ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: FRANK OCEAN

[Frank in Supreme]

The other day I had a scary thought – What if Frank Ocean has completely quit music? His excellent debut album Channel Orange was released in July 2012, nearly 3 years and 4 months ago. In the current musical climate, that’s a long time to wait before releasing a new project. While the media and sources close to Ocean claim that his new album (reportedly called Boys Don’t Cry) is finished and will be out “soon”, November 1st is here and it’s still quiet.

Before completely giving over to this depressing possibility, let’s shift the focus to his incredible style.

While mixing high end fashion with streetwear is certainly nothing new (in fact now days it’s ubiquitous), seeing it executed well is still a rarity. Enter Frank; who in my opinion, wholeheartedly personifies this trend.

As a decidedly enigmatic figure in music and beyond, Ocean hints to aspects of his personality through his style choices. Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY

Some time has passed and this is still so good.

NxWorries is Knxwledge (Soundcloud, BandCamp, Twitter) & Anderson Paak (WebsiteSoundCloudTwitter)

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SONG OF THE DAY

Colourful Los Angeles collective, OverDoz. have enlisted help from the always funky Pharrell Williams on their new track, ‘Last Kiss’. For our lucky friends up North, this is the undeniable Summer anthem.

OverDoz. on SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram

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RIP DILLA: A PLAYLIST

I know I’m nearly 2 weeks late for Dilla Day, but honestly every day is Dilla day to me. In honour of the man and the legacy, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite Jay Dee produced/assisted tracks.

I think it’s important not only to acknowledge humans who have become iconic, but also to constantly question what it is about them or their body of work that resonates so deeply with us to the point we would openly give them the title of ‘legendary’.

For me with J Dilla, it’s a lot of things – Firstly, the diversity of his sound, his undeniable technical skill, his ear for samples and talent for picking out microscopic portions of a song and cutting/restructuring them into a completely contrasting creation, and his vast knowledge and respect for what seemed like every genre of music.

Furthermore, I love how on the surface his music can seem so uncomplicated and simple, but on closer investigation we begin to understand his genius through the complex and intricate layers which have been mixed and fused seamlessly to make the beat sound modest – They say less is more, but Dilla did more and made it appear as less.

Lastly, and most pertinently, it is his uncanny ability to project emotion through music like no one else. It is almost disarming the way a Dilla track can make you feel within seconds of pressing play. Although it’s hard to articulate this quality, anyone who is a fan will know exactly what I mean, and this is the mystery and magic of Jay Dee.

Enjoy.

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NEW MUSIC: PHONY PPL

Brooklyn six piece, Phony Ppl, are all I’ve been bumping for the last two weeks. (Shout out to the all-knowing Matt for putting me on.) Their recent digital release Yesterday’s Tomorrow has distinct components of nu-jazz, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.

While fusing genres is nothing new in 2015, refreshingly, their music relays to listeners a potent feeling of infectious live energy that is sorely lacking in today’s musical climate.

Clearly influenced by the likes of Pharrell and early N.E.R.D, they have also been compared to The Internet (who they are friends with), and tend to remind me of a more jazzy, east coast, OverDoz. 

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A QUICK CHAT WITH: ESTHER STEPHENS

 

[Photo via Esther’s Instagram]

Muli-talented Kiwi beauty, Esther Stephens is a force to be reckoned with. I met her properly last year in Melbourne but I was already more than familiar with that face and voice thanks to a little TV show called Go Girls (On air for 5 seasons – HOLLA!), collaborations with Young, Gifted, & Broke, and her consistent presence in both the New Zealand and Melbourne music scenes.

Esther makes being multi-faceted look effortless. A captivating singer AND actress, if you are lucky enough to catch her in either one of her artistic realms, the unbridled passion she shows for creative expression is inspiring and palpable.

Her latest musical project involves another trio of amazing Kiwis known as The Means. Together they are Esther Stephens & The Means – aka The greatest thing to happen your eardrums in a minute. The music is a refreshingly seamless fusion of soul, funk, pop, jazz, psychedelia; basically just a beautiful celebration of beats, rhymes, & life.

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