One of my goals since college has been to see Flying Lotus perform live. Last night I accomplished that mission, along with seeing performances by his friends Thundercat and Teebs at the 9:30 Club. All three were fantastic and my ears still haven’t recovered yet. Seriously, I think I need to invest in earplugs next time. You can see more photos on my Flickr account.
Ain’t That Good News – A Tribute to Sam Cooke
This is an album cover I illustrated for Potholes In My Blog’s tribute to Sam Cooke, a compilation of beats sampling his music. You can stream the music below. Also, smoking is bad.
Emay – Into It
Javis Faux – “Deal With It Vol. 2″
This is an album cover I created for Javis FauX’s “Deal With It Vol. 2″ for Potholes Music. It’s based off of the “deal with it” meme, but with Star Fox, obviously. Stream the album below.
When The Beat Was Born
I’m happy to announce that I recently completed work on When The Beat Was Born, a children’s book written by Laban Hill which tells the story of DJ Kool Herc and his part in birthing hip-hop culture. I’ve been working on this book for quite a while and it feels great to see a finished product. I’ll discuss it more when Roaring Brook Press publishes it around Spring of next year.
Choongum – Fantasy
Here is an album cover I designed for Choongum’s first EP, Fantasy, on the recently-launched Potholes Music. Most of the inspiration for this piece came from the strange, alien landscapes that appear in René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet, one of my favorite animated films.
You can read more about Choongum and Fantasy at Potholes In My Blog. And if you have about an hour to waste, why not watch Fantastic Planet in full on YouTube?
Potholes Presents: Space Toast
Here is the ridiculous Rayforce/Sega Saturn-inspired artwork that I created for Potholes’ latest beat compilation. Rayforce (aka Gunlock aka Layer Section aka Galactic Attack) has been one of my favorite schmups for years so I felt this was the appropriate time to show my appreciation. You can download the compilation here.
Abjo – The Broken Synth Orchestra
Bone Burnisher: 2006-2009
I made the decision to consolidate all of my music from 2006 to 2009 into one album. You can download it on Bandcamp for free and listen below.
- Dego – Interlude (Featuring Taylor McFerrin)
- Shigeto – Field Trip
- FaltyDL – My Light, My Love
- Machinedrum – Youniverse
- Grimm Reality – Orchard-wards
- Dorian Concept – To Games Made Her Giggle
- Full Crate – Fluffy Dragons
- fLako – The Answer
- Lapalux – Gutter Glitter
- Sepalcure – Carrot Man
- James Blake – Love What Happened Here
- Floating Points – ARP3
- DRC Music – Virginia (Featuring Magakala Virginia Yollande & Yowa Hollande)
Weekly Top Artist: Danny Brown
For this piece I practiced some new techniques, specifically adding values with watercolors. I’m not sure how successful it was, but I like it overall.
Weekly Top Artist: Samiyam
Next up for my weekly top artist series is Samiyam, a beat maker associated with the Brainfeeder crew who recently released an album called The Sam Baker Album. A number of his beats include video game samples, so I imagined what a Samiyam NES game would look like. The giant fireball was inspired by an older interview with him. Thanks to Mykola for helping me identify Sam’s hat and shoes…