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July 1, 2013

The artist known as Stromae

The last time I posted on this thing was three years ago, before I took a leap from life as I knew it, to life as I currently know it.  I was moved by emotion from my new obsession to start posting once more.

This obsession is someone you should get familiar with, and quick, whether you speak French or not. It has been too long since I’ve personally encountered the type of genius I find in the man who goes by the name of Stromae. Since stumbling across his music on Spotify, I have since fallen into the abyss of admiration and devotion to the music of Stromae. The Belgian rapper/singer/composer accomplishes no small feat in the laying of dark content over electronic music. Creating art that is lyrically depressing, with compositions that forces your head into a bob, and sets your hips in motion in preparation for reckoning on the dance floor.

Stromae landed on the mainstream scene with his global hit, “Alors on Danse”, which Mr. Kanye West eagerly jumped on for a remix. At first listen, it could have been dismissed as a piece of dance music that made it out from the obscure wormhole that can be the euro club scene. (Think Yolanda be Cool…where are they now? )However, I kept listening until I stumbled across the rare gem that is Papaoutai, Stromae’s latest single, with a visually stunning metaphorical video to match. The song addresses the issues of absentee baby daddies, and the questions that linger within the kid who never finds his/her father. I must have played the video about 20 times, the song never getting old, hitting harder with each click.

(I’m really sad someone thought it was a good idea to disable the embedding of this video.)

Stromae’s compositions are haunting, maintaining the upbeat melodies of electronica music, however overlayed with tales of hopelessness, heartbreak, domestic violence, and even victims of pedophilia, topics that usually go untouched in the ecstatic realm of dance music.  While dance arrangements are the base for Stromae’s sound, there is versatility with his music making references to Congolese music, ratchet rap compositions, and jazzy trumpets reminiscent of Miles Davis.

Beyond being a great composer, singer, and rapper, Stromae is pretty fucking smart. Over the past few days I have developped an addiction to Stromae’s youtube channel, where he has ingeniously created a hub for fans to watch what goes into the creation of his masterpieces, along with low budget but high quality videos that further exhibit the artist that is Stromae. Beyond being instructional, the tutorials give us a glimpse of his winning personality, making us fall harder for his unique sound. The whole thing is almost too intoxicating.

In conclusion… I’m hooked.

Stromae’s album, Cheese, is now available on Spotify, and he drops his second album at some point this summer.


Tiger Woods Nike Ad

April 8, 2010

Tiger returned to golf today, but not before Nike, his most loyal sponsor aired this commercial. The voice heard here is that of Tiger’s late father, inquiring into Tiger’s decision making process. Personally I think this is brilliant. The company acknowledges the scandal, however they are showing Tiger in a conversation with his dad, or what could be considered conscience. In my opinion, it seems to speak to the fact that in sports or in our every day lives, when its over and the lights go out, the only person left to answer to is the voice of our conscience. I hope Tiger kicks ass on the green today. What do you think?

Just a Band

March 23, 2010

Apparently Makmende is a trending topic in Kenya, as experimental group Just a Band (not to be confused with french electro duo Just A Band), revived the Kenyan 70s hero, through their new video for Ha-He. This is the first I’ve heard of either but, its already on repeat, and I figured I’d share.


February 19, 2010

Lemonade– Lifted

This video makes me feel like I want to feel on any given friday. Wanted to share that feeling with you.

The xx

January 12, 2010

The xx is a southwest London band with their minimalist airy sound, has found its way into my rotation for the year. The self titled debut gives us sultry, dreamy sounds, that would make for a perfect soundtrack to a late night rendez-vous, candles and all. I fell in love with “Shelter” (above), and even deeper in love upon hearing the rest of the album. Do you like?

My Very First Mixtape…

December 30, 2009

Have you ever noticed that some of your best memories are always accompanies by a certain song, serving as the soundtrack for whatever you were feeling in that instance. Maybe that’s just me, but here is my soundtrack for my year. These are the songs that made me look up and pay attention. Don’t expect anything, its all over the place, and as random as I am. What’s playing on your soundtrack?

Download it here.
Shouts to Shyvonne for allowing me to share a new secret track.

Yoga To The People

December 30, 2009

At the top of many New Year’s resolutions drafts will be the ubiquitous “Get Healthier” goal. The goal we pursue with fervor as soon as that clock strikes 12 on the 1st of January. I am here, not to condemn your efforts, but to support them. I too set these goal, picturing a bikini bod sculpted by Michelangelo himself.

Well, I may not have the elixir holding your key to fitness salvation, but I recently discovered NY’s Yoga To The People. YTTP believes in making Yoga available to all, only requiring a donation (yes they accept a little as a quarter). I’ve gone twice, including last night, and each time the deep breathing, glowing candlelight, and peaceful soundtrack (I heard Lauren Hill last night!) gives me a much needed reset button. Their mission statement says it all. Enjoy Yoga To the People.

Alicia Keys x Stephen Colbert

December 21, 2009

I love Alicia for not taking herself seriously enough to pass up an opportunity to duet with Stephen Colbert, one of the funniest men on TV in my opinion.

I really wanted to embed this video but copyright laws don’t…zzzzzz.

Here’s the link.