Thursday, May 30, 2013

Davey Gravy - Knitted Hip Hop Your Grandmother is Sure to Love

My mother used to create needle point works of art of floral patterns and holiday patterns.
She always said that she wasn't born with the gift of creativity, but after 
watching her sew for hours on end to truly create something out of nothing,
it dawned on me that patience is a virtue.
I was always amazed at the zen-like style it took to create something so elegant
yet so painstakingly detailed.
Enter Davey Gravy, needle -point extraordinaire. 
Creating tightly sewn fabric works of art that rival the tightly woven beats and
lyrics that so many of these featured artists and lyrics represent.
Davey Gravy's pieces are like glimpses into the mind of an artist who really wants to make a
hip hop statement so he states it over and over and over again with each
important stroke of the needle.
Watch out for Davey Gravy's art career that is going from 12 inch needle -point,
to intricate tapestries.

Davy Gravey's website:

"You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You"
Notorious BIG

MF DOOM portrait

"It Was All A Dream"
Notorious BIG

"Industry Rule #4080 Record Company People are Shady"
A Tribe Called Quest

"Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game"

Not sure where this quote came from, but it's quite gangster.

"Shimmy Shimmy Ya"
Ol' Dirty Bastard

"Mike Tyson : Punch Out"

"So Fresh So Clean"

"Wrong Side of Da Tracks"

Rakim portrait


Jay Z "Reasonable Doubt" portrait

Self Explanatory

"Gold Digger"
Kanye West

"Enter the WU Tang"
Wu Tang Clan


Special Thanks to: Red Wine, the slugs eating my organic squash, 620 film, Friends who are moving to New York, Friends who don't let friends drive drunk, friends who would never do you wrong, friends with an ill taste in music, friends who always got a smoke, friends that wouldn't question cracking another guy in the face you have beef with, friends who are opinionated but always keep it real positive.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Must Watch: Ibizious Energy Drink Promo Video Makes for Original Ibiza Super Club Promotional Tactic

Here's some essential weekend what is certainly one of the more original club promo videos we've come across to date....presenting....Ibizious Energy Drink!


Special Thanks: Ibiza, Vibe, warm weather and deep house music

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Watch James Blake In Concert for Free and in HD!

James Blake live in concert....for free....and filmed in HD....yes please!!

Special Thanks: James Blake, NPR for sharing this with the world and forward thinkers

theLIFT: Legendary DJ Gilles Peterson Makes His Long Awaited Return to Los Angeles and Drops Free Download on KCRW

Memorial Day weekend 2013 is almost here and Los Angeles is buzzing about the return of the iconic BBC Radio DJ and legendary musical tastemaker, Gilles Peterson. He'll be playing KCRW DJ, Jeremy Sole's monthly undergound party, theLIFT on Saturday, May 25th and to further build the anticipation he just dropped an absolutely delicious 30-minute mix featuring all sorts of rare grooves on KCRW. This is the perfect soundtrack to kick off your weekend and further demonstrates that Mr. Peterson is simply one of the best musical selectors on the planet.

Download Gilles Peterson's KCRW Mix HERE

Special Thanks: Gilles Peterson for introducing my ears to so many essential sounds over the years, Jeremy Sole, theLIFT, KCRW and good music that knows no genre

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Free Download: Ruckspin Embarks on Author Tour of USA with Jack Sparrow and Releases New UKB Mix

We're gearing up for the Los Angeles debut live performance from UK bass music duo, Author. Consisting of Ruckspin (producer of groundbreaking jazz meets dubstep group Submotion Orchestra), along with the equally potent Jack Sparrow, the Author sound offers a refreshing blend of heavy bass, beautiful/soulful melodies, plus there is actually 'dub' in their dubstep. With the imminent release of their highly anticipated second album, "Future Forward," in June, Ruckspin has followed up the duo's recent standout "Future Forward" Soundcloud mix, with a brand new solo UKB Mix that's equally deep.

Download Ruckspin's UKB 008 Mix below:

1. Project Maldonado - Seraphim
2. Quark - Watercolour
> Quantum Soul - The Principle
3. Cluekid - Rainy Street Light
4. 2562 - Belgrave Rd
5. Ruckspin & J Sparrow - Roots Vibration ft. Ras Spear
6. Reso - Eva
7. Landslide - Dreams & Visions
8. Author - My Only
9. Bwana - Baby Let Me Finish
10. Gantz - No Faith (Ipman remix)
11. Commodo - $pace Cash
12. Kahn - Prophet ft. Rider Shafique
13. Ruckspin & Medison - Broken Bones
14. Quantum Soul vs Lamb - Strong Root
15. Deco - Consciousness Dub
16. Vivek - Over My Head
17. Bonobo - Eyesdown (ARP101 remix)
18. Versa - Vuelvo
> Aeolho - Catalyze
19. Author - After Time ft. Quark
20. Jafu - Reversing Circles
21. Commodo - Wish
22. Ipman & Killawatt - Jigsaw Dub
> Ulterior Motive - The Elephant Tune
23. 4Flexx - Outcast

Special Thanks: Ruckspin, Jack Sparrow, Author, good bass music, people in America who book forward thinking electronic acts like Author, SF for getting to host a Super Bowl with their new stadium and Iron Man 3.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weekend Playlist: Watch New Video For SnakeHips Smooth Throwback Jam "On & On"

If this smooth new jam from our latest musical discovery, Snakehips doesn't put a smile on your face, you're taking yourself way to seriously! Proper sunny vibes and we're feeling the smooth vocals, hip-hop flavored beats and a dope video!

Check out Snakehips' "On & On" Below:

Special Thanks: Snakehips, Summer Sounds, Fort Knox Five Vs Thunderball, smoked gouda cheese and beach living

Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Mondays: Grab a Free Download of DFRNT's Beautiful New Singe " The Way You Look at Me"

What a way to start the week! We haven't stopped playing the excellent new "Future Forward" mix from Author, when fellow UK producer (and Upperhands fav), DFRNT, delivers his new "Nobody Stop Me EP." After the success of his sophomore album, "Fading," which saw the producer dabble in deep, dubbed out house music - he continues on that tip, with the free download of his sublime single, "The Way You Look at Me."

Free Download of "The Way You Look at Me" over at XLR8R

Special Thanks: DFRNT, Echodub, dubbed out deep house music, Basic Channel, M83 at the Hollywood Bowl with a full orchestra and Nate Robinson going off in the NBA playoffs.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Author Announce Second Album "Forward Forever" and Drop New Mix

When it comes to deep bass music, few do it better than Author, the UK group comprised of producers Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin, who also handles production duties for jazz meets dubstep act, Submotion Orchestra. The self-titled debut from Author showed the duo have a keen ear for composition and now they've announced the June release of their sophomore album, "Forward Forever," on Blackbox Recordings.

Stream the excellent first offering, "Innovate" below:

The new "Forward Forever" mix from Author is absolute class:

Special Thanks: Author, Ruckspin and Jack Sparrow, Blackbox Recordings for putting out "Forward Forever," deep bass music, Author coming to LA in June and fish tacos at the Culver City Hotel.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Free Download: Submotion Orchestra Compile Sublime Outlook Festival 2013 Mix

The Outlook Festival in Croatia has hands-down the best summer festival lineup of 2013. If it weren't in Coratia, we'd be there in a second. But until we can make it out to this epic beach bash, one of the best bands on the bill, Submotion Orchestra, have just dropped a sublime new mix, which you can download for free via SoundCloud.

Take a look at the incredible 2013 lineup - so who's bringing this baby to America?!

Special Thanks: Outlook Festival for doing it up proper, Submotion Orchestra, The NY Islanders for returning to the NHL playoffs and banana bread