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Since my comrade Praxis83 decided to post the fun-loving jam “Sunshine” from Portland based power house Purple and Green last week, it seems like a good time to follow it up with their official video for the song. Justin showed me this song while I was in Portland a few months back, and having recently watched Purple and Green devour a stage in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, I feel strongly that the group has the ability to go far if folks just give them enough attention.

I’ll be damned if “Sunshine” isn’t one of the funnest dance jams I’ve heard in a while. Just try to get the thumping dusty drums, honey vocals, and that whistle out of your head, or better yet don’t. Portland based Adam Forkner (sounds) and Justin Leon Johnson (voice) sum their collective Purple and Green steez up rather well as PSYCHEDELIC LAZER FUNK & FUN TIME JAMS. ’nuff sed. Enjoy people!

I’ve always been a fan of what Kenny Fresh and his Frsh Slcts website chooses to highlight in terms of being a tastemaking blog. I figured it was an entire crew of writers, designers, DJs and whoever else making Frsh Slcts happen until I met Kenny Fresh (aka Knny Frsh) in person here in Seattle and he dropped a nugget on me that I’ll always remember: “Naw man… it’s just me, that’s why I’m only able to post so often.” Well, nobody truly works alone, but still, there’s a whole heap of good taste in that man’s head and when he decides to post something folks should take the time to check it out.

Roughly a week ago, he dropped a mix of gems that were making him excited a couple of years ago. He enlisted the help of Portland DJ/producer Doc Adam to mix everything and what you get is a retrospective of timeless music that does not deserve to die due to people’s wack ass internet attention spans. Everybody is trying to either be current with the music they highlight or look toward future sounds/stuff that’s super retro. That’s fine. But what about the hot shit from 2008 that DJs act to cool to drop on the dancefloor now cause it’s “old.” Give me a break. Apparently Frsh Slcts agrees. Peep their highly eclectic mixer for free now. Full tracklist below the jump. Fans of Platinum Pied Pipers, Ta’raach, Little Dragon, and SA-RA should consider this mix an audible high five.

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There’s always been soemthing about Luck-One that makes me trust him as an emcee. His lyrics don’t necessarily fall into the “open-book, constantly baring my soul” category, nor do they need to in order to showcase the honesty with his songs. He’s consistently trying to put forth conscious music that contributes to the greater good but he’s not preachy or backpacker or easy to define. He’s himself, and that’s what makes the music genuine.

At the end of August, he’ll be dropping a new mixtape with a bold title, King of the Northwest, which is about as humble as Michael Jordan giving an acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame. But that’s hip-hop. As Phife-Dawg says, “if I don’t say I’m the best, tell me who the hell will?” With Luck, he’s actually getting out to as much of the Northwest as possible (having lived in Seattle recently in addition to his hometown of Portland) to put some weight behind the mixtape title.

Check out the first single from the project and bump it on a nice summer day. This is BBQ ready right now.

Download the track or stream it below.

Cant Get Over You by Luck-One

Is slutstep a subgenre on the rise? Probably not, but it should be. San Jose-based producer Cynic One just added some addictive dubstep qualities to Kenny Mack’s “I Fuck With Strippers” and made it a way better song. That’s not as much a knock on Portland’s Kenny Mack as it is a nice high five to Cynic One for making this ode to strippers unlike any other ode to strippers you’ve ever heard. I don’t know if any strip club DJs will have the gumption to actually play this while ladies are sliding down the poll, but hey, it’s creative and more folks should know this track exists.


You can check out the original Kenny Mack version here. This all reminds me of how undervalued strip clubs are as a place within a healthy music scene where new music gets broken on the regular.