Summer is around the corner and that means another seasonal edition of Chillhop Essentials!
Imagine yourself on a balcony or rooftop overlooking the cityscape and mountains while listening to these warm summer beats, or just look at the cover for this one!
Soon to order as vinyl!
Very proud to announce that I’ll be designing this year seasonally editions of the Chillhop Essentials releases; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter! The compilation has been released only a few days on LP and already sold almost 500 pieces!
To listen and order an LP, go to https://chillhop.bandcamp.com.
With nearly 440k subscribers on YouTube and counting, Chillhop is growing into a huge brand where quality soul-soothing music is released for people who love to listen to warm atmospheric beats during their daily activities.
Client: Julien Mier
Once again, the insanely talented musician Julien Mier asked me to make a follow up of his previous album Out Of The Cloud. He actually refused a pretty known recordlabel because they wanted to use their in-house graphic designer. That was crazy to me. But I was glad to construct this for him.
This album reflects a dark moment in time for the man and he wanted to reflect the beauty of decay. The album is amazing and I’ve been looping it while meditating until something popped up, this was my translation of his beautiful music.
You can buy this album right >HERE!<.
Dedication: Step Off The Block.
This time we want to introduce you to our special guest Kenneth Carter aka Kenny Keys, with a crazy tight mix and of course your suave host Sam Zipursky will guide you through the mix!
As usual we’re supporting every mix with a specific dedication. As our guest Kenny Keys is Houston bound but originally from Chicago, we chose a Chicago initiative to focus on.
‘Step Off The Block’ is a film directed by Chicago’s own The Work of Will Adams. In his own words its all about the following:
“In combatting gun violence in our communities, you rarely hear anyone talking about saving the shooter. If you save the shooter, you save everyone else. The shooter has been demonized by society, so we think the shooter is the one with nothing to loose. But, the shooter has everything to lose from incarceration to death. Before the shooter hits their end game, they cause irreparable damage to multiple families and communities.
Step Off the Block reminds us that the shooter is human and often plagued by bad decision making, lack of opportunity and a poor support system. If we can change any of these variables, we can give the shooter and their victims a chance.”
More about Will Adams HERE.
We from BfC teamed up with the lovely vocalist KaeYae Alo (aka Asha Moyo) to release a new single “Thoughts”.
The production of the instrumental is done by Vancouver/Rotterdam connection “Stone Detectives” (Aka founders of Beats for Change)
100% of all funds raised on this release will be directly invested into people in developing countries that are looking to raise money to grow or start a business in order to have a chance at a better future.
Dedication: Second Harvest Japan
This Japan focused release “The Ramen Skate Sessions” is an exclusive 19 track heavy weight producer compilation with all 100% of proceeds going to Second Harvest Japan – A Group that helps out with hunger needs in Japan. Read more about what Second Harvest is doing in Japan (http://www.2hj.org/english/)
The audio release is part of a larger collaboration with The Mint (http://www.mintskate.com) and Soundboarding (http://blog.livedoor.jp/soundboarding/), 2 skate boarding brands in Osaka, Japan. With them we’ve teamed up to release a limited edition skate deck designed by Marvin Bruin as well as a live music event in Osaka on October 17th, 2014 at The Mint store.
With Tacloban Hope we, from Beats for Change, put our heads together with Global Medic and 22 top notch producers and musicians to produce an album where every cent goes towards Global Medic that is arranging water purification units and tablets in the struck area of The Philippines.
We got producers like Moods, Trian Kayhatu, Tall Black Guy, Kenny Keys, Julien Mier and way more ill musicians to cooperate with us.
After two weeks we already reached 20.000 plays, got in the top 5 of bandcamp.com and raised a small $1300. We are super proud to have reached this and want to thank everybody that participated and donated!
More Tacloban Hope here.
This was a huge turning point in my life. Coming from boombap hiphop I wanted to make something that I never did and something that I never heard before. In 2010 I made this album, complete with intro, skits, artwork and an animation!
The title track ‘Green Shades’ has been aired by EVR radio (NY), KCRW (LA), Radio 6 (NL) and more. Even the track ‘My Condoleances’ reached the Jon Oliver’s EVR’s Main Ingredient with Jon Oliver top 20 of 2012. Insane!
Listen to Green Shades on Bandcamp.
Unofficial cover for his album W.A.S.P.
Client: Beats for Change
This album reached the top 5 of ‘best albums sold on Bandcamp’ at our peak.
Sendai Selections is the very first Beats for Change.org project and it started with the terrible tsunami that struck Sendai, JP in 2011.
Beats for Change partner Sam Zipursky and me were thinking how we could help out since Sam had lived in Osaka for many years. We had so many tracks with Stone Detectives, just laying there. We decided to compile them and raise revenue to donate towards the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Response. We teamed up with Michael Zipursky and collected a little $2000.
Here’s a video where Sam and Mike give away our donation.