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Friday Features: Tropical House

Summer 2015, a new genre emerges bringing the sultry beats of Jamaican dancehall and the hypnotizing downbeat of chill deep house together in a perfectly mellowed treat for mainstream listeners who’d grown tired of the caffeinated pulse of EDM. The sound championed by Justin Bieber’s Kygo produced “What Do You Mean” and OMI’s global smash “Cheerleader” ruled the summer and much like pop music does everyone tried their hand at it such as Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and to a certain degree, Rihanna with “Work,” although “Work” is more true to its Jamaican Dancehall roots than the previous songs. With 2 years under its belt the sound is showing no signs of letting up.

With summer 2017 getting underway, it seems the rest of the world is getting on the bandwagon. Like in South Korea where various KPOP artists like Jay Park, Taeyeon were among the first mainstream artists to bring the sound of tropical house to the ROK in 2016 with Me Like Yuh and Why. Fall gave us many tropical house kpop chunes such as the surprising hit “Don’t Believe” by underrated girl group, Berry Good and the debut of DSPs co-ed group KARD which has taken the world by storm with 3 back to back tropical house jams. More recently, Winner has comeback with their hit “Really Really” which took off with a killer dance video directed by the legend Dave Meyers. And of course, one of my personal favorite groups Melody Day who knocked the chill off of February with the steamy “Kiss On The Lips.” So to get you into the summer uplift I’ve made a playlist of my favorite Western/KPOP Tropical House Picks. Enjoy and chill out!

Wink and a Smile,
Joe

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Vintage JoJo, Resort 1997/ Spring-Summer 2004

I was going through some stuff from around 4th-6th grade. In grade school, I loved experimenting with the way I wore my clothes. I wanted to take away from the fact that my family couldn’t afford what other kids at my school were wearing. Constantly picked on because I didn’t have the Jordans, the LUGZ the K-Swiss, the DADA Sprees, just Payless’ finest. Yet I loved watching CNN’s fashion coverage before they went to a trash 24 hour doom cycle. Looking at Naomi, Linda and Yasmeen being gorgeous. I adored feminine dress, I was growing in the era of Tom Ford for Gucci, the Golden Years of Versace and Azzedine Alaia. I tried my hand in embellishing (read: stapling or tying) various things inspired by what I saw McQueen and Gaultier doing on the runway. I shredded a pair of jeans trying to turn them into Old Navy Flares before realizing I couldn’t sew.  Continue reading “Vintage JoJo, Resort 1997/ Spring-Summer 2004”