Sonntag, 22. Januar 2012

KALHEX, ROB O & GRAP LUVA - PERSPECTIVES / LA FINE LIGNE 12"

News from my homies Lex, Parental & Le Makizar in Paris. After an incredible debut album in 2009 (about which I blogged back then) and a great instrumental 2LP by Lex de Kalhex called "Perfect Picture" from last year, they have been teaming up with "Grap Luva" and "Rob O" for their next and soon to come 12inch.

Kalhex, Rob O & Grap Luva rhyming over the instrumentals of Lex and Parental. Each beat an artwork of its own. Rob O gets a nice laid back INI kind of treatment and Grap Luva rocks an uplifting boom bapish beat with nice layers that make only listening to the beat an odyssee. The record includes vocal, instrumental and (yeeeah, we like that!) also the acapellas (I always figured it being really sad, that this kind of early hip hop phenomenon stopped at some point). But that's not all. The record features two bonus beats by Parental and Le Makizar in addition to that and they also really hit my nerves. Heard them all and more of that ... and believe me; this one is going to be a must have aswell as the rest that seems to come in future! What else to expect from my favourite french producers on the mic. Enjoy! Support artists! Buy records!

I filmed a little something with my phone when I joined them for the mastering session last week - its a part of the bonus beat by Le Makizar.



Link: "Perspectives/La Fine Ligne" on Akromégalie Records ...
Coming very soon!

Samstag, 21. Januar 2012

CONSTANT DEVIANTS - FULTON STREET 7"

A brilliant 7" release by Constant Deviants (aka M.I. & Dj Cutt) straight out of Baltimore. I was really looking forward to this track & instrumental getting a physical release. The instrumental was spooking around on my harddisk as an untitled mp3 for quite some time and I just couldn't stop listening to it - same now with the vocal version. "Outstanding; really!" and I actually have nothing more to say than that.



"I put my lifetime inbetween the papers lines"

If you decide to get your copy (ltd 250) directly from six2sixrecords do yourself a favor and also check their other releases, plus the just recently released Amp Boogie, DNA, Sparrow The Movement ...

Sonntag, 15. Januar 2012

ZOE STRAUSS - UNDER I-95

I just got introduced to the incredible artwork of artist and photographer Zoe Strauss (born 1970) yesterday (Thx for that Shelby) and I am already hooked. For 10 years she took images of primarily middle class Americans to convey what she calls "an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life". Watch the video to see how she is setting up her show under "I-95 freeway", which she did every year over the last 10 years.

Plus an exhibition of this work at the "Philadelphia Museum of Art" just opened yesterday January 14th and is accompanied by a 270 pages book also named "Zoe Strauss 10 Years".



“I knew when I began to take photographs that the direct gaze was going to be of great importance,” explains Strauss, an installation artist and longtime political activist who, in 1995, established the Philadelphia Public Art Project (PAP), her one-woman organization dedicated to making art an essential part of urban life." (USA Projects)

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2012

2001: SCRATCH

"A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl." (Imdb)

It has been ten years since this documentary was made and still - and after dozens of times watching - its fantastic!

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012

1983: STYLE WARS & WILD STYLE

Two of those classic documentaries that make me feel good anytime watching - even if it is the 52nd time and even if they are edited like if there is any time in the world! But its important to take some time for history and that's definitely where history was "written" and "captured".

I can already see the pictures in my head while only hearing the sound to the film and I will never forget the time, when we were trying to copy moves and orientate ourselves on breakdance parts of "Wild Style" because that was the only footage we had to see and find out how this socalled thing "breakdance" works (until the video tape was so fucked at all these key-parts, that you had to copy the copy of the copy). Now you can google, share, find video tutorials of everything and nothing at the same time; crazy!
If you should take the time to watch Wild Style: pay attention to the moonwalk in the end at the stadion party - it just lasts for like two or three seconds, but it is so intense with the sound and the guy blowing smoke out of his mouth at the same time. i have never seen one like it - incredible, aswell as all the writing, rapping, dancing, scratch-beginnings, later-on sampled talking, ... too much to continue and why should I, considering the fact, that there are two brilliant documentaries.





Enjoy the "Total Recall" and I'm sure you can find all further information by yourself as I think it might not be your first time either. Style Wars (Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant), Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn)