Monday, March 29, 2010

Quadron 'Quadron'

Quadron is a duo whose genesis originates from the reveries of two souls destined to live their existence as a fairytale. Our story begins in Copenhagen, Denmark, when Robin Hannibal encountered Coco O. thanks to the recommendation of a friend. Robin was already a name within Owusu & Hannibal, and Boom Clap Bachelors, but he was ready to continue his collaborations and also seek out new adventures.

In the ingĂ©nue of Coco, Robin saw a female muse, singing without effort, speaking in melody. Taking their time to get it right, they started playing together. A year would pass while they gently created the Quadron sound. The music was funky, naughty, soft and delicate, but complicated and natural. Robin creates melodies with lush orchestration and deep beats, intellectual and crisp. Coco layers them with her voluptuous timbre, together completing a chapter of their fairytale soundtrack until a Quadron song is born. Only a few months has passed since Quadron’s album was first exposted to the public, but the artistry of its caliber has a force all its own. When it’s good, it’s good and Quadron is that.

Download: "Pressure"

T.H.E.W.E.A.K. "17 again" video

T.H.E.W.E.A.K., comprised of MC rappers T Squared and Super Hero Supreme. T.H.E.W.E.A.K., (They. Hate. Everyone. With. Education. And. Knowledge), is a group with a direct and refreshing lyrical message which strives to “fight crime via the microphone” and to restore balance in and outside the Hip-Hop community.

T.H.E.W.E.A.K. create music that works towards the comprehension of Hip-Hop culture for both those who choose to accept it and those who struggle against it. Both T Squared and Super Hero Supreme believe that misconception and ignorance can turn to hate; it is from this hate thatT.H.E.W.E.A.K. have taken their name. T.H.E.W.E.A.K. can usually be caught prowling DC or Maryland streets looking for the “wicked and wack.”

DJ Center

“Everything in Time” is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth that’s been absent in music as of late. It’s a record for a generation raised on a foundation of Hip Hop and Jazz, but having grown up with a global scope and broader musical palate. It’s Roots music without being Reggae, and Soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on “Everything in Time” you’re enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The album includes a smoky cover of Rufus and Chaka Khan's anthem, “You Got the Love“ and culminates with the thumping Brazilian tribute titled, “Center's Groove”. The guests Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim, to the up and coming Gretchen Parlato (who’s worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (who’s dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her an unparalleled uniqueness). The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers.

The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Each track is so unique from the next, yet housed under the same soulful roof. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

The Making of "Everything in Time" from DJ Center on Vimeo.

Cookbook & Uno Mas VIDEO

Mike Relm video