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Dark Sound 14

A colors show, Roots Manuva and pure energy vibes.

Oddisee - Like Really

Roots Manuva - Witness

Avelino - Energy

Dark Sound 13

French music we don't understand but bangs, Earth Gang and running from the devil.

DABS - OULOULOU 

Earth Gang Ft. Mac Miller - Monday

Raury - Devil's Whisper

Dark Sound 12

We got that new Kendrick banging in the office and lots of flutes playing loud.

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE

Future - Mask Off

Kodak Black - Tunnel Vision

Dark Sound 11

Easy to all our Dark Sound listeners and Dark journal readers. This weeks feature will be spotlighting German producer Wun Two. His experimental jazz and hip-hop beats are the epitome of soulful easy listening. Below is a sample of his amazing offerings, including the fat EP which takes biggies lyrics and drops them over his dreamy production. Stay chill!

JAWS UK Tour

Towards the end of last year, Brummie exports JAWS rounded up their sell out UK tour in their home town at Rainbow. For the tour we kitted them out with a load of Dark gear and sent our man Morgan Tedd to capture the madness. 

Check it all out below and be sure to check out JAWS latest album 'Simplicity'.

@morgantedd @jawsjawsjaws

Dark Sound 10

After a pretty mad weekend with all that Trump stuff going on, have some good music to get you in a better place.

Joey Bada$$ - Land of the Free

Rejjie Snow - Crooked Cops

Children Of Zeus - Still Standing

DarkCircle X Richard Hambleton Launch

Back in November last year we celebrated the launch of our highly anticipated collaboration with the godfather of street art, Richard Hambleton. The collection had been in the works for well over a year, so to finally see the project come together was an outstanding achievement. 

We would like to thank all those that made this collaboration possible, those that came down to the launch event and to all our loyal customers who have purchased a piece from the collection.

Take a look at the launch party event below and keep an eye out for big things to come in the year.

 

Dark Sound 9

Continuing on from last week we look and listen further into the UK hip-hop music scene 

Lee Scott - Me O'Clock

Ocean Wisdom - Splittin' The Racket

Onoe Caponoe - Horse In The Hill

 

 

Dark Sound 8

Check out some one the UK's finest hip-hop artists, from its ever growing and developing scene

Manchester's sleepless boy Black Josh

Put your life in the balance with The Four Owls

Remember the time you walked through cool april showers? Split Prophets 

Dark Sound 7

Get your 2017 off to a good start and have a gander to the Irishman Rejjie Snow and London boys Loyle Carner and Jesse James Solomon

Dark Sound 6

Been a while since the last one, but that's just given wake to some sick new music, check it!

J. Cole is sick of those 8 week rappers

Slowthai and his battered mars bars 

AJ cooking up that pasta 

 

Dark Sound 5

It's been a long week with all this presidential election news so courtesy of DarkCircle, here's 3 great songs to chill you out and rest up before the new week begins.

London based Elijah Sami aka Nyqiull has been posting music on Soundcloud for just over a year now. His mix up of slow paced R&B, soul and hip-hop is the perfect key to chill out. Check out his song 'feel your love' below and be sure to look up his Soundcloud and give this kid a follow, one to look out for in the near future.

 Erykah Badu is always a good option, she released 'On & On' back in 1997, but still gives them good good vibes

Something a little different to finish off, but Jack Johnson is the master of acoustic relaxation, so he had to be included.

Dark Sound 4

Time for Dark Sound 4, hope you enjoyed listening to our selection of all time favourite Hip-Hop beats from a couple weeks ago. 

Kicking off this week, new music video from Danny Brown for his track 'Really Doe', featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt. 

If you haven't watched Narcos yet then you really need to catch up. Joey Bada$$ has released his new track entitled 'Front & Center' that takes the Narcos theme tune and mixes it all up beautifully.

 

Finally, even more goodness that has been taken from Netflix original series Stranger Things, this time by Childish Gambino. 

Dark Sound 3

Following on from 'The Hip Hop World News' documentary we posted earlier in the month, this weeks Dark Sound will feature some of Dark Circle's favourite ever Hip Hop tracks. As said before, Hip Hop is at the heart of Dark Circle, so why not share with you some of our most listened to and cherished songs from the culture and our reasons behind the choices.

Aaron:

Nas - NY State of Mind, because it reminds me of living in NYC. It's like a story setting the scene. It sounds like a creepy old school mob movie and it really painted a vivid image of 80's/90's Queens, which is where I was living. 


Jay Z - Dead Presidents, it's just raw. It showcases Jay and his skill set so early in his career. How he was really on a different level with his flow and metaphors, in ways that even today it still gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.

Kendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe, because it marks a personal achievement. As much as its a monster track and the production is next level, the lyric content is something else, with 2 or even 3 levels to everything he says. Metaphors and sub context coming from every angle. It just struck a cord that has resonated with me. I loved deciphering what he was trying to get across. I also got to see him perform this in Holland in front of thousands at Lowland Festival, while he was wearing Dark.

Jonny:

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - The Blast, this is an office classic that is played a lot.

Isaiah Rashad - Free Lunch, my personal favourite from his new album 'The Sun's Tirade'. Hoping to meet up again with Isaiah on the ScHoolboy Q tour in November.

2pac - Me Against The World, Pac is the greatest to have ever done it.

Liam:

Wu Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck, one of the first Hip Hop songs I heard that properly stood out to me and made me fall in love with the genre. I wasn't even born when this was released so it's not like I can relate to the music, it just sounded sick and was different to other things i'd be listening to.

Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game, I first learnt of this song after listening to Mac Miler's track Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza and reading about Finesse suing Mac for stealing his instrumental. Finesse's original version was obviously better and always in my head, a big big tune.

 

Big L - Put It On, the second line alone 'L keep rappers' hearts pumping like Reeboks' makes this song stand out for me as an all time favourite matched with L's sweet as outfit choices in the music video.

Dark Circle at Sneaks and Peaks Edition 9

Sneaks and Peaks has been running as Birmingham's go to sneaker and street culture festival over the last four years. The weekend just gone saw their 9th edition pass through, and like every year, the festival keeps getting bigger and better and delivering top notch sneaks, clothes, music and food for all.

Of course, being Birmingham based Dark had to make an appearance and show our support, so what better way then to set up shop for the day. It was a great afternoon seeing so much support for the brand both from new and existing customers. 

Take a look at some of the shots below that were kindly taken by photographer Abbie Smith, be sure to check out her Instagram, @itsabbiephoto

The Hip Hop World News

Hip Hop music and the culture that surrounds it is a huge part of Dark Circle. It's at the heart of the brand through and through. It can be seen in every collection that has dropped from Free.dom and Broken Britain to our latest, Forever.Darkness. 

Rodney Panton, aka Rodney P, London's very own Hip Hop MC from group London Posse, presents the documentary entitled 'The Hip Hop World News', and takes the audience on an immersive journey from the perspective of the people who created the culture and are still strongly associated within. 

The hour and a half programme discusses important issues related with Hip Hop such as conspiracy, police brutality, education and the misogynistic portrayal of women. Rodney P also meets some of his idols from Public Enemy front man Chuck D and New York rapper Rakim to good friend Estelle. 

A seriously good watch to further educate even the biggest of Hip Hop fans. Available to watch now on BBC iPlayer, just click on the link below.

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Dark Sound 2

This weeks Dark Sound features a trio of British talent, both accomplished and rising stars. We have some new music from SBTRKT's right hand man Sampha, newish music from Birmingham local producer Lauren Ralph and a slightly old chilled out banger from Lianne La Havas and Shlohmo. Discover more below. 

You've more than likely heard Sampha's soulful smooth voice over the top of such SBTRKT songs Hold On and Never Never, if you haven't, why not? His new track sees him running from unknown forces while praising our ears with his angel like voice. Look out for his upcoming debut LP named Process releasing in the near future.

Lauren Ralph, the Birmingham local, has been raising his production game over the last couple years churning out track after track. One track in particular that we have taken a fancy to is Tokyo. You only have to listen to the first 3 seconds and you are instantly taken back to the epic film that is Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift. The Teriyaki Boyz sampled track will be played on repeat for hours. Be sure to check out his Soundcloud for more fire tracks from him and his Blue Room Mafia squad. 

Lianne La Havas hasn't been doing much recently, so here's a slightly old song from her remixed by Shlohmo, the down tempo relaxing beat master. This one gives you all kinds of feels and emotions so make of it what you will, this track will mean something different for each listener. 

 

DarkCircle X Kate Hook Photography

Last week we caught up with Birmingham based photographer Kate Hook. We have talked about working together for a long time now and last week we finally got the chance. For our first shoot we looked at doing something a little different and we love how they came out. Massive shout out to Kate. Make sure you check her out and follow here on instagram.com/katehook__/. Also massive shout out to Mr Jack Parker for being Birmingham's next top Model :) . Look out for what we go in the Pipeline with Jack and his Skit nights. More info coming soon. Until then.... Enjoy

Dark Sound 1

Starting this week, we introduce a new feature to the Dark Circle journal sharing with you the music we have been listening to day in day out. 

Focusing not only on brand new music from artists both big and small and from all walks of life and genres, but music of the past that is at the heart of the brand, this is Dark Circle Sounds.

To kick things off we have the new music video from the man ScHoolboy Q for his track Overtime. Taken from his latest album 'Blank Face LP', the song features singers Miguel and Justine Skye. The video is a dreamy, colourful, twerking masterpiece to match the equally great song. No doubts this song will become a firm favourite off the album, coming a close second to Kanye's feature song, THat Part. Enjoy the visuals below.

Secondly we have grime artist Jevon who is part of the Dark Circle family. Over the last year Jevon has been making big moves in the grime scene, from featuring in the MOBO Awards list of artists to watch this year, to appearing at the Rated Awards. No end of talent from this guy, listen to his freestyle 'Off My Chest' with GRM Daily right now. 

To finish our first new feature we end with some classic Jazz from the legend Miles Davis. His song 'So What' was released in 1959 and soon became one of his most popular compositions. Sit back and enjoy this truly great piece from Miles.

 

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