A few months ago Mancunian producer Mecca:83 announced he was retiring from creating music to focus on other ventures, such as his label Solar Sound System. But we all know creativity never retires, so the man return with the help of Octavio Santos and J Vibes who put in some nice horn work. Dope stuff; it’s good to have him back.
Let’s revisit 1992! This Old School classic gets the Rhythm Scholar treatment. Support Pete Rock & CL Smooth! Please consider BUYING something from them! You can’t go wrong with ‘Mecca And The Soul Brother’!
UNDEFEATED channels the laid-black lifestyle of its Southern California home base with the launch of its new Slide Program. The mono-strap sandal comes in two styles — one featuring UNDEFEATED’s signature Five Strikes logo, the other emblazoned with the block-letter Unbalance logo and speckled detailing — with each available in two individual colorways. Both are equipped with an EVA footbed for enhanced comfort. Look for the slides to launch through UNDEFEATED stores and online beginning July 31st.
The latest collaborative brand to work its design magic on the Reebok Ventilator is Southern California’s The Hundreds. In honor of the shoe’s 25th anniversary, Bobby Hundreds and Ben Hundreds took inspiration from their respective zodiac signs, interpreting the signs of Aries and Taurus while staying true to The Hundreds’ signature aesthetic. Each pair features a build using premium pig suede, full-grain leather and breathable mesh panels for ultimate comfort, while reflective 3M panels bring the zodiac stories to life. In the case of Ben’s “Cretan Bull”-inspired colorway that reflect his Taurus roots, the design utilizes teal and baby blue overlays, with bright orange and yellow accents paying homage to The Hundreds’ laid back Los Angeles origins. Bobby’s Aries release, on the other hand, showcases a sleek black upper combining burgundy and blazing red overlays, while a gold-colored sockliner gives the nod to the unique symbol of the winged ram with golden fleece. Retailing at $119.99 per pair, The Hundreds x Reebok Classic Ventilator pack launches on August 1st at The Hundreds stores and online, as well as at select retailers globally. Flip the page for the rest of the lookbook, shot by Miami-based photographer/artist John Spannos in his signature style.
Following the success of “Maison Kitsuné Gallery,” the pop-up shop introduced last March in Hong Kong, Maison Kitsuné has set up permanent residence in the famous shopping district of Causeway Bay. Co-founders and creative directors Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki have created a unique 850-square-foot space, one imbued with a postmodern aesthetic that fuses the brand’s Parisian heritage with a subtle Eastern decor. The boutique aligns fashion, music and design, using industrial flooring, white walls with black and white tiling, oak shelving with white wooden brackets, and antique furniture sourced from Hong Kong. To celebrate the opening, Maison Kitsuné has refreshed its “Hongkongais” Capsule Collection, originally released for the “Maison Kitsuné Gallery” pop-up, which now includes two t-shirts in new summer colors, as well as a short-sleeved shirt and bowling-inspired chambray dress.
Maison Kitsuné Hong Kong
Shop A, G/F, 5/7 Cleveland Street
Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
This is about a week old but we’re still in July so it’s still fresh. EphRem has produced a real dreamy jam called ‘FruitFly’ and shared it on Soundcloud for us to vibe to. The drum pattern is dope, with some gorgeous melodies going on above. Real chill vibes.
For U.S. Olympic champion Ashton Eaton, a decathlete for whom every advantage counts, quick recovery time between events is crucial. He teamed up with Nike to take on thermoregulation — specifically, the performance benefits of cooling the face, which has proven to be two to five times more sensitive than other body surface areas. Eaton’s thoughts on recovery in hot conditions prompted the collaboration between the Nike Sports Research Lab and the Nike Apparel Innovation Team, resulting in the creation of the cooling hood prototype. Sandy Bodecker, VP of Special Projects, Nike Innovation, said he and his team took the project head on (excuse the pun): “The insight Ashton gave us was that overheating was a challenge, especially during the high jump and pole vault when there was so much time spent on the field, and he asked how we could speed up his recovery between his short, explosive action.” Cooling was accomplished with inner layers designed to retain cool water without leaking, while a structural frame around the eyes kept cold portions in place and close to the face for a secure fit.
Boston’s New Balance continues to roll out new colorways for some of their most adored silhouettes this season, this time offering a second release from their Elite Edition Pinball Pack. Comprised of two takes on the Elite Edition 530 in sizing for men and women and a limited edition MRT580AA, the pack adds to the first drop last month and pays tribute to some of the greatest pinball machines released in the 1990’s with some creative colorblocking. All members of the New Balance Elite Edition Pinball Pack will be releasing August 1 at their partner retailers and their online shop.
It’s probably not a stretch to say that this future Air Jordan 5 collaboration between Supreme and Jordan Brand will sell out regardless of color, making the decision to create three different colorways almost purely academic. Having said that, if you weren’t particularly excited about the Desert Camo colorway, you can opt for the more traditional “Bred” colorway, shown here featuring a black nubuck base and red accents, as well as the “94” embroidery (denoting the year of Supreme’s founding) and Supreme branding on the plastic mesh quarter panels. Stay tuned for the reveal of the third and final colorway.
I love Ugly has teamed up with JanSport for its first backpack collaboration, featuring a three-piece collection designed with three creative professionals in mind: a musician, designer and photographer. The packs are showcased here through an editorial shot on location in Chicago, highlighting a sophisticated yet simple aesthetic in line with I Love Ugly’s timeless style. Check out the goods in the following pages, photographed by Michael Salisbury and Ryan Chun, and expect the I Love Ugly x JanSport capsule collection to launch Thursday, July 30th, at I Love Ugly stores and online. A release through select global retailers follows the next day, July 31st.
Chicago’s Verbal Kent (of Ugly Heroes) releases the first single from his upcoming album “Anesthesia.” The new single features the one and only Gangsta Gibbs and is produced by Detroit producer Apollo Brown. The new album comes out September 11th.
Two years after taking the covers off of their R1 supercar, Germany’sSin Cars is back with a preview of their R1 RS production model. Debuted ahead of it’s official visit to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show this September, the R1 RS continues to blaze its own trail as a mid-engine supercar with a space-inspired carbon composite cabin that is as aggressive as it is lightweight (just about 2,000 lbs). Building on the speed of the R1, the R1 RS model that will hit dealers in early 2016 gives buyers the choice of a V8 – 430-hp LS3, 530-hp LS7 or 650-hp LS9 paired with a sequential, paddle-shifted transmission. Given its lightweight body and power engines, the Sin Cars R1 RS can hit 62mph in just 3.5 seconds before topping out at 186mph. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but Sin Cars did share a short video highlighting the best of what’s to come. See it after the click.
Following on the heels of the official announcement of a new Chuck Taylor All Star II, Converse continues to roll-out fresh takes on the model with the release of this Chuck Taylor Shroud Hi. The result is an ultra-modern rebirth of the iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker, fitted with a monotone leather build in one of three colorways – red, white, or black – with a minimalist zip-up design straight up the laces. Finished with a seamless leather upper, tonal flat rubber midsoles and laces, and a circle logo patch where you expect it, and we’re left with an eye-catching take on the long-adored classic. The Converse Chuck Taylor Shroud Hi is available now at select reatilers, including sivasdescalzo for about $109.
The Black Op: Era II continues to shine a light on the collective’s individual artists, this time around it’s co-founder Jamall Bufford’s turn to hold the torch. In collaboration with new TBO producer Kensaye, from London, he delivers Freedom Is. The album is not only a statement but also an exploration of freedom’s complexity, a question aimed at engaging the listener and provoking thought.
Jamall Bufford stays true to himself and shows maturity and growth, exploring different topics with unconventional viewpoints and his personal insights. Once again Bufford demonstrates the versatility that has garnered the Ann Arbor, MI native worldwide recognition. Kensaye gives his take on freedom by showcasing a varied palette of sounds. His live instrumentation, electronic synths and soulful undertones prove that he cannot be pigeonholed. The genre-bending sound is the perfect ingredient to blend with Bufford’s verses. Freedom Is is Jamall Bufford and Kensaye’s idea of freedom, and at this crucial time in history, it’s their way to engage listeners to join the conversation.
Special guests on this week’s show were Git Beats and Bob Banner.
1. Maticulous- That Ain’t U (ft Rockness Monsta, Guilty Simpson)
2. King Magnetic- Status (ft Dj Premier)
3. Capone-N-Noreaga- Pizza
4. Ed O.G.- Sorta Way Remix (ft Reks)
5. KRS-One, A.G., Tragedy khadafi- Modern Day Gangsta
6. Starvin B- The Way You Stink
7. DaVillins- Wha’Happen
8. Gangrene- Driving Gloves (ft Action Bronson)
9. Grand Surgeon- Caine & Abel (ft Tragedy Khadafi)
10. Papoose- The Plug
11. Git Beats & Bob Banner- Last Time You Closed Your Eyes (ft Sean Price, Rae Lorenzo)
12. Hus Kingpin & Smoovth- Home Court (Lafayette Ave Remix)
13. CZARFACE- Deviatin’ Septum
14. Swigga- Anointed
15. D.L.P.- New & Improved (ft Napolean Da Legend, Supreme The Eloheem, Juxx Diamondz)
16. Sav Killz & Dj Poska- Block Bangerz (ft King Marvey X)
17. LMNO & Mr. Brady- Street Art
18. PRhyme- Mode (ft Logic)
19. Gza & Sweet Valley- Planetary Energy
20. Constant Deviants- End All Be All (Beatminerz Remix)
21. Git Beats & Bob Banner- Hip Hop
22. Zagnif Nori- Penthrite
23. Pee General- Bush Kept Secret
24. MadMen- Street Cinemagraphic
25. Solomon Childs- Tried So Hard (ft G-Clef, Eric Drayven, Quayshaun)
26. Walt Sicknin- Breakin’ Bad
27. Raf Almighty- Come See Me
28. Sheek Louch- Hood Niggaz (ft Billy Danze, Joell Ortiz, Trae Tha Truth)
29. Ratchet Rush- The Chopping (ft Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna)
30. Shabaam Sahdeeq- GMR
31. Killah Priest & Breez Evahflowin- Smoke Over Vietnam
32. First Division- This Iz Tha time
33. Starvin B- Quiz Show
34. Gstats- All The Time (ft Ocb)
35. Git Beats & 1Mt- DFA (ft Rockness Monsta, Bob Banner)
36. Rustee Juxx & Stone Tone- BKLYN
New remix of the Constant Deviants single “End All Be All” by Brooklyn’s Da Beatminerz. This was arranged when the pair were guests on Beatminerz Radio at the time of their new album “Avant Garde” releasing in May this year.