Music Column
Records Revisited
J Dilla – The Shining (2006)
»The Shining« was J Dilla’s first posthumous album. It was released on August 22, 2006 on BBE Records. J Dilla thought it was 75% finished. Others say that only the mastering was missing. Karriem Riggins finally finished it. You get soul, you get funk, you get the tricky stuff, and you can also get this raw rap shit. You get the infinite forms of expression that J Dilla mastered. It’s a true classic.
Music Interview
Midori Takada
Deep inward scenerys
Since the end of the seventies as a solo artist or with the Mkwaju Ensemble, the exceptional percussionist Midori Takada travelled the continents and taught at the renowned Tokyo National University of Arts. Recordings on phonograms are rather the exception. Her debut album »Through The Looking Glass« is a masterpiece of the experimental Japanese ambient music, which is now in great demand by collectors, and is now being re-released.
Music Portrait
New Record Labels #26
Parallel Berlin, Power Vacuum, Superfly und Super Rhythm Trax
Every month we introduce you to a selection of »New Record Labels« – Labels, which we recently included in our shop and/ or the discovery of which is worth it! This time around we take you on a diverse trip through european capitals: from Parallel Berlin’s Techno and House from the German capital, via Reissues of lost rarities by Parisian label/ record shop Superfly to the DJ-compatible electronic sounds of London-based Power Vacuum and Super Rhythm Trax.
Music Portrait
New Record Labels #25
Bliq, Dub Disco, Ectotherm, and Jazzaggression
Month by Month we are going to introduce you to a bunch of record labels, which are new at hhv.de webshop and/or you definitely have to discover now. The record labels this month are: Bliq, Dub Disco, Ectotherm, Jazzaggression.
Music List
Acid Arab
10 All Time Favs
We ask musicians to list and comment on 10 records by which they have been formed, bettered and educated. This time, the production collective Acid Arab takes on the task.
Music Interview
Abra
Turnt Up Art Kid
Abra comes with the charisma, the talent and the looks to become one of the great figures of pop. At the same time she’s bizarre enough to be love by those who hate Spotify. For a long time she was just one thing for many: too bizarre.
Music List
Deadbeat
10 Canadian Favorites
Deadbeat is one of the musicians who carry the torch for contemporary electronic music from Canada. There are others, there have been others. In his list Deadbeats names them – plus influntial canadian musicians from other genres.
Music Interview
Oneohtrix Point Never
The little cheese shop
»They had the skills, the church provided them with a way to make music and now we have Bach! Do we sit there now and say: ›Sucks that he branded himself?‹«. We had a lively talk with Oneohtrix Point Never.
Music List
Off the beaten tracks with...
Blond:ish
We go off the beaten tracks. In our ongoing series we give artists the space to talk about a passion which isn’t their own music. This time around Blond:ish take us with them on their travels.
Music List
Fred P
10 All Time Favs
We ask musicians to list and comment on 10 records by which they have been formed, mended and educated. This time, the producer and DJ Fred P takes on the task.
Music List
The Black Madonna
10 Classic Midwest Rave Favs
We ask musicians to list and comment on 10 records by which they have been formed, bettered and educated. This time, producer and DJ The Black Madonna takes on the task.
Music Interview
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
About Love And Other Mental Illnesses
Jaakko Eino Kalevi looks like a stoned angel in a woolie, works as a tram driver and with »No End« he released on of the best songs of 2013. About time we get to know him. A conversation about love, music and how to wash laundry.
Music Interview
The Mixfits
Turntrable Diaries # 7
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to The Mixfitz.
Music Interview
Dj Shiftee
Turntable Diaries # 6
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to DJ Shiftee.
Music Interview
Dj Switch
Turntable Diaries # 5
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to DJ Switch.
Music Interview
Kireek
Turntable Diaries #4
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to Kireek.
Music Interview
DJ Rashad
»We Want You To Shake Your Ass«
DJ Rashad is Footwork‘s child. And at the same time Footwork is his. An interview with a man, who lives the genre like barely anyone does and now witnesses how it has a major breakthrough – 15years after Rashads first release on vinyl.
Music Interview
DJ Cash Money
Turntable Diaries #3
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to DJ Cash Money.
Art Interview
Florence To
The Dress-Up of Live Music
Florence To came from a fashion background with a fascination for architecture. Now the London based visual artist uses these skills and interest to dress-up Europe’s best music venues and events such as London’s Boiler Room.
Music Interview
Cutmaster Swift
Turntable Diaries #2
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. This time we talked to Cutmaster Swift.
Music Interview
DJ Qbert
Turntable Diaries #1
This year the DMC World Championships turns 30. So for that reason we like to introduce you to some of the protagonists. Today we start with DJ Qbert.
Art Interview
Robert Beatty
Moments Between Motion
Spacey objects whizzing through hallucinatory landscapes, stark geometric shapes and a flair for psychedelia grounded in reality. Robert Beatty has been creating album covers for ten years mixing his strong visual language with music.
Fashion Essay
The Unraveled Thread
All-Over Prints
Wearing any bit of fabric always means carrying a bit of history on your body. Garments reveal many things and The Unraveled Thread will take apart one fashion element at a time to discover the then and now.
Art Interview
Eliot Lee Hazel
The Stranger
Eliot Lee Hazel’s photographs of musicians are often gritty, raw, filled with cinematic language. British Hazel lives in America, is only 21 years-old and yet he’s already photographed Yeasayer, Thom Yorke, Ariel Pink and Cat Power.
Music Interview
Talib Kweli
A new Chapter
Talib Kweli has never taken so much time for a single album as he has with »Prisoner of Conscious«. His requirement to himself was to create something that would function beyond the world of Hip Hop.
Music Essay
10 Favourites
Tape Labels You Better Should Know
Hurrah! The cassette tape is turning 50 and though that’s really old, or sort of anyway, the tape is alive and kicking it big style.
Fashion Essay
The Unraveled Thread
The Baseball Cap
Wearing any bit of fabric always means carrying a bit of history on your body. Garments reveal many things and The Unraveled Thread will take apart one fashion element at a time to discover the then and now.
Music Interview
Sweatson Klank
The Crucial Question
With »You, Me, Temporary« Thomas Wilson has just released his magnum opus. In terms of beats music in Los Angeles, he is a pioneer not a follower. For this fact we aks him just one question, no frills.
Music Interview
Ghostpoet
One abandoned piano, some Dim Sum and a half-marathon later
Ghostpoet’s back and though he’s still mumbling on his tracks in a style that has become his own his intentions are clearer: delivering content about himself in any perspective possible, relatable to all.
Music Interview
Kendrick Lamar
Creating the Balance
Hailed as the savior of West Coast Hip Hop Kendrick Lamar’s »good kid m.A.A.d city’s« album success says something about the current state of Hip Hop. We talk to Lamar about the rap game then and now and the significance of Compton.
Music Essay
The Fine Line
»While you’re fucking some dusty old chair, I’ll be eating bananas «
»The Fine Line« takes one lyric to to discover a story, learn more about an artist, their song or music in general. Sometimes just one anecdote will be explored other times a whole unexpected worlds will be uncovered. It’s a fine line.
Fashion Essay
The Unraveled Thread
Beanie
Wearing any bit of fabric always means carrying a bit of history on your body. Garments reveal many things and The Unraveled Thread will take apart one fashion element at a time to discover the then and now.
Music List
Bering Strait
10 Favourites
We ask musicians for 10 tracks, by which they were formed, reformed and cultured and we also ask them to comment on the selection. This time the Mancunian Jack Lever aka Bering Strait adressed themselves to this task.
Music Portrait
Deko Deko
The Sound of Deconstruction
When two ex-punk rockers from Leipzig find themselves on Berghain’s stage as »We Have Band’s« warm-up group, performing as an electronic duo some serious deconstruction must have taken place. Deconstruction is the whole approach of the highly conceptual band Deko Deko.
Music Interview
Toro Y Moi
Hearing Colors
How are sounds connected to sight? Artists use album covers, videos, installations and art works to strengthen their audio message or to create whole new layers. Seeing sounds concentrates purely on the aesthetics of an artist.
Music Report
Kendrick Lamar
Live at C-Halle in Berlin on Feb 1
Friday was finally Berlin’s turn to host Kendrick Lamar. K.Dot. Mr. 2012. The fact that Lamar’s album just went gold and the fact that his concert was sold out still didn’t prepare one for the insanity that apparently is Lamar’s following.
Music List
Herrmutt Lobby
10 Favourites
We ask musicians for 10 tracks, by which they were formed, reformed and cultured and we also ask them to comment on the selection. This time Herrmutt Lobby adressed themselves to this task brilliantly.
Music Interview
Yeasayer
The Crucial Question
In Goethe’s drama »Faust« Gretchen forces Faust to answer a rather uncomfortable question to discover if his soul is true. Ours might not be so absolute but it uncovers one aspect with one photograph. No frills. Just one question.
Film Report
Nico
About Documentary »Nico: In Memoriam«
Not a documentary but the the ruins of an attempted documentary. Bernd Gaul’s film »Nico: In Memoriam« is just that. Short concert clips and Warhol material united do not create documentary but a surprise guest at the viewing saves the day.
Music Interview
Allah-Las
»These guys are sooo retro!«
»Now we have bullshit-videos«, says Matt from Allah-Las in our interview. Find out below what bothers the four guys about their own videos and what that has to do with a gig between dinosaurs.
Music Portrait
Sinkane
Halfway to Mars
Ahmed Gallab, the one man band Sinkane, is lost somewhere in between Africa and America. His album »Mars« deals with the consequences of cultural uprootedness and being flung into the intensity of Brooklyn’s music scene.
Music Essay
Australian Hip-Hop
Rise of the Down-Underground?
Since the Internet revolution made it possible for sub genres and scenes around the globe to connect and collaborate, more and more Australian rappers rise from the Down-Underground. Our author in Sydney took a look at the dynamic scene.
Music Portrait
Dracula Lewis
Cursed by the Sound of Horror
Cursed by the Sound of Horror
Music Interview
Matthew Dear
Missing Pieces
While his latest record »Beams« will be listed amongst the best albums of 2012 in the upcoming weeks, the visual aspect of his work is lesser known. We met Matthew Dear in New Orleans to talk about his collaboration with the creative company »m ss ng p eces«.
Music Essay
Tools Of War
Respect Where It All Began
Born in the mid-90s, Tools Of War is a small frontier fighting to bridge this gap between a legendary past and the mainstream present.
Art Portrait
Paul Snowden
So positive it's annoying
Prominent Berlin graphic designer and »ad guy« Paul Snowden has proved, with his WASTED GERMAN YOUTH T-shirts, beer and stickers, that an idea born at the tail end of a rave can turn from an underground, local phenomenon into a global brand.
Art Interview
Geordie Wood
Face to Face
The 27 year-old Boston-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Geordie Wood is a photographic traditionalist avoiding anything trendy or gimmicky yet his subjects are very much in your face and flashy.
Music List
Rappers aged 25 and under
10 favourites - Special
A continuous wave of youngsters, mostly not legally allowed to even order a beer, are shaping the Hip Hop landscape. Here is a list of young rappers, whose unique style and attitude is determining the direction of Hip Hop today.
Art Report
Dennis Hopper
Photo exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin
Jack of all trades Dennis Hopper is on show at Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau with a re-discovered collection of black-and-white photographs in which his highly idiosyncratic photography shows links different layers of mid-Century America.
Music Report
Ghostpoet
Live on September 6th at Bi Nuu in Berlin
The british MC was in the capital and delivered an unexpected performance for those used to his more mellow raps. With a communal bottle of red wine Ghostpoet managed to carry the audience through a cathartic live set.
Music Report
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Live on August 20th at Huxleys in Berlin
The hip hop collective from L.A. demonstrates with their show, if you feel entertained yourself, you can also entertain the audience. Here the madness has system and is unstoppable. The chaos ist the principle that unites everthing.
Music Interview
Aesop Rock
»If I Can Do It, I'll Do It«
Ian Bavitz aka Aesop Rock gives a little 1-0-1 on how he’s been working on his 6th studio album »Skeleton« and talks about his admiration for Kimya Dawson.
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Music Column | posted 22.08.2018
Records Revisited
J Dilla – The Shining (2006)
»The Shining« was J Dilla’s first posthumous album. You get soul, you get funk, you get the tricky stuff, and you can also get this raw rap shit. You get the infinite forms of expression that J Dilla mastered. It’s a true classic.