Here’s a great mix of some really nice soulful tracks from the ’60s, courtesy of Disorda, the main man behind UK hip-hop online retail giant Suspect Packages. Raad from Digital Gravel put me onto Suspect Packages many years back, when it was our best source for any vinyl from the likes of Rodney P., Roots Manuva, and many other top notch artists outta UK. This mix was recorded from vinyl in one take. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
Popular type foundry House Industries have an event at the Herman Miller Pop-up Shop in NYC this Friday. RSVP closes today. Apparently, producer/director/screenwriter J.J. Abrams once said, “If there were any place I wish I worked that I don’t, it’s House.” Fair enough.
Here’s the latest coffee table must-have from Rizzoli New York. It’s an eponymous hardcover featuring the unmistakeable work of New York-based portrait artist Kehinde Wiley. If you’ve never had the pleasure of viewing his work in person, allow me to put the impact in context. First of all, his works tend to be big. Massive, even. And his signature pairing of flashy, young hip-hop type dudes, often seen in somewhat unlikely, historic upper-class haughty aristocratic portrait poses, flanked by over-the-top ornate Rococo detailing, is nothing short of attention-grabbing. [Read More/View Images]
I’ve just interviewed the ridiculously talented CRYPTIK for Imprint Culture Lab. Check it out. The elusive artist is definitely one of the most compelling artists at work in LA, if you ask me.
A few weeks back, I posted about the latest issue of Creative Future, which comes packaged with a limited edition Darcel x Calepino notebook. More recently, Calepino have teamed up with French studio La Casse, based in Nantes. These unique notebooks are limited to 500 copies worldwide, printed using polymer cliches at the Nantes Musée de l’imprimerie, on recycled paper. Each numbered box has four notebooks which feature a play on words (in French) using “casse.” More pictures and details here. [Watch Video]
Complex continue to excel at inventing new ways to list things. Here’s their take on The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs. The vast majority of the songs are from ’86 to ’96 which maybe explains why there’s lots of the usual suspects but no sign of Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, Exile, and so on.