Under the big balloon moon of Culture Collide LA, I caught up with Sampology over drinkies in Taix Restaurant before his set Friday night.
Out of Brisbane, Australia, Sampology (Sam Poggioli) is an audio-visual artist who is one chill fuzzy haired sweetheart of an Aussie dude. His sets are always known for being a collage of visuals and DJed music, but this time around he is coming out with all original sights and sounds. The music is all his own, and the visuals accompanying were something he worked on with — here comes the sweetheart part — his mom! His videos give movement to his mother’s illustrations and paintings, and it was so beautiful to know this story and connection behind them as I watched his set. ((hug))
He describes the sound he’s drawn to as “carnival tropical.” The inspiration for his new single “Shine A Light” was from his experience watching the dancefloor as a DJ. He’d put on and early 70s/late 80s Brazilian record and as he said, “the girls would start to move their hips and it changes the whole dynamic.” Dynamic hip shaking and cheering greeted the track when Sampology closed out the night with it in the front room of Taix later that evening. Check the video for “Shine A Light,” a collaboration with R&B singer Daniel Merriweather:
Sampology came from a hip-hop background, and draws from a collection of what he estimates at 4,000-5,000 records to sampologize from. “I like to take a sample and flip it. I take something familiar that people might know, and flip it and juxtapose it.”
I had to ask him about my favorite of these flipped out audio-visual creations from 2012: ATTACK OF THE CATS. He said the inspiration was his girlfriend’s cat Ronnie. All I can say is, Ronnie must be one rad cat to have inspired this catsterpiece. Behold:
Sampology performed Friday, October 17, at Taix Restaurant, and Saturday, October 18, at The Aussie BBQ at The Echo. His debut US LP is due out June 2015.
Boom. Another stamp in my Do-Over passport: London.
(Adding to the list of Do locales I’ve been to… Palm Springs, Hawaii, and several of its LA homes.)
Sunday’s Do in Hackney had us wiping our feet really good on the rhythm rug to the sounds of Haycock, Strong, Kutmah, Toddla T, Cosmo Baker, and Maseo of De La Soul. Pretty nice lil’ lineup for a Sunday afternoon of sangria spilling and body moving.
A list of rad people spotted at the Do-Over London:
- Dude on the dance floor with a GoPro on his headband, red light on the whole time.
- Dude with his earbuds in. (????)
- The, erm, lively bartenders.
- Toddla T wearing a Garfield shirt that said “At least you care.”
- Group polishing off a bottle of Bulleit bourbon in the crowd.
- Leila and me.
- And of course… the girl from the front who reached across the mixer to improvise some edits to Toddla T’s set.
Flashback: Toddla T played a remix of this tune “Always” by MK that hot-tub-time-machined back to a sweaty dance floor moment in Baltimore in the mid 90s. “Do you know what your love is doing to me baby?” Let’s listen again and remember.
I am in love with this SBTRKT sound critter that is the cover model for his upcoming second album Wonder Where We Land. I want to hold him in my hand and listen to the new single “NEW DORP. NEW YORK,” featuring Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.
Let’s pretend he’s in our slender, cool palms right now, and we are surrounded by bright red walls, and open our ears:
When I close my eyes, I almost wouldn’t recognize this as SBTRKT at all. It’s definitely a departure, happily laced with Ezra’s charming vocal vibe. My ears like it.
Also, I did the courtesy of looking up New Dorp… It’s in Staten Island.
Wonder Where We Land comes out September 23, and LA folks have 2 chances to see the live show — October 14 and 15 at the Belasco Theater. Tickets go on sale here, July 31 @ 10am.
My first venture out to see some live music in London… so of course I went to see a Los Angeles band. De Lux!
Upstairs at Birthdays in Dalston, we cheered on England as they kicked balls against Uruguay in the World Cup. Unfortunately, England was defeated and only a small number of the game watchers trickled downstairs after to watch De Lux on the basement stage. It really bums people out in London when England loses. Obvi.
I love De Lux. They are your friends’ garage band that plays disco. They are a love letter to the Talking Heads. Their music sounds like it could motivate Danielson to win the tournament in The Karate Kid.
Revisit their free EP (via Scion AV) from a way’s back, and check out De Lux’s recently released debut full-length album Voyage. My favorite track is “Better At Making Time,” which has a video that I’ve kindly posted for you below.
p.s. How cool is the name Birthdays for a bar? Everyone loves birthdays.
Not sure how Rachelle Tratt (The Neshama Project) and I manage to coordinate our outfits and music-yoga flow without ever communicating what we’re doing. Must be sisters-from-another-mister. Must be magic.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, I provided the soundtrack for a sweaty, soulful yoga practice led by Rachelle at The Yoga Collective in Venice. I put a lot of thought and heart into this mix, in honor of our mamas and all the mamas everywhere… there was some 2Pac “Dear Mama”, there was a little “I’ll Always Love My Mama”, and there were some majorly sweet covers of “Ooh Child” and “Mama Said” towards the end as we slowed down toward savasana.
Happy Mother’s Day, strangers.