CULTURE + REAL TIME ADVENTURES
Its been a minute since I posted something I was crazy about! But Monday night favorites Chance The Rapper and Nosaj Thing team up for “Cold Stares”.
Here we go! My TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014. Always a tough list to compile being I’m not fond of Top anything lists. My views always change and then I end up regretting or forgetting a title.
Yooooooooo! Vibes on this one from the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. I dug this one up last week and played it on my radio show and for 6 straight minutes I was blown away by this first cut (see video).
Amazing! The original is cool but will forever be associated with those crazy dance moves as seen on Letterman. But this rework gives it life, soul, pain and everything in-between.
I try to refrain from food reviews and restaurant info but sometimes the food is so good I just have to share. Last night me and fellow food lover @Taystries headed out to K Town to the Line Hotel to enjoy a Friends and Family night over at the yet to be opened Commissary on the second floor.
So good to see so many homies in the latest Flaunt Magazine | The Selfie Issue. Honored to be part of the KCRW team of selfies. I managed to snap a good one of my riding my Sole through Venice one afternoon somewhere on Brooks Ave. Go pick it up! It’s a pretty cool issue but page Pg. 79 lower right hand side is where the party is at!
This song has been on repeat during my KCRW sets. Majid Jordan is best known to the pop world for their contribution to Drake’s Hold On, Were Going Home but they have been dropping gems for sometime on their sound cloud page. Their EP just dropped. Go cop it!
Listen to these words!! Monday night KCRW favorites Majid Jordan drop this beautiful video fro “A Place Like This” which explores the aftermath of heartbreak. Production on the song alone is strong but such great visuals and lyrics are really moving. Hope you dig!
Fire! Fire! BADBADNOTGOOD kill this on the musical front of things. Those guitar plucks remind me of early Portishead. Ghost as always rides the beat in true form. Danny Brown does his thing but it’s that 3rd voice that gets me every time from Ghost.
Great hang tonight at East Village Radio w/ Jon Oliver + crew. I came on a really great night and got to hear the incredible music of James Tillman. Originally from DC and now based in NYC, Tillman recorded his most recent EP in Brasil and it sounds amazing!
On the run prepping for tonight’s radio show + some shoots this week some amazing bands for NUVO/VEVO but a quick stop to share some of my favorite tunes, videos and attire.
Traveling across the US this year and engaging with listeners of the weekly radio show has really taught me about the power of radio and engagement. I always mention that being on at midnight makes you wonder who is listening. Watch a behind the scenes look at what goes down Monday nights on KCRW.
I have never been a fan of the gentrification of music via blue eyed soul (thats a whole other topic) but this gets the pass! Easily one of my favorite Kellz cuts, HTDW keeps it simple with just the keys and a nice falsetto to hit the powerful part of the songs. I’m super late on this version but I dig.
New week! New weekend line up events and new episodes of The Collective on NUVOtv this Thursday but most importantly a new What I’m Diggin Vol 7 (The Vala Essentials)!!! I have gotten a god response from these so here are a few of my favorites videos and songs that are on repeat at the Vala Manor! Hope you dig!
First! Let me state, this is not the end all be all of the next generation of emcees! These are a few off the top of my head. I always try to distance myself from musical purists and folks who live in the past by stating “It’s not like the old days”. I love what’s new and aways pride myself by embracing the new.
I am not mad at this! Even if the track is an XXYYXX beat that Ive loved and played over and over in the car or on radio. It’s still dope! I heard SZA do this one live at SXSW but it was a bonus to find Chance The Rapper drop a verse on this cut.
Just waking up after a long night on the town and what a night! After a day of travel and meetings with the NUVO production crew I cruised around Austin and then found myself at AT&T’s Mobile Movement show featuring Reggie Watts, Sza, Machinedrum and Dj Shadow!
These posts have been fun. I have received lots of great feedback regarding things I find around the net. I spend way too much time searching for music, clothing and gadgets on the net and often come across things I want to share.
My next album is set for March 18th on Plug Research! Here is the tracklist, artwork and featured guests on the new record. Obviously there are many many artists I would love to have collaborated but I’m happy with this bunch.
Big thanks to Sole Bicycles in Venice for the new ride! The El Tigre is the perfect bike to help me get around Venice. Today I managed to break out the camera and take some snapshots along a ride to the pier. Check em out!
This is my everything at the moment. Black Atlass hails from . Part of the Fool’s Good label, his soulful delivery is soft and raspy in such a unique way. But those beats! The instrumentation! All blends well for these gritty songs with out too much fuzz or reverb. I’m digging this.
By now if you follow me on Instagram or have seen one of my dj sets you might get the sense that Drunk In Love is my jam of 2014. Lots of cool remixes floating around the net but this one starts off super cool and kind eh. Monday night KCRW favorite The Weeknd has taken a jab at a cover/remix. Take a listen.
Big thanks to GoPro of amazing Hero3 camera! I have had a blast documenting a lot of what a week in my life may look like! From all my residencies at Cana, Zanzibar, The Natural History Museum, Sayers and inside KCRW, it’s documented in this video!
Really cool mellow vibes form this forthcoming release from THE TRP and Michael Tousana. Playing this tonight on my radio show.
New batch of things that I find and love on the net. These posts have become some what popular with those who visit the blog so I thought I’d share a few early in the week! Big thanks to GoPro for the camera. Hope you dig!
Just found this clip of the amazing Lee Quinones of Wild Style. So great to this man still doing what he loves and still crack a smile on his face. Just got hip to Brooklyn Insiders and looking forward to exploring more of their videos on influential people from that borough.
I just got hip to this brother with the camera. I was moved on a 2 minute clip and began doing my research and realized this is not just some ordinary man with a camera but someone who deep down cares and desires change. He is a former graff artist and then became a subject of an HBO special as well as a TED talk which I suggest you watch.
Hey! New week and new list of thing’s I’m digging. Volume 3. Every morning I wake up and check out blogs and find interesting things that I love sharing. So this is my wrap up.
The amazing Sampha returns with another EP that was recorded in 2010. Pre SBTRKT and Drake, the EP is a look into crazy drums patterns, off key synths and church chords. I’m digging Rainstars and Kij but the rest are great as well.
This is amazing! I came across this great promo clip provided by Guinness which was shot in 2014. These gentleman despite all the conflict in the region, break out their threads and keep their spirits high. The short clip reminded me a bit of the 80’s doc “Paris is Burning”. Despite their circumstances, the rise and create unity through fashion. Peep!
Monday night KCRW favorites Sly5thAve and Denitia strike gold with this track. Horns, keys, chill vocals and jazz drum patterns all blend for this track of the day! Listen and peep the promo vid!
It’s about that time! Grammy campaign to create the buzz for the awards show later in the month. Remember when I appeared next to Snoop,Rihanna, Nas and Taylor Swift on this ad? I do! Ha. Anyhoo, I am digging these new campaign ad’s that allow you into the artist’s lives. Watch!
High School student Jake Olshan sent me some gear. I was really moved by his message but most importantly that this is a High School student pursuing his passion at an early age. I am 35 and I’m still trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together!
The late Nujabes is easily one of the masters of creating sounds and moods in the spirit of rap beats. He was able to create soundtrack aesthetics with boom-bap beat production that was unmatched. Due to a car accident a few years back the producer was taken from us at an early age. I saw this clip today and man was moved!
Here is my second installment of WHAT I’M DIGGIN, my weekly installment of trolling the blogs and sites and blending into a blog post to save you time. I’m not a fashion head (and far from it). I prefer to wake up, throw on whatever is comfy and walk the dog but I think that’s kind of the common theme here.
Some of personal faves at the moment. Kirkis has been getting love on my radio show for a minute now. Ratking is playing Coachella and finally on people’s radars. Sophia Chang + Ari have an amazing eye and creative process. Get hip!
Monday night late night favorites on KCRW team up for a great track with a most excellent video. Great to see these two team up. This beat is fire and Jon + Scoop really come with their a game on delivery! Peep.
This is super dope! Just got hip to these kiddos over the weekend. Hailing from NYC (now in LA) and creating non busy textures into the blend. I love this! 2014 is musically off to a great start! Go grab the album!
I love the whole design and approach to this video. Melbourne singer/songwriter/producer/beatmaker and funny guy Oscar Key Sung drops a video in support to this beautiful song. I look forward to hearing more gems from this guy! But in the mean time peep the video!
I spotted this over at ModeMachine this morning. Not exactly sure if this product for sale but nonetheless these masks are pretty amazing! Something tells me the actual product is the attire. The masks are just a way to spice things up. Peep the site.
Yesterday this track was all over my timeline. Im a little late in posting but it’s still a beautiful track that I wish would turn up on I Tunes or in my record shop. SBTRKT never fails and shared this awesome tune that clocks in a little over a minute. Can we please get another SBTRKT record in 2014!?