Graffiti: SE Asia 3

Last year, I visited Indonesia and Malaysia. During my incredible visit, I was impressed by the everincreasing writing on the wall throughout my trip; with particular focus on the scene in Jogjakarta. Indonesias second city is remarkably chill in comparison to the big durian that is Jakarta and their thriving arts scene is testament to this. I met some wonderful people there, kicked back at the citys newly opened, boho chic, Oxen Free bar and the next day I trekked up to the magnificent Borobudur stupa for a spectacular sunrise. Jogja is also home to some talented musiciansfrom electro through hardcore and hiphop. Sydney MC Rima Le Drifter was able to point me in the direction of some of the local rap talent and I have included 2 fresh tracks in the video below by Rotra and Dumbstah respectively:

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DJ Dexxx1

Some months ago INFX featured a short tribute mix by DJ Dexxx1 to the late Gangstarr MC Guru. This time we return to the turntable maestro (and beatboxer/ drummer) on a lighter note; to check out the skills our man was droppin during a practice routine back at his place last night.

One of the true underground hiphop DJs on the West Coast, Los Angeleno DJ Dexxx1 AKA DJ Dexterity is a keen fan of the late JDilla, and frequently drops Dillas beats during his sets and routines all about L.A. Dexxx says of Dillas productions that “the  type of rawness on the beat among others shows you not only does Dilla have that Neo soul,The Ummah, SV type soul on lock, but he also has a dark rugged steez as well in his repertoire. Rip to in my opinion the illest beat maker in hip hop history...” and you can hear it as he tells it in this miniroutine right here:

Wu-Tang Clan & Jimi Hendrix – Black Gold

Mashups are always a gamble, especially when taking songs from wellestablished musicians. They have the potential to be brilliant reinterpretations of beloved fan favourites, or disastrous clashes that were better left alone. Fortunately, Tom Caruana is well aware of this risk and has carefully produced yet another outstanding mashup album of two legendary forces in black music – Jimi Hendrix and the WuTang Clan. Having received widespread online acclaim for his previous release WuTang vs. The Beatles: Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers, this latest offering on Tea Sea Records, titled Black Gold is a unique reawakening of two timeless artists, infusing Hendrixs warm and dusty guitar riffs with the ferocious verses of the Wu; all complemented by original, solid beats. Though perhaps not as hooky as its predecessor, this release is just as inventive, and serves as a warm welcome back to the roots of some of the worlds finest rock and hiphop music. I anticipate that there are big things on Caruanas horizon.

Tom Caruana - Black Gold

www.teasearecords.net/tomcaruana.cfm

War of the Walls 2011

December again brings the 2nd annual War of the Walls live graffiti battle back to Collingwood. Last years winner, the industrious ADNATE is also back to present the event, fresh from a tourofduty in Berlin. He joins industry judges alongside the definitive Crowd Vote that holds a lamp to the current batch of writers; 5 graffiti upandcoming Kings comprising RAD 11, Ohnoes, Mr Reliable, Eltoasto, and Broes. The 5 finalists will compete in an epic 2 hour aerosol battle, with hiphop and soul breaks on the make by DJ Tom Showtime.

From 7pm at The Void, 135 Wellington St Collingwood Saturday 3rd Dec. Tickets: Click Here.

www.warofthewalls.com

‘Monk Ey

This is one of the fresh, hiptothegame, young tings runnintings in Mexico City.Monk Ey recently featured in Mexicos Street: Active Lifestyle magazine, mapping out his musical and contemporary cultural endeavours. He has achieved notoriety as the founder of Square Root Of Pi, known officially as √π and along with the Pi posse, theyre lording it over the underground scene in Mexico.

I caught up with the mad monk in between his DJ gigs and the cutting edge live band, hiphop and electronic music ensembles that √π is renowned for:

INFX: What kind of tunes are you working into your DJ sets at the moment?
Monk Ey: Old Chicago House, House, Disco, Acid And Techno, Basically.

INFX: What do you make of the club scene in Mexico City, And how do you fit in?
Monk Ey: Its Kinda Bizarre. Its Not Merged, Its Not United, Its Not Going Anywhere. Most Of It Are Playing The Same Tracks (Psycho Dubstep @ 160 BPM), It Sucks. Its Difficult To Push The People To Other Style Of Music. Some People Love My Sets, Others Hate Them. 120130 BPM That, For Me, Its The Best.

INFX: Seems like they prefer the Happy Hardcore When was the last time you dropped Acid in a club?
Monk Ey: Actually, A Month Ago. The ResultsEverybody Loves It, Nobody Knows It For Real. When I Play Acid Its When The People Go Nuts Dancing And Screaming Like There Is No Tomorrow, But They Arent Aware Of It. Its Like Acid Is A PartyOnly Music.

INFX: Its a fucken party alright. Finally, though, tell me: Do you know of any mad real cocktail recipes?
‘Monk Ey: Indeed, I Do! A Friend Told Me About Mascara De Gas“, Or In English, “Gas Mask“. Its A Drink With Vodka, Whiskey, Tequila And Fire. They Mix Up All, Put Flames On It And, Keep The Gas In A Glass Upside Down, You Take The Shot And Then, You Breathe All The Gas On The Glass, Then Youre All Dizzy. Ha!

Well, no doubt my man ‘Monk Ey will be busy gettindizzy all weekend. Big Ups to the monk, and stayed tuned for an upcoming exposé on the √π  crew. Meanwhile, heres a sneak peek of Monk Ey and the team in action:

Tom Tom Crew

The Tom Tom Crew present a tourdeforce of hip hop culture, acrobatics, beatboxing and contortionist curiousities that leave you gripping your seat and chanting for more!

Id only just got the chance to see them at The Forum the other night; and the show has been running since the 4th October. It winds up on the 23rd too so there are only a couple of shows left. The crew is headed up by Tom (beatboxer extraordinaire and established graffiti artist). They formed at the 2006 Woodford Folk Festival and became an instant hit. You get the impression that there was a hiphop & breaks crew warming up alongside an acrobatics and trapeze troupe; and they suddenly realisedlets mix both acts together“. Since their inaugural show, the crew have toured globally, from the Adelaide Fringe to Edinburgh, London, New York, Berlin, Taipei, NZ, Belgium, and the Netherlands; as theyve crisscrossed the world in the last 5 years. This is a truly epic performance show, and a lot of fun. If you get the chance, theyre well worth seeing.

DJ Rob Swift: Q&A + Documentary

Mother Hubbard presents DJ Rob Swift: Live! The Documented Movement. This hiphop documentary offers an unparalleled exploration into the contemporary hiphop and breaks scene. Held at Cinema Nova on Saturday 17th September, this special screening features an appearance by Rob Swift himself –there to answer any questions about the doco.

The documentary traces the advent of Robs 4th studio album The Architect. The film pays tribute to Robs past as a member of the now legendary XMen, through to his development as turntablistcomposerThe film charts his work in the groundbreaking turntablist crew XEcutioners (Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista) and collaborations with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dan The Automator and Cypress Hill. It also documents his appearance on Mike Pattons Peeping Tom; with new album The Architect released on Pattons Ipecac label.

Hurry and book your tickets from http://www.trybooking.com/TZU as they are selling fast!

 [From: Mother Hubbard]