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Interview: Dumbo

Dumbo is a 20-year-old dancer that lives in California. He started dancing in 2005, when he was 16. He was once apart of the crews Futureshock LA and Cultureshock LA, and currently Dumbo dances in SickStep, Poreotics, and Pac Modern. For those of you who don’t know, the dance styles he specializes in are popping, tutting, waving, and also some breakdancing. And his tutting (and also popping) is crazy! There are some videos at the bottom, so check ’em out.

In between school, work, and dance (congratulations on getting 1st place for USA at HHI), Dumbo took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us and you here at CrayonBeats.

Histoire D’océan

shadowship8 “Histoire d’océan”, an exhibition that involved the French graffiti artist Shadow. The masterpiece took 40 days of hard work, an in-water scaffolding, 1,200 square yards, a lot of climbing, and a total of 300 spray cans.

I love oceanic life, so seeing all this beautiful artwork on a ship was incredible to me. Check out the pictures of the boat after the jump…

Interactive LED wall in Montreal

ledlightwallCheck it out! This installation, done by Moment Factory, is incredibly awesome. And awesomely interactive.

The wall contains tracking devices and low-resolution LED displays. It’s capable of showing many different shapes and visualizations based on the presence and movement of people. The walls has a grand total of 35,000 LED light bulbs.

DJ Vadim "Saturday" video

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Here’s the new video for DJ Vadim‘s “Saturday” with Pugs Atomz. The song is from Vadim’s recent album, “U Can’t Lurn Imaginashun“, on BBE records. Dope album all the way through, by the way.

The video is in crispy clean quality, and has a very chill vibe. It captures the 9-5 and takes some comedic elements from “The Office”. Watch it after the jump…

Third P "The Strange Way Of…" podcast

thirdp Mr Hone aka Third P is a French producer with the label Trad Vibe. He’s been making beats since 2005. Mr Hone came at me in June, asking if I’d create the artwork for his upcoming podcast (he really liked my work for Dibia$e). I really enjoyed his vibe, and he’s a really nice guy… so I was down.

Now I’m here to present to you all the podcast + cover artwork by yours truly. Please listen to the beautiful tunes that this man creates. If you like a mixture of: downtempo, hip hop, jazz, soul, and spacey vibes… give him a listen! Podcast and stuff after the jump…

Mae Day "Cherish The Day" mixtape

maeday Heavyweights such as MC Serch, Monie Love, and MC Lyte have co-signed Mae Day (Detroit emcee) as the best female MC since Lyte. HEAVYYYYY!

Cherish The Day” is a mixtape presented by Mick Boogie that features 11 Sade-inspired tracks. Production by Dewitt Moore, formely of The SickNotes. They put their own spin on various Sade tracks (“King of Sorrow”, “Sweetest Taboo”, “No Ordinary Love”, “Your love is king”, and more). Released on February 23, 2009, and has been available to the public by free download.

Nomar Slevik "Welcome To Fuckland" 7"+CD

welcometofuckland-package Thanks to Nomar Slevik and Will over at Dis.eased Wrekkids, I received Nomar’s “Welcome To Fuckland” 7″/CD combo over the weekend. When I opened it, I was quite impressed with the packaging of the items. Inside of the sleek black book, you’ll find lyrics to each song on the 7″ vinyl. Behind the right page, is the actual 7″. In a little pocket on the left page, contains the CD, the CD insert, a couple dis.eased goodies (sticker + little info slip), and a Nomar Slevik WTF business card.

After the jump, I’ve provided pictures of the items so you can get a better visual of what I described above. Also provided are tracklistings, specs, and where you can purchase the combo.

"Sunny Side of truth®" free compilation

Sunny Side of TruthThe people over at truth® wanted to shed some light on smoking, nicotine and the health consequences. The anti-smoking campaigne is now delivering the message through music, and this is where I introduce to you, “The Sunny Side of Truth” compilation.

Various well-known DJs such as Diplo, Z-Trip, Pete Rock, DJ Sega, Kaskade, Mix Master Mike, and others, have remixed the tracks on the compilation. And for one lucky person, they had a remix contest, hosted by iMeem, where anyone could remix the track “Typo” and upload it. Members of the site voted on their favorites until October of 2008. The winner received Ableton Live 7 software, a package of premium DJ software, a CD signed by the artist, a truth shirt and promotion of the winning song on iTunes. That track is featured last, and was won by Desmond Williams (site).

So yeah, the styles range from electro, to house, to crispy hip hop remixes. That “Magical Amount” remix from Mad Decent‘s DJ Sega is a BANGER.

Tracklisting and free download after the jump…

Nomar Slevik – "The Startling Truth"

thestartlingtruthnomarslevik If you read the interview I had with Nomar Slevik in June, you might remember talk of him finishing his solo album, “The Startling Truth“, and that it was going to be released sometime near the end of the year.

Welp, it’s that time! Free download of the album after the jump…

Brian Dettmer's "book autopsies"

worldscience-briandettmer Into reading books? What about altering books into complex, 3-D works of art? That’s exactly what Brian Dettmer does.

Dettmer creatively carves into books, revealing the beautiful artwork inside. He reinterprets it in a way you would’ve never imagined. He uses things from old dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, art books, atlases, comic books, cassette tapes, and various other things.

After the jump, you’ll find pieces of an interview (click the link to read it all), as well as various images of Dettmer’s work.

Hiroshima, 64 years ago…

August 6th, marked the 64th year since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The picture on the left: Shortly after 8:15 am, August 5, 1945, looking down on the rising...