Video: Ceci Bastida In The Studio With M.I.S. & Toy Selectah

A little over a month ago, Billboard announced a large bit of news: a partnership between Camilo Lara (a.k.a. Mexican Institute of Sound) and Toy Selectah (formerly of Control Machete) as Compass. The duo visited and recorded in seven different cities with a grand total of 90 collaborators for an album that will be released some time next year.

I actually spent a day at Red Bull Music Studios in Los Angeles this past summer while the duo worked on a few tracks. Below is footage I shot of Lara and Toy working with singer/musician Ceci Bastida on some vocals.

The duo will also tour the world together next year and will be part of Mexico’s Vive Latino festival.

Subsuelo Presents Los Tres Marks

LA-based global bass collective Subsuelo has hosted a number of great parties at the Bootleg Theatre (formerly the Bootleg Bar) this past year on a sporadic basis. They returned there last week for “Subsuelo Presents Los Tres Marks.”

The event brought together three equally-talented guys named Mark to the same stage: Mark de Clive-Lowe (Tru Thoughts), Nu-Mark (Jurassic Five), and Money Mark (The Beastie Boys).

de Clive-Lowe opened the night of Marks with some keyboard and drum sampling work followed by Nu-Mark who spun a great set and performed his infamous toy set where he uses a number of children’s toys to perform music, samples, etc. There’s footage of it about halfway through the video above.

Finally, Money Mark joined the two onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime-you-had-to-be-there-to-feel-it-all live jam/collaboration to end the night.

These parties are a welcome change from their regular monthly parties, which, don’t get me wrong, are still lots of fun. However, the capacity at their regular venue is probably 1/20th in comparison which doesn’t leave much elbow room on the dance floor.