Downtempo Dojo: Young Won (Sneak Peek)

For those who saw the Watchtower Sessions a few weeks ago, Young Won should be a familiar name.  If not, then tune in to his set this coming June 2 for at Sarten Cafe in Sumulong, Antipolo for Spoken Herb.  For now, a preview.

(Let us know what you guys think of the lineup so far.  Anyone we’re missing out on? Message us here or here. )

Events: Subflex (Imrov Ensemble)

Subflex‘s last installment of 2011 just may be its most eclectic, and that’s saying a lot considering the event encourages experiments in musical improvisations.  A tabla, xylophone, some MPCs and self-made instruments will be around this time and B-Side will once again play host to this melting pot of brewing music madness.  Make sure to keep December 7th (Wednesday) free if you want to be part of this event that will surely leave you mindblown.

For more info on the artists performing, you can read about them here.

Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 2)

More dusted beats coming your way from Sloj and Fred.  As you can see in the video, everyone in the room could hardly contain their excitement in witnessing the collaboration begin to truly take form.  Fred’s bluesy guitar solos meshed seamlessly with Sloj’s sliced up and addictive droning beats; it was great to see our performers enjoy the session as much as we enjoyed documenting it.  While there are some things worth bitching about and debating on (our antiquated NAIA Terminal 1 Airport, the way Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday), there’s no questioning the quality of sound this duo has produced for all of us to watch and listen to.  This wicked collaboration is also available for you to download in case you want to hear the full, 14-minute version as well as the video edit; either choice, we highly recommend it.

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Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 1)

One of the most exciting aspects of musical improvisation is knowing when the musicians find their groove.  First-time collaborations are a lot like learning to ride a bike: wobbly and a bit cautious at the beginning, but then they start picking up some serious steam once a sense of familiarity is established.  With Sloj on the MPC and Fred Sandoval on the guitar, they really began hitting their stride with this particular jam and left our jaws dropped.  In fact, we could no longer contain our approval during the jam, as you can probably hear when you watch the video.

We highly recommend you download the full, uncut version of this jam by clicking on the link below.

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Subflex @ B-Side, November 2: Sights and Sounds

Another lethal dose of Hip-Hop music last Wednesday night at B-Side as this Subflex event showcased the some of the country’s most progressive personalities and ensembles.  The night featured performances by Miscellaneous, Skarm (with Lloyd from the Pharm), Protege, MDK, members of the Fliptop Battle League and the rest of the Ampon crew as well as sets from Caliph8 and Pasta Groove, among others.  Here are a few photos to give you an idea of how the night went:

For more photos from this wonderful night of tight beats and improvisations, you can check out our Facebook page.  As an added bonus, we’re also sharing with you audio snippets from some of the artists that performed that night.  Just click on the link at the bottom of the page.  We hope to see you at the next SubFlex event, happening next month at the same venue!

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