Last night, tucked at the back of a very ordinary looking pub on Chiswick High Road was a cosy events room that kept hidden a candle-lit audience and very special line up of music and spoken word artists ready to take the stage.
Unfortunately we arrived a little late and Miss Ma and I only managed to catch the very end of the opening performance from Grace Lamarr but judging from the hushed tones of the crowd when we first crept in and the loud cheers that followed as she stepped off stage, she did very well to start the show.
Next on the line-up was the enchanting George Maple who with her easy, soulful vibe and gracious and effortless voice, held the attention of the audience from the start till the very end of her set. Her sultry sound and laid-back style made for very easy listening and although neither of us had actually come across any of her music before seeing her live at Blue Flowers, with each song she performed we grew increasingly convinced that she was an artist we had to keep up with in the future.
Funny Tummy will be opening a free art exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of this month. The name should ring a bell by now but if it doesn’t, his bold, colourful canvases, distinctive brush strokes and “drips” certainly should.
Funny Tummy is the artist who created the stunning and now famous dreamy portrait of Rihanna a year or so ago. And who, since then, has gone on to produce work commissioned by Adidas and Universal, as well as other music artists and individuals. In addition to his popular portraits and other very unique original pieces, he has also created several album/mixtape covers for artists such as Angel, Yungen, Jacob Banks and Black the Ripper to name a few.
Through his work Funny Tummy has seemed to find a way to merge his passion for different art forms; music and paintwork in particular, in such an original and imaginative way. I mean, it’s not everyday you see your favourite grime artist painted so beautifully now is it?! He has made some big waves in such a short time and I can imagine he will pave the way for many young budding artists. Very exciting indeed and we are definitely looking forward to seeing his pieces up close and personal as opposed to solely on the screens of our phones. Having said that though, his Instagram account is definitely one worth following – it’s interesting to watch his work in progress and also keep up with what he has done/is doing.
A few of my personal favourite Funny Tummy pieces (and event details, after the jump).
Last Friday Kanye West premiered New Slaves, the first track to be heard from his forthcoming album, Yeezus. Instead of releasing the song online or putting out a trailer or film of some sort, the song was presented to the world via video projections on 66 buildings across 10 cities, including numerous locations in our own city.
Set against a moody and dark sounding beat, the track, as the title suggests covers themes of a somewhat political nature with Yeezy providing commentary on racism and consumerism:
My mama was raised in an era when / Clean water was only served to the fairer skin
Doing clothes you would have thought I had help / But they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself.
You see it’s broke n*gga racism / That’s that, “Don’t touch anything in the store”
And this rich n*gga racism / That’s that “Come here, please buy more”
What you want, a Bentley? Fur Coat? A diamond chain? / All you blacks want all the same things
Used to only be n*ggas now everybody playing / Spending everything on Alexander Wang
I’m in no way a dance/house aficionado but gravitated that way this week. My favourite finds:
Moko – Hand on Heart
Kicking off this week’s Fresh Friday edition is Moko, an artist from South London who definitely deserves more attention. This week she released the visuals for her latest track, Hand on Heart and it is a straight banger! She captures the best of that nineties soulful dance vibe without trying too hard. Actually, if someone were to tell me that this was from that era, I’d believe them. So pleased to have discovered her and you will be too once you have a little listen (after the cut).
These two are not as bad as that Mustang Wanted guy who for sure has some kinda insane death wish (you must have seen the shots, click here if you haven’t) but still, this video had me clenching my butt cheeks and almost turning purple due to all the breaths I wasn’t taking all the same. Especially the moment one of them says “f*ck, this is slippery” but continues to step across a wet looking beam a million feet from the ground without any form of a safety device anyway. The lengths some people will go to for their art eh? I wonder if their mothers know.
A few more images and the mini documentary, part of HUB Footwear’s Challenge the Obvious spring campaign, after the jump.
A little something we’ve put together for those of you who have been asking us about which London poetry gigs are best to attend. Don’t know about all of them of course but you can start with these events listed here. Includes performance dates this month from some our favourites including Anthony Anaxagorou, Raymond Antrobus, Dean Atta and George the Poet. Click on the posters for more information / to be redirected to a site where you can purchase tickets. Everything after the cut.
So the visuals for Kendrick’s much-loved single dropped yesterday. Took ages before we got what was going on. You need to watch it until the very end to get the message which references the latest “in” drug.
Loved Mike Epps’ cameo (he is too funny!) and the reference to Kendrick’s Swimming Pools (Drank) also, check it out for yourself:
Aren’t these hot?! Made the one above, entitled “Pure Heart”, my desktop background as soon as I came across it. Absolutely stunning. Check the rest of the set out after the cut and visit Tyson McAdoo’s website to see more of his sexy digital paintings or to buy prints.
These images of New York streets layered over London streets are amazing, especially considering they were shot and edited exclusively with an iPhone 4S. Follow Daniella Zalcman on Instagram for more.