Sponsored Video: Ballantine’s x INSA


Photo Credit – Ballantine’s

“The internet has changed our view on art and I wanted to cross both worlds and make work that existed in the online space even more than it existed in the real world…” – INSA

There is a no more prevalent visual medium for communicating nowadays than a GIF. They can be spotted on your favourite site, always inducing a chuckle at the 90’s nostalgia it brings. Now imagine a GIF that was created using space satellites. Intrigued? I thought you might be.

The idea came about when renowned, anonymous graffiti artist INSA teamed up with Ballantine’s for the project. It took place in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most vibrant cities in the world and involved the mammoth task of creating four paintings in four days, photographing each from space and then ultimately turning the respective images into a one second GIF that continuously loops.

The end result you cry? There were 576 man hours spent on the project and 57 515 square meters were painted. As for the GIF, it was quirky, charming and heart-warming. The overall message couldn’t have been summed up better by INSA: “Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t be afraid to push an idea; that makes great exploring.”

Want to experience more? Then you will want to be in Johannesburg on 5 March 2015, when Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky and Boiler Room will present ‘Stay True South Africa’ – a one-night-only experience featuring global and local legends Black Coffee, Okmalumkoolkat, Culoe de Song, Shimza and Black Motion.

Ps Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky sponsored this post because they want you to remember to stay true and leave an impression.

New Music: Muzi


Photo Credit – Lucien Muller

One of my most exciting local finds last year was Muzi and as he has just released his latest mixtape, ‘Chicks Dig Scars Vol 1′ now is the perfect time to introduce him to you.

The KwaZulu Natal local is making waves with his style of music that is intriguing as it refreshing. It’s genre shifting, grimy and surprising. I simply adore his remix of HC’s single, Rooftops featuring Lakota Silva. It’s one of his more toned down takes but, as always, has his magical touch.

His latest release, the ‘Chicks Dig Scars Vol 1′ mixtape, features his various inspired bootlegs of songs from artists ranging from the likes of Keith Sweat, Azealia Banks  and Flux Pavilion.

He has a heavy duty take on ‘Heavy Metal & Reflective by Azealia Banks, which is relentless throughout, moving on to shimmering and fast paced sound scapes on ‘I Can’t Stop’ by Flux Pavilion, into a glitchy and African inspired VIP take on his own ‘Bundu Fx’. The final reinterpretation of ‘Nobody’ by Keith Sweat is the most special, simply because just when you think you know what to expect, Muzi shakes things up again, this time with a more African, electro feel on an R&B classic that has you wanting more.

One of my favourite aspects of Muzi’s style is the way he shifts from genre to genre within songs and makes it so effortless and streamlined.

I look forward to hearing more from him soon!

ps You can download ‘Chicks Dig Scars Vol 1′ for free.

Listen To This: Touch Me

Photo Credit -  Julio Villagra Bizama

Photo Credit – Julio Villagra Bizama

Every so often I receive an email and it makes my week, when I was contacted by Pretty Pink about her new release, it was one of those days.

The Harz native is known across Europe and I was instantly taken with her unique sound.

Her take on ‘Touch Me’ by Paul Oakenfeld is utterly magical. It’s melodic, chilled with just a touch of funk. It is easy to see why she is so popular. Her effortless and subtle takes on songs are the hallmark of what I think makes a great remix, one that makes you love it even more than the original. It’s a skill that very few master and that is what makes her so incredible to follow.

Her take on Daughter’s, my favourites, cover of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk is the perfect example of her enchanting touch. She injects the soulful, funky and fresh sound that made the original so popular and perfectly pairs it with  Elena Tonra’s haunting and melancholic vocals. It is simply sublime.

I’ll be keeping my eye on Pretty Pink and I can’t wait to hear more of her offerings.

ps You can buy her ‘Touch Me’ remix here.

Listen To This: Pessimist

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Photo Credit – BBC

I just stumbled upon two of my new favourite artists, producer Memtrix, and duo Max Rowat and Katie Boyle, who make up Koven, who recently came together to work on a song. One that is utterly enchanting and ready for mass consumption.

The respective artists are signed to Viper Recordings and their collaboration came about for the ‘Decade of Viper’ album, which celebrated the label’s tenth birthday.

The end result was ‘Pessimist’, the perfect encapsulation of their various styles and offerings. Boyle’s haunting vocals, with a slow and melodic start, slowly building up into the perfect mix of Drum and Bass that is light, airy but packs a punch. It makes for addictive listening.

I absolutely adore their offering and would love to hear more.

ps Memtrix’s recently released his EP, ‘Voodoo‘ and it’s worth every cent.

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