Camo still reigns supreme this summer and Italian luxury brand Valentino keeps up the trend for his Spring / Summer 2014 Fluo Capsule Collection. The brand goes camo crazy – ditching the traditional concept of camouflage and giving it a remix with vibrant neon colors. The bright and quite wearable camo theme is applied throughout an array of items ranging from tees, shorts, button ups and windbreakers to killer footwear and bags for men and women. A new take on the age-old classic – I’m into it!
The U.K. right now is on fire with all the overwhelmingly high amount of fresh, new musical talent that’s making its way to mainstream. Check out this soaring track from London’s latest synth-pop trio, Vaults. Not much yet on this three-piece but the track is epic as “Lifespan” starts off with some faint, twinkling bells and then builds with dramatic drums and a great chorus with catchy hook. “Lifespan” is so captivatingly gorgeous it’s a must have on repeat. If you love a bit of Kate Bush, London Grammar or Florence and The Machine - this is right up your alley! Looking forward to more ear-goodness from Vaults to come.
VAULTS – LIFESPAN
Most everyone is familiar with envelope pushing New York photographer Terry Richardson and his ultra heightened world of porn stars, supermodels, transsexuals, pets and highbrow celebrities who bare all for his lens but not too much about Dian Hanson the woman behind Richardson’s book, Terry Richardson: Terryworld and so many other sexually provocative coffee table books. I thought I’d highlight something fun as I was unaware of Hanson and her many books on the topic of sex and the body. Her Big Book Series – Big Penis, Big Butt, Big Book of Breasts and the Big Book of Legs all contain beautiful and risqué photos of men and women showcasing their big assets. Each book features a well rounded and sometimes comical depiction of the world’s fascination with all things big that spans throughout history and across many cultures. Hanson tackles taboo and sexual obsession with interviews from models, porn actors, photographers and every day people. Hanson began her publishing career as an American pornographic magazine editor, historian, and occasional model. Since 2001, Hanson has held the position of Sexy Book editor for Taschen Books and continues to cover all sexually oriented titles for the company.
Now, I have to be honest I’m not the biggest Usher fan. Yeah, he’s got a nice voice and can take dance choreography pretty well but every now but he does have skills. Then someone will take a song of his and put it in flip mode, creating a remix that really gets my attention. Here, the brothers from Disclosure have done just that with his newest single, “Good Kisser.” The remix is out of control house goodness and it’s apparent that they are really stretching it out using top notch r&b / hip hop talent (Pharrell, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige) as new focus for creating uber fresh music with an even more commercial feel. Getting the red light first from BBC Radio 1′s hit making DJ, Zane Lowe who made this track his hottest record last week and it’s true…Check it out and play it loud!
USHER – GOOD KISSER (DISCLOSURE REMIX)
Color is back again for accessories and in a bold and cheerful way! Check out the new Pre Fall Bright Diamante Collection from Gucci. Dating back to when the world famous Italian fashion house started with it’s signature Diamante pattern on woven luggage in the 1930′s, Gucci gets visual and takes it to the twenty-first century with a fresh new take on it’s embossed leather goods for men and women. The eye-catching gear is now also available in happy hues of yellow, fuschia, blue, red, turquoise, snow white and of course basic black. The cost is still VERY Gucci but take a peek and discover new variations of products that range from messenger and duffle bags, backpacks, suit cases, wallets, belts, driving shoes and my favorites, the trainers – That’s so Gucci!
Summer is here in full swing and that means hanging out in the hot sun and a chance to strut your stuff by the pool! Check out what’s new from Italian-based swimwear brand Calzedonia for Spring / Summer 2014. Model Tyson Ballou shows us how it’s done as he’s featured in the lines current campaign of wearable men’s swim shorts and trunks in varying lengths, colors and prints at affordable prices. The Calzedonia brand was founded in 1987 in Vallese di Oppeano which is near Verona and can be found in stores worldwide. Happy Independence Day!
Calzedonia was founded in 1986 in Vallese di Oppeano, near Verona (the hometown of Romeo and Juliette). – See more at: http://uomo-moderno.com/get-swept-away-with-calzedonia/#sthash.9FHK0w5Q.dpuf
Calzedonia was founded in 1986 in Vallese di Oppeano, near Verona (the hometown of Romeo and Juliette).
Currently Calzedonia runs nearly 1,500 shops around the world.
Calzedonia was founded in 1986 in Vallese di Oppeano, near Verona (the hometown of Romeo and Juliette).
Currently Calzedonia runs nearly 1,500 shops around the world.
I’ve been rocking out to this lovely song for a few weeks now and it’s time to introduce you to Monogem! Headed by Jen Hirsh on vocals and Scott Smith on production, “Follow You” is a catchy one with dream-like vocals and a complex melody. This soulful-pop track is sheer musical goodness with bursts of electronica thrown in for good measure. Not too much background info on the LA based Monogem but you can hear more on their Soundcloud page. If you like Broods or Daughter, check them out…Looking forward to hearing more from Monogem as this track is already on repeat.
MONOGEM: FOLLOW YOU
Every now and then I’ll come across a superbly designed item that just has to be noted. Check out the InsideOut Series by Alissia Melka-Teichroew aka ByAMT. These martini glasses and champagne flutes are constructed out of hand-blown borosilicate glass that is double-walled with a sturdy grip and provides insulation keeping your drink colder for longer with less spillage. ByAMT is a New York-based design studio that creates jewelry, home goods and furniture adding a twist to predictable everyday items and objects – Keep it classy!
It’s been a bit (two years to be exact) since Grimes was on the charts with her playful mix of electro-industrial pop. Now she’s back with a fresh new track called “Go.” This is the first new release since Grimes released her stellar 2012 debut on 4AD entitled ‘Visions.’ It’s said that this high energy EDM track was specifically written for Rihanna but sources say she turned it down. Debuting on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio 1 show after playing it live at the Govoners Ball Festival earlier this month, Claire Boucher aka Grimes has put it out there and can be downloaded from her website. Produced by Grimes’ longtime collaborator and fellow Canadian Blood Diamonds. “Go” could be a huge crossover hit and potentially take Grimes to the mainstream! Check it out!
GRIMES – GO
I’m loving this new Spring / Summer 2014 collection from Amsterdam-based footwear brand Filling Pieces. Showcasing an array of colors and styles for the season, Filling Pieces gives us options: Lowtops, Midtops, Hightops and Mountain Cut, Desert Boot and Broque Cut to suit your fashion needs. Unique in concept, “FP” makes a stand on their own with attention to detail, rich embossing, designer perforations and unexpected stitching. The brand launched in 2009 set to fill in the gap between street and high-fashion, owner and designer Guillaume Philibert Chin pushes the design envelope with minimalist creations that focus on high quality. All are handmade in Portugal using only the finest leathers, nubuck and other fabrics based on an Italian Margom vulcanized rubber cup sole. Nice fashion with affordable prices…can’t beat that!
I’m loving this deep house track and very Keith Haring-esque video from Zebra Katz. The 25 year old New York native Ojay Morgan is serving up some attitude with his lastest house banger “Tear The House Up.” Katz exploded on the dance and hip hop music scene a few years ago with his 2012 single “Ima Read” – a dark, deep baritone “bitch track” influenced by elements of New York’s black gay ball culture. “Tear The House Up” does it again with a sick beat and very fashion forward video that’s infectious. The song produced by Hervé and video directed by Brooklyn duo Ghost + Cow who are gaining attention for their off kilter video concepts, give us a bit of Missy Elliot with a little Busta Rhymes for good measure. I can’t help but also see actor Tony Todd from ‘Candyman’ the 1992 horror flick based on the novel from Clive Barker…It’s all up in this video!
It’s a given that during the summertime months when the weather is warm and the sun shines its rays of goodness upon us that we can’t help but be outside taking part in various outdoor hiking adventures, driving excursions and random bicycle jaunts around the city. Check out these stunning bikes from Abici Italia. What started out as a nostalgic tribute to 1950′s Italian artisan appreciation of vintage design and the love of biking turned a hobby into a full-fledged business amongst three good friends. Abici is handmade in Italy and brings back an elegance to retro styling and attention to detail. Cristiano Gozzi, Giuseppe Marcheselli and Stefano Seletti have created eleven models (for men and women) to suit their passion and offer a fantastic palette of colors to fit your mood; ranging from a subdued grey or flat black to a refined moss green or a lustrous robin’s egg blue. The build it yourself style of ordering gives you the option to get creative, presenting a wide range of pricing which makes it easy for you to custom your accessories when it comes to chains, baskets, seats and grips…Ciao Italia!
If you don’t know this up and coming artist, you better…MNEK is taking the music world by storm! The British singer/songwriter and record producer has written and produced killer top chart tracks for Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, The Saturday’s and Little Mix along with song writing credits for Kylie Minogue and a slew of others waiting to work with the lad. Not yet a name in the USA, MNEK born Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike (Em-En-Eee-Kay) started making music in his bedroom at the age of nine and had a publishing deal by the time he was fourteen. Now at only nineteen, he’s taking his love of electronic pop and r&b to the mainstream with his own signature sound of radio friendly dance tracks. His latest “Wrote A Song About You” is a super hyped house track that shows his wide range of vocals but also his smooth production skills. His sound: Think of Usher or Christ Brown partying all night long with Disclosure but with a flat top fade UK style! I’m loving this track and it’s on repeat – new song of the summer…Trust!
MNEK – WROTE A SONG ABOUT YOU
Take some time to check out this newly discovered and still relevant works of brilliance from Paris-born, French abstract artist Jean Miotte. Miotte’s work came of age just after World War II when non-figurative abstraction was on the rise in Europe as well as in the States. With his new way of creating artistic, bold and colorful visual expressions, Miotte worked with an array of formats on raw canvas and paper using acrylics, calligraphy, liquid jets and arcs of paint that were described as his take on the body in motion. Miotte’s work style is now known as ‘L’Art Informel’ and has been featured at numerous gallery and museum exhibitions over the past thirty years. His works are currently preserved and studied at the Miotte Foundation which is part of the third floor at the Chelsea Art Museum in Manhattan.
Fresh new music is out from Britain’s Mercury Prize-nominee, Jessie Ware. After her strong debut album ‘Devotion’ exploded with rave reviews mixed with a ton of great collaborations, she’s back with a new single for her sophomore release out sometime later this year. The track “Tough Love” is an easy, mid-tempo elctro jazz-tinged pop track with a twist. Taking on the popular vintage drum beats and high falsetto reminiscent of various early 80′s top hits by Prince (1999 and Purple Rain era) “Tough Love” sounds on-trend synth-pop wise and brings her version of sexy to the masses. A welcoming lead single to her well anticipated next effort.
JESSIE WARE – TOUGH LOVE
Check out this stunning cover of Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ by Mausi! This band is getting lots of play right now and should be on your radar! On par with Say Lou Lou or even Goldroom, Mausi brings a sweet summertime vibe to their version. Another hit here for sure and so soon after releasing “My Friend Has A Swimming Pool” their stellar song of the summer. It’s all kicking off…Love it!
MAUSI – BOUND 2
The “Pharrell Machine” continues to push through with his latest effort, a collaboration with KAWS and Comme des Garçons. The award winning singer / songwriter, rapper, producer and fashion designer can now perfumer to the list of successful accomplishments. Introducing the unisex fragrance titled “Girl” a scent for both male and female fragrance connaisseurs. With it’s bold and colorful packaging designed by New York based artist KAWS aka Brian Donnelly, the “Girl” fragrance boasts vivid top notes such as neroli, lavender and white pepper followed by iris, styrax and violet and the closing base of patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and cedar. Conceived by Pharrell Williams and created by Christian Astuguevieille, the genius creative director of Comme des Garçons Parfums and Antoine Lie of Takasago. The 100-ml. bottle will sell for $135.00 with a smaller 10-ml. travel size option at $30.00. By the end of summer you can be rocking your “Girl” fragrance which hits stores September 1st and will be available at select stores in London, Tokyo, New York and online exclusively at Sephora – Happy!
Wanna see what absolute madness looks like? Check out this crazy video for “Turn Down for What” from William Grigahcine, an up can coming French DJ and producer better known as DJ Snake. Pairing up with the one and only Lil’ Jon on vocals, “Turn Down For What” features film making duo The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) who bring to life a stunning visual assault for the track which stars one of the directors Daniel Kwan. The video shows Kwan pumping and grinding away in mad a uber-sexed fashion and slowly spreads it throughout his apartment building with it climaxing at a late night dance party filled with horny, beat crazed party goers! It’s fun to watch!
Fresh and just in time for Summer and just arriving to stores today, Nike gives a bold and floral shout out to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York with their new selection of floral printed Blazer Mid Sneakers for Spring / Summer 2014. The kicks feature eye-catching all-over floral prints contrasted with suede swooshes. The LA pair features a “Birds of Paradise” prints, while Chicago has chrysanthemums as a nod to the city’s official flower and New York is represented by the dandelion all available a select stores and online for only $100 bucks!
I just was thinking again about the new Metronomy album ‘Love Letters’ and found this new gem while checking out what’s new. Getting a fantastic make over from Stuart Price under his Jacques Lu Cont moniker, the British electro specialist gives us a new take on the bubbly pop track “Resevoir.” Take a listen and if you have a chance peep the adorable animated video for song which was directed by Daniel Brereton.
METRONOMY – RESEVOIR (JACQUES LU CONT REMIX)
Stemming from the love of comic strips and cartoons as children, JumpFromPaper designers Chay Su and Rika Lin ask us all “Why take everything so serious?” The Taipei based team combine 2D graphics and 3D illusion to create a playful line of bags for men and women. Each bag starts out as a thought and then rendered to real life based off of their design ideas and concept fantasties. JumpFromPaper is a bright and cheerful range of accessories that will for sure catch an eye or two! Check out more styles available on their quirky website as well as an impressive listing of stockists!
Since Southern California is burning up these days from the intense heat I thought this Song of the Day is most fitting! Check out ultra hip, electronic pop band Mausi out of Newcastle. Fronted by Italian born siblings Daisy and Thomas Finetto, the group got together after meeting band mates Ben Brown and Benji Huntrods at University. Their latest summer time, feel good track “My Friend Has A Swimming Pool” is the perfect song for an already hot summer. The party track is filled with a catchy chorus and swirling sun-drenched keyboards and an infections beat. Play it loud…and stay cool!
MAUSI – MY FRIEND HAS A SWIMMING POOL
Les Hommes is the brilliant mens and womens wear label from Belgium launched four years ago by Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch. Both graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and are said to be the best of friends inside and outside of fashion. Notte had a brief gig at Olivier Theyskens before teaming up with Vandebosch after graduation to start the Les Hommes label where it’s motto is to feature contrasting ideas and opinions about fashion and how to wear it. Presented here is their “Urban” Spring / Summer 2014 collection described as “contemporary with a twist.” The Les Hommes “Urban” collection is young brother to their signature line, giving way to a fresh look and easy wardrobe for guys on the go – playful with a bit of street edge. The line showcases their honest interpretation of colors, shapes and fabrications, while most of the line is clean and lean, offering stylish fit with splashes of color, leather accents and mixing it with uber smart sportswear that’s very now.
2014 is shaping up to be a stellar year of great music from a lot of my favorites now back on the music scene! Check out the latest from Elly Jackson and co-producer Ben Langmaid aka La Roux ,who has just released their latest effort “Let Me Down Gently” which starts out as a moody, slow burner before building to wash of synths, organs and percussion that swirl – a mellow first release, but a good one nonetheless. The British synth-pop duo is coming back after a five year hiatus. Their sophomore record, the followup to her eponymous 2009 debut, ‘Trouble In Paradise’ is set to be out this July and is on the top of my list!
LA ROUX – LET ME DOWN GENTLY
What do you think of the idea of sporting a Birkin Bag on your feet? Sounds crazy right? Well…check out the latest statement for Spring 2014. Urban footwear brand Buscemi presents its 100mm sneaker, handcrafted in Italy with the highest quality leathers and 18K gold-plated hardware. The season’s range features the high-end sneaker brand’s signature detailing on the ankle strap with a working lock and clochette. Available now in six fresh color ways: cream, black, chocolate, red, white, and navy but be wary of the price…they might as well be a Birkin Bag!
Right now the UK is heating up the charts left and right with more electro-soul / r&b acts that are getting major play on this side of the pond. Check out Sasha Keable and her latest track, “Living Without You” from her soon to be released EP ‘Lemon Grass & Lime.’ Keable’s strong and soulful voice may ring a bell as she was featured on last year’s internationally recognized debut album ‘Settle’ from fellow UK mates, Disclosure. The track “Voices” put her on the mark and now we can’t wait to discover more from this young chanteuse. “Living Without You” blends an 80′s vibe with a synth pop style for an easy breezy dance track. Take a listen for yourself and knowing you’ll most likely want to hear more, visit her website for a free download of her ‘Black Book’ EP which features eight new songs that are a mix of r&b honeyed electronic soul on par with Jesse Ware, Kelela and Katy B. LOVE!
SASHA KEABLE – LIVING WITHOUT YOU
Loving this season’s Spring / Summer 2014 collection from Italian fashion label L.B.M. 1911. The casual chic menswear brand takes a nautical turn this time around and it works! While subtle sophistication has always been their signature style, they’ve reunited with handsome male model Maximiliano Patane who captures the essence of L.B.M. which is short for the brands full name, Lubiam. Founded in Mantova in 1911 by Luigi Bianchi Mantova, Lubiam is a company that knows how to renew itself remaining loyal to its tradition with strong ties to the region and to its culture. What you find is an ultra cool, calm and collected line featuring fitted but slightly relaxed vests and blazers in a wide range of fresh springy colors and patterns. Denim and classic button-down shirts, slouchy solid and striped tees and slim fitted pants shown in layers rounds it out and creates a wearable range that is contemporary and easy to attain.
The world can now officially stop now that Röyksopp & Robyn are back with new music and an intriguing new mini album set to be released May 26th. First out is this new lyric video for “Do It Again” directed by Sandberg & Tionen. While they are wrapping up the actual video to be release soon, check out this mesmerizing black & white visual extravaganza. The ‘Do It Again’ mini album can be pre-ordered on iTunes and will feature five new tracks of awesomeness….Can we say Song of the summer?
I’m a man that loves creating atmosphere especially at home. Whether I have friends over for drinks or just taking it easy on my own, this new creation is everything! Check out this brilliant must have – The Holî Smart Mood Lamp. TheHolî Lamp states that it’s the first smart and connected LED lamp on the market and what’s great about it that it’s controlled by an iOS or Android application available for free for your iPhone or iPad and let’s you control your lighting to reflect your mood. Named after the Hindu festival of colors, the minimalist ambient light is discreet yet stylish and with 500 lumens of brightness, your space will be covered. The Holî Lamp is 3cm wide and 20cm long and boasts a myriad of rich and vibrant lightscapes of colors to choose from all with a touch of hand. There’s a vast array of custom colour palettes as well to tap into stunning light choreographies designed by professional light-designers. Turn music into light by syncing your music to the Holî Lamp to create your own discotheque or chillout lounge. It also has the option to convert night owls into early birds with the gentle dawn simulator allowing you to wake up to soothing light therapy.
Full of sexual innuendo, UK based electro-pop lovely Indiana (like the state) hits strong with this sultry track called “Solo Dancing.” With a deep hypnotic beat, the video presents a number of suggestive imaging to go along with the dark disco track: parting curtains, spinning nobs and beating a big slab of meat, slaying a dragon, teaching a dog new tricks, stroking a kitty, shaking dangling fruit, yanking chains, feeding a beast and many many more. It’s quite clever and still pretty simple but all in all, nicely done. Directed by Rob & Rob, “Solo Dancing” is getting good hype since BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe called it one of the hottest records of the year so far. Check it out and the video too!
At just 20 years of age, Shift K3Y aka Lewis Jankel is on his way to having a top 10 chart hit with his super catchy house track, “Touch.” The London based singer/ songwriter and producer has already given his remixing talents to top notch artists from AlunaGeorge to Bastille and is now breaking out on his own. For this video, Jankel shows off his vocal skills in a high falsetto (à la JT or Robin Thicke) and leaves it all up to the energy of his hands with his leading lady! This house beat, garage heavy track is infectious and will command you to move! Can’t wait to hear more!
I love a great pair of high tops and these do not disappoint! Check out the latest from famed British designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen’s legacy of daringly theatrical and exquisite design lives on with his successor, Sarah Burton who continues to add new dimensions of wearability to brand. The Khaki Quilted Canvas High Top sneakers for Spring / Summer 2014 are uber GRAPHIC, featuring an all over two-tone letter print and a foldover strap with velcro closure. Made in Italy, these highbrow trainers include a rib quilted heel collar, the McQueen logo embossed in black leather at the heel and a white textured rubber midsole – Fresh!
Wow…Happy days are here again! Great to hear news of new music from the incredible Roisin Murphy. Here is her first new track in a long long time. “Ancora Tu” (You Again) is part of her latest project covering classic Italian pop tracks from the 60′s and 70′s for her new EP, ‘Mi Senti.’ The release is said to feature five electronic cover versions of Mina’s “Ancora Ancora Ancora” and “Non Credere,” Patty Pravo’s “Pensiero Stupendo,” Gino Paoli’s “La Gatta” and Lucio Battisti’s “Ancora Tu” which I’ve featured here today. The EP will also introduce one original song, “In Sintesti” recorded by Murphy. Once again, Murphy hits the mark and takes it over the edge as only she can by making this Italian pop classic her own; breathing new life through her sexy, emotional vocals while keeping it connected and current in a vintage 80′s pop kind of way. ‘Mi Senti’ is set to be released May 28th by The Vinyl Factory Records – Can’t wait!
ROISIN MURPHY – ANCORA TU
Fresh off debuting her newest pop single “Sweet Ophelia,” the Arizona native and now LA based Zella Day get’s a killer remix from jazz-infused, electronic r&b duo Marian Hill based out of Philly who takes Day’s track to a funkier new level. The original features Day’s ethereal voice paired against airy electronics and beats with layers of synths, pianos, and strings. Marian Hill aka Jeremy Lloyd (production and writing) and Samantha Gongol (vocals and writing) beef up “Sweet Ophelia” with their percussion heavy remix that twists and turns the original inside out, giving this track a very Lorde-esque vibe…and it’s fantastic!
ZELLA DAY – SWEET OPHELIA (MARIAN HILL REMIX)
Normally, I avoid the big bold and sometimes gaudy (in my opinion) looks from Italian fashion powerhouse Versace as they usually tend to be way too over the top. But this season for Spring / Summer 2014 features British model Edward Wilding looking cool, calm and refined in wearable pieces from Versace Collection. The brand revisits its past looks from their archive with opulent prints, vibrant colors and tailored ensembles all shown an updated twist. What’s visible here are their impeccable tailioring, fresh fabric choices and playing with neutral and sorbet flavored tones on shirts, jackets and suitings. As I love a cool accessory thrown for good measure, Versace showcases metallic accents, patent leather shoes and a mix of suede sandals paired with oversized leather and canvas handbags and iPad folders and cases.
Although 2014 is already almost half done, check out one of my top 5 Best Albums of the year! Sohn (pronounced Sonn) is the beautiful craftsmanship of English musician, songwriter and producer, Christopher Taylor. A much more melodic blend of electronic, folk and emotional pop music, Sohn soars on his debut album from 4AD entitled “Tremors.” If you are into James Blake, Rhye or even The Weeknd, Sohn delivers a moody mix of blue-eyed soul and a nice range of downtempo bliss for your listening pleasure. Take a peek at his stellar video for “Artifice,” which is one of his most upbeat tracks on the new record. With it’s uber catchy chorus, the video was filmed in Vienna by Andreas Waldschuetz who was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001. Love this track. Love this video!
TREE OF SORROWS
Check out these beautifully futuristic and dream like paintings from American artist Darren Waterson. Waterson, whose artistic focus is mainly that of ethereal landscapes and ghost-like visuals that float in and out of clouds, swirls and cosmic settings that all appear to introduce the viewer to a fluid, otherworldly sense of surreal consciousness. With collection titles such as “Ravens,” “Stabat Mater,” “Splendid Grief” and “The Flowering,” Waterson captivates with his use of traditional and contemporary materials – oil, watercolor and letterpress elements on canvas, wood and other kinds of textured papers all of which create an abstract texture of color to lose yourself in. Waterson also has displayed his work all over the world and is currently gearing up for this next set of shows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and the New York Public Library in New York City.
Ever hear a song that sticks in your head and you can’t shake it and you feel like you have to listen to every second you can? Check out this new fun dance track “Hideaway” from 25 year old, Canadian born Kiesza. “Hideaway” is bringing that vintage 90′s house beat to the forefront of pop radio in the UK and I hope it takes off here in the States. The thick bassline and throbbing drum machine on the minimal chorus is nicely offset by emotional, towering verses packed to the brim with hooks. This jam takes me back to old the Cathy Dennis and D-Mob days (also a stunning ginger) with her sweet sounding vocals. Take a peek at the video as well. You can tell she’s a dancer and this track is paired nicely with full on 90′s street dancers – Love it!
The Californian brand Thorocraft has kicked it up a notch with their line of imaginative footwear just in time for Spring / Summer. Their signature designs for oxfords and derbys all feature wild patterns and prints, creating a fresh look and feel to men’s accessories. For Spring / Summer 2014, the prints range from hotly favored camouflage to chain links and leopard like paint blotches. Visit their site online to view a more complete look at this season’s hottest fashions for your feet.
This has been out for a wee bit but still captivates me! Check out this totally random yet cool video from 4K aka Scott & Brendo. The Stormtrooper Secrets: Hip Hop Twerk is a top notch, current radio styled track that you’d expect to hear on American airwaves but the video is something else. Directed by Scott Winn and written by Scott & Brendo (Scott Winn & Brenden Bytheway), the video features a super polished choreographed number in an inner city alleyway where five elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire break it down with the most current dance moves around and even manage to slip in a twerk segment to boot! The best part is when Darth Vader makes his force known. Scott & Brendo state that they’re a fusion of rap and pop that’s collided with acoustic sunshine! They’ve also amassed over 100 million plays on YouTube in less than a year. Their debut album “And Away We Go” is out now.
“Hero” is the stellar new collaborative track from Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon of The Clash and Diplo recorded for Converse’s Three Artists. One Song series. The track features additional backing vocals from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir and is a mix of old and new. Ocean’s buttery smooth vocals give “Hero” a dream-like 50′s sound before rock heavy drums and guitars kick it. The choir fits nicely within the track and soars. Can’t wait to hear more from Ocean as he’s past due for something fresh and new, but I’m also curious to find out and discover what else is cooking with Converse Music which has featured top notch musicians like Pharrell, Andre 3000, Gorillaz and many more in the past. Check out the tumblr site for the free download.
Check out this stellar debut single from London-born singer / songwriter Shura who first made waves with Hiatus on his atmospheric album, ‘Parklands.’ “Touch” is the next level – a bittersweet song about the moment one realizes the person you are with isn’t the right one and how difficult that situation can be. Set with a tinge of melancholic emotion, “Touch” happily glides along like a Blood Orange meets Haim produced track while Shura’s silky vocals soar in a very catchy chorus. It’s definitely a throwback to the 80′s slow jam vibe but repackaged with a gloaming backbeat and enveloping chillwave undulations. Happy to finally see new work and hopefully a full length release coming soon.
SHURA – TOUCH
“…Distance makes the heart grow, even when I’m lonely. Happy knowing that your love is never far when we are apart.” The soulful Grammy-nominated Emily King swoons on her newest single, “Distance.” Now a free agent without a label (big shame), the singer / songwriter brings back her signature style of organic r&b /folk vibes with her insightful song writing and on point musicianship. Bringing back that late 70′s soul sound, King gives you a bit of Janis Ian meets Minnie Riperton and I can’t help but revel in it all. Take a listen and let me know what you think and while your at it, pick up a copy of her 2011 ‘Seven’ EP – You’ll definitely have it on repeat!
EMILY KING – DISTANCE
Take a moment to check out these stunning abstracts by Atlanta based Artist Ryan Coleman. Locked with bold color and a heady sophistication, Coleman’s cloud-like artwork is usually produced in oversized canvas or paper formats that feature his fixation on the mystery of abstraction. The Jacksonville, Florida native graduated with a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art and states that with each piece, he allows the paint to drip and mix with his color scheme to create his vibrantly beautiful presentations. Coleman’s style of art is inspired by combining elements of cartoons, nature, graffiti, design & painting history which mirrors the vast mysteries of creation and the natural world.