There's a good amount of things that I hold high when it comes to positive moves and betterment within society, giving kids the gift of music and a place where they can explore something good taking them off the streets is definitely one of them. Rah Digga is starting something great and needs our help, she has recently acquired the lease to an abandoned property and is transforming it into the NJ Dance Network, a dance facility for the kids of Newark. The place will be completely renovated in 30 days so she needs all the help she can get, there will be an EP titled 'Hood House: So Jersey' for it as well. Rah is planning on having the kids and adults involved eventually create a production ala Breakin' which is a terrific idea, it helps uplift the community and gets locals involved in ways that can benefit their spirits. There is a Kickstarter video for the project below, please consider pledging for this as it can be extremely important and has the ability to change kids lives for the better. The NJ Dance Network project will go on with or without the Kickstarter but all help is welcomed to make it better! NJ Dance Network Kickstarter page
This is an old video (2010) but the message carries on to many of us and will forever be relevant. Goa Gil for those that don't know is a very wise Trance DJ/supporter that believes in spiritual energy being passed thru with music and dance that which brings you closer to the Cosmic Spirit. I also believe that music has a higher level of spirituality and is not JUST music, in past rituals and ceremonies music has always played an important part which cannot be diminished. Besides playing 24hr sets (no joke) he is always on the quest for the "holy grail of music" that some of us are also after, this interview is a good refresher on how to approach life and your craft.
Om Namo Narayanaya!
One of our Giant homies Brooklyn Shanti has released a new tape with an insane amount of summer and thumping tunes to keep all good vibes moving to the right direction. With sounds that span the world and a VIP list of guests, Shanti brings the best to our ears and hips. The beats play out from Hip-Hop to that new Bengali Global Bass goodness he's cooking up and the all mighty Afrika Bambaataa, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Thornato, Sierra Carrère, Mandeep Sethi, Sohail Sen, A-Live making appearances as well. Mega proud of the bro in all aspects of life right about now and you should be downloading this right now so let me stop talking...
From Brooklyn with Love Tracklist 01. Beautiful (Summer Sunshine Remix) – Brooklyn Shanti 02. Unicorns – Brooklyn Shanti vs Jimmy Love featuring Afrika Bambaataa 03. Welcome to Jamrock (Brooklyn Shanti vs Thornato remix) – Damien Marley 04. Shot Him Down (Tropical Refix) – Tape Deck Prophets (Sierra Carrère & Brooklyn Shanti) 05. Mathematics (Brooklyn Shanti vs Beats Antique remix) – Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) 06. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Brooklyn Shanti vs Guapo Feo remix) – ODB 07. Man of the Year – Brooklyn Shanti featuring A-Live 08. Pyaari Pyaari – Brooklyn Shanti & Sohail Sen (produced by Thornato) 09. Weaponized Love – Brooklyn Shanti featuring Mandeep Sethi 10. Cola Cherry Breeze – Bengali Tiger (Geechi Suede, Brooklyn Shanti, A-Live)
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19670302[/vimeo] Surfer electro? Yep gimme some o' that trippy goodness. La Femme brings back living on the edge and night surfing in 'Sur La Planche'. Gotta love the vibe set in the video as it goes perfect with the song, alright c'mon send more of this my way!
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/40103724[/vimeo] French artist Ariane Moffatt and her live performance of 'Too Late' off the album "MA", it has a dope tropical bass vibe to it and highly infectious. I can have this beat on a loop and be a-ok with it... gotta check this album out now.