"The Apartment" is not only the title track off Dynas' latest album, but it is also the foundation of the entire project on Badgramma/BBE Records. The late J Dilla applies his impassioned trademark production as Dynas expels the emotions one must face in order to repair an already broken relationship. If Dynas' forthright lyrics weren't enough, now Mupalia Pictures illustrates those canny mental images for this official music video. The Apartment LP is out in stores now, but expect more to come from Dynas as he collaborates on a group project, The Planet, with longtime friend DJ Klassik.
Kon & Amir Present Off Track Volume III: Brooklyn, to be released next Tuesday (4/27) on BBE, finds the New York/Boston-based pair shining light on another diverse array of underexposed vinyl. The eclectic African disco and soul cuts Amir highlights on his disc are Americanized by style but inherently authentic in feel, demonstrating the very best of the region’s dance music from the period following Fela Kuti’s mid-70s creative peak.
Kon and Amir will be hosting the official NYC release party at Le Poisson Rouge this Saturday, May 24th as a part of their I Love Vinyl series. On the 1s and 2s for the evening will be Amir, Ge-Ology, The Twilite Tone, Scribe, OP!, and Jon Oliver. Arrive early and ready to dance; entry is free before 10:30pm.
To win a free copy of the album, enter the contest here.
With a career spanning over a decade that includes three albums on Ninja Tune/Big Dada and a reputation for energetic performances the world over, Ty is no stranger to this music 'ish. A native of London with Nigerian roots, his music speaks diversity as he shines on production, lyric content, and London-inflected hip-hop delivery. Ty continues this tradition on his latest effort Special Kind Of Foolwith the help of some very special guests including Anthony Mills, Carroll Thompson, Corey Mwamba, D-Cross, Erik Rico, Finn Peters, Leo Ihenacho, Robin Mullarkey, Roses Gabor, Sarina Leah, Shaun Escoffery, Soweto Kinch, Sway, Terri Walker, Vula Malinga, and Wreh-Asha.
On this album, Ty transforms his emotions into a palatable listening experience that we all can feel, and reminds us “You can dumb down the music and make everybody dance but you can’t take the pain away.” In addition to offering his listeners glimpses into his personal motivations behind the music, Ty is also effective in articulating societal pressures as he speaks on contemporary culture, employment, race, class, youth, mortality and the desire and effort to overcome the harshness that can sometimes consume us.
Here he is explaining why it was important for him to make this album as well as where he was emotionally during the process:
You may already be familiar with his production on “Supernova”, the single from Joy Jones’ debut album, Godchild, released on Future Soul Records (and a Giant Step favorite!). He continues to show his versatility on this latest project, with sample and synth driven tracks, polyrhythms, and even flips the time signature on the title track, proving this isn’t your standard backbeat 4/4 hip-hop. Highlights include: “Don’t Cry,” “Wait,” “Something Big,” “Emotions,” “Me,” “Falling,” and the beautiful instrumental “Endtro.”
Stay tuned for a 2010 tour.
Ty - "Me ft. Erik Rico" (from Special Kind of Fool)[mp3]
Phantogram's "Running From The Cops" is taken from the duo's EP of the same name. Filled with electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul and pop, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel's beautiful, beat-driven, dreamlike songs meld together urban influences with the natural surroundings of their hometown, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Watch out for their forthcoming full length Eyelid Movies, out in late summer on BBE worldwide and Barsuk Records in North America.