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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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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

Joga Bonito Ronaldinho

Nike Good vs Evil

Adidas José + 10

Puma Journey of Football

Nike Brasil Mas que Nada

 

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Have you heard | Parallax – Hip Hop Philosophy

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Check out this great new video from London rapper, Parallax off his debut EP, Depth Perception. Great boom bap sound that’s a throwback to the more conscious golden era of Hip Hop.

Be sure to check out his Soundcloud too. https://soundcloud.com/parallaxofficial

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YOU HAVE GOTTA HEAR THE INCREDIBLE DENAI MOORE

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Hailing from England, 19 year old singer Denai Moore performs an enchanting combination of soul and folk. Her stripped down vocal style is reminiscent of James Blake and Bon Iver and she possesses a maturity beyond her years. Once you hear her voice, you’ll definitely be playing Denai Moore on repeat.

Her EP, The Lake is available on itunes.

And be sure to get your fix on her Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/denaimoore

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Pharrell Williams presents a day filled with HAPPY-ness

Pharrell Williams has created the world’s first 24 hour music video. Set to the super catchy tune, Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, this fantastic video features cameos from the likes Tyler the Creator, Kelly Osbourne, Jamie Foxx and Magic Johnson among others.

What makes the video so amazing is that depending on what time of the day you watch it on the site 24hoursofhappy.com , you’ll have a completely different experience. Spotting the cameos is fun too.

So if you have 24 hours to sit in front of a screen, you could get the complete Happy experience, and if you only have 4 minutes to spare, you should at least watch it once. You’ll be super Happy you did.

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Taken by Trees | The amazing AudioTree live sessions

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To any fans of Taken by Trees, I apologize for the misleading headline. I’m a huge fan too. This post however, is about the amazing, Chicago-based music company, Audiotree.

In a previous post about discovering new music, I mentioned that subscribing to channels on YouTube is a great way for hearing new tunes. I recently subscribed to the Audiotreetv channel and I have not been disappointed. Not even a little bit.

What I love about Audiotree is the incredible plethora of live sessions they’ve hosted with artists including, Company of Thieves, O’Brother,Toy Soldiers and one of my new favorites, San Fermin. You can listen to individual tracks of each session or even check out and download the entire sessions on their website: http://audiotree.tv/

The website boasts some really tight design, fantastic sessions and is really easy to navigate.

Be sure to check out their YouTube channel and visit their website.

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WU NOTES | WU TANG ALBUM ART REIMAGINED

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I love Hip Hop and Jazz and when the two meet, the results are usually amazing. Think of Guru’s Jazzmatazz records or Ronny Jordon and DJ Krush collabo, Bad Brothers. So I was blown away when I stumbled upon an amazing series of redesigned Wu Tang Clan covers. Logan Walters, a Detroit-based Graphic Designer has created a fantastic series of reimagined Wu Tang Clan album covers, cleverly referred to as Wu Notes. The designs take their cues from the work of legendary designer Reid Miles, who together with photographer, Francis Wolff, was responsible for the iconic Blue Note Records cover designs. The result is amazing. Check out these designs and more of Logan Walters’ work at http://loganmillswalters.com/

And enjoy the tunes inspired by Hip Hop and Jazz crossover.

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Art meets Music | Toro Y Moi “Rose Quartz”

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Check out this fantastic music video for Toro Y Moi’s, Rose Quartz off his Anything In Return album.

The video for this soulful synth tune, which features impressionist style animated painting, was directed (and painted) by Lauren Gregory.

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HAVE YOU HEARD | Hawk House – Tidal Tendencies

What a fantastic throwback tune from London’s, Hawk House off their mixtape A Little More Elbow Room. 2013 really is turning out to be a great year for Hip Hop.

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ALL RISE FOR HIS MAJESTY | THE INCREDIBLE KING KRULE

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Archy Marshall aka King Krule is only 19, but this baby faced singer’s music conjures up a certain nostalgia. Maybe that’s because it reminds me so much of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues or even Joe Strummer of The Clash. Perhaps it’s the fact that the music is described as Darkwave, the genre popularized in the 80s by the likes of Joy Division, The Cure and Depeche Mode. Whatever it is, his music definitely has a distinct English swagger about it and I love it.

Marshall first made his mark as Zoo Kid when he released his single Out Getting Ribs in 2010. That single was recorded in his bedrooms with his friends Francis North and Thelonious McCabe. It’s as King Krule, however that he’s garnering some much deserved attention. He’s been nominated for the Sound of 2013 Poll by BBC. His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, was released on 24 August 2013 and features gems like Easy Easy and Out Getting Ribs.  I’m excited to hear what he comes up with next and hope this guy keeps making music for a long long time. LONG LIVE THE KING.

Check out his website: kingkrule.co.uk and buy 6 Feet Beneath the Moon on iTunes.

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