My remixer/producer buddy DEGRUVME texted me a few nights ago and asked if I could design a cover for his remix of LA songstress IRENE DIAZ’s “Crazy Love” and this, below, was what I turned around…

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It was inspired by the Reid Miles (my all-time favorite designer) album cover for Blue Note Records’ “MIDNIGHT BLUE” by Kenny Burrell et al.:

midnight blue cover

Since we’re deep into Spring and headed for the beach months here in LA, I flipped it with a summer-minded palette of colors and inset the photo of Irene from her original video for the song into the text. This was approved today and hopefully I’ll be able to post Degruvme’s remix here within a few days. I heard the nearly finished version about two weeks ago and it’s a gorgeous rework of an already beautiful song.

all good.

I love everything about this Mahotella Queens song and video. From the funky guitar lines, the vocal harmonies, to the joyful bounce, I’m a huge fan of township jive/mbaqanga music from South Africa. Have a joyous and productive week, everyone!


Happy Sunday! Although there are a few other Martinho da Vila songs that I favor over this one, ‘Disritmia’ always catches my ear in the way his voice stands out on the verses, with the rhythm underneath almost staccato, so spare and even. It leaves me really anticipating those big, reliable unison choruses many samba tunes feature. However, the choruses are short and don’t get as large vertically as in most other pagode-style sambas, leaving a unique and interesting contrast between the singer’s tenor and the backup vocals. I also dig MdV’s cadence on the ‘bridge’ coming out of the second chorus, as well as the way the cuica hangs onto its last note! Hope this one catches your ears too 🙂