This month is the anniversary of J Dilla’s iconic last album Donuts. Released three days before his death and largely recorded from a hospital bed, Donuts is a hip hop classic that cemented J Dilla’s place in music history. Throughout the years, homages have been released in J Dilla’s honor, whether it’s Flying Lotus remaking “Fall in Love” or Dave Chappelle thanking J Dilla at the end of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. But this recent homage pays tribute to J Dilla in the best way possible–and it involves lots of intergalactic donuts.
Created by Cartelle Interactive Studio, The Dilla Dimension is an interactive, psychedelic short film that takes place in space and is inspired by music from Donuts. The film tells the story of two donuts as they journey through the galaxy, but the film is less about stringing a cohesive narrative and more about cool, generative effects. When set to J Dilla’s music, the whole project takes on a resounding quality that must be experienced (with headphones!). To learn more about how this was made, check out their Extras page.
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Whether you’ve been taking ballet since you were a child, enjoy shimmying your heart out in belly dance classes, or simply enjoy Dancing with the Stars, the stunning photographs of dancers in mid-motion will delight all who decide to pick up this book!
Photographer Jordan Matter originally got the idea for Dancers Among Us when he asked if one of the members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company could do a little routine for him in a place that was unexpected. After seeing how stunning the photograph of the dancer in the suit and tie spinning around in a Times Square subway platform was, Matter found his inspiration. The photography book was created in an attempt to express how dancers are fully alive when they’re dancing and only conscious of the present moment at hand.
Each of the photographs are organized around such themes like dreamers, exploration, working, relaxing, and of course, love. Thanks to the talented dancers each picture celebrates life. Plus, there’s absolutely no “extras” to these pictures either. Matter ditched the PhotoShop and took away tools such as trampolines—what you see is what you get, which is a fresh look at the universal love for dance and movement.
So, blast your favorite song, get a little sway in your hips, and click through to see a sample of amazing dancers strutting their stuff in the most random places!
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Definitely one of the strangest artists working today in rap (or any kind of music actually), Onoe Caponoe has just released a new music video for his track “FUNKYMOUSE RETURNS”. The video is similarly bizarre, featuring psychedelic cartoons, scary masks, and obligatory illuminati imagery. The British rapper and leader of the “Funkadelic Mafia” art/music collective describes the song’s place in his catalogue: “There was another version just called “Funky Mouse”, and this is like a prequel to it – it’s, like, the mouse speaking to that earlier mouse and shit. Hopefully there’ll be some more from him.”
Before the rap section begins, a folksy ode to LSD is sung, incorporating the “everybody smokes pot” chant from The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus”. The beat, when it finally comes in, is dreamy and smooth and the rapping is similarly easy to swallow. Which really just makes the video even more off putting and interesting.
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