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.
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.