Mr. Manic presents Boot/Sneaka Vol. 1: Love & Hip-Hop
I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by kicking off a mid 80’s – late 90’s hip-hop mixtape series called Boot/Sneaka. The title is a reference to an unreleased song by Bell Biv Devoe from the sessions for their sophomore album Hootie Mack.
So, in the spirit of this (admittedly now past) amorous promotion campaign for Hallmark and various chocolate candy manufacturers, I present a collection of love and romance according to old school hip hop (as directed by my personal tastes). Check out the companion article at my personal blog Interdimensional Intergalactic. Enjoy!
Seafloor - BustnLoo [Astro Nautico]
Matthew Young [alias Seafloor] is about to release his third EP, entitled Lure, on February 25th. It will be released on digital and vinyl through the label New York label Astro Nautico. Seafloor already has a name for himself as keyboardist and vocalist for the band Body Language and he’s also a graphic designer (the cover art for the Lure EP was done by him). He previously released EPs with the labels Hyperboloid and Infinite Machine and released the single “BustnLoo” earlier this month.
“BustnLoo” captures traits of deep, progressive, and tech house and soul with live keyboards. It is carried by string chords, luscious pads, bouncing bass tones, and repeating vocal samples. Seafloor’s other productions span the spectrum of moods and tempos of dance.
His compositions have a psychedelic edge, sleek with intricate beat structures that are catchy and danceable. Previous releases have showcased juke, dub and bass styles. For more information on the upcoming Lure EP, check out the label’s bandcamp site .
Logical Volume 1 [Phrench Records]
In my second compilation appearance this month, I contributed a deep house/ambient dub style track called “Louboutins (Red Soul)” to the first volume of Phrench Records’ new compilation series called Logical.
Phrench Records (a portmanteau of Philadelphia and French) is an electronic music label started by a prolific producer and DJ named Red Richards, who is based in Philadelphia but originally from Paris, France. He has traveled extensively from Japan and various parts of Southeast Asia, to Australia and other nearby islands. His career is long and diverse .
Red Richards produces various styles of dance music, having started with trip-hop but nowadays, focusing on offshoots of house and techno as well as hip-hop . He is the producer, live finger drummer, and part-time guitarist for the hip-hop/jazz outfit Eu.Reca. He and his cousin FroggyFrogBeats have a project called Family Business, which fuses various electronic music styles with hip hop over which many underground MCs have spit. Logical Volume 1 features an international line-up with producers from the US, France, UK, Germany, India, and Japan. It focuses on the genres of minimal, deep and tech house, and techno, and minimal and also features his new project Zero Order, a collaboration with Philly DJ Sean Graham. It’s currently available on Beatport.
Shadowfire - Geometric Pharmacy [18+ Recordings]
Netherlands label 18+ Recordings recently released Geometric Pharmacy by Shadowfire from Amstelveen. I love this album for its diverse and aggressive sound, throwing heavy bass beats, rapid fire breaks, noises, glitches, and other digital audio mayhem into a blender and pureeing them into a solid tracklist of prefrontal-cortex melting beats.
Shadowfire doesn’t adhere to any single genre on this album (though a hip-hop backbone is present for many tracks), making for several mood swings per song combined experimental sound design and sample manipulation. This ADHD style of production perfectly captures the often disjointed overload of electronic stimuli we are bombarded with in this age of information. He produces through many VST’s in FL Studio using his computer keyboard to play live parts. He has an EP in the works with a Dutch rapper, which I will definitely have my eyes peeled for!
Topless Tuesdays at Infusion Lounge
Marc Tous, a South Jersey/Philadelphia based painter who heads a collective called NewJAAG (New Jersey Alternative Artists Guild), put me on to this new bi-weekly night in the Old City section Philadelphia called Topless Tuesdays.
Such an eye catching party title leads you to Infusion Lounge, a swank hookah bar complete with a library and a massive painted reproduction of ‘The Lion Hunt’ painting by Peter Paul Rubens. The event was conceptualized by Dylee Gonzales, founder of Dylicious Body Painting and an area promoter.
Having body painted for about four years, she became interested in hosting her own events to create an environment for networking while sharing art. Her specialty is speed painting, very recently painting 11 models in 2 hours at a superhero themed event at Harrah’s Pool Club in Atlantic City.
The first event took place on January 28th and followed a pin-up fashion theme. February 11th was their sophomore event with a theme of abstract art. Here, Dylee approached her model with the patterns of animal prints and Van Gogh in mind.
Another featured painter, Jasmine Connor, who’s been quite busy with her craft around the Philadelphia area has modeled for Dylee in the past. She painted her friend and muse, Monique, that evening with an interpretation of the work of Thomas Fedro, plus a yin-yang symbol and other improvised designs. Marc worked with a model named Kaylee, who had never been painted before. His design inspiration was stained glass with the use of Olympic colors given its relevance at the time. New artists will be featured in the future and the next event is this Tuesday with a theme of Attorneys at Law.
I leave you with the recap video (by Mangigs Productions) from Get Lucid at Underground Arts, which was held on first of this month. Get Lucid is an activist party series that serves as a fundraiser for various social causes. My collective Psy.Fi helps with the visuals, music entertainment, planning and promotion alongside a great team of forward thinking indivuals who seek to make a difference through art and expression.
Get Lucid! At Underground Arts- February 1, 2014 from Mangig Productions on Vimeo.