Lil (Silva) Dragon
There’s some love for Lil Silva with many people listing him in their best new producers category and all sorts of peeps like Kanye coming calling.
A lot of the hype was based on this very good thing he did with Banks a while back -
and more recently he teamed up with her again for his own EP.
But our love deepened with this little re-rub he just did for our pals Little Dragon’s Pretty Girls which you can check below. Bass baby!
PS watch this space also for a Chet Faker rework on the same Little Dragon song. Damn! They are getting the remixes RIGHT at the moment as demonstrated by THIS Gold Fields flip.
Bands As Businesses
Have you ever imagined what it would be like if musical artists were to try other business ventures?
No? well now there’s no need to, because we’ve done it for you and have the business cards to prove it.
Stay tuned for more #bandsasbusinesses coming soon to Cool Accidents!
Diplo in Vegas!
The latest installment of Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio 1Xtra catches the man himself live in the mix (and on the mic) as part of Mad Decent Mondays at XS nightclub in Las Vegas.
Diplo on Sin City - “this is the epicentre of all DJ culture, whether you love it or hate it, this is where it’s going down”
We’re talking 2 hours of exclusives, remixes, hip hop, trap, Vegas hits, house and new and old music from the likes of Disclosure, Snoop Dogg, The Lonely Island, Kanye West, Beastie Boys, RL Grime, Flux Pavilion, Lil John, Dr. Dre and there’s even some exclusives from Diplo’s new Jack U project with Skrillex as well as a butt load more stuff. (head HERE for the full list of tracks played)
As with all these BBC streamed mixes it’s here for a good time not a long time so get your stream on below before it disappears.
Rick Rubin Chats To Zane Lowe
The list of people that Rick Rubin has worked with is almost as long as his beard…
Seriously tho, from JAY Z to Neil Diamond, from Slipknot to Shakira, from the Beastie Boys to Ed Sheeran you’d be hard pressed to find a genre he hasn’t had a crack at producing.
This hour long Zane Lowe interview for BBC Radio 1 below is essential/inspiring viewing and a rare insight into one of THE most important musical figures of the past 30 odd years.
Wake up Mr. West, Mr. West…
Diplo’s World Cup Mix
To celebrate the World Cup kickin’ off Diplo has put together a killer 60 minute mix of global beat business for the BBC.
It features plenty of South American vibes as well as remixes and tunes from the likes of Major Lazer, Beyonce, Kanye & even The Black Keys. Stream it below and catch the fever!
5 Must Follow Music Photographers on Instagram
Sick and tired of looking at pictures of food, babies and selfies all day on Instagram? No worries, we’ve got you covered with 5 of the best music sharpshooters to follow on the gram…
Self-taught, ?Love approved, Mel D Cole’s account has its fair share of weird, but the black and white portraits of the biggest names in hip hop are what we are here for. The Roots, Yeezus, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$
What genre don’t Loren shoot? Skrillex, Chance, Diplo, My Morning Jacket, Pharrell, Damon Albarn all feature on this account. Best of all Loren is a low volume poster, so he won’t clog the feed.
Zoe caught our eye as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ tour photographer and on the insta front there are plenty of the boys but some killer non music stuff as well. Seattle never looked so good.
If your feed is looking a little bare, Book Bobbins is your man. 5,000+ shots of the NY Rap/party scene life.
Drummer turned lens genius Ethan Luck is Nashville based, bringing some classic Americana to this group. Simple, beautiful composed imagery of life on the road.
The return of Mr Mo’Wax aka James Lavelle programming London’s Meltdown Festival isn’t in itself exciting. That is despite recognising that James has (and always) had very very good taste and this bill is no different. And despite the fact that I kind of think the UNKLE Redux might well turn out to be better than The Avalanches redux at Sydney’s Vivid festival. But who knows?
What is exciting is the fact that it gives me a chance to rave about weirdly intriguing French act Chassol whose album Indiamore has become a little bit of a favourite.
Here’s a bit of the brilliantly titled Music Is God My Love from Indiamore which seems to be a soundtrack based around footage shot in India and is great throughout.
I don’t know much about Chassol because everything is in French but I think he does (did?) arrangements for three brilliant French acts (Sebastian Tellier, Keren Ann and Phoenix) and maybe the rumours say he is doing some beats and ideas for Kanye. But then, who isn’t?
For more proof of his wonderfulness you could try the Prince-like I Looove U Sometimes, from his other album X-Pianos (which, naturally, is about harmonising sounds from real life).
Brilliant left field summery pop.
Or this one Din A Din which weaves a sample into some beautiful piano melodies.
And with Eska on the bill too it’s a night to be genuinely interested in.
Thanks James and great you are back. Now to find the cash for a flight to London…