A serious heatwave has hit us in LA this week, so it feels very appropriate to keep the Summer sounds rolling out. While sitting in front of a barely working AC unit in nothing but my drawers, I can think of little else that sounds more appealing than some breezy, feel good, samba funk. With that in mind, I present to you the latest Captain Planet song to premier off my upcoming album. “Tudo de Bom” is a bouncy Brazilian joint featuring vocals by the lovely Samira Winter, with background vocals and additional guitar chops by up-n-coming rocker Nevilton. I loved working with these guys (there’s actually another song with Samira on the album), and I hope you can hear the fun we had in the studio when you press play. If you pre-order the “Esperanto Slang” album, you’ll get an immediate download of this tune, plus the other 2 singles that have dropped so far. Big shout out to Sounds & Colours Magazine for the premier yesterday. Press play and bump loudly!
Whilrwinded right through my 10-day vacation on the East Coast with non-stop good times accompanied by family and friends. Now I’m back in Lala land feeling a little sick and run-down from the travels, but still basking in the afterglow of fresh Summer memories worth saving. Gonna drop this fresh batch of new tunes on you all and dive back into the work that has piled up while I was away. I’ve got some head nodders, some dancefloor funkiness, and a bit of chilled out smoke cloud material for you today. The artwork above comes from the legendary Ralph Steadman, who I was reminded of by watching this great documentary on him while flying back West.
Kindness : World Restart ft. Kelela & Ade
Chris Brown : Fine China (B. Bravo Remix)
Ásgier : King & Cross (Saul Sweet Remix)
Brother In Arms : Jamaican Gyal
Electric Guest : Awake
ODESZA : Say My Name ft. Zyra
Blood Orange : You’re Not Good Enough (Holy Ghost Bootleg)
Titeknots : All Talk
Nico & Vinz : Am I Wrong (Deejay Theory Remix)
I’m heading back to the homeland next week- first to rugged and raw New Hampshire where I was born, then to the hustle and bustle of New York City where I cut my teeth on concrete. I’m very much looking forward to dipping in some ponds like the one above (photo cred goes to my brother-by-familia: Tod Stevenson) and jumping into my favorite waterfall. As far as I’m concerned, Summer is far from over. I’ve had little stints of vacation sprinkled throughout the past few months, a couple days here, a few more there… but nothing like a proper Frenchman’s break from work. I’ll be DJ-ing again on the rooftop of the James Hotel with my man DJ Cato (who provided a couple of today’s selections) and our special guest Uproot Andy on Aug 31st for all my NYC peeps. Until then, here’s a fresh batch of good ones to keep you bouncing.
Coucheron : Deep End ft. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne
Syd Arthur : Hometown Blues (Psychemagik Remix)
Sam Smith : Stay With Me (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
TÂCHES : Paris
SBTRKT : New Dorp. New York ft. Ezra Koenig
Zeds Dead : Lost You ft. Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy
Nadastrom : Fallen Down (Justin Martin Remix)
Disclosure & The Friend Within : The Mechanism
Para One : You Too
Grimes : Go ft. Blood Diamonds
ASTR : Blue Hawaii
I’m very jazzed up about this uber-fresh new music video for my last Captain Planet single “In The Gray” ft. my good friend, the insanely talented chanteuse Brit Laurén. After having a really bad music video experience earlier this Spring, where I spent too much money and time on a video that ended up as a flop, it was extremely reassuring to make this sharp and simple one with a handful of friends on a very limited budget in just a couple days. HUGE shout out to everyone on the team for helping make this happen- Araeia Robinson (director), Adam Tillman-Young (cinematographer), Dominique Dawson (styling), and all my friends for their time and dramatic skills! Also big up to Complex Mag for the awesome feature and write-up.
The single is out and even available on 7″ vinyl, so grab it if you’ve been sleeping…
Very happy to finally bring this new project of mine to light! Van Ike has been something I’ve been doing on the side with my longtime friend Sam Barsh (who was my first roommate in Brooklyn at age 19). Friends for ages, we’ve basically been leading parallel music careers, and only just started collaborating recently in our spare time (when Sam isn’t in the studio writing songs with Kendrick Lamar, Aloe Blacc & Macy Gray). The sound of Van Ike sprung naturally from our mutual love of Hall & Oates, Dwele, Pharrell, and Mayer Hawthorne. It’s a little bit throwback, a little bit now, and a lot of soul- basically doing what we feel and love. This first offering (which premiered yesterday at OkayPlayer.com) is our tribute to one of this summer’s sexiest tunes- “The Worst” by Jhene Aiko. Consider this just an appetizer, because our debut “Notes To Self” EP will be dropping very soon. FREE DOWNLOAD below, grab it while it’s hot…
Also, for people in LA – we’re doing our first live show TONIGHT at Sadie in Hollywood (I know, I know, sorry for late notice). For those of you in NYC, you can catch us Aug. 31st at the James Hotel in SOHO or Sept. 2nd at The Drink in Williamsburg.
Juggling many things at once, I start to feel disoriented and dizzy, anxious, wanting to be bigger and more capable than I am. I’d love to have a supercomputer in my head, with 10 times the problem solving capabilities, and immediate loss-less access to a long history of details. But I forget, and fuck up, and live in a suspended foggy dream state more of the time than I’d like to admit. But what saves me, keeps me sane, brings daily smiles to my face and cracks me up laughing even in my sleep, are the sacred moments of gratitude.
Hard to know whether they come from outside or in, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to surround yourself with sounds you love, colors that tickle you, and tastes that make your mouth water. That bon bon vie, which to you may be as simple a good sandwich. Each of the songs I’m sharing with you today has passed that test for me- scratched an itch and brought me back into the present moment. Made me grateful. I hope it helps you find a bit of grounding too, even with your head in the clouds. Shout out to DJ Shrimp Scampi for a few of today’s selections. Also, visual art today comes courtesy of The Clayton Bros who’s show is up now in Culver City and I want very badly to check it out.
Chet Faker : 1998
Thief : Cold
Glass Animals : Pools
Paolo Nutini : Let Me Down Easy
BEA : Safe Ground
Poliça : I See My Mother
Jesse Ware : Tough Love
Nick Hakim : Cold