Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut on board the International Space Station, cut this version of David Bowie’s classic, ‘Space Oddity’. Just brilliant!
This one snuck by me! Jeremiah Jae’s album, Raw Money Raps, was one of the best hip hop releases of last year. Mumbled lyrics that get lost in a bass heavy mix and a matter of fact delivery created a unique and original style. In March this year it appears Jeremiah dropped the video for the track, “Cable”. I didn’t catch it, but no matter, my friend Molly pasted it up on Facebook so I had to share it here. It’s got an old school VHS quality to it – like you’re watching something from the early 80s late at night on, er, cable.
This year at Oppikoppi, a popular music festival held annually in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, punters won’t have to wait in line for their beers. Instead, they’ll have them delivered via drone technology. Attendees in the District 9 campsite will be able to order beers from their phone. At the moment, during early tests, it is hand guided, but it will eventually fly on a GPS grid. Coachella take note!
This is awesome! For this ongoing project, Jay Shells creates official-looking street signs that quote famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installs them at those specific street corners and locations. I really love this concept! It combines the poetry of hip hop with a sense of cultural context while simultaneously making the experience social and interactive. Check out the video above and a selection of the signs below!
Like so many people, I’ve been hanging out for the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Greaty Gatsby. Luhrman’s films are a sensory feast – and the soundtracks are no exception. As I posted previously, Jay-Z has been working with Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts on the film’s score. And, today, the xx dropped their new track “Together” which was written for the film. The track is typically minimalist until the 3 minute and 40 second mark where a crescendo of lush strings kicks in. Listen to “Together” below.
I am slightly obsessed with this song right now. Straight out of Glasgow, Chvrches (pronounced “Churches”) were on a lot of critics “best of” lists in 2012. Describing their music as “electro pop” does not do them justice. The marriage of vocalist Lauren Maybury’s voice with ambitious synths and lush production makes for a very satisfying aural cocktail. These guys are going to be large.
The title says it all, really. Points for enthusiasm and percussive rhythm. I guess you can file this along side episodes of Geordie Shore as evidence of culture’s demise.
I am just a little keen for the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Greaty Gatsby. At Record | Preserve | Share we’ve monitored the casting, we’ve seen the poster and we’ve critiqued the first trailer. As Pitchfork reported earlier last month, Jay-Z has been working with Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts on the film’s score. The second trailer (released late last year) provides some hints as to what eclectic soundscapes we might hear; a highlight being Filter’s cover of The Turtles ‘Happy Together’. Man, it’s a long wait until the official release date of May 10.
When he’s not playing rugby, hitting the gym or talking hip hop, Canberra-based artist Eugene Mulipola is perfecting his craft. Give the guy a canvas or a blank sheet of paper and magic happens. His work uses a mix of media, from small scale pencil illustration to mural size acrylic paintings. Mulipola’s work combines street credibility with fashion sensibility; he manages to strike a balance between the soft elegance of fashion illustration and the gritty flavour of hip hop culture. His female figures (reminiscent of the equally amazing Kelly Smith) belong in Frankie or Yen – hell – if those publications play their cards right, you may see them sooner than you think. You can scope more of Mulipola’s work on Instagram.
M4SONIC – pronounced M. Four. Sonic. – a 20 year-old EDM producer from Australia has dropped a new video: a live original using two Novation Launchpads in User 1 mode. The two MIDI controllers are playing original samples in a sequence to create the sound. The right hand controls most of the tuneful sounds whilst the left hand is responsible for keeping in time, playing a custom drum kit and various FX and vocal loops. What you witness is a guy performing live what takes weeks to do in studios with the type of precision required of a pianist, but on 128 keys instead of 88. Shit. Just. Got. Real. Watch M4SONIC’s ‘Virus’ video below: