YOU’VE GOTTA SEE THIS | Gold by Chet Faker

I’ve been meaning to share this for quite some time now, but rather late than never. Chet Faker’s Gold is a fantastically hypnotic song matched by an equally hypnotic video.

Neymar Jr and Nike shooting for gold in Brazil

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As we head into the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, be sure to look at the feet of a certain Brazilian superstar. Nike has unveiled the GOLD HYPERVENOM SPECIAL EDITION boot to be worn by Neymar Jr.

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The shoe is inspired by Neymar’s childhood. As a young player, no doubt dreaming of achieving World Cup glory for his native Brazil, Neymar would spray his boots gold. The team at Nike worked painstakingly to create a boot that reflected the aspirations of a 12 year old Neymar.

“When we met with Neymar he told us that when he was 12 he used to spray paint his boots gold. He said that he always wanted a pair of gold boots but that he couldn’t find them anywhere. So we took that insight and decided this summer would be the perfect moment to create this boot for him,” said Denis Dekovic, Nike Football Design Director.

The biggest challenge was getting the gold tone perfect so it had the right spray-painted look. We worked closely with Neymar to get it as close to how he remembered the colour when he would apply it as a kid. We’re all delighted with the results and can’t wait to see it on pitch.” 

As the great number 10 looks to shine in the latter stages of the tournament, his footwear will ensure he looks the part.

To get your hands on a pair, visit nike.com

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Beats bring their A-Game in a new World Cup Commercial

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The best commercial for the World Cup thus far, doesn’t come from any of the usual suspects. No, this one comes from the premium headphone brand, Beats by Dre.

Some of football’s biggest names, Neymar, Bacaray Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matudi, Cesc Fabrigas, Daniel Sturridge, Chicharito, Jozy Altidore, Luis Suarez, Mario Gotze and Robin Van Persie feature in the emotive campaign, ‘The game before the game’.  Shot beautifully by Nabil Elderkin, we follow our heroes as they engage in their pre match rituals. The commercial builds to a thumping crescendo with the soundtrack, “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors. So Nike, Adidas and Puma, be warned; the gauntlet has been dropped.

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Gordon Parks | PORTRAITS OF AN AMERICAN ICON

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This past Saturday saw the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival draw to a close. My wife, sister-in-law and I took advantage of the great weather and spent the day visiting the exhibits along Queen West.

From documentary street scenes in Vancouver to interesting, colourful houses in Newfoundland to portraits of flood victims around the world, Herero people from Namibia in ceremonial garb to images of a pre Olympic Sochi, this year’s CONTACT Festival was fantastic. One of my personal highlights was the last exhibit we saw. Gordon Parks, Portraits is a fantastic exhibit of an American icon on display at the BAND gallery on Lansdowne and Queen.

The mandate for BAND or Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue, is to support and showcase the work and contributions of Black Artists in Canada and abroad. The Gordon Parks exhibit which showcases 43 works by the legendary photographer is on loan from the Gordon Parks Foundation. 

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The power of Gordon Parks imagery is set against a backdrop of a changing world. The exhibit seems chronological as we move from images of poverty in the 40s, 50s and 60s to the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. Parks also documents the rise of Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers. The exhibit ends in a little room where an informative documentary, Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks, is screened.

Long before the Civil Rights movement. Parks worked at both Vogue and Life Magazines. He documented some of the most important moments in American history made history himself, as a photographer, author, musician and the director of groundbreaking films like Leadbelly, Shaft and Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, a story that would later be retold in the Oscar winning Twelve Years a Slave. His camera was a weapon against injustice and he was a creative force who demanded equality through his undeniable talent and unbreakable spirit.

Do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic exhibit. It runs till August 3rd. The Gallery is at Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND), 1 Lansdowne Ave 2nd Fl M5K 2V7

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Okay people. This one’s long overdue and a day late for a midweek mix, but trust me it’s worth the wait.

This week’s mix is a chilled out affair. Some nice downtempo trip hoppy goodness. I remember first listening to this stuff in the late 90s. I was introduced to the likes of DJs Food, Shadow, Cam and Krush, Mr Scruff and Roots Manuva by my buddy’s Big Nick and Rod Burgos. I can recall many late Saturday nights on Long Street in Cape Town at the now non-existent Cafe Miam and Orchard Bank. Good times.

A Multi-Coloured Escape Pod by United States of Audio features a great selection of some of the finest music on the iconic Ninja Tune label.

Sit back and tune out folks. And big ups Nicky and Rodney.

 

 

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Love never felt so good | A less creepy homage to the King of Pop.

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I’m not a huge fan of the witchcraft that brought Michael Jackson back from the grave for the Billboard Awards last week.

And though I’m more than a little torn about this whole posthumous Xscape album business, I feel that the video for the Justin Timberlake duet, Love never felt so good, pays fitting homage to the King of Pop, with references to some of his most iconic moments. The song is pretty catchy too.

 

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Action Bronson talks food in delicious new show

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Potty mouth, Rap Genius and Foodie, Action Bronson, recently debuted his new food show, Fuck, That’s Delicious. In this first episode, Bronson discusses his world tour with Eminem and the food he got to sample on his travels. I particularly enjoyed him talking about visiting Mzoli’s Place, a fantastic spot for good times and excellent barbecued meat, in my hometown, Cape Town.

 

Enjoy the show and catch more food related content at munchies.com

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Genius in a Velcro suit | The Magnificent Design of Adam Hill

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Cape Town based Adam Hill, is a phenomenal talent with great Typography, Illustration and Design chops. He is one of an impressive group of designers who call the Mother City home. He’s also a musician in the rock band The Sleepers. Adam’s immense talents can be seen in the numerous gig posters, magazines, corporate identities and book covers he’s designed. Check out his amazing work at velcrosuit.com

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Nike’s star-studded football commercial will get you into the World Cup Fever

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Wow. I can’t believe it’s been four years already. Four years since the World Cup was hosted in my country. What an amazing experience. And now it’s all about to happen again. Nike’s latest commercial, Winner Stays, for their Risk Everything Campaign, features some of their biggest stars, from Ronaldo to Naima to Iniesta and Kobe Bryant? It’s pretty great, and as kickoff to the World Cup draws near, I can’t wait to see all the new commercials.

Check it out and check out my top 5 favorite football ads in no particular order.

TOP 5 GREATEST FOOTBALL ADS

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Nike Good vs Evil

Adidas José + 10

Puma Journey of Football

Nike Brasil Mas que Nada

 

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Spring has finally sprung and the sun is making a more regular appearance. This week’s mix conjures up thoughts of lazy summer days. As you listen to Gorilla Smoothies by Bongholio Iglesias, let your mind wander to warm, sun-soaked weekends and cold beers. Enjoy.

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