American artist, Oliver Hibert, is a self-taught artist based in Scottsdale, Arizona concentrating in bright-colored, trippy-surrealist, paintings, illustrations, 3D projects, graphics and even, (wait for this, so exciting), …….. music! Other than the brilliant use of saturated colors, Hibert caught my eye. His art is familiar, yet unfamiliar. We see images of women’s bodies, but the placement of body parts is disarranged. We see flowers, but they are some alienlike type that don’t exist. We see skin and faces and eyes but they’re just… different. Combining visuals of nature that we know and experience everyday, with psychedelic textures, colors, and abstractions that are unrealistic is what consistently had me scrolling through his stuff. I’m unusually connected to these concepts. Like they don’t exist in the real world, but they exist in my head and make perfect sense to me. That’s hard to achieve as an artist.

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Well it’s raining here on this Saturday afternoon in DC and this tune is perfect from this mellow day of me being stuck in the house. And honestly, I would have been bored af if I didn’t see that A Sol Mechanic came up with a new EP, “just pick me up”, and I’m damn sure happy he did cause that’s what I’m gonna be listening to this entire weekend. I’ve always loved A Sol Mechanic, but now that David Blazer has incorporated soulful vocals into the mix, I’ve completely fallen in love. Each track has its own feel, but together as an EP they play off eachother so well. Really feels complete with the R&B instrumentals, and down-tempo vibes. And the sampling of laughter and jazz instruments makes it that much more unique.

I’ve inlcuded my favorite track from the EP, but you can listen to the entire thang here.

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Upon looking at these pictures you immediately start thinking why, what, who? What’s going on in these women’s lives? Why do they look the way they do? Why the hell do they have fishes on their heads? Some expressions solemn, some of pure torture, and some… at peace. Each work has its own story, that is displayed through the expression of the woman. Iranian artist Afarin Sajedi was born in 1979 in Shiraz. Though she recieved a degree in Graphic Design, she is a strong and expressive painter, one of the most relatable I’ve ever come across. The use of  small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists.Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better. Usually these human “additions” are seen as ugly, but in this case, I’m breathtaken. This is a woman, before the photoshop and Instagram filters.

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This track is so smooth I really don’t understand how anyone can NOT agree with me. But then again, I’m pretty stubborn about my music. If I think something is good, I push it into people’s faces. And well… yeah that’s what I’m doing with y’all, but I know you will agree with me on this one! Brazilian producer, Jose Kigo, is a 21 yr old artist simply doin’ this thang for fun, no money involved. In fact, you can download ithere, (or donate), and not only the sond, but the entire compilation. That’s love! He’s also a part of Darker Than Wax, which is one of my favorite labels. All the artists on there produce depthy-bassed out music that’ll make you wanna fall in love with the world (which is right up my alley, y’all know that). Highly suggest y’all check that out (here).

This is that real music.

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Ah yes another great example as to why Soundcloud is one of the greatest platforms. Today I’m happy to share and give the spotlight to the one and only Herzeloyde. His real name is Reyjah and he’s hails from Melbourne, Australia. Reyjah’s earlier work was definitely dub-step driven, but as you can tell from his soundcloud history he seemed to chill things out over the years and create some everlasting vibes. I’ll get this out of the way now and say, YES you can tell he’s influenced by Mr. Carmack, but let’s be clear, he has his own twist that distinctively gives him a unique sound. Now that thats out of the way, just enjoy his vibez and definitely keep your ears out for more Herzeloyde. I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from him over the years and I’m sure he will gain a lot more SC followers as well. (1,511 at the time of writing, lol)

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We’re back with the second installment of Selfless! Opening up this series we’re happy to present @singularis who is joining the movement to support the Playing For Change Foundation!

Selfless is a month long campaign where independent musicians donate songs to support an art/music based non-profit or charity. When you purchase a song or contribute, 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting music schools, purchasing instruments and connecting the world through music.

If you’re wondering who made the beautiful cover art, wonder no more, just look up John St John Art.

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Join the movement and spread the word!

Serbian-born surrealism painter, Milan Hrniazović, uses ideas of realism in figures and combines them with fluid lines and shapes  to creative a cohesive composition that literally circulates the entire cancas. Naturally, the audience is attracted to features from faces and bodies at first glance. But after a few glances on the more realistic part of the piece, our eyes follow a whole new rhythm – one more mimicking the state of nature, maybe a flowy stream, or the branches of trees swaying in the wind. The concept of human nature intertwined with physical natural world around us has always been something that has captivated me because it involves us humans into the world around us and reminds us that yes, we are all of the same world and same manner.

Not only does Hrniazović’s work display this concept, but touches on a more personal level we all experience: relationships. In his series, “Together yet apart” (most of these works are from that series, more of which you can check out in the link below), he displays the underlying chaos of love. “Distortions and scattered parts of their bodies are not only a result of an artistic expression – they aim to reveal drama and despair behind the shinny illusion of love”, he says. As a society, we often highlight the good parts of relationships, making sure to let people know that “hey my love life is going great!”, afraid to admit the ugliness of love. Hrniazović paints the truth of love on one canvas, the good and the bad, the stuff we don’t want to admit.

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New tune by king henry!! You know I’ve always loved those songs that start off nice and slow, without many layers, and as the track progresses, gets deeper, bassier, depthier, with more added variety. Personally, I think those tracks involve the audience in with the music the most because we’re able to see the process of growth within the levels, almost like we’re side-by-side with the artist and the  development. Exactly what this tune is for me, it builds up throughout and slows you down for the end. Exactly like a story in a movie or novel, it takes you through different phases, pulling you in from the beginning and letting you off slowly towards the end. It just feels complete.

Not only that, but the overall sound of this track, especially in the end is so captivating. Has that cultural, ethnic feel to it. Really reminds me of home lol… and the more I listen to it the more I love it. The more you listen to it, the more you feel like depth in it.

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Ooooh, been grooving to this non-stop! Just groove with us 1x! Definitely keep an ear out for more Kource

KEMI MAI’S UNBELIEVABLE START

Kemi Mai is a self-taught 18 year old digital artist that lives in the UK. She specializes in portraits (mostly female), incorporating hyper-realism in the subject, and simplified graphics in the background. Craziest part about this? She’s been doing art for only 2 years. A few years ago, she bought a graphics tablet for something else entirely, and ended up painting out of curiousity and fun. When she was younger, drawing or painting had never been a hobby…  two years later, she has a beautiful porfolio of intricately detailed, brilliantly lighted and creatively colored portraits.

Starting with a simple sketch, Mai then makes the palette version of the sketch, and paints in sections starting with the subject’s eyes using Photoshop. The combination of traditional and digital art is important in that it provides the artist with the ultimate freedom to incorporate all forms of medium and expression in a piece. If one thinks it, it is possible in so many types of ways… and Mai uses both the digital and hands-on world of art to show the audience what ideas she has.

Incorporating women from different cultures and ethnicities, Mai works with a diverse color palette to express the story behind each person. One of my favorite things about her work is the source of light. It gives us the idea that even though some of the backgrounds aren’t realistic, the subjects still have a sense of space compared to the viewer, as if they are up close and personal to us. Especially with the chick with the two braids, the right side of her face is lit up, indicating that a light source is coming from the right, even though the background is a separate layer of blown up flowers. And the hyper-realism on her face pulls the viewer right into the center – you can literally see the slight sweatiness on her face. Even though there aren’t literal drops of sweat, her face still has that shininess to it and her hair looks almost glued onto her face, showing that it’s pretty damp. Those slight clues make me wonder what the story behind her is. This is what makes an artist an artist, if they pull the audience in through intricately thought of aesthetic techniques, they’re doin the thang.

Big ups to this young digital artist. She proves that you don’t need years and years of experience, or even school to learn something. You just need that drive and faith in yourself.

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