MUSIC: HIPOLOGY IS? – “A montage of elements, events, music and fashion that make up an individuals personal interpretation of Hip Hop culture.” (BBE RECORDS)



Dropping soon on BBE Records HERE

Visioneers new album “Hipology” is due out soon and to remind you all just how good its going to be, here is something from the Visioneers vaults. If you would like to review the forthcoming album …. find out more here

www.hipology.org/hipology-is

Hipology

Since the late 80s Londoner Marc Mac has been converting audiences with his sophisticated take on urban soul. A hybrid concoction of breakbeat, nu-jazz, neo soul, drum and bass, and Hip Hop, its a polished sound plugged directly into the emotional highway of 21st century city living. Working under a variety of guises, his prodigious output includes his work as one half of 4hero, Visioneers, Natures Plan and Nu Era. In the late 90‘s Marc signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talking Loud Records with 4hero. 4hero went on to produce two classic albums with Talkin Loud icluding the award winning “Two Pages” & “Creating Patterns” they then set up their own label where the critically acclaimed “Play With The Changes” was released. Somewhere in this timeline, between producing music for Jill Scott to Roy Ayers, Phonte to ! Terry C! allier, Marc started another project called Visioneers releasing a set of limited 7” singles getting the attention from top eclectic DJ’s including Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Gilles Peterson & Norman Jay. Visioneers was then picked up by BBE records who released the debut album “Dirty Old Hip Hop”.

While recording this new Visioneers record, Mac began thinking how hip-hop had been a (sometimes invisible) guiding hand in his life. “The music, the fashion and culture. Although producing all kinds of music from jungle to jazz, hip-hop (or at least what is was) has always been a part of what I do in some strange and sometimes very subtle way.” Documenting this influence on Hipology.org, his very own digital scrapbook (that has also spawned the record of the same title), it’s easy to see the depth of Mac’s appreciation of hip-hop. HIPOLOGY; the album includes hand picked guest John Robinson, Notes To Self, TRAC & Baron alongside some featured musicians Luke Parkhouse, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra & The Support Horns. The result is a real cool, funky eclectic mix of breaks,! beats, soul/jazz and freaky squeaks a great follow up ! to the debut album.

HIPOLOGY IS?

Hip.ol.ogy

“A collage or montage of elements, events, music and fashion that make up an individuals personal interpretation of Hip Hop culture.”

“They have a right to speak on it the way they see it coming up. Hip-hop is the voice of this generation. Even if you didn’t grow up in the Bronx in the ’70s, hip-hop is there for you.”
Kool Herc

Looking at your own reflection you may wonder… who are you?; Adidas sneakers, baseball caps, Timberland boots, Cazal style glasses, Varsity jackets, Nike tees & hoodies and then take a look through your DVD shelf, books or music collection… Coltrane, James Brown, Mary J Blige and even a Led Zeplin album. why?… well for me it all stems from growing up listening to hip-hop; that’s what we call Hipology.
maybe you grew up in Tokyo or London and listen to hip-hop or even New York or maybe Paris… everyone’s personal experiences and perception may be different and thats what we call Hipology. When these experiences are shared the picture of hip-hop culture becomes even bigger. Hipology.

While recording a new Visioneers record in 2011-2012 I started thinking about how much Hip Hop has played a under current role through my life. The Music, The Fashion and Culture. Although producing all kinds of music from Jungle to Jazz, Hip Hop (or at least what is was) has always been a part of what I do in some strange and sometimes very subtle way. So this kinda inspired me to start up this Website, it’s just like a little scrap book and a way for me to join some dots up, shout out some greats and try get the story straight. yeah so that’s it.

Marc Mac

PEACE.

Funk Box (Jazzy Jeff Vocal) by Marc Mac Presents: Visioneers.

Dropping soon on BBE Records HERE

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REVIEW: Kon and The Transatlantics at The Basement [21.8.2010]


Thanks to Niche Productions, The Basement hosted a night of great live soul music from Adelaide band The Transatlantics on the 21st of August, later to boogie down to the disco sounds of Kon, one half of Brooklyn based highly esteemed internationally renowned vinyl connoisseurs Kon and Amir.

Adelaide 8 piece The Transatlantics

The night began with live music from the 10 piece band The Transatlantics who are essentially an 8 piece band. Visually, you would expect a thunderous sound with two guitarists, bass player, drummer, trumpeter, trombonist, a baritone saxophonist, vocalist and two backup singers. To my surprise, their sound was incredibly tight  and powerful in a self contained manner.  It wasn’t about ostentatious solo’s or belting out tunes, rather the finer details, accents and the subtle call-and-responses that could have easily  been dismissed as repetitive nuances. I couldn’t help but be transported into a different epoch – the late 50’s and 60’s.  Their sound not only transported me to a different era, but it was like soaking in southern American heat (I used to live in Texas), waiting for the cool change of breeze, when all you could do was play by the river till late in the evening without a damn care – youthful bliss . In other words, their dynamic sound makes you feel carefree!

No doubt you’ll be hearing more of this band leading into summer festivals. Keep a good ear out for them!

And then there was Kon…

The night follwed by a DJ set from Kon of  legendary duo Kon and Amir. Kon’s musical background is deep, knowledgable in multiple genres, with vast expertise in the world of vinyl ‘diggin’ and production. Some claim his DJ sets are an historical musical journey from beginning to present, seamless and rare. It was good to see a crowd had remained to hear Kon’s set albiet increasingly drunk the crowd came to be and not what I had expected Kon’s crowd to attract.  Kon started on shakey ground that evening playing tracks to a room full of music lovers set to hear the DJ play rare disco boogie/soul tracks, instead with difficulty mixing one track into the other, he started off with electro hip hop, to radio disco bangers, dropping tracks that you wouldn’t expect a man with such musical depth and knowledge to drop.

My eyebrows were slightly raised at his musical selection, nonetheless as the night advanced, so did his musical crate and skills. Let’s just say it was a smart move on my part to espouse patience and stay past 1am. It did take him a while to warm up to the crowd, dropping classic tracks like “Candy Girl” by New Edition,  De La Soul’s ‘Me, Myself and I’, Michael Jackson, Four Tops’ “Reach Out”, then flawlessly beat juggling a number of times throughout his set, scratching in between tracks, then finally sticking to rare ghetto disco, to soul and african boogie.

He eased into his role as the boucing musical conductor, orchestrating an unrivalled disco boogie set with a dash of rare soul. This was what I had been waiting for – the commanding conductor. His known reputation as a fierce crate diggin’ aficionado was well put to the test with grooves that took us all to –  yet again, another era. That evening proved that music can make you travel through time. I felt I had traveled through  4 decades of music to come back on the other end in of the present time scale, only wanting more of the nostalgia.

Music was better back then. With the help of DJ’s and producers such as Kon, it’s longevity will remain in the hands of those who have an insatiable hunger to protect it’s genre from becoming extinct, protecting it by means of playing the genre out to the masses, travelling oceans, hand-to-hand, fibre optics and cables to keep the genre alive.

Definitely worth the wait….

Off Track Vol III ” by Kon and Amir is out now through BBE records.

Click play below to give it a listen or find it on mixcloud.

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Richy Pitch’s new single ‘BLACK STAR’ featuring M.anifest out 7th of June!


Released on acclaimed BBE records (June 2010), Richy Pitch’s new LP entitled Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch’ features an ensemble of celebrated Ghanaian musicians inspired by his rousing two year voyage in Ghana. The first single ‘Black Star’ sees him collaborate with Ghanaian born US resident rapper M.anifest on a track that plays with the tempo in this fun mash of Electronica Hip Hop. The sound is reminiscent of an old school gaming soundtrack with a crisp modern twist beginning with a steady walking rhythm, which then gradually escalates to a swift pace, then back to almost a crawl repeating this pattern throughout the joint.

M.anifest explains that the title ‘Black Star’ has duel meaning written as his own personal coming-of-age testament to growing up in Ghana with determined dreams, to his migration to the concrete jungles of New York. He reflects on the loneliness, the hardship, his calling as a musician, and the social implications of his African roots in a capitalist world. The other significant meaning behind ‘Black Star’ is in reference towards the revered Ghanaian soccer team Black Star. M.anifest reveals on bbe website “The entire country gets religious/fanatic when they play. So being a black star to me, a diasporic Ghanaian, symbolizes doing things in my artistic journey to represent and thrill my people like the Essiens and Abedi Peles of our history.” Yeah, look that up for a history lesson.

Check the 8-bit video clip of Pitch’s ‘Black Star’ below produced by Digital Agency RAMJAM:


NEW OFF OF SOUNDCLOUD, RICHY PITCH’S AFROMIX (14/4/2010):

Afromix by Richy Pitch

Richy Pitch's new single 'BLACK STAR' featuring M.anifest out 7th of June!


Released on acclaimed BBE records (June 2010), Richy Pitch’s new LP entitled Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch’ features an ensemble of celebrated Ghanaian musicians inspired by his rousing two year voyage in Ghana. The first single ‘Black Star’ sees him collaborate with Ghanaian born US resident rapper M.anifest on a track that plays with the tempo in this fun mash of Electronica Hip Hop. The sound is reminiscent of an old school gaming soundtrack with a crisp modern twist beginning with a steady walking rhythm, which then gradually escalates to a swift pace, then back to almost a crawl repeating this pattern throughout the joint.

M.anifest explains that the title ‘Black Star’ has duel meaning written as his own personal coming-of-age testament to growing up in Ghana with determined dreams, to his migration to the concrete jungles of New York. He reflects on the loneliness, the hardship, his calling as a musician, and the social implications of his African roots in a capitalist world. The other significant meaning behind ‘Black Star’ is in reference towards the revered Ghanaian soccer team Black Star. M.anifest reveals on bbe website “The entire country gets religious/fanatic when they play. So being a black star to me, a diasporic Ghanaian, symbolizes doing things in my artistic journey to represent and thrill my people like the Essiens and Abedi Peles of our history.” Yeah, look that up for a history lesson.

Check the 8-bit video clip of Pitch’s ‘Black Star’ below produced by Digital Agency RAMJAM:


NEW OFF OF SOUNDCLOUD, RICHY PITCH’S AFROMIX (14/4/2010):

Afromix by Richy Pitch