Legendary composer and producer, Giorgio Moroder, made his “DJ” debut at the age of 73 the other night as part of a recent Red Bull Music Academy event in New York. Moroder has been at the tip of everyone’s tongue as of late due to the ode to him by Daft Punk on “Random Access Memories.” The set as you’ll hear below (thank you RBMA Radio) was pure disco all the way through. A history lesson showcasing a number of his productions from late ’70′s and early ’80′s.
Solange invited The xx’s Oliver Sim on stage for an impromptu cover of the ’90′s R&B jam “Make It Hot” in London a few months back. She later returned the favor. Oliver and team blessed the crowd at the recent Night+Day festival in Berlin with another soulful songstress, Jessie Ware. Equally impressive, was their decision to do a live mash-up of Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” plus Modjo’s “Lady.” I swear I have this white label in the archives. Good stuff.
Photo: Erez Avissar
Taken from the forthcoming new album “Where Does This Door Go” (available July 16), “Her Favorite Song” is the latest from funk soul brutha Mayer Hawthorne. Floating amongst the chunky bass lines, guitar licks, and high-hat stabs are the sultry vocals of Ms. Jessie Ware. A magical combination. Proper jam. Give it a listen and purchase on iTunes. Nuff said.
Check the movie clip mash-up trailer for the new album.
As an extra bonus, here’s a portion of a recent Mayer Hawthorne DJ set from Cinco de Mayo. Daytime drinking party jams.
By the looks of the picture above, the southern California sun is treating our friend Todd Edwards very well. Looking happy and healthy with every reason to be smiling ear to ear. This week’s official release of “Random Access Memories” marks another highly regarded collaboration between Edwards and his close friends Thomas Bangalter and Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo. Todd is not only one of the few artists to work with Daft Punk on a recurring basis but they are also close friends whom have built a relationship based on mutual respect and admiration for their craft. In fact, Todd’s recent relocation to Los Angeles from his native home of New Jersey was sparked by the time he spent here in southern California working with them on the record. We are happy to have him nearby and look forward to coordinating another visit to San Diego soon.
BBC Radio 1 asked Edwards to provide a mix for the historic Essential Mix series. The mix which is full of exclusive edits and remixes aired this past weekend. It’s part tribute to “Random Access Memories”, dedication to all those who collaborated on the album, and showcase of Todd’s incredible catalog of releases over the years.
Aether, exacting purveyor of technically refined outdoor apparel, decided that the cycling jacket needed a refresh to meet the needs of today’s urban cyclists. A lightweight jacket that looks just as sharp off the bike as it does on it. Mission accomplished via the new Union Bicycle Jacket.
A technical 3-layer, soft-shell stretch fabric was used that will protect you from the elements and break back the chill from 40˚on up. The shell delivers not only top-of the line performance but lots of utility for your commute. An interior audio valve pocket allows for easy routing of headphones and a dual-access back pocket offers easy-access storage to stash your goods while on the move. To ensure safety while hitting those mean streets after dark, JRC Reflex® reflective strips have been incorporated into the back of the collar and cuffs with reflective piping along the back seam. When hit by headlights it reflects bright white, but remains a stealth matte black otherwise.
French street artist JR‘s work is everywhere. Currently, it’s taken over the streets of Times Square. HBO and director Alastair Siddons have crafted a fascinating documentary tracking the development of the world’s largest participatory art project, “Inside Out.” The film which debuts on May 20th (on HBO) follows JR around the globe, often in politically unstable environments, empowering people to create their own visual statements.
The artist won the prestigious TED Prize in 2011 which kick started the project through some initial funding. Here’s how it works….people take their own photo portraits (no logos or hate messages allowed) then send them to JR. “Inside Out” photo booths and photo trucks bring the project directly to the street, enabling the public to participate instantly, free of charge. He then prints giant poster versions of the images for free and sends them back. It’s up to them to paste them up in a place with meaning in their community. Once pasted in the community, images of the street art are archived and posted for all the world to see on the Inside Out website.
To date, over 130,000 people have sent photos to Inside Out, pasting the enlargements in more than 10,000 locations in more than 100 countries, including Brazil, Tunisia, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, France and the U.S.
Photo: The Originators