Battle royale in the "oh hey we both named our songs Loca" arena! Well not really, but since these two pieces of heat are getting virally and virtually delivered around the same time, it just makes sense for me to contrive some sort of fake head-to-head butting. What a little shit-stirrer I am!
Shakira and Dizzee Rascal just released the video for the former's new single, Loca, and on October 12, Mad Decent mates, Oliver Twizt and Maluca will release a song of the same name. They so crazy! See what I did there?
So who do you got in this tag team Loca Showca Showdown?
Cumbia riddim fiyah for your Friday afternoon listening pleasures! Sure it may officially be the season named Fall right now, but Cobra Krames and DirtyFinger are laying down some smooth summa steezin' selections with their new El Sabor Del Tigeraso EP. Hitting you with some treats of heat here in Beastonia, we're dosing you with all that good goodness on the real!
Grabbing two of Mad Decent's leading ladies, the Bushwick boys rally a riddim worthy of booty bouncing on it's own original accord, but with Maluca and Jasmine Solano lending their El Tigeraso and That's Not It vocals to the base with a beefy bass, we've got 3 cuts of cha-cha-worthy steppin' to get reppin'.
Want in on these slammers? Good, cause you're getting all three for free. S'just how we do!
Perfect weather and a swarm of great friends sprinkled with the obligatory tween-to-twenty ratio caliber crowd hit the South Street Seaport for Mad Decent's Block Party in New York City this past Saturday, August 7. And while it wasn't so much as a block of partying, rather a pier-full of the get downs, that didn't stop the sweat from flying, the feet from dancing and a lineup of the label's mates and pals from bringing their own blend of fun in the summer sun.
With a lineup boasting Das Racist, POPO, Eli Escobar, Paul Devro, Maluca, Bosco Delrey and Max Glazer (with special guests Jasmine Solano, Mr. Lexx, Telli, Ricky Blaze and Chelley), there was a nonstop onslaught of freaked out funkiness all afternoon long. While the goings seemed to start slow, Pier 17 eventually became a wave of teaming youngsters, eager to make contact with the artists, as well as crowd surf...nonstop.
Highlights of the day included the break-dancing grandma, Mr. Lexx's grumbling tiger-purr vocals and performance, as well as high-fiving all of our really good pals who came out and kicked it for a good chunk of the day. Big ups to Mad Decent, Jelly and Diesel for tossing together a wild time.
Full set of pictures from the party can be viewed here.
For those unfamiliar with her work (and really, who doesn't know the raspily-rad singer), Kelis let New York City know that she was here to entertain last night at Santos Party House. With her album, Flesh Tone, due out July 6 (and first since 2006's Kelis Was Here), a steamy night in late April was the perfect time for the NYC-native to showcase a repertoire of old favorites and upcoming hits.
The evening began with a round from another local gal on the rise. Mad Decent signee, Maluca, opened the night with her short set of mambo and bachata influenced hip-hop and downtown club music. From the handful of times we've caught her live, last night was easily the most comfortable and polished that the singer has appeared in a live setting. And the whips of that long braided ponytail? We can't get enough! (full set of pictures can be viewed here)
But it was Kelis who brought out the masses to lower Manhattan. Packed from the moment the doors opened, a passionate crowd of the singer's most dedicated fans were treated to a 10-song set which highlighted some of her best work from album's past, along with a number of new songs that eager listeners have been able to dig up online. While her song styles may have fluctuated over the years, one thing remains constant: Kelis is a dominant force of unbridled passion and power, balancing her bigger than life persona with a fun and free mentality while performing.
My personal highlights from her set included the performance of Trick Me, new song Brave (which will undoubtedly be a fan favorite once unleashed), a mix of Milkshake, Madonna and Major Lazer that had the crowd at a near frenzy, and the encore of Get Along With You.
The full set list is below, you can browse an entire gallery of photos from last night here, and jump below a few select images to watch video of Kelis performing Millionaire.
Intro 22nd Century Millionaire ["switched up beat of the drum segue"] 4th of July Home Trick Me Milkshake x Holiday Lil Star (Remix) Brave Acapella
As if today's spectacular Spring weather isn't enough to slap a smile on your mug, then maybe this bit of news will help you out. Yeah? Yeah! Kelis, who's just released the video for lead single, Acapella, from upcoming album, Flesh Tone, is headed to downtown Manhattan later this month. Gentle suggestion: um, GO.
Yes, this is a full live show with Kelis, so hurrah and hooray, ya dig? Prior to her big tour in support of the singer's forthcoming fifth studio album, Kelis will hit Santos Party House on Wednesday April 21 for a night of hot hot heat. Our gal, Maluca, is on the bill to open, along with a few other "unannounced" guests.
Details below. Also, stay tuned for the official release of Benny Benassi's new single, Spaceship, which features Kelis' raw vocals. Preview here.
To call ourselves "Amanda-aficionados" is a bit of a loaded statement, but in having seen her six (6!) times in 2009, and now, this past Friday at Santos Party House, yeah, we're going to move forward with that descriptor as such. Joined by the opening act of the Bronxian ball of energy, Maluca(who we chatted with last year), Amanda Blank's stage show proves that she loves you...she really really loves you.
Most notably present this evening, was the teeming crowd of supporters for Blank. Having seen her perform for crowds of everywhere from 30 to 3000, the anticipatory and anxiously-evident vibe of her supporters was felt from our first step into the venue. Cranking through nearly every cut of her album (which remains a mainstay on her "go-to" playlist), she was joined on stage by Maluca, for a riotous rendition of Make It, Take It.
Check out a video from the show of Amanda doing her reprised ending of Lemme Get Some, jump below for images, and view a full set of pictures here.
Amanda Blank continues on her stateside tour in support of I Love You with dates through February 20. More information here. Maluca is also on tour throughout the spring. Info here.
Ever since catching wind late last year that I'd be able to catch two of my "oh-nine darlings", Amanda Blank and Maluca, on the same bill, I've been highly anticipating the night of funky freshness that is fast approaching.
Amanda and Maluca will be joined by the superior DJ skills of Anton Glamb on Friday, January 29 at Santos. You can buy a ticket here, OR, how about you throw your hat into the ring and try to win one of three (3) pairs of tickets I'm giving away!
Details on how to enter below.
Gosh, I love twitter. And hey, each of these three artists are equally involved with a flurry of rad tweets on a fairly consistent basis. So on we roll, with our beloved-birdie contesting style.
1. Make sure you're following me. Winners get notified by Direct Message and the only way for me to successfully send one to you, is if you're on board the Beast-train.
2. Simply copy and paste the below message and send it along! Once sent, you're entered. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
yo @sheenabeaston, i need a rad hook-up to see @essandbee @malucamala and @antonglamb on january 29 @santospartyhaus, so dish it out!
Contest closes on Wednesday, January 27 at 5pm.