Our interview with Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty

Our interview with Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 month ago · Music

Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty‘s latest album is the crown jewel of Italian hip-hop.
It’s titled “La Soluzione” and comes after their first collaborative project with “Terapia di gruppo”, released in 2018.

The album confirms the talent of this project, mixing different influences form black music to Italian rap and jazz.
Its eight tracks slide very lightly inside our ears, even though they include many different themes and moods, talking about love, or the uncertainties of the future, all the problems of today’s musicians and, of course, the solutions.

We met the funk collective to find out more about their latest release.

Hi guys, we are very curious to know how “La Soluzione” was born. What are the problems that brought you here and what solution did you find?

This record was born spontaneously, in the strictest sense of the word.
The previous experience of “Terapia di gruppo” has physiologically intensified both the relationships between us and the artistic harmony. “LA Soluzione” is the awareness of being on the right path and having overcome the storm.
It was born in the downtime between one date and another of our recent tour and it was impossible to stop the flow, so here we are again!

We can find so many different moods and genres in your album. Is there an album that most inspired you during the creation?

Mac Miller’s Swimming has already inspired our previous album and it’s still one of our current listenings. However, you can find our latest inspirations by catching the samples used in “La Soluzione”.

About the creative process, how do Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty work together in a studio session?

We don’t have a fixed scheme: some ideas could come out like a rabbit out of a hat. So, Natty Dub pulled some samples out of his pocket, Jeremy followed him with his bass lines and Davide joined with his songwriting. But this is an example, basically, we let it be the inspiration to guide us.

What’s your favorite track of the album?

“La Soluzione”, of course. It’s the most representative track of the album both for how it treats its concept, and for its classic sound that does not remain anchored to classicism as a musical scheme.

Our interview with Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty
Our interview with Funk Shui Project and Davide Shorty
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Here is the line-up for the 5th edition of Linecheck

Here is the line-up for the 5th edition of Linecheck

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Music

Linecheck starts today, the showcase festival that through a dense program of meetings, workshops, live shows and concerts will address the theme of music today and how it will evolve in the future. The focus of this edition will be on the 20s, the years we are about to live because for every century the threshold of the first twenty years marks a turning point in which the previous century fades like a distant memory and those born in the ’00s peep out on the scene. In addition, the key theme will be diversity and inclusion, always dealt with within the musical context, which is also perfectly suited to the choice of Guest Country this year, or Canada, a country that with its 22% of foreign citizens becomes a symbol of multiculturalism par excellence.


Inserted within the Milano Music Week – of which it is a content partner – Linecheck 2019 will animate the city of Milan for six days, dividing the events between the spaces of BASE Milano, where the musicROOMS has recently been opened with a small amphitheater inside the CAPSULA with sound immersed in 3D, the Magazzini Generali and six rooms in the Navigli area (Zanardi Cafe, Jacaranda Liuteria Artigiana, Ex Fornace, NonostanteMarras, Ostello Bello, Rocket). 

Linecheck has in store a lineup of artists and national and international guests such as Seun Kuti, son of the musician and pioneer activist of the afrobeat Fela Kuti, who today has taken his place as a singer in Egypt 80; Giorgio Poi, Italian artist active internationally coming to be called by the Phoenix to open the dates of their world tour and the Canadian Pierre Kwenders who through the collective Moonshine aims to spread the cultural originality of Montreal. 

The Linecheck line-up also includes the 80’s sound of Karpov Not Kasparov, the sensual voice of Emmanuelle, the fusion of soul, jazz, funk and rap by Blu Samu, the R’ n’ B by Arlo Parks, the indie-folk by Eugenia Post Meridiem and the prog-post-math rock by The Pier

Canada will also play its part with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Doomsquad, Plants and Animals, Ouri, Booty EP, Gan aka respectful child and Tanya Tagaq who will bring the sounds of their country, demonstrating once again that music is the perfect tool to break down barriers and borders. 

But there will be not only live shows and concerts but also to entertain the public there are scheduled experiences created ad hoc as the one of WAAM Tours that tells the transformations of Tortona, from working-class neighborhood to creative hub and museum and that of ARTKADEMY focused on street art.

Discover all the details of Linecheck 2019 on the official site and get ready for six days of events with their playlist below! 

Here is the line-up for the 5th edition of Linecheck
Here is the line-up for the 5th edition of Linecheck
Here is the line-up for the 5th edition of Linecheck
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Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism

Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism

Anna Cardaci · 2 weeks ago · Music

In the female world, you know, there are an infinity of taboos. Questions a bit uncomfortable where every time they are addressed, women feel embarrassed. Millages, sex, and many others are just a small part of them. What more women accumulate, however, and what can be defined as the King of taboos, is certainly masturbation. In general, the whole world of sexuality is a difficult subject for a woman to express. It’s easy for a man to talk about it. Probably because inexplicable social dynamics have been established so that expressing something about this very intimate subject can put many women in awe.

For this reason Marika Hackman, an English singer, wrote Hand Solo, a song taken from the album Any Human Friend, released last August whose lyrics seem to be a real hymn to female masturbation. This celebrates the theme by offering a sort of accusation to the strongly masculine society in which we have always lived.

The track is also accompanied by a direct video of the director Samuel J. Bailey who wanted to make a short film of almost four minutes. Here the subject is treated with a lot of irony and with metaphors that represent in an abstract way the act of masturbation from the beginning to the end. Although very explicit, the film is not vulgar and does not present scenes that are too strong. Inside there are hands that caress objects such as cakes, sinks, clothespins, sheets, cappuccinos, fans, etc.. Hand Solo’s video begins with a quote from Susie Bright, an American journalist and writer who is very active on the feminist front:

Behind every erotic conviction is a fiery hypocrite.

For the project, Marika Hackman and Bailey also anonymously collected thoughts and stories about masturbation by women. These appear at the end of the film as if they were the end credits.

Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism
Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism
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Listen to “Oceano,” Don Said’s new single!

Listen to “Oceano,” Don Said’s new single!

Giulia Guido · 7 days ago · Music

Nicolò was born in 1999 in Catania, where his passion for music and writing immediately emerged and, inspired by one of the characters in the famous film La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz, he officially adopted the stage name Don Said
After a period of live performances and peak, he decided to move to Milan, where his career continued and intensified. 

Today, after a series of singles including “Socio” and “Non mi disturbare“, Don Said is ready to begin a new journey and does so with “Oceano“. 
Produced by Collater.al and distributed by The Orchard, the song differs from the previous ones both for the musicality and the content. 

Don Said | Collater.al

The text, through a strong metaphor, recounts the wearisome relationship with addictions as if it were a love relationship that, on the contrary of doing well to both sides, destroys one of them. 

Eri ciò che mi uccideva e ciò che mi faceva vivere
Mi hai tolto dal delirio, non eri una qualunque:
Eri ciò che mi serviva per non perdere il controllo.

The words find their perfect position on the sad and melancholic atmospheres evoked by the instrumental, produced by Federico Maccherone and Thomas Feriero, enhanced by the guitar played by Don Said himself. 

Con te è tutto più sereno
Sto annegando in questo oceano
Siamo antidoto e Veleno
E siamo ciò che ci manca,
Ciò che ci manca, siamo ciò che ci manca

A song like this could not help but be accompanied by a video clip just as good as the expectations. Directed by Enrico Cerovac and with the artistic direction of Marco Aurelio Mendia and Andrea “Muten” Carveni, the video brilliantly manages to show what the text tells, alternating scenes in wide-open spaces with scenes indoors, which restore that sense of oppression given by addictions. 

I have told myself many times to tell this story, to try to let off steam and lighten its weight with music. I never wanted to do it because I don’t like to talk about what afflicts me, not even with the people I love. This piece was written more with the brain than with the heart, I looked for all the points of encounter between the true story behind it and a love story.

Listen to Oceano and watch the video below! 

PH: Marco Aurelio Mendia

Listen to “Oceano,” Don Said’s new single!
Listen to “Oceano,” Don Said’s new single!
Listen to “Oceano,” Don Said’s new single!
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Bubba, Kaytranada’s latest album released on December 13

Bubba, Kaytranada’s latest album released on December 13

Anna Cardaci · 6 days ago · Music

It was the year 2016 when Louis Kevin Celestin, aka Kaytranada, released his latest studio album titled 99.9%. After 3 years of absence the American artist, record producer, and DJ decided to return to the music scene announcing the release of Bubba, his latest studio work that will be available for purchase from December 13 next. The release was anticipated by the 10% song made with Kali Uchis – an American singer – and by a tweet published by Kaytranada in which he said that the album was “finished”.

He later formalized the release of his project during the Intersect Music Festival in Las Vegas in early December. In his work, there will be other collaborations including that with Pharrell Williams, Mick Jenkins, Tinashe, Estelle, Charlotte Day Wilson, GoldLink, SiR.

Bubba | Collater.al 1

The album contains 17 tracks and you can pre-order it on the official website of the American artist and listen to his first single extracted on Spotify!

1. DO IT
2. The Music feat. Iman Omari
3. Go DJ feat. SiR
4. Gray Area feat. Mick Jenkins
5. Puff Lah
6. 10% feat. Kali Uchis
7. Need It feat. Masego
8. Taste feat. VanJess
9. Oh No feat. Estelle
10. What You Need feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
11. Vex Oh feat. GoldLink, Eight9fly, & Ari PenSmith
12. Scared To Death
13. Freefall feat. Durand Bernarr
14. Culture feat. Teedra Moses
15. The Worst In Me feat. Tinashe
16. September 21
17. Midsection feat. Pharrell Williams

Bubba | Collater.al 1
Bubba, Kaytranada’s latest album released on December 13
Bubba, Kaytranada’s latest album released on December 13
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