Thursday, June 30, 2011

Arthur

Arthur

Review: Want to know which movie that is without a doubt one of the worst this year? Arthur.

Limitless

Limitless

Review: I must admit that Limitless was better than I had expected. Not a great movie, but a perfect movie to enjoy when you're really tired and just wants to be entertained for an hour and a half.

sole, bleubird & k-the-i??? - Hustle Hard (Ace Hood remix)

First I was thinking of posting the video to Prop Dylan's Shock & Amaze that was produced by none less than DJ Premier. But then I realized that the track and video was quite boring. So I'm giving you the video to sole, k-the-i??? and bleubird's track Hustle Hard (Ace Hood remix) instead.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Soundtrack of Week 25

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Interview #12 - k-the-i???

Not Keeping It Simple

In hip hop you can find many good emcees and a few excellent producers. There are however not that many who master both techniques. One who does is k-the-i???, and after being around for many years now he just released his first instrumental album on Fake Four Inc. So I thought it was a good idea to let the man himself speak.
You’ve been making music and records for quite a while now. Would you like to give us some background history and maybe something about yourself in general? When did you get into making music, and how did your career start off?

Well I'm originally from Cambridge, MA but I now reside in Los Angeles, CA for the past 6 years aside from staying in Europe for 8 months a year ago, lol. I have 4 official k-the-i??? releases and gang of features.

Me, Myself, k-the, 3rd Person - i??? (2004) Beyond Space Ent.

3 to 3 million robots to command (2005) Shadow Animals

Broken Love Letter (2006) Mush Records

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (2008) Mush Records / Big Dada Records

Pretty much back in 1999-2000 I was the kid on SoundClick, mp3.com and many other forums, chats and all other outlets promoting my music back then. I sent out countless demos until Tony from Beyond Space reached out to me for my first official release. A year later Robert Curcio reached out to me about releasing a record on Mush Records, I haven't looked back since. But to fully answer your question, I been making music since 1993 when I was in 8th grade. But I didn't take it seriously until my last year of High School in 1997.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

Same as always. Just getting people to listen to my music because I feel like I have something different and original to offer. Since I've started, my name has been growing so I pretty much feel like I've accomplished most of what I've attempted. I've never been greedy so to ask for fame and fortune wouldn't be me, not to mention cliche. Lol. If it happens, it happens though.

How would you describe your music and could you briefly tell us about the music-making process?

I'd describe my music as genre-less or a better analogy, If all the music genres had an orgy and conceived a child out of the debauchery it would sound like my music. Lol. Yeah I went there. Haha.

As a producer I have to go through the steps first. Either look for my samples first or I create smooth synth lines first depending on my mood and where I want to take it. But it usually starts off with me listening to all types of different music to get my brain ready, then i dive in.

What are your influences?

My family and friends, Broadcast = The greatest band to live ever!!! (R.I.P.) Trish Keenan, Stereolab, Buddy Holly, Beirut, the 1960's, 70's, 80's, 90's etc… You get my point. I love music. Lol.

You just released the album Synesthesia at Fake Four Inc. How did you hook up with those guys and will you be releasing more music on that label?

Ceschi set that up. He asked me a while ago if I was interested in releasing music on Fake Four. He suggested releasing my first instrumental record on Fake Four and I was totally down for that. Ceschi was one of the first artists that openly gave me respect years ago, so I'll always respect him. We started our careers together on Beyond Space Ent, so we go back. As for future releases, I hope so, but there isn't anything concrete as of yet. To be honest, I feel like I'll be releasing more music on Fake Four, now that I think about it.

How come you decided to release a strictly instrumental album?

It's a side of me that I've been trying to dive deep into for some time now but I never had time to pull it off until now. I feel like my instrumentals offer a new tasteful original sound to the
beat scene(s). Not to mention it's about time that I show people that I'm more than just an emcee. I mean who knows….. On my next record I could be strictly singing, lol. I like to get my Mike Patton on and change every record.

What else do you have got going on at the moment? Any other works in progress?

I'm working on wrapping up my next rap record on Mush Records. Also produced a record for my homie Verble on Grimm Image. I'm producing a slew of songs for many artists and remixing a gang of music, you'll see. Lol. This year is mine. For sure!!!

Do you have any musical memories that you’d like to share with us, that has meant a lot to you?

I don't even know where to start. The Fake Four Festival that went down a few months ago in LA at the Echoplex. It's the first time I met the Fake Four team and to see how welcoming everyone was made me feel like they’re the label everyone should be fucking with. The formula works.

Another memory was playing a big ass festival in Lyon, France called Riddim Collision with my homie Walter Gross, there was thousands of people there, me and Walter got on stage and melted the festival. From that point on, I got a European booking agent and a steady growing fan base in Europe.

Anything else you would like to say to the readers?

Listen to my music, follow me on Twitter, Facebook and so forth!!!

Facebook: Kiki Ceac
Twitter: /kthei

Support Grimm Image, Mush Records, Big Dada and Fake Four Artist!!!

And thank you for the support, it means a lot to me and I appreciate it.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Evak & Edison - 00 (cuban linx)

First video from Evak & Edison's EP Six Pack O' Death. Once again decorative stamp shows why they are the sexy girlfriend all your friends are jealous of.

Monday, June 20, 2011

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

Review: X-Men. Always simple entertainment. But also effecient and good entertainment. Perhaps nothing that one remembers in the long run, but for an lazy Monday evening at home it's kind of perfect.

Gescha - Crayon Politics

 
I have to admit that Gescha is a completely new name to me. Lucky for me though he reached out to me last week and hooked me up with his album Crayon Politics. Some people might know Gescha from The Intelligentlemen. This is the first soloalbum from this Canadian artist and it's a good one. Gescha got a really nice flow and the productions that are done by Factor and Muneshine holds a high level of quality as usual. It's a really nice album with a laidback summer feel to it, and I can envision myself nodding along to this album in my hammock. If I had one that is. Gescha surrounds himself with some nice guests such as AWOL One, Gregory Pepper, Moka Only and Kay the Aquanaut. But he don't really need them to make this a good album. It's solid from beginning to end, and I know that I will bump this one quite a lot this summer. Wanna check it out? Then go to his Bandcamp page to get the digital version of the album that is available by donation.

Rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Soundtrack of Week 24

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau

Review: I finally got around to watch The Adjustment Bureau. I've been wanting to see it since I first heard about it, but at the same time couldn't really be too bothered to do it until today. And it was good. A bit predictable perhaps, a bit cheesy, but at the same time very entertaining and very well made. Kind of like a light version of Inception. I liked it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

DJ Shadow @ Göta Källare

Watching DJ shows is rarely something I do. It's no real excitement watching a DJ standing there behind his decks and mixers all night. And I think that is something that DJ Shadow knows too. So when he comes to Stockholm for the first time he brings his Shadowsphere and blows us all away with not only his music, but also with brilliant visuals. To get a little taste of what it was like I here post a clip from an earlier show. The sound is so-so, but you'll get an idea about the visual effects. Verdict regarding last night? Two thumbs up.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Priest

Priest

Review: Priest is based on the Korean comic of the same name. A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. I stole that last sentence from IMDB. Couldn't be bothered to come up with anything on my own. The movie is not really worth any brain activity. Anything redeeming about the movie? Well, it looks ok at least.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

David Ramos - No Bono feat. Ceschi

Today the video for No Bono by David Ramos and Ceschi dropped. Low budget at it's best!

Invasionen - Arvegods

New video from Invasionen. The track is taken from their new EP Arvegods.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Soundtrack of Week 23

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The Whitest Kids U'Know

I agree. Sometimes I'm really really slow, and I discover things way after their prime. But who cares really? As long as I'm happy, that's all that matters. So I will continue to enjoy the amazing show The Whitest Kids U'Know.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sweetums

My favourite character at the moment

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Face Candy - Waste Age Teen Land


This is kind of a tricky album to review. Tricky because it was one of the last things that Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen recorded before his tragic death last year. It's always a bit of sensitive ground to tread on. I liked This is Where We Were when it dropped in 2006. At that time the group consisted of Eyedea, Kristoff Krane, Carnage and Mazta I on vocals and J.T. Bates and Casey O'Brien on bass and drums. Since then Carnage and Mazta I has left the group so on Waste Age Teen Land all the vocals are done by Eyedea and Kristoff Krane. What we are getting is freestyle on top of improvised music. All 4 are masters of what they are doing, and it's a joy to listen to them. But at the same time it's music that never really captivates me. I enjoy the freestyle flows and the pure brilliance behind them, but as a record I soon get bored. This is in no way a bad record, far from it. It's wonderful to see a bunch of artists doing exactly what they love. But at the same time it's not a record I will listen to much in the long run. Perhaps just not quite my cup of tea.

Review: 3/5

Soundtrack of Week 22

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

Review: Boy, that was one crappy movie. Bad actors, badly done and just plain lousy. Lucky for me I was bored stiff even before watching this movie, so I can't say that it ruined my evening.

Gel Roc - Beautiful Tragedy


Gel Roc is an west coast legend who's been around for quite a while, dropping both solo stuff as well as being a part of EX2 and Three Eyed Cowz. He's just about to release his new album Beautiful Tragedy on Abalano Records and it's a treat of lyricism and great beats. We get 16 tracks of classic west coast underground productions, and great guests such as Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Neila, Joe Dub and Awol One. The thing that this album might lack is those stand-out tracks, but the level overall is very high. This is hip hop that is way better than 99 % of what's out there today. Support good music and creative artists, buy this album when it drops on June 14th.

Rating: 3.5/5

Listener - Wooden Heart

New video from Listener. It's the title track of the new album Wooden Heart. I like it a lot.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Want to see it now!!!


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Band of Buriers - Stuffing a Chest with Twigs

Here comes a new video from A Band of Buriers, and as usual it's a wonderful combination of a beautiful video and an awesome song. These guys seem to do no wrong at the moment. Please check out their self titled album that dropped in April. You won't get disappointed.

Cornelis

Cornelis

Review: I really don't know what I think about this movie about one of Sweden's greatest musical legends of all time. I mean, the acting and the script is good. It's nice to see Hans Erik Dysvik Husby (more known as Hank von Helvete from Turbonegro) doing such a great portrayal of Cornelis. But somehow the movie is lacking something. It feels a bit shallow and it doesn't really grab your attention. Too bad, I had hoped more. Still worth watching though.