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Bob Marley for eternity

Bob Marley would’ve been 73 years old today. To celebrate the reggae legend, watch teenage cellist and 2016’s BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason perform a cello version of Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.”

Also be sure to check out the New Yorker piece that looks back at Marley’s legacy, including the oral history of the artist as documented by Marley-expert [easyazon_link identifier=”039305845X” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Roger Steffens[/easyazon_link].

Upon his death bed, Marley left some final words for his son Stephen: “Money can’t buy life.”

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Creativity Life & Philosophy Music

Culture’s (im)permanency

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“I love what Terence McKenna thought about culture: it’s not your friend, it’s like furniture, you can sit in it, enjoy it and walk away from it.” – Calibre, drum n bass legend

Culture is the by-product of timelessness. It is too rigid to change within itself but pliable enough to influence the birth of something new.

Take hip-hop for instance. It emerged from the blues and soul genres before it. Today, hip hop lives on through new forms of music like UK grime, which also shares elements of reggae.

Similarly, black culture continues to sows the seeds of American culture to this day.

Some cultures, like some genres and old technologies (e.g. vinyl), stand the test of time. They matter, unlike the fads and interim successors that appear original only to get lost tomorrow.

Culture is a hodgepodge of durable ingredients. It is built on top of something else but stands on its own.

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Electronic Music

Actress – X22RME

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Actress is UK electronic producer Darren Jordan Cunningham. As an outsider, his work intends to disrupt the status quo of dance music. The result is perfectly imperfect, splashed with subterranean techno and industrial components. He’s not afraid of playing with his faults. In an interview with Dazed Digital, he said:

No matter how much I refine it, no matter how much I update or modernise the equipment, the imperfections will always be there. And that’s just because there are gaps in my knowledge that I will never be able to fill in.

Actress proudly calls himself “a student of production.” He crunches bits and bytes into sound.

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Actress, an avant-garde musician, and machine tinkerer will release his new album AZD in April. Preorder it now at the Ninjashop. In the meantime, watch the album’s lead single ‘X22RME’ below.

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beats dance Electronic

Joakuim – Desire

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Joakuim is an electronic producer from Marseille, France. He apparently spent some time in Mexico City where some friends introduced him to the liquid drum n bass sounds of Alix Perez and Lenzman. The influence is evident, while he’s personalized his vibe with smooth-house touches.

Check out his newest track ‘Desires,’ now a free download via UK-based label Deep Heads.

 

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dub Electronic

Forest Swords – The Highest Flood

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Forest Swords is The Wirral/Liverpool-based electronic producer Matthew Barnes.

On his latest track ‘The Highest Flood,’ Barnes continues lacing smooth dub to haunting ghostly hooks. I suspect there are more “ancient grinds” to come.

Grab it on Bandcamp

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Electronic techno

Greymatter – Clocks

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Greymatter is Brighton-based electronic producer Graham Luckhurst. After a two-year hiatus of being “pigeonholed into deep house,” he’s back with his new album No Blood Without on his very own label Unique Uncut.

You can cop the broken beat single ‘Clocks’ now on Bandcamp. Expect to hear more of these beat-breaking skills.

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Electronic

Loop LF – Ocean Drums

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‘Ocean Drums’ is a broken beat techno tune from underground producer LOOP LF. Grab it on the Stepping Back EP out now on East London-based Well Street Records. ‘You Wouldn’t Understand’ is also a gem from the newcomer.

Highly recommended for fans of Joy Orbison

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Arts Books Music

Knowing it all exists

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The internet reintroduces lost objects. Everything from rare reggae recordings to out of print books finds its way online to be consumed for the first time.

Only physical objects like pieces of art retain their scarcity, and therefore their value. But digitization means one copy makes infinite shelf life.

Sharing bytes of knowledge amplifies the value of the original asset. What’s mine is your’s, even if your copy is just a jpeg.

Living in digital format ensures permanency and shareability. Mass production begets mass consumption, all without a factory and a warehouse.

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beats

Oddisee – NNGE (feat. Toine)

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Beats, rhymes, and pieces. That’s what you’ll hear from prolific musician Oddisee, a native of the Diamond District. He’s back again with his third release in a dozen months with The Iceberg, an album that sees him grapple with the issues related to culture, race, and politics. The White House barred him from performing at Obama’s Farewell for his “controversial” lyrics on the track ‘Lifting Shadows.’

If the tune ‘NNGE’ is any indication, Oddisee is prepared to sharpen his words to meet these darker times.

“I grew up witnessing many protests come to Washington DC. This song continues that tradition by using words of encouragement over production inspired by the native sounds of DC music.” — Oddisee

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beats dance techno world

Ennanga Vision – Otim’s War

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Gulu singing legend and ‘Acholi folk pop’ pioneer Otim Alpha teamed up with London producer Jesse Hackett and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke to produce Ennanga Vision“deconstructed musical forms from the kingdoms of Uganda.”

The album’s single ‘Otim’s War’ mashes together techno elements into traditional choral signing. The result is something like you’ve never heard before. The music video is fascinating too.

Pre-order the album on Bandcamp