Can’t get enough of this Deebs edit of Sampha. Yea, Sampha is the guy on Drake’s “Too Much”.
DOWNLOAD: Sampha – Can’t Get Close (Deebs Edit)
When I was in high school, I went to an Usher concert. I had no interest in Usher, but I left the show quite happy as the opener (whose name was just beginning to receive attention) made quite an impression on me. Kanye West was on tour playing thirty minute sets each night to open the show for Usher to headline. Kanye played a handful of songs including two that would become singles: All Falls Down and Jesus Walks. He even gave the stage up for a few minutes to let his backup singer perform a solo track. He assured us that this vocalist, John Legend, would blow up in his own time.
Kanye West has achieved such success and permeated our music/fashion/creative culture so deeply that we sometimes forget that it was not handed to him. There was a time when Kanye had not won 21 Grammys, changed the constraints of music genres or even made his way into Jay Z’s awareness. We sometimes forget that like many artists, Kanye moved to New York in pursuit of his artistic dreams and earned his success.
The Yeezus Tour may be the best concert experience of all time. What we have been debating this week is whether it superseded the Watch The Throne’s tour – another brainchild of Kanye West. Similar to marginalizing Yeezus as a hip hop album, it does not seem just to think of the Yeezus tour as simply a concert experience.
The set design, wardrobe, actresses/dancers, special effects and intermittent speeches all contributed to making the Yeezus show a hybrid experience of a concert/broadway production/Cirque du Soleil/motivational speaker series. All of the embellishments and additions did not detract from the core show of Kanye tearing through a catalogue of phenomenal music with exceptional execution and a hyper-supportive crowd. He played our favorites including New Slaves, Black Skinhead, Can’t Tell me Nothing, Coldest Winter, Heartless, All of the Lights and Blood on the Leaves.
Throughout the show he made his way to the very front of the stage to high five fans, all the way to the back of the stage to climb a mountain, crowd surfed on his crew of back up dancers and knelt down to be blessed by White Jesus. Kanye was more smiles than people expect – he even kept a grin on his face when he gave his microphone to a fan to sing the final verse of Bound 2; the fan was able to execute on 80% of the lyrics. Well over an hour into the set there were still unexpected surprises like the front of the stage rising multiple stories above the crowd, the massive mountain splitting down the middle, snow falling from the sky and lava cascading down the mountain.
Kanye also gave two of his now famous speeches (unfortunately referred to as rants) where he touched on subjects such as funding from Google, his dissatisfaction with Nike, Hedi Slimane’s rise and fall in Kanye’s eyes and Kanye’s iconic role for a new generation. As he dove deeper into this thoughts, becoming progressively more honest, a rare quality for somebody in the spotlight, he eventually decided it was time that he conclude and for the next song to start. As he made his way back to the mountain he paused to share one more thought. “Don’t let them tell you I’m crazy…I still believe in you.”
Today we received a final restock of our collaborative bracelets with Nomad. Growing up in Toronto, Nomad was our dream store and a physical space that represented our aspirations with HNDSM. At this point, we have now worked together with Nomad for a few seasons on sharing our jewelry with Toronto. In our most recent collection, we created a bracelet together in a dark camouflage weave.
The HNDSM + Nomad bracelets use sterling silver and thread sourced from Italy which were then hand woven in Tanazania into a durable fishing rope.
We love technology. It is humbling to know that the impressive products of today exist only on the shoulders of preceding discoveries. A handful of brands are able to conceive of a significant invention and then have the means and determination to execute on their vision.
We are genuinely excited to witness one of these moments with Coin. With talk of the world adopting wallet replacements, Coin has jumped in with a solution that is ready for immediate implementation. The product allows for you to combine all of your cards (credit, debit, gift, etc) onto one physical card. This card can be used everywhere you would have used your consolidated cards. It is a perfect example of a complex creation that allows for a simple user experience.
Coin is now available for a discounted pre-order price of $50 instead of the usual $100 price tag.
Stylish enough to get looks when you’re downtown, and shit kicking enough that your girlfriend’s dad won’t leave you in the woods on your next hunting trip.
“All Diemme Footwear products are made at the Calzaturificio Diemme factory in Montebelluna, Italy, utilizing Calzaturificio Diemme’s 20 years of experience within the hunting, mountaineering, trekking, safety and military segments.”
Available at the HYPEBEAST shop.
Is waking up on a golden Sunday morning and pouring yourself some Promethazine and Sprite before sitting down to read the newspaper a thing, because this is what it would sound like.
DOWNLOAD: Stwo – Syrup
Nothing about this sounds like Bloc Party but it does remind us of being in a hot party in cold Montreal. Annie Mac approved.
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party – Montreal (EJECA Remix)
Vice’s Thump division has made a video showcasing many of the finest talents of the Toronto electronic music scene. It features some of our favorite names from when we used to DJ including Gingy, Autoerotique, Torro Torro, Zeds Dead, and Nacho Lovers.
A nice surprise was seeing Scott of Nacho Lovers and Bruce Trail wearing one of our first HNDSM sweatshirts at the 10:40 mark.
We are proud to announce our first stockist in Los Angeles. HNDSM is now available at Mohawk General Store. The shop sells a thoughtful selection of apparel, apothecary, stationary, books and magazines. Enjoy their selection of menswear brands including APC, Aspesi, Dries Van Noten, nonnative, and SNS Herning.
You can now experience Mohawk General Store in LA or online.
Three of our favorite new songs getting heavy play at H N D S M.
Still love the original but Salva has done a remix to make your neighbors angry. When he goes Juvenile Slow Motion on us at 1:45 … ughhh.
DOWNLOAD: Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Salva Remix)
Sounds like RL made this for his girlfriend because he has trouble communicating his feelings through anything other than massive trap beats. She probably gets all emotional when she listens to it, but is secretly pretty stoked.
DOWNLOAD: RL Grime – Because of U
SOHN’s voice is incredible. Try convincing any girl otherwise. Seriously, try it. The UK’s XO gives it a flawless late night house edit that sounds like the older darker brother of Disclosure.
DOWNLOAD: SOHN – Lessons (XO Remix)