The Needle 020: #hiphop back at it, an album artwork legacy, 'Africa Calling' and more.

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For the week of October 18, 2015

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#hiphop heads were active this past week and we love it. One of tunes dropped-in was a super energetic collab with the UK group Glass Animals and Brooklyn native Joey Badass...two good reasons to give this one a listen. Joey Badass is no longer considered underground, but like many artists, the good stuff tends to be when he/she is still hungry. Not many can maintain a fresh approach through popularity, but Joey is still only 20 and still sounding motivated. Don’t forget about the crew (ProEra) either.

Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ - Lose Control

Nothing quiet about the #latin channel lately. In came a psych-rock song called “El Fuego” (1967) by a group from Spain called Los 5 Diablos. There’s not much out there about this group, but if you’d like to buy some of their vinyl, be ready to cough up ~$130. You can catch them performing the song live below, but if you’d like to see one person’s artistic take on the song, check this out...someone was waiting for an excuse to burn their legos.

Los 5 Diablos en directo en Fontajau

What else is going on?

 

If you haven’t heard the words “hotline bling” enough in the past week, here you go: HOTLINE BLING. What is a hotline bling? I don't know, but there’s an extensive collection of videos that relate here. The crown belongs to the genius behind this one though.

You may not know who John Berg is but you might recognize some of the following names: Sly and the Family Stone, Art Garfunkel, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, Thelonius Monk, Paul Simon, etc. What they all have in common is album artwork directed by a single man...who is Mr. Berg. Last week, at 83, he passed away leaving a legacy not to be taken lightly. Wax Poetics has a collection of some of the artwork (most of which can stand alone as art pieces) he was behind here.

Don’t sleep on…


An #afro song with roots in Gambia put together by musician and filmmaker Jon Fine. “Africa Calling” is a wonderful example of what happens when creativity and talent from the ends of the earth come together over music.  The tune which headlines a project entitled, The Holy Forest, features members from Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the Kora’, Tata Din Din Jobarteh, and Harlem-based Ed ‘Preacherman’ Holley. Listen closely over the next couple months and I’m confident this won't be the last time you hear this tune...if those in charge of selection are doing their jobs well.
Holy Forest "Africa Calling" (Official Video)
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