Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tomer Hanuka

After a distinct lack of pictorial entertainment up at High-Rise, it is up to Tomer Hanuka to redress the delicate balance of music, sneakers, art, and earth shattering insight that this blog purveys. Tomer has worked with everyone from Playboy and Penguin books, to Wu Tang and Aesop Rock, lending his unique artistic style to comics, magazine articles, books, album covers and prints. He has also collaborated with his identical twin brother, Asaf Hanuka, on a number of projects, including their blog, Tropical Toxic, and an experimental comic book series called Bipolar. You can follow them here, and check out more of Tomer’s work on his website. All images appear courtesy of the artist.

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A Flower Called Nowhere

There has been a Stereolab renaissance taking place up at High-Rise towers over the past week, headed up by A Flower Called Nowhere, a track off their 1997 album Dots & Loops. The man responsible for the sudden shift to Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music is none other than Beat Junky J Rocc, who dropped this followed by a new version of Guilty Simpson’s Trendsetters on his recent takeover of Benji B’s Radio 1 show. I have lost count of the amount of times I have rewound this three-minute long section.

The frequency of posts may suffer a little over the next couple of weeks as I settle into my new job, but there is the possibility of a new project on the horizon as well as a renewed effort to get High-Rise out to more people. Stay tuned.

adidas Forum Mid Remodel

Adidas have been off doing what they do best again, digging in the vaults for a classic basketball sneaker to re-release. This time, however, the Forum (o.g. version below) has been remodelled with a sleek new sole and upper in order to create what you see here. These have snuck out already and you can pick up a pair from Schuh-You in Red or White/Yellow.

Rarekind Podcast Episode 3

Brand new records via the UK edition of the Rarekind podcast, with Headnod and Ruff Snippits holding it down behind the turntables. Highlights include Fliptrix’s Head Held High, The Monster with 21 Faces by Nagasaki Youth Club, and beats from High-Rise family Ruff Snippits and Rhyme Asylum. You can subscribe to the monthly podcast here and join the Facebook group here. To check out the catalogue, purchase records or get in touch with Rarekind, go to www.rarekindrecords.co.uk. You can listen online and download the mix below.

Rarekind on Soundcloud

Rarekind on Mixcloud

Have you seen Cindy Crawford’s exercise video?

Diet Butcher Slim Skin

Gourmet haute-couture style sneaks are not usually the order of the day at High-Rise, usually we like to keep things a little more gutter. Today, however, an exception is made for the latest offering from Japanese style barons Diet Butcher Slim Skin – the Retro “08 High Top. Although the soles appear to have been nicked off a pair of Reebok Pumps, the upper is covered in something called ‘destroyed premium goat suede’, and the zips on the heel are a little off-putting, the overall effect is pretty arresting. Just loosen the laces a bit and they would come into their own. Like the shoes themselves, the price is ridiculously high – if you are interested in buying a pair and have £450 to drop on sneakers then head over to the exclusive UK supplier Oki Ni.

The Glow of Love

Regulars to High-Rise should recognise this particular track. This Sunday calls for some Luther Vandross era Change and a track that helped introduce the RnB don to the mainstream back in the early 1980s. The Glow of Love is about as suave as is humanly achievable through the medium of music and features an epic bassline that clearly caught the ear of a certain High-Rise favourite. As well as having managed to sell over 25 million albums to widespread critical acclaim, Vandross is responsible for one of finest culinary inventions I have ever had the pleasure of consuming; the mighty Luther Burger.

Slum Village Soundcheck

Detroit studio Soul As Is Music recently posted some great rare footage of Slum Village soundchecking before a gig. Noises made on the internet suggest that it was shot in and around the Key Club in LA during the 2000 GoodVibe Tour that featured support from Bahamadia and the Cali Agents. The video includes Dilla chatting with Amp Fiddler, setting up and testing the sound system with some beam-rattling heavyweight beats at the venue, and Slum cruising in the truck to go shop for cables. It makes me wonder if there is any more quality footage like this floating around, fingers crossed new stuff will surface soon. You can find more videos from Soul As Is Music over on their Youtube Channel and details of the studio can be found on their website.

J.Rocc Takes Over

Benji B returns with yet another show that proves he was the best person pick up the reigns of the Radio 1 future beats show. This time we are treated to a guest takeover from none other than Beat Junky and Stones Throw affiliate J.Rocc. The show features an exclusive sneak peek of J.Rocc’s debut album as a producer along with an hour-long takeover that features tracks by everyone from Gary Bartz and Willie Hutch, via Guilty Simpson and Pharoahe Monch, to Actress and Ramadanman. He also throws on a long time High-Rise favourite, Dilla’s remix of She Said by The Pharcyde…

A download link for the entire show and tracklist of J.Rocc’s set come courtesy of the ever reliable Core News, click on the link below to find it:

Benji B – Exploring Future Beats: The J.Rocc Takeover

Core News also contains  huge back catalogue of Benji’s previous shows for your listening pleasure, including his amazing session with Theo Parrish, so be sure to check it out. J.Rocc is in London for the upcoming Beat Junkies gig on Sunday 27th at the Jazz Cafe with DJ Babu, DJ Rhettmatic and Rakaa Iriscience covering hosting duties. You can buy tickets for this event here and here. Next week, Benji B presents a Brainfeeder Special that features the likes of Samiyam, Matthew David, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, and more. Tune in or listen online on Thursday 27th January at 2am to enjoy.

Loungin’

Whose house? Shoes House it turns out. His podcast is a safe bet for an excellent selection of music, spanning everything from hip hop to funk and jazz with the odd exclusive thrown in for good measure. Shoes also happens to be sitting on a whole load of unreleased Dilla business which you know is going to be good. His Loungin’ mix, recorded live at the Buddha Lounge back in ’04, is a more laid back affair that features the best in classic jazz and soul with cuts from Bob James, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and Donald Byrd. There is nothing better to lounge to, and I consider myself to be well qualified on the subject. You can stream the mix here and download it courtesy of the excellent Pipomixes blog, which contains a stack of good music (since ’08!). More from House Shoes can be found on his PodOmatic and you can follow him on Twitter for the latest.

One Hundred Posts

100 posts! I promise I won’t come over all Oscar acceptance speech for too long. Thanks to those who have taken an interest in High-Rise so far and who may check it out in the future, it has lasted longer and received a much better reaction than I expected. I am going to do my best to keep posting new and interesting stuff on a regular basis so stay tuned. If you like what you read, see or hear on High-Rise then be sure to mention it to everyone you meet. You could shoehorn it awkwardly into conversation, make little High-Rise stickers and vandalise things, or just shout the name out at socially unacceptable moments. It all helps.