Thru Tel Aviv – Kutiman

Well, the YouTube rabbit hole pulled through for me yet again. This time I discovered one of the coolest music/video montages of all time. Ophir Kutiel [AKA Kutiman] is a musician, composer, producer and animator from Israel who started learning instruments at the age of 6. In 2006, he was signed to German music label Melting Pot Music (which also hosts numerous other notable tune-smiths like Suff Daddy, The Hi-Hat Club, and FloFilz) and in 2009 he released “Thru You,” an online music video project featuring a mash up of samples from numerous YouTube videos. The project received more than 10 million views in just over two weeks, which is insane in YouTube terms. Along with Tel Aviv, there are also videos of Hamburg, Israel, Krakow, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Jerusalem. Each one has a distinct flair, incorporating musicians from those places and echoing the traditional style of music that at some point in human history was only heard live.

This video is so much fun, and the music that accompanies it is incredibly unique. It’s not often you get to hear a Hang drum, synthesizer, electric Saz, MPC machine, Clave blocks, a brass section, vinyl scratching, didgeridoo, AND throat singing in one song. If you have an hour to kill, check out this guy’s YouTube channel as well. The videos really make the songs come alive and I can’t imagine how much work goes into every single project this guy takes on. For that I thank you, Kutiman.

Also, in the hour or six you spend in the Youtube rabbit hole, check out another project he was a part of at mixthecity.com. It’s a fully interactive website that allows you to choose from different cities and produce your own mixes from the existing samples. Go pretend to be a DJ for a bit!

Peace – Keto

Left Hand Free- Alt-J (SAFIA cover)

I’m always hungry for a fresh new take on a track I already love and SAFIA hit the spot, serving me this cool, contagious cover. I’m sure lots of you know the English indie rock band, Alt- J that originally did this song, Left Hand Free. If not, I have a few fun facts about them for you. The band members include Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton and their band symbol is a capital letter delta ∆, which is traditionally used in scientific study to indicate “change” or “difference”. The ∆ symbol can be typed on an Apple Mac with the key sequence Alt + J. I give you all permission to use this fun fact and take full credit for it… the secret is ours!

SAFIA is an Australian electronica indie pop band formed in Canberra. The soothing and sexy voice you hear comes from band member Ben Woolner. On drums and production you have the marvellous Michael Bell and Harry Sayers killing it on guitar, synths and production. Since I’m handing out fun facts for the day, here is another for your pocket. The name SAFIA comes from a song they wrote called “Saphire” but it had no meaning at the time. Since then the band found out that safia in Arabic means serenity.

Well that’s all the fun facts for today. Hope your hungry, cause this cover is the full meal deal!

Much Love

CDOG

Higher – Tash Sultana

THIS CHICK IS SERIOUSLY BADASS! Easily one of the most talented and unique music magicians I have come across this year, and also a turbo babe. Rooted in the busking lifestyle and hailing from Melbourne, I believe Tash gained mass popularity through live recordings done in her home and then put on YouTube for ze world to see. The songs “Jungle” and “Notion” were picked up by the Triple J radio station for good reason (GO LISTEN TO THEM RIGHT NOW PLEASE) and the rest is history. Her voice is almost haunting in the best kind of way and her creativity with looping and various effects pedals is unlike any other. This song in particular slapped me in the face. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s amazing. Happy listening you beautiful humans!

• Keto

Fire – Beth Ditto (Disciples Remix)

Beth Ditto a vocal babe residing in New York describes herself as a “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas”. You go girl, you define you. Her voice has been paralled to Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Obviously she knows who the fuck she is and I love the empowered vibe she presents.

This remix is super groovy, that one sound reminds me of when you take your index finger and move it up and down your lips creating that funny noise that’s nostalgic of my childhood.

“I mostly like everything, that’s not always a good thing.” – Beth Ditto

Word.

-Jams