It's my first day as the new owner of the shop and I feel like I'm in the right place. This video seems to express that in a cycling way. Erik has popped in a couple of times and reckons I'll be seeing a lot more of him before he goes. Been meeting some interesting people and helping people with various cycling needs and questions. It feels good to be where starting as a bicycle messenger 8 years ago has led me. I loved my life on the bike and now I get to help people with their rides. This is such a dream come true and I have all the people who've supported me to thank.
808, the heart of the beat that changed music. The acclaimed documentary that chronicles the incredible legacy of the TR808 drum machine will be exclusively available on Apple Music December 9th 2016. Discover the iconic records, artists and producers influenced by the 808's unique beats and find out the secret behind its sudden discontinuation.
Throughout the year, Stones Throw has had a few shows around the world (good one in Bris too!) to celebrate their 20th anniversary, all leading up to the Stones Throw Superfest taking place in Los Angeles this November 5th. This past Spring, Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf was on tour in Japan, where Stüssy Japan released his mix (on cassette, no less.) The mix features selected tracks from the label's 20 year history, and also includes a few unreleased tracks – two 90s-era Madlib, and a couple from projects still in the works. Tracklist after the click. Via Patta
FACTA Tribe Called Quest’s sixth album, which was recorded before Phife Dawg passed away earlier this year, is set for release next week. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Q-Tip revealed more details of the release. The album is called We Got It From Here and will feature guest appearances from André 3000, Kendrick Lamar and, of course, Busta Rhymes, who the group has been working with since he was a member of Leaders of the New School. Jack White makes a cameo, but the most interesting feature is, hands down, Elton John.
Photographer Alex Bartsch has painstakingly researched and sought out the original locations of 42 reggae record sleeve cover shots, and rephotographed them in situ. By meticulously matching the record sleeves with their background, Alex has created a fascinating series that represents not only serious patience and eye for detail on his part, but also paints a picture of the history of London’s reggae scene.
A surrealist and gritty London tale. Following a premiere in London on Friday, A$AP Rockyhas released his ‘Money Man’ short film which features two tracks from the forthcoming A$AP Mob Cozy Tapes Vol.1 and appearances by Skepta, A$AP Nast and La Haine‘s Said Taghmaoui.
Cecil Bustamente Campbell, better known as Prince Buster, died on September 8 from heart problems following a series of strokes. He left behind a legacy that changed the course of Jamaican music, pioneering the ska sound and taking it across the globe. David Katz remembers a true original who recorded with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Tackhead and more.
“Rock Dem” is a short fiction movie about the struggles of a young artist pursuing his dream to be a Singer. The movie takes you through the Dancehall and Reggae scenes in Jamaica giving the audience a feel of what music is like on the Island and the rigors of what a young artist goes through to survive in the music industry.
Sicilian-born musician Alberto D’ Ascola, or as he’s more commonly known, Alborosie, is an international sensation known for his rootsy brand of reggae. The Italian expat has been living in Jamaica for over a decade now and operates out of his Shengen Studio in the foothills of Kingston. The capital city served as the perfect backdrop for his latest eye-popping video, “Strolling,” featuring Jamaican-born reggae artist Protoje. The visuals for the track, off his Freedom & Fyah album on Greensleeves, are next level.
A one-take Ugandan mystery reggae theatre production from Blue Imp Productions. blueimp.site/
Directed by Dan Moss, shot by Derek Debru and produced by David Cecil. Starring Jah City with choreography by Rehema Nsanyiwa. Beats by Fred Olsen. Music made in Tilapia Studios, Kawuku, Uganda. Thanks to Boutiq Foundation, Lagoon Resort and Cams And Grips rental.
Back in June, an eye-catching mural appeared on the wall of Nu Clear Dry Cleaners in Queens, NY. Rap fans might recognize the wall as the backdrop for A Tribe Called Quest‘s legendary ‘Check The Rhime’ video, and the mural celebrates the band’s legacy in the most fitting location possible – on the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street.
On the ninth day of the ninth month (September), Jah9 released her new album, 9. 9 has nine tracks all produced or co-produced by Jah9 herself. The bold move sees the jazz-on-dub poet/singer take a crucial step towards artistic independence.
See more of Chronixx' review here and get the album here.
Proper Villains teams up with Metric Man as Fire Alarm.
Fire Alarm is a collaborative effort between NYC hip-hop producer Proper Villains and Trinidadian MC and singer Metric Man. Last year they released a debut self-titled mixtape, introducing themselves to the world before their first proper release, a self-titled EP on Feel Up Records. Both artists pull inspiration from their homelands, bringing a full dancehall sound with distinct New York hip-hop influences.
FACT: From drone to dubstep, the values and techniques of dub are more present than ever in the music we consume every day. Yet, for many, dub appears an impenetrable genre – the sort of thing we know we should be into, but we don’t quite know where to start with.
Read all about it in this article from David Katz – renowned reggae historian, photographer and more – in the Beginner’s Guide to Dub,
From FACT: Back to the Crib is a survey of “what Jay Dee had blaring out of his speakers while on the sofa or by the MPC.” The tunes range from Roberta Flack to Loose Ends, the B-52s to Grandmaster Flash. Check it out.