Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MAHOYO is fresh!

I was put on Mahoyo, a DJ crew/creative trio from Stockholm, by my homie, Booki the other day. I'm feeling their vibe & aesthetics. Find out more on mahoyo.com

Friday, July 22, 2011

iRECOMMEND: Starship 27 vol. 2: 'Take Off' curated by J1 aka THE DEER


Earlier this year, I did an interview with L.A. fam, Jay Won aka J-1, producer/drummer/DJ and one of the members of Master Blazter, where he mentioned that he was working on finishing his new Starship 27 compilation. As a follow-up to his first edition, J1 recently dropped a limited edition release (2X12" ltd. to 1,000 on blue vinyl and a BONUS 45 ltd. to 300 on green vinyl, also as digital) available on Insect Records featuring mostly West coast producers such as Dâm-Funk, I-Ced, Dibia$e, P.U.D.G.E., Devonwho, House Shoes, Eric Lau, Computer Jay, Ras-G, Blackspade, Coultrain, and more.

My personal favorites are Flame Brown's Blues & Pants (sounds like as if Waajeed were messing around with James Brown samples), J1's futuristic Slang Talk, F.A.M.E.'s psychedelic funk Superfuturisticfunktalapus, Dâm-Funk's classic I Don't Just Do Beats, Kone's drum-heavy Funk 3481, Computer Jay's unmistakable The Slapper, and the surprising drum & bass bonus track, NOFRENDO's Deep Space Heartache. 
From the press release: In 2009, an album emerged out of nowhere like a UFO sighting called Starship 27.The album, curated by drummer, producer and DJ, J-1, featured an assortment of West Coast beat producers. This time around on Vol. 2, we see the list of tracks and producers expand including music by Dam Funk, DIBIA$E, P.U.D.G.E., Devonwho, and House Shoes to name only a few. With Starship 27 vol. 2, J1 becomes the curatorial captain guiding the spacecraft on its voyage.
He’s released several beat tapes and podcasts through Heavyweight Production House (HVW8), including “Attack of The Deer” and “The You Tube EP.” After a completely improvised Super Session at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, Master Blazter, comprised of Computer Jay, Dam Funk, and J1, has grown to be one of the foremost bands on the funk/soul/boogie scene.
When asked about it, J1- replies, "the secret to the name will be revealed on the 3rd installment of the trilogy...next year. Stay tuned Ya'll..."
J-1 can be found here: 
BEATSNCRATES.COM
Twitter.com/THEDEER
Soundcloud 

MY HOMIES RULE TOO: Devin “PAN” Barrett of “The Casual”


I know PAN back from the days of writing for TRACE, where he used to be one of the OG writers (I'd be following an underground yet-to-be-discovered artist and then pow I would find an interview with them by him). PAN is a true tastemaker and culture hero. His eye for new talent is like shark's teeth; I believe he was the first to put on many artists and was able to shape new cultural movements through his features (I definitely have a lot of respect for that!). He's been working behind the scenes on developing his own brand The Casual (it's kind of a secret, so can't tell more yet) and has been co-curator and show writer/interviewer for the Live At The Loft music showcase series. He is also a part-time boxing coach and a full-time gentleman.
Devin “PAN” Barrett 

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Wherever I lay my hat is my home, but Newark, NJ is where I reside.
WHAT DO YOU DO? I'm a culture seeker, so most of the time I'm exploring life and creativity. Depending on which day you ask me, I'm a journalist/writer, an antique propmaster's apprentice, an amateur boxing coach, vintage print archivist...soon to be photo gallerist and magazine publisher. I try to do whatever moves me in the moment.
TRUE BEAUTY IS… belief in one's worth and the worth of others.
BEATS…are what motivate us. Beats are indigenous and tribal. The most visceral of beats is the beating of our hearts. That pulse that moves us is translated through the beats that we create and listen to. Beats really allow us to capture what's inside. At least that's what the great ones achieve...
TRUE SEXY IS… True 'sexy' can't be easily defined. It's subjective. It's something that you feel when it's in your presence. I think true 'sexy' has very little to do with physical appearance. It's an outward reflection of some internal energy.
MUSIC IS MY… Music is the artform that most closely mimics our emotions. Music is what our feelings sound like. Music is my most easily accessible retreat at times. Other times, it is a connective tool that allows me to reach a certain place or person.
ART DOES NOT… have to be explained, only felt.
MY NIGHTS ARE… unpredictable. I've done well to create a lifestyle that allows me to use the night as my canvas. I am most productive at night and most of the ideas that I come up with are executed at night. I prefer interacting with others at night. I'm semi-nocturnal, so it's fair to say that my nights are usually active.
THESE 3 TURN ME ON…In a woman, her ability to create, perform, and excel are my 3 main turn-ons. In life, my ability to create, perform, and excel are my 3 main turn-ons.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE …I've got knowledge of self and coloring books on my shelf.
ENOUGH OF …I've had enough of the generally accepted principles of branding and presenting art. I'm ready for a new solution for artists and creatives to present their art and sustain a career. One that doesn't involve ill-suited corporate ads and sponsorship.
MY CREATIVITY IS… my most valuable asset.
TRUE POWER IS… being able to carry out your life's missions, without having to sacrifice your core values. If you can influence in this way, then you are truly powerful.
LIFE CAN BE THE... dream that you want it to be.
TO LOVE IS TO… recognize the internal connection shared with everything around you.
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE… I pursue the goals that I believe in, regardless of whom or what.
NEW PROJECTS FOR 2011? I'm currently co-curator and show writer/interviewer for a series of live music showcases hosted in a 1920's former paper warehouse in Hoboken, NJ. We call it Live At The Loft and each show can be viewed at www.liveattheloftshow.com
Look forward to a couple of publishing projects that I have been working on for the last 2 years, as well as a space dedicated to photography and vintage printing. If I'm not being too ambitious, there may be a house of antiques in my sights as well.
WHERE CAN WE REACH YOU? The best way to reach me is to greet me when you see me...
SHOUTOUTS? Shouts to the homie TONE, creator and host of the Live At The Loft series...to provide such a platform and to allow us into his home all for the shared love of music and art is something to be commended. Shouts to the whole LATL team for that matter. We've become like a family with all of our individual vices and opinions adding value to the whole process. Shouts to real people and real friends who may read this...people like Blair "Bliz" Milbourne, Ron J (Leroy Jenkins) and Omar & Les (Black Flag Shoppe) whom I look to for something familiar as I've transitioned into this unconventional lifestyle along with them. Basically, we don't want to work for anyone! Shouts to my OGs and informal mentors Jerry Gant, Jamel Shabazz, and Kenyan Paris Lewis who have shared words of infinite wisdom and have shown me through action that this life and my aspirations are attainable. Finally, shouts to all the creators, all the lovers, all those who are passionate about something positive...shouts to you Lichiban!!!

I was put on this video by the homie, Ron Upperman (one half of Leroy Jenkins) starring PAN in the new LJ promo (captured secretly)! Also all photo and video credit goes to TONE

And last but not least, here is some freebie, a mix he curated for flwrpt:: 
FLWRPT & THE CASUAL PRESENTS…RELATIONSHIP RAPS
Many a relationship has been lost to the temptations of summertime. With the coming of this season and its sun rays, clothing becomes optional, sexuality is in abundance, and extended daylight leads to balmy nightlife, often at the expense of a long-term love. On the flipside, summertime is also when love connections are made. Nothing says summer like a humid day, and locking eyes with your dewy skinned soulmate for the first time, even if it only lasts for a season…or a night. 

With this theme in mind, and with summertime officially upon us, Flwrpt & The Casual presents…RELATIONSHIP RAPS. This mix is a collection of ’90s hip-hop tracks, some obscure some familiar, all dealing in some way with the relationships between women and men. With each song, we tried to capture a distinct ’90s sound and essence, that somehow never crossed into mainstream consciousness, but played a large role in crafting the energy of the era. [via Devin “PAN” Barrett of “The Casual”] follow this link for tracklist
FREE DOWNLOAD 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY George Clinton!

 70 years of brilliance.  Dr. Funkenstein, we love you
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ARTIST TO WATCH: OM'MAS KEITH

Don't sleep on OM'MAS KEITH! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Zulu Boy and Rudolf - Chicken Feet!!!

Zuluboy and Rudolph animation yasekasi. A mean Zulu hero and his alien friend Rudolph saves us all from the evil genious Mnaka from Swaziland who wants to take over Southern africa.

The RAMM:ELL:ZEE!

The RAMM:ELL:ZEE from MOCA on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

i'm feeling...ZUZUKA PODEROSA

mmmm....heat from the Brazilian baile funk queen, Zuzuka Poderosa. love her! 

THE LIVINGROOM SESSIONS presents SARAH WHITE & DJ DON CUCO

Livingroom Sessions - Episode 1 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Curated by Brooklyn poet/artist Caits Meissner, Creative Control TV have come together to bring you "The Living Room Sessions," which features intimate peeks into the lives of underground artists. In the series' debut episode, CC visits the home of  my good friends, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sarah White & DJ Don Cuco and their beautiful daughters. Sarah and Rico were the first artist fam I had met when I moved to Brooklyn (they just moved here from Minneapolis a few months earlier). Sarah and I used to write for TRACE together and then we had so much to share that we started our own blog. Sarah is also a dope photographer, peep her work here. I've always been a huge fan of them as not only artists, but also as young parents grinding in New York to make their dream happen while raising a beautiful family. They are true inspiration!
Sarah is coming out with her much-anticipated new album, so stay tuned and send some love their way! 

i heART NYC: UNDER THE INFLUENCE & RITUAL opens TODAY

 If you're in New York, check out these two group shows both opening today in Brooklyn. Jamel Shabbaz needs no introduction, his 10th anniversary celebration of his legendary photo essay of New York (well, mostly Brooklyn) in the 80s 'BACK IN THE DAYS' going to be surely epic (powerhouse, Dumbo, BK). The other show, Ritual, will feature the Honeycomb Collective, some of the hottest artists from South America, Europe, Australia and the US, including my homies Alice Mizrachi, Free 5 (you can check the wall we did a couple of weekends ago below) and Trystan Bates, founder of Honeycomb. I've seen some of the work from the show, it's going to be hot (Causey Contemporary Gallery, Williamsburg, BK).

Monday, July 11, 2011

FREE DOWNLOAD: JESSE BOYKINS III: Way Of A Wayfarer

Just in time for the summer heat, BK fam Jesse Boykins III's recently released new project "Way Of A Wayfarer" was worth the wait. My two favorites 'I Can't Stay' & 'Back Home'- a sound that I've been missing. Jesse is one of those artists that kept it always real and grounded as he was soaking in much-deserved success worldwide...always an inspiration. Dope production from Gold Panda, btw.

From Jesse:
"After my last release “The Beauty Created” 3 years ago, I took some time to truly discover my art, my spirit, my voice, my style, my love for life and its mysteries. That journey has taken me around the world, exposed me to various cultures and people, and enlightened and influenced me along the way. “Way Of A Wayfarer” is me sharing with you those moments and those lessons, in hopes that I can inspire you to share your moments and lessons with the rest of the World. That is the only way, the universal way. Much love & many thanks to SoulCulture, Street Etiquette & Passport Life for taking this journey with me. Schwaza."
FREE DOWNLOAD 
website // bandcamp // facebook
twitter // tumblr

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

PRESS: KONOGO IN THE MIX!!! Clam Spring/ Summer 2011 Issue Feature now in stores

KONOGO MIX is in the new CLAM Magazine Spring/Summer 2011(Paris/New York/Tokyo) under "New York's Next"!! KONOGO MIX mixtape/zine and release party is in the work. Huge thanks to CLAM for the support!!! The issue is available in major international cities (find out about local carriers on facebook)

Part of the feature were MeLo-X, Scheme of OLD MONEYMegaKwan LuvLou Diamond, and myself
 photos by MeLo-X



these are some of my photos

Sunday, July 3, 2011

NEW WORK: " TOOGI" Mural collabo at the YOURS TRULY store, BK w/ Alice Mizrachi & Free 5

I had an impromptu live art/mural collabo with my girl, Alice aka AM and the homie Free 5 at the Yours Truly store in Brooklyn (1007 Broadway).

I did one of my new characters from my Katapulko series, called TOOGI.

Things got a lil crazy when people started jumping into the wobbly-walled 'swimming pool' and then getting the fresh paint off the wall with water splashing all over the place. It was fun tho.

Shout to the hostess and brand-owner, Jenny for the invite. Check out her sexy collection at Yours Truly. And of course my teammates Alice and Freddy for sharing! <3




FREE DOWNLOAD: Chief Encore 'HOUSE TO THE WU'

A.L.I.E.N. fam, Chief Encore has worked with French Lopez artist, Tigga Calore and has been one of the chief deejays at NYC legendary underground house party, C'est Noir. He cooked up yet again a hot blend of Wu Tang-favored kung fu samples and old school house beats-a collection of 11 tracks with his signature flavor, entitled  House To The Wu. It could be soundtrack for a dope video game, don't sleep.







ARTIST TO WATCH: OPOLOPO & AMALIA


Hailing from Sweden, OPOLOPO and AMALIA share not only the title for two of the illest album covers, but several collaborations and mutual inspirations amongst other. OPOLOPO's Voltage Controlled Feelings made me nostalgic taking me back to the days of Blade Runner. Featuring also L.A fam, Erik Rico on the vocals. AMALIA has shared the stage with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Maceo Parker, Jazzanova, Saul Williams, Cinematic Orchestra and many more. Her choice of ammunition, a unique voice with a powerful blow, has made her 'the secret weapon of numerous underground producers' in Europe and beyond. 
'Voltage Controlled Feelings' is the sonic testimony of more than two decades of serious electro, funk and boogie studies from Swedish synth commander Opolopo!

Blending epic Blade Runner soundscapes and Krautrock sequencer lines into cruising west coast beats and beyond, he proves that science fiction and funk are not only compatible, but have always belonged together. 'Voltage Controlled Feelings' is a newly discovered planet orbiting a distant star, that also pays homage to the synthesizers, drum machines and the artists who influenced Opolopo's music. Echoes of Prince, Herbie Hancock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Isao Tomita can be heard throughout the album. Fellow electronauts include L.A. vocalist Erik Rico, known for his work with Tupac Shakur and David LaChapelle, UK acid jazz hit singer Farah, Toronto-based jazz vocalist Sacha Williamson and Stockholm-based oral transmorpher of sounds and words Amalia. Don't miss the Opolopo starcruiser! via

http://www.tokyodawn.net/opolopo-voltage_controlled_feelings/




Spotlight on for the long awaited debut album by Tokyo Dawn's first lady Amalia! 'Art Slave' is a colorful manifesto for the passion of art, the strength of heart and the need for sufficient funk in all stages of life.
Flying solo, Amalia bravely commands her own starship and pays homage to the strong women of soul who catalyzed her ingenuity such as Chaka Khan, Sheila E, Eartha Kitt and Betty Davis. Produced by her cohabitant, Swedish funk extraordinaire Opolopo, 'Art Slave' is sonically and musically influenced by late 80s/early 90s New Jack Swing and Boogie, continuing on from his epic concept album Voltage Controlled Feelings.

Download Amalia's 'Art Slave' album via http://www.tokyodawn.net/amalia-art_slave/