Siji, second born of twelve children spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legends Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding.
The self-taught piano, percussion and acoustic bass player released an EP. He quickly garnered much respect, admiration and credibility which led to a lucrative worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. Siji relocated to New York and performed in renowned venues has worked with a number of producers, but it is his collaboration with Osunlade, who produced music for Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, and classic R&B vocalist Patti Labelle, that fostered in Siji a love of production. It was only last year that the “Adé Siji” album dropped on his own label IVY Records and what an album it is. The self-titled sophomore album “Adé Siji”, is a full portrayal of where Siji currently stand as an artist and human being and the experiences that have come to shape his character. It even has some guest collaborations by King Britt and Rich Medina on there. I must admit I kinda slept on this one and rediscovered it recently. For those that love a medley of Jazz Fusion, Soul and Highlife…purchase “Adé Siji” HERE! Thnx to Apple Juice Break for the inspiring post and peep “Yearning For Home” video after the jump.
Siji – Fantasy
Just in…brand new Pac Div video of with the title “Pac Div” from the “Church League Champions” album! Big ups Fresh Milk for the 411..
DJ Graffiti was so nice to send us this second Mayer Hawthorne – “Just Aint Gonna Work Out (El Camino Remix)” by Astronote. “A Strange Arrangement” is out this week on iTunes, and on CD/LP over the next couple weeks everywhere else in the world. I think this it one of the most accessible albums out there right now and no wonder it’s officially a top 10 album! Support Stonesthrow, Mayer Hawthorne and good music..oh check after the jump to for more info on the “Love Is All Right” 4-inch vinyl.
Harmonic 313 (Mark Pritchard) came to Sixty40 for his first ever film clip. Despite releasing seminal records since the 90’s and being on Warp Records since 1994 and being the poster child for super-technical, superbly-crafted, bass heavy, crazy-ass electronica there’d never been anything to translate his floor-filling tracks on TV.
Shot stereoscopically (i.e. on 2 identical cameras separated in space to mimic 2 eyes) the clip uses a flicking technique that was inspired by 2 frame animations of 3D photos. In this technique, a sense of depth is provided to the footage by changing between the left and right eye views between each frame. In moving footage, not only does it add a sense of depth but also a definite intensity and alternative reality to each scene. For different people, it can create a curious mental floatiness in some shots.
Dang…this takes me back to the nineties! Straight sick Slum Village joint produced by Karriem Riggins and the video was directed by Dwele. Hope to hear more music like “Actin Normal” this year. Big ups Scrapdirty for the video.
Sorry we didn’t have time to update the website, but we were busy working on this event. Just a little taste from my man Lefto who shot this nice video last weekend. Hope you can get an idea of what the Beat Battle at the Rooms of Red Bull was like and how high both the quality of the beat makers and the energy level was. FS Green just gave me goosebumps when he played that dubstep joint man! Anyways…more footage very soon. Thanks ya’ll for coming out and next year we might even do it bigger, better and cooler. Check some reviews after the jump. Pics from ‘Ismail Pinto’ and Arenda de Hoop..
This IAM1 Journey of Amsterdam, featuring Nalden as the storyteller, is a part of the Nike Europe project showcasing creative hotspots in 5 cities through the eyes of their native revolutionaries. This great stop-motion movie takes you to a few of Nalden’s favorite spots and people like Momkai, the MiNiBar, HOTEL and La Melodia. The wonderful soundtrack was made by Melodee and I.N.T. (La Melodia) and can be enjoyed as of now…
Welcome to the future! Dj Buzz presents: “Comsic War of The Planets”. From an old italo – us science fiction movie, Buzz seperated audio and video samples in order to give the movie as well as the music a new look and feel. Have a look at the first video edit and single release “Stardust“, featuring Detroit’s finest Frank Nitty & viennese future funk expert Dorian Concept. On July 3rd, Dj Buzz drops his new baby on Personal Records on July 3rd. Buy the 7″ online at HHV and on iTunes!
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