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CURRENT LISTENING:LE1F: DAMN SON: FR The Treehouse Mixtape

1st treat off 'Tree House', a new mixtape out September 10. Photo by Nick Widmer // CAMP & STREET 2013. 1st treat off 'Tree House', a new mixtape out September 10. Photo by Nick Widmer // CAMP & STREET 2013.

TI DATE: TEMP Opening Party: "Working On It": Featuring LE1F and DJ Set by Shayne Oliver from GHE20 GH0TH1K :Sept 8 – Oct 14

Image above: EunSun Choi. HIde and Seek, 2012. Courtesy the artistImage above: EunSun Choi. HIde and Seek, 2012. Courtesy the artist

Exploration. That's the point of living I think. The further I drift from New York the more interesting the new permutations of this city seem. . Things that once were far on the fringes are moving to the cultural center and the underground rises to the surface. In the way that only New York facilitates.

Current Listening: Le1f: Little Bit Cover: Palms Out

Experience the sonic wonders of a man called LeifExperience the sonic wonders of a man called Leif

There I was on the brink of bigging up Kraftwerk's seminal 1974 LP "Autobahn" as the next post on TI when what popped up in my email box? Why, nothing but the first byte from my last post begging for some new kids to forward me their material. Meet Le1f. I knew he was right when I saw the cute little graphic treatment of his image with his mouth cut out as a blank space. The idea would make a fantastic "album cover" image. His peers include Kudu, Gang Gang Dance and Santagold. As Le1f's Myspace space breaks it down:

"1 part African-American. 1 part Cherokee. 2 parts Senegalese.All parts young and vicious tropical punk, Le1f is from Times Square, NYC. Inspired by flashing corporate billboards, welfare checks, and gendered children's toys, he's been making different forms of sonic havoc (among other creative mediums) that have seen a bit of internet notoriety. He's recently played with acts such as RJD2, Flosstradamus, Mapei, Scottie B & Plus Move."

Le1f's sonic style is very...thunderous. It hovers between vintage hip-hop and early 90's dance music (I won't kick up a storm and call it "house"). Le1f loves his percussion, his cut and paste loops and a little bit of Jamaican dancehall foghorn blasts (you'd have to visit deep Flatbush to understand). I love the sexy little croak of his vocal tone too. Viva Tropical Punk! Speaking of which I owe you some pics of the mad Jamaican kids of last Christmas no? Stay tuned.

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