Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coachella: Bringing it Back to the Basics, MUSIC

We all know too well that festival fashion is extremely important, but what really matters to us are the artists you should see.  So whether or not you find yourself in the desert in the next two weekends, do yourself a favor and give these tracks a listen.

OUTKAST - explore Big Boi's soundcloud 
"Moves Like Ms. Jackson" is a house mash-up of two classic Outkast songs by an artist who still remains nameless to this day.  Either way the mashup speaks for itself, and we couldn't be happier that the dynamic duo of Andre 3000 & Big Boi are back!

BANKS - explore her soundcloud
Sexy - Sensual - Seductive.  Banks' vocals in "Warm Water" is basically all of the above.  Below is a Snakehips Remix of her track that is too groovy for words.

ANNA LUNOE + FLUME - explore hers and his
"I Met You" is a collaborative track between Anna Lunoe & Flume, who are both big names coming out of Sydney, Australia.  Everything about this track reminds us of taking a trip down memory lane, as the lyrics go, "Why did I met you you then I can’t believe, believe".  Be sure to take the time to explore both of their soundcloud accounts because it's truly a goldmine. 

RUDIMENTAL + NAS - explore Rudimental's soundcloud
True to the title of the track, "Free" combines the vocals of Emeli Sande & Nas for a powerful, uplifting song.  Also worth noting is that this year marks the 20 year anniversary of Nas' Illmatic.

The original is an immediate classic in our books, but Neus' remix of "Happy" gives it a late-night, after the party chill factor.  So clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.

GALANTIS - explore their soundcloud
Galantis is - Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye.  If that doesn't ring any bells just listen to the track below.  New big room house at its best.  That drop is like an explosion of energy (and happiness) when you hear it live.   
HOT SINCE 82 - explore his soundcloud
Deep house has never been hotter. "The End."

DILLON FRANCIS + T.E.E.D - explore Dillon and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
"Without You" is the track everyone needs post-break-up. "If only you can see the future is all yours now cuz I'll know I'll be higher without you now...". Even if you're "over it," who doesn't need a feel-good reminder?

SHLOHMO - explore his soundcloud
Just let this one take you on a journey.  Sometimes if you can't find the right words to say (or text), it is just better to say it with music - props Shlohmo, props.

DUKE DUMONT - explore his soundcloud
"Ask me what I did with my life. I spend it with you..." Play this song with the ones you love and immediately you'll be singing the lyrics out loud to each other.  Don't be shy, we got U. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Strolling Through NOLA

New Orleans is the type of city where there is no need for an itinerary. You can wander the streets without a plan and find yourself enamored by the unique and colorful architecture that speaks to the city's multi-cultural heritage. From delicious beignets to jazz musicians playing on the streets, NOLA made you immediately feel at home.

At some point during our stroll, we found ourselves in the Louis Armstrong Park where the Congo Square Rhythms Festival was happening.  The festival celebrated the diversity of New Orleans through musical performances, food, and more.

One vendor caught our eyes with its sunglass mobile bicycle display called KREWE du optic.  The brand offers quality, handmade eyewear in updated styles of classic silhouettes like the wayfarer and clubmaster.  Not only are the sunglasses designed in New Orleans, but each pair is reflective of the vibrant and colorful side of this soulful city. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Festival Highlights: BUKU, Music + Art Project

"Louisiana is where culture is business." 

Festival Season is officially here and NOLA set the tone with its Buku, Music + Art Project this past weekend.

Gigi had the opportunity to hop on a spontaneous trip to New Orleans after a friend won tickets via twitter from their favorite DJ, Kaskade.  It was her first time at the festival, so she decided to document the music & cultural experience down by the Bayou!

First and foremost, there is something really captivating about New Orleans.  The youthful crowd at Buku was unique--comparable to the city kids we pass on the subway everyday, except soulful and full of Southern charm.  They were confident and especially expressive in both their style & dress.   An immediately noticeable trend is the clear fact that the 90's are back in a new way.  The style from this era was well represented and seen through the high-neck crop tops, matching printed skirt & top combinations, dark plaids, paisleys, and backpacks. The natives of NOLA re-did the 90's and are influencers in their own right. 

Buku was held in the Warehouse District which was broken up into multiple sections so that attendees were able to experience both art and music.  There was a live gallery where you could watch artists create their murals.  As for the music, the line-up was stacked with notables like Nas, Kaskade, Treasure Fingers, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Cashmere Cat and more.  There was an area out on the pier called the "Back Alley" where a DJ set lay under a small tent surrounded by speakers.  We caught Dusky there in full effect, and in that moment, Gigi knew Buku had nailed it.  

There's nothing like dancing under the moonlight to beautiful music with an amazing view of the city bridge along the Mississippi River.  We may have won the tickets to the festival, but Buku won our music festival-lovin' hearts.  

Check out Gigi's experience below.