Dropping a second mix this week for your listening pleasure. Tony Conquerrah does an incredible raggae show each week on BBOX Radio so I’m honored that he was so down to contribute this mix to Third Looks. Over the years I’ve heard lots of raggae, dancehall and soca in Toronto as it was necessary for every DJ to have that in their crate due to the large Caribbean and West Indian population. There was definitely some nostalgic joints I heard in this mix, but even more exciting are the tracks I’m hearing for the first time in this hour long mix.
I asked Tony to intro the mix in his own words
“At the risk of sounding like a major nerd (which is what all DJ’s are anyway, let’s
face it), you can say that rap music has always been my first love.
But I came up in the 90′s, during a time when dancehall was gun-butting its way into
the hip-hop party.
I mean its always been there, ever since Kool Herc did his own take on Jamaican
sound systems up in the Bronx. And groups like Boogie Down Productions or Poor
Righteous Teachers also wore the island influence like a Dapper Dan leather suit.
Yet it wasn’t until the 90′s that we saw the two cultures so nicely dovetailed
together. Super Cat’s “Ghetto Red Hot” video was getting regular burn on Yo! MTV
Raps. Crossover tunes like “Romantic Call” or “Murder She Wrote” were staples on Hot
97, not just on Flex’s show at night, but right out there in broad day. The
programming had a lot to do with the huge West Indian demographic here in the
tri-state area – but it was also becoming recognized on a nationwide scale – paving
the way for artists like Sean Paul or Shaggy in the latter part of the decade.
While a lot of tunes in this mix were never “hits” in the US (although tunes like
“Action” most definitely were), they are straight bashment tunes, reflecting the
energy of the era when dancehall, or digital, or ragga, whatever you choose to call
it, really came into its own and branched off from the straight-ahead reggae stylee.
And like any good 90′s type of mix, I had to throw in some hip-hop blends for good
You can find Tony Conquerrah on Soundcloud.
We got another mix for you this time by New York based Ibe Soliman. He’s a DJ and producer who has worked with the likes of Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar. Heading into a Spring, check out this upbeat and fast moving mix that will get bodies moving at your next function.
“Slowly but surely Jersey Club has been creeping into my sets so I put together some songs I dig with some remixes i did, and some other spring time joints.” – Ibe Soliman
I hit up Zul from Singapore to select sounds for Third Looks Mix 002. Zul is not only a DJ; he runs a fantastic website that covers a range of electronic music called Subvert HQ (Facebook Page). I asked him to just give a quick brief about what listeners can expect from the hour long mix.
“I’ve been influenced by the deeper end of drum ‘n’ bass – the styles known as microfunk or Autonomic – for awhile now. This mix blends together some of the style’s best tunes in recent years, I just hope people like the selection as much as I’ve I had fun putting it together.”
I’ve been wanting to add an music component to Third Looks for some time now. I’ve been listening to more and more mixes through soundcloud through the last year and figured why not share sounds from some of my favorite DJs/producers with you directly. I really like the experience of putting on a well curated mix and just zoning out to it. I intend for this to become a regular feature on the site and I’d love to hear any feedback you may have on this initial offering.
First up in the series is a mix by Note of PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree). He may be a familiar face to some of you as he’s been featured in a style profile here some time ago. When I first heard the mix, I wasn’t familiar with most of the tracks or artists on here, but it was learning experience that was worth the investment. This is the sort of mix play practically anywhere, whether you’re getting work done at the office or drinking with friends at the crib.
I asked Note to describe the mix in a sentence and this is what he submitted. But I suggest you just throw on a good pair of headphones or play this on a deserving system and hear it for yourself.
You can follow Note on twitter
Source: Jordan Nicholson Flickr
Kanye West embarked on the first show of his YEEZUS tour last night and from first-hand accounts the experience was pretty insane. The above photos are by Jordan Nicholson and really capture the scale of the show (How crazy does that manmade mountain look?). I’ve seen Kanye live 4 times now and I have to say his live show never disappoints. I’m happy to see that he re-invents his stage presence each tour and he really gives fans their month worth. I can’t wait to see what goes down when I see him at Barclay’s next month.
We’re back with another edition of Craft Beer Goons, this time we reviewed the brews at a remote location upstate. Summer is over and Halloween is around the corner and this should help you pick out something for BBQs , parties and just kicking it with the homies. We picked out a new batch of craft beers that we drank in quick succession and reviewed for your enjoyment. In addition to the regular PTP review crew (Geng & Note) Alex from Steady Bloggin threw his opinions into the ring. Before you read these reviews be sure to watch this clip on YouTube, so you know the mindset we were in after drinking a few of these joints.
This time around we review the following
Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale
Dogfish Head Hellhound on my Ale
Dogfish Head Positive Contact by Dan the Automator
Southern Tier Plum Noir Imperial Porter
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Seems like Killa Cam is poppin up everywhere in New York today. From the ALIFE posters pasted all over the city to countless apartments blasting the just released (and better than expected) Ghetto Heaven Vol.1 mixtape. Mysterious producer MONEYDVNCE took this moment to drop a timely PTP-exclusive remix of the classic Get ‘Em Girls. Not much is known about the guy except rumors that he has been become increasingly reclusive. The last I hear he was hiding out in a bando in Bolivia.
Being one of the hardest songs Cam has put out in his lengthy rap career, I had no idea how this was going to be sonically flipped. What I heard was a complete re-work of the beat that will keep your computer ‘putin. Cinematic drums are laid over a heavy methodical bass line. This sounds like a Mortal Kombat stage in the projects. This sounds like Predator’s spaceship landing in Shaolin. Go learn yourself a town and use this as your soundtrack.
An upcoming book published by Rizzoli focuses on the 20 year history of legendary streetwear brand Fuct. Since the brand’s inception Fuct has helped defined the streetwear genre with now common practices such as logo flips. Known for it’s subversive graphics, few know that Fuct was the popular streetwear brand to use a film still (namely Goodfellas) as one of it’s prints. The October issue of Dazed & Confused has a profile with the brand’s founder Erik Brunetti. The below quote from him describes how he began Fuct.
“I started my brand with my own money. I think that’s the reason the brand never got big, because it never had that big money push that a lot of people have with brands now. Nowadays people start brands and they basically have some sort of business plan or some method of how they’re going to try and do it. When I started FUCT there was no plan. We did not have a target market or a demographic. That would insinuate that I had a plan… I think people give it more credit. We didn’t have focus groups or boardroom meetings. I don’t think there’s a message or an agenda. At the end of the day it’s just a subversive clothing brand.
Photos via Dazed
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Legendary Braun designer Dieter Rams has had a huge impact on the design world inspiring everyone from Steve Jobs to Jun Takahashi. The Paul Smith Albemarle Street store in London is host to a exhibition of Dieters product pieces ranging from turntables to radios. Lucky collectors will be able to actually purchase these archival items at the shop. The selection was made possible through assistance from Das Programm, an organization of Dieter Ram collectors. The exhibition runs until October at the Paul Smith Mayfair store located at No. 9 Albemarle Street, London.
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This past Thursday marked the opening of the ‘I See You’ an inaugural art exhibit by my friend Eri Wakiyama. The opening night was a blast and it was great to see so many people come out in support of her art work. When I first met Eri I had no idea she drew but when I found her tumblr Mermaid Hair I quickly became a fan of her work. If you like the images here definitely check her stuff out on there as she regular posts similarly-styled illustrations and paintings.
The exhibition on Kenmare closed Sunday but I managed to get some snaps of the work while it was still hanging. Some of the pieces have already sold but if you are interested in getting in touch with Eri regarding her artwork the best way to reach her is through e-mail or on twitter. The color palettes and whimsical, quirky mood of her work is best seen in person and I already can’t wait until her next showing.
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