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Stromae

July 1, 2013
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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.

Nikki Jean

August 25, 2010

If you remember Lupe’s “Hip Hop Saved My Life” then you undoubtedly remember the voice singing the hook. Nikki Jean breathy vocals caught my attention, and I was fortunate to hear more just last week at the Delancey. I believe her album drops in the fall, so check out the video above, and support her cause. She just seems too nice not to succeed. Enjoy!

Zoe Kravitz+Elevator Fight

July 20, 2010

Last night my plan was go to Williamsburg Hall of Music, then go to bed early. Unfortunately the not-so-nice owners of space had different plans. The show put on by super star promotions group Timeless NYC had to be relocated, and for the better. We found ourselves in the intimate confines of a Tribeca gallery, hypnotized by the magnetic confidence of Zoe Kravitz. Above she covers the late and great Rick James smash “Super Freak”. She gets it from her Daddy!

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.

VV Brown @ Hiro NYC

February 25, 2010

Last week I got to catch VV Brown Performing at Hiro hosted by Giant Step. I don’t have much to say about the event honestly, so I decided to let a video do the talking. Above is Ms. Brown doing her rendition of Drizzy Drake’s “Best I Ever Had.” Excuse the first few seconds I had to find a good angle :)

Lemonade

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.

Nneka on Letterman

February 4, 2010

Its been a big week for Nneka. From the US release of Concrete Jungle to a performance on Letterman. Straight up to the top. So proud of her!

Shyvonne

February 2, 2010

Photos by Ray Kairos

Today, February 2nd, 2010, marks the release of Kingdom’sMindreader” on Fool’s Gold Records. Dance blogs will be abuzz with word on the Brooklyn based producer. If you’re paying attention though, you will questions the origins of the big bad voice carrying the track.

That voice belongs to none other than Harlem-based singer/songwriter Shyvonne. A workhorse with a kung-fu grip on the balls of her destiny, Ms. Shyvonne is on an indomitable quest to capture some space on your iPod.

I caught up with Shyvonne, to hear more from the singer. Afterall, would you have enjoyed the track as just an instrumental? Didn’t think so.

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Miles: The Autobiography

January 29, 2010

For a year I lived with a bunch of musicians. Coming into the house, I thought I knew music, only to find out, what I knew was rudimentary at best. My year turned into an initiation into the world of music, being forced to learn at least one chord on a bass, guitar, andshort lived rigorous drumming exercises. Although I doubt I remember any of those chords, something I did get out of it, were some incredible reads, including Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis as told to Quincy Troupe.

Upon reading the first pages, Miles undoubtedly comes off as the misogynistic asshole, with an affinity for cursing. One could even be tempted to close the book, but once you accept Miles for Miles, the book begins to unfold as a comprehensive history of Jazz in America, citing stories with legends like Charlie “Bird” Parker, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Dizze Gillespie, Billy Holiday, and I’m not even beginning to scratch the surface.

Miles Davis was a cocky dude, who pioneered several movements in jazz, beat an addiction that many at the time fell prisoner to, and when it came to playing the trumpet, many would agree, was a baaadd motherfucker.

So far I’ve listened to Birth of the Cool, and Sketches of Spain, and I’m not mad at what I’m hearing.

Ms. Dynamite

January 29, 2010

Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but the last time I received word of Ms. Dynamite, was when she lightly grazed the U.S. market in ’02/’03. The other day I stumbled across this simple yet catchy tune, with no idea of who the voice behind it was, and thought to myself, “This makes me feel like dancing!!” Then lo and behold, today I discover not only a video, but that “Wile Out” is from non other than Ms. Dynamite, one of the pioneers of the U.K’s female rap/grime scene. So I would like to say: Hey Ms. Dynamite, maybe you never stopped doing your thing, but welcome back to my universe, love the outfit!