hook!!My man Waajeed, a personal friend of Dilla from Detroit and Ge-ology were holding it down along with Sucio Smash all night long....
[photo courtesy of Jackie O']
Though for some reason, lots of Dilla events attract mostly dudes, the ladies definitely represented on Saturday. I haven't danced in ages and finally had a chance to make up for it. with Jackie O' (middle) and her lovely friends

LOL...Waajeed & Geo who won the best Dilla memorabilia gear in my book.

Rich Medina, Waajeed, and Spinna...3 of NYC's best DJs under one roof

Raise it up!

and here are some of the pics of the developing Dilla tribute sketch/painting I did the previous night at the Ladies Love Dilla event. Excuse the quality of my images, I still don't have a proper camera, these are images from my blackberry.


Def needs a lot of work...I am not really satisfied with the result, but hey, it was a new kind of challenge to draw someone live on the spot, and I did it...don't hate!

last but not least, I also have some freebie from the dope www.o-point.be site, which you should check out for more free music, including other Dilla tribute mixes. click here to listen or download SNS's tribute podcast here .(make sure to option+click on the link if you're having trouble downloading)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

FREE DOWNLOAD ::: J.PERIOD :: Q-TIP The [Abstract] Best

mmmmmm.....i'm really feeling this combo...it got so many downloads soon after it was posted that it crashed J.Period's site....

raise your glass to J.Period and of course, Q-Tip whose latest album The Renaissance has been harvesting much-deserved love wordwide...he remains one of the sexiest MCs alive


download the mix on rapidshare or zshare

FREE DOWNLOAD ::: Peter Hadar ::: SHE'S 4 MONTHS EP

Following up on his recently released single ALL MINE, PETER HADAR just blessed the world of soul lovers with his brand new sexy EP called She's 4 Months, which will make you want to bite your lips...

Though it arrives just in time for the valentine-day madness, I'd recommend you to forget all about the hallmark fabricated bs and remember to give and make love every day! This will get you in the mood...download it here for FREE.





iRECOMMEND: KIVA :: Degrees of Freedom Release Party, Thurs 2/12

My good friend, Brooklyn-based musician, producer, artist KIVA has just released his much-anticipated new album Degrees of Freedom, which I love and have kept in my CD player on continuous play for a while...it also features among others, my girl, singer/producer Rucyl. I always had an admiration for Kiva's kaleidoscopic musical talent (he plays several instruments, writes and produces) and his dedication to the art of making real good, feel good soulful music...I had a chance to be part of several spontaneous jam sessions at his home studio Adios Babylon, and see the man in action... Kiva is the truth. I highly recommend his live release party where he will perform with a 9 piece band coming up on this Thursday as part of the ongoing BAM "Sounds Like Brooklyn" Music Festival..don't miss it!.... Check my previous feature on him here and his recent interview on WRONGLIPS by Sarah White (he plays in her band).


BAM "Sounds Like Brooklyn" 2009 Music Festival presents:


DEGREES OF FREEDOM

DJ KIVA ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

performing new album LIVE with 9 piece band!


featuring:

DJ Kiva / Keys & Live Electronics

Onome / Vocals

Sunru / Vocals

Daru Jones / Drums

Sean Clements / Percussion

Rico Mendez / Percussion

Elton Bradman / Bass

Harvey Valdez / Electric Guitar

Morgan Price / Tenor Sax

Rodney Siau / Trumpet


cover $10 / door at 8:30 / Set starts at 11pm sharp

opening DJ set by Arch Typ

also performing:

9pm Six Figures / 10 pm Soul Cycle


Album available on CD at show.

Digital download available at iTunes, www.bagpak.net,

Dancetracks Digital, and other fine online music stores

http://www.adiosbabylon.com

http://www.myspace.com/adiosbabylon



DJ Kiva is an NYC based artist/dj/producer residing in
Brooklyn and founder of the recording studio and label
Adios Babylon.Crafting original sound from his studio, Kiva introduces the world to the sound of Stuttastep: A form of music derived from a formula of beyond broken beats, afro-cuban time signatures, dubwise production, heavyweight bass, and a cast of talented NYC vocalists and poets. His music combines the best of soulful live performances with futuristic electronic music production techniques. He has released numerous full length albums and remixed many soul, broken beat, reggae, and dance music artists.His productions have been released on such labels as Adios Babylon (USA), King Tubbys Heritage Dub Foundation (USA), Tommy Boy ( USA), Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), Goya Music (UK), Bagpak (USA), and Sunshine Enterprises (Austria). A veteran live musician, Kiva also tours internationally as live
guitarist for " Willie Isz " featuring Jneiro Jarel and Khujo Goodie of Goodie Mob and currently teaches electronic music product ion at Manhat tan based DJ & Music Production School Dubspot.
http://www.adiosbabylon.com


About DEGREES OF FREEDOM
DJ Kiva presents the new full length album, "Degrees of Freedom." His most creative and diverse work to date, it explores a full range of the human experience through cutting-edge music. From soothing soul ballads, ecstatic psychedelic hip-hop rock, bittersweet jazz numbers, to intergalactic excursions into his signature stuttastep style, the record shines with a full spectrum selection of sounds. Combining the best of soulful live performances with futuristic electronic music production, the record features a highly talented crew of guest performers including NY afrobeat empress Toli Nameless, Nigerian born vocalist/spoken word artist Onome, Oakland based hip-hop artist Sunru, Philly’s Jneiro Jarel, and many other talented singers and musicians.
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“New from NYC musician/ producer/ innovator, DJ Kiva, is " Degrees of Freedom,” an album released for those who can appreciate electronic music or dance(able;) music in all its forms. He is an artist and musician that can take a blank canvas and create paintings that one could consider colorful, soulful, and psychedelic and another consider pure, minimal, or simply genius. The rhythms will keep your head nodding, your feet moving, and your mind opening with each track's raw energy and sound. From jazz, to experimental hip-hop, to broken beat, featuring unique and
powerful vocal expressions, there is something for everyone to appreciate. It is sure to be one of the most talked about albums for 2009 among those who enjoy innovative sounds and fresh new music.”
- DJ Moleculez / Earthtronix




Sunday, February 8, 2009

FREE DOWNLOAD ::: King Britt remixes & podcast

King Britt's Five Six Media label keeps on dropping these amazing freebies. Make sure to check on the site regularly for more such treats here. Click on the images to get the link


Saturday, February 7, 2009

NEW WORK: Bite it ::: The Tale of a Transformation


I did this one at Raye 6's Golden Sunday's Market Brunch... The Loft was filled with some amazing artworks by some of the most talented female artists in the city, and I had a chance to see the performance of 11-year old singer Sinai Rose, who is undoubtedly going to be the next big thing. I wasn't doing so well at the beginning of the day, but hanging around with all these amazing peeps and sharing some of their energy and creativity just completely changed my mood. Big shout out to Raye who not only put this together to showcase and support fellow female artists but also cooked the yummy brunch..mmmm
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