It’s been some time now since Dave Taylor parted ways with Diplo and the Major Lazer project. Taylor’s distinct sound under the Switch guise inspired the ‘fidget-house’ movement a few years back while his other alias, Solid Groove, took a decidedly more deep house and dub direction. After a slew of influential releases, a high profile co-production credit on M.I.A.’s massive hit “Paper Planes” in addition to the release of the first Major Lazer record, many expected Taylor to be in a more high profile position at this point. Regardless, it’s great to see the Switch moniker back in the headlines again.
With You. is a new production collective including Switch, Rick Trainor, Jeff Penalva, Noah Schy, and Daouda Leonard. Their debut EP is already getting a good amount of attention with a recent premier on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. The four tracker’s lead single, “Speak,” comes with a throwback remix from UK rave heros 2 Bad Mice. The EP also includes two additional original productions – “Not Somewhere” and “Crossing.” Both are very much in the vein of the Switch and Solid Groove sound. Give the EP a listen below.
With You.’s “Speak” EP is out now via the Hypercolour imprint on Beatport.com.
Nike just unveiled a first official look at the eagerly awaited “Multicolor 2.0″ Flyknit Racer sneakers. The original “Multicolor” has been a highly coveted silhouette amongst Nike sneakerheads so these new gems are going to sell fast once they hit select retail stores and Nike.com in the coming weeks. No official release date yet but with the release of sneak peak, they are sure to be available in the not so distant future.
The new “2.0” version doesn’t deviate all that much from its predecessor but there are slight differences to take note of. There’s a slightly different color arrangement leveraged on the Flyknit upper in addition to the use of blue for the Nike branding on the tongue. The blend of Volt, green, blue, pink, and purple within the Flyknit one-piece mesh against the black and white make for an eye-catching piece of footporn. Stay tuned for release date details soon….
Tech accessories steward Incase has launched the newest innovation reflecting the evolution of bag design. The “REFORM Collection” combines a minimalistic design approach with the quality construction and advanced storage/protection tech that we’ve become accustomed to from the brand. The collection includes a new backpack, camera pack, brief case, and sling pack.
All of the pieces within the REFORM collection are outfitted with the Incase’s proprietary Tensaerlite™ protection technology and durable heathered weave Ecoya® eco-dyed poly which reduce CO2 and COD emissions in the production process. The material performs well against color fading, UV fading, and water. The backpacks and briefs also come stacked with Ortholite memory foam top-loading handles that provide comfort regardless of how much weight you’re carrying.
There’s certainly no shortage of storage opportunity within each piece of the REFORM collection. The interior design is really user experience focused. Every detail nailed down to be both functional and practical. You can rest assured that your laptop, tablet, phone, and camera equipment will settle in well snug and protected. The heathered gray material highlighted with the Volt-like neon green/yellow makes this collection equally stylish as well. Each bag is fit for today’s modern, mobile lifestyle.
The REFORM collection is available now via Incase.com. Pieces range in price from $89.95 for the briefcases up to $149.99 for the backpack.
Vans is set to release the highly anticipated collaboration with prolific Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami for the Vault by Vans collection. Murakami is world renowned for his vibrant paintings and sculptures in addition to fashion, filmmaking, and animation. The artist coined the term ‘superflat’ to describe his work which continually blurs the line between high and low art.
Murakami has taken on the Vans Classic Slip-On, a focused selection of apparel, and a few skateboard decks as his canvas for the Vault by Vans collection. Two of his most recognizable motifs, the smiling flower and skull patterns, are the key motifs leveraged throughout the limited-edition pieces. For the footwear piece of the collection specifically, there will be six adult-unisex and a trio of toddler-sized offerings.
The collection rounds out with a selection of three t-shirt designs and skateboard decks. Each of the boards incorporate the same graphics as the apparel with the exception of the wood-finished edition that features an appearance by Murakami’s beloved dog, Pom, which he has been known to periodically weaves into his work.
The Vault by Vans x Takashi Murakami Collection will be available at select stores on June 27th.
It’s been seven years since R&B icon Janet Jackson’s last record. With all of the insanity around the Super Bowl performance wardrobe malfunction, her brother’s death, etc. it’s no surprise that she took some time away from the spotlight. She’s back in a big way with a killer slow jam produced by longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis called “No Sleeep.” This is the first taste of a new album due this fall. Details are scarce, but additional teasers are sure to come over the coming weeks/months.
The new record will be the first to be released on Jackson’s Rythm Nation imprint in coordination with BMG. The label will also be a home for new and established artists so will be interesting to see what’s in store. A world tour is in the works to support the new record with the first 36 dates across North American announced this week. It’s sure to be a big deal. Jackson’s team shared some behind-the-scenes footage from the tour auditions recently.
As you’ll hear below, “No Sleeep” is a sexy little number. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis layer in crisp snare hits, sultry synths, the subtle sound of rain in the background, and a hefty amount of bounce. This one is prime for some proper house remixes. Excited to see who was recruited to take a shot at it. Stay tuned.
“No Sleeep” is available now for pre-order as a CD & viny bundle. Official release date TBD.
Shepard Fairey hadn’t brought his “Obey” campaign back to Detroit since 2003 so it was fitting that he make a return to the city’s urban environment, as art is playing a key role in it, ‘s revitalization. In coordination with contemporary fine art gallery Library Street Collective, Fairey curated a series of events and new works called “Public Matter” including his largest mural to date on a 185-foot wall on the back of The Compuware Building in downtown Detroit.
In the week leading up to the exhibition, Shepard Fairey and his team not only put together the massive mural but also crafted a second smaller scale mural downtown in addition to a large “Obey” piece on a water tower. The artist also spent some time with a class of local kids to give them the download on his process as an artist and to show his support for Detroit’s burgeoning art scene.
Luckily for us, the entire process was caught on film. In the clip below, Fairey takes us through the experience in Detroit. Good stuff.
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