OHM x TLL 1015

OHM x TLL 1015

This mix is inspired by Luther Campbell’s “The Book of Luke”. He was the king of the Miami bass sound. Growing up as a child in Orlando, bass played a major role in my early hip hop experience. All the styles featured on this mix (grime, trap, hip hop) are bottom heavy in a delicious way. So put on your best headphones, crank up the subwoofer and enjoy.

This episode of the OHM DJ Series is brought to you by the creator of OHM, DJ Sakir. When she’s not massaging vinyl and seamlessly blending melodies, she’s creating the latest OHM design, blogging/writing and being the master of her universe.

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RZA finding comfort in the director’s chair

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The Abbot of Wu Tang, RZA will be directing the upcoming feature film “Breakout” at the top of the new year.  The movie is about a photographer imprissioned in Bangledesh who’s rich father plans to rescue him.  The movie will star Sam Rockwell, Ana Kendrick along with RZA himself.

This isn’t his first time in the director’s chair.  His directorial debut, “Man with the Iron Fists” where he collaborated with Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, was released in 2012.  He’s been keeping that chair warm by wrapping up his latest project, “CoCo” featuring Common, Jill Scott and Azalea Banks that will hit theaters in March 2016.

AfroPunk 2015

***Disclaimer: I didn’t take these photos and own no rights to them. These are a collection of photos that have been placed on social media. Sharing is caring. 

If you think at the end of every AfroPunk season that it can never be topped, the next year’s festival comes along and blows your mind all over again.  This year didn’t disappoint. With a lineup that boasted Grace Jones (yes, Grace Jones!), Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Lion Babe and so many other talented performers, festival goers barely had a chance to catch their breath.

This year the festival had it’s inaugural Fancy Dress Ball with Grace Jones as the headliner with proceeds from the ball going towards charity organizations.  Ms. Jones was so fierce that she performed the following night and the crowd in the seat of her bosom all over again with cheeky commentary in between songs, slight costume changes for each set and so much energy that we can’t believe she is 67!

Equally as impressive was the fashion.  You will never see street style expressed as passionately and honestly than at AfroPunk.  Wearing every color in the rainbow and many donning tribal face paint, it was clear that this year being Black and proud was the theme.  #BlackTransLivesMatter had a strong presence with signs placed throughout the grounds and impromptu marches through the crowds chanting to be treated equally. The all inclusive festival had very diverse crowds that came together to see the sights, dance their hearts out and get high off of great performances.  With security tighter than TSA, the crowd lt loose on the park grounds.  Food and merchandise vendors were bountiful.  Black commerce and activism definitely had a voice.

If you haven’t made it to at least one of the 11 AfroPunks that Brooklyn has hosted, I don’t really understand what you are waiting for.  See you next year?!

 

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Benjamin Clementine “Condolence | A Take Away Show | Voodoo Child”

There’s so much to take in when it comes to Benjamin Clementine.  His artistry and talent is amazing and he so much reminds me of Nina Simone.  If she were to have a son, it would be him.  He strokes the piano with such ease and belts notes that is unabashadely brilliant.  His gift seems to bring him on the precipice of insanity and that’s when you know an artist has tapped into his true calling.  Thank the stars that talent like this still exists and that an artist can stir emotions inside people the way he has done to me.

Apple entering the streaming ring swinging

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Music execs have been saying that streaming is the way of the music industry for some time.  Apple plans on entering the scrimmage to the top between Spotify, Pandora and Tidal, swinging. Doing what others lack and a missed opportunity by Soundcloud, Apple is rumored to offer music tastemakers as DJs to curate channels on this new service.  Definitely a game changer. (read more)

Gladwell shows disapproval for insensitive behavior by Paulson.

 I have to give it to this brother.  His books are living testaments to functioning at your highest and greatest potential with simple applications.  Malcolm Gladwell, is considered one of the greatest non-fiction writers of his generation.  He sparked Instagram attention when Gladwell commented on John Paulson’s donation to Harvard University.   When is too much, too much? Is this another example of the rich insuring they will continue to get richer? Is this a case of brand loyalty?  (read more)

An Electric Night with Haitus Kaiyote

It seems as if I had many amazing experiences the entire show.

By Aubrey Modium

I was first introduced to Haitus Kaiyote from my friend, DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW in Los Angeles.  My first HK show was in Venice, California at the Del Monte Speakeasy.  This was ironically HK’s first time performing in Cali and this cozy spot was filled with anticipation for what audio and visual goodness awaited us.

Two years later, I saw them in Las Vegas at an arcade bar named Insert Coins.   It’s often difficult to duplicate post production studio recordings in a live performance but HK did it with ease; that was amazingly refreshing.  Their 2-hour performance included songs from both albums, “Tawk Tomahawk” and “Choose Your Weapon”.  The crowd knew every song and their singing along created an intimate setting that felt like a gathering of old friends.   When the band came back for their encore, they performed “Atari”, which front woman, Nai Palm, noted how the song is hard to perform live because of the various arrangements in their production.  The highlight of the performance for me was when I discovered my new favorite song, “Breathing Underwater”.  It seems as if I had many amazing experiences the entire show.

Afterwards, I was lucky enough to chop it up with band members Simon, the keyboardist and Paul the bassist.  It was nice to see the humility of this group through Simon gushing over having sold out shows. It was refreshing.

HK has not only established themselves as the standard for electro futuristic soul but they place themselves outside the box of what is considered, “conventional”.

 

  ~ One of Chi city’s finest, Aubrey Modium is the mastermind behind the “Mind of Modium” and the “Arte Box”.  He loves you and you love him.