Category: Music

The Take Over

October 18th, 2008 at 11:43 am

A  little halloween flyer treat for a friend, who is throwing a huge halloween bash at the club Love in Manhattan. All the grime, dubstep, and drum & bass you could ever ask for coming from nyc’s biggest respective crews.

Modernly Guilty.

September 16th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Above are some amazing album cover concepts for Beck’s latest album, Modern Guilt, which i ran into the other day on Mario Hugo‘s website. I, was blown away at how great these are (love the wood block typography!), and i was also even more blown away they used what is shown below instead:

When i first saw the cover i immediately had a slightly negative reaction. Not that it’s horrible design, but it seems like they decided to go with that “cheap” look you find on a lot of all jazz and rock records from the 60′s and 70′s, which can be cool, but i don’t feel it stands up to Mario’s work.

This comes as a surprise after reading in Wired some time ago about how Beck was into creating memorable, unique artwork for his previous release, The Information.

As for the album, it didn’t quite grab me as much as The Information, but it’s still quality Beck, i enjoyed it. Was i influenced a bit by the art work? I’m sure, i think the art certainly has a part in the gestalt of an album, the first thing that hits your senses before you even listen to the music…..branding???

Fujiya & Miyagi: Lightbulbs

September 15th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

There is always great music out there if you seek it, but it’s still hard for me to find something new that stands more than a half a dozen rinses on my iTunes. But I have found one of few exceptions. Fujiya & Miyagi has been one of the most unique and fresh bands to surface in my music library recently, which is quite a bold statement. I first got into them when my buddy DB, who does their A&R for north america sent me a sample of their debut album Transparent Things. Being a fan of lyrical oddities like MF Doom and Dr. Octagon, i immediately fell in love with F&J’s off color songwriting, combined with (very Talking Heads-ish) brilliantly simple syncopated beats, and funky basslines, combined with electronic & organic instrumentation, and mouth noises.

They have just followed up their freshman release of Transparent Things, with the equally amazing Lightbulbs. (wicked cover art too)

Check them out immediately. Fujiya & Miyagi on Myspace. They are also great musicians live. Infectiously danceable.

Breakbeat Science: Shattered

September 15th, 2008 at 11:14 am

Recently did this flyer for a one off breakbeat party at the club with the baddest sound system in NYC, Love. Presented by Breakbeat Science.

Tipper – Wobble Factor

August 28th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Tipper is an amazing producer i’ve been enjoying for many years. Mainly emerging from the breaks scene, he sort of had one foot outside from the usual nu school breaks sound with his glitchy IDM tendencies. His newest album, Wobble Factor just made it from the iTunes store to my playlist, solid.

He really mixes up the farty lows (as the title suggests) with weird vocal elements that morph and gurgle with the quivering bass, and at times i’m hearing some serious dubstep / 2step nuances. Way to keep up with the times and still stay true Tipper! I’d have to say Tipper’s mastery over syncopated rhythms is what gets me every time, that little bit of air before the next beat that keeps you falling forward. Any of the tracks on here are definitely safe club fare.

I do have to say, the album artwork is entertaining (sorry largest image size i could find), caught my eye during my iTunes Store raid, a cheap reminder of  Alex Trochut’s gorgeous Beautiful/Decay Mag Cover. The album name also gave me a chuckle with all the fun poked at “wobble” within drum & bass.

Listen to Wobble Factor on iTunes. Wop Wop!

Pulsewave, NYC

July 18th, 2008 at 1:33 am

Since i’ve been NYC I met up with a fellow depthCore artist, Ikaruga from Montreal for the first time, great guy. Ika played a bitcore/gabber set as Aliceffect at this club in Chinatown called Tank, lots of fun. Everything was lo-fi/8bit, from the modded NES visuals, to the performers sequencing on their gameboys. An underground culture i’ve always knew existed, but never experienced till this point, very small and tight like drum & bass.

Check out more photos on my Flickr

Dzihan & Kamien

June 15th, 2008 at 1:48 am

Was just chilling out a bit with some iTunes radio, Groove Salad, while doing my blog email run before bed and a Dzihan & Kamien tune popped on, Basmati. This song just embodies what i like about these two austrian guys, the mellow vibes are perfect for lounging, but most of their tunes have just enough percussion to keep them from being too ambient, certainly danceable, and they balance the synthesized and organic instruments quite well.

I’ve been a fan of them for years but kind of forgot about them for a bit, it’s nice to relive old favorites unexpectedly. Gotta love the humorous album art as well :)

Dzihan & Kamien

June 15th, 2008 at 1:48 am

Was just chilling out a bit with some iTunes radio, Groove Salad, while doing my blog email run before bed and a Dzihan & Kamien tune popped on, Basmati. This song just embodies what i like about these two austrian guys, the mellow vibes are perfect for lounging, but most of their tunes have just enough percussion to keep them from being too ambient, certainly danceable, and they balance the synthesized and organic instruments quite well.

I’ve been a fan of them for years but kind of forgot about them for a bit, it’s nice to relive old favorites unexpectedly. Gotta love the humorous album art as well :)