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Born in Wales, Dean Mayo Davies lives and works in London. He is the editor of HERO Magazine and its newly-launched sister title, HEROINE, and was previously fashion features editor of Dazed and Confused and deputy editor of i-D.

 

Dean compiled the Washington State playlist for us you see here, made up of his favourite underground and emerging artists from Seattle and Olympia, mainly. The region, rich in musical heritage from garage to grunge to Riot Grrl is known for expressing its punk voice with rowdy rock dynamics, as you’ll hear in the tracklisting here. Turn it up loud, rattle the speakers.

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Night Beats – Hidden Circle
A deep slice of Psych from current album ‘Sonic Bloom’, the cassette of which is out through Burger Records, the West Coast label killing it right now.

 

The UFO Club – Wolfman
Howwwwwwwl! The UFO Club is a collaboration between The Black Angels' Christian Bland and Night Beats' Lee Blackwell, named after the short-lived 1960s underground London club.

 

Naomi Punk – Firehose Face
Huge, brilliant crashing racket from the Olympia group signed to NY’s Captured Tracks.

 

Prom Body – Guttuggering
From the just-released album ‘Naughty by Natural’ on Seattle/Arizona label Temple of Cairo.

 

La Luz – Big Big Blood
The all-girl group give us masked psychos, creepy dolls and axe-wielding executioners in this video.

 

Acapulco Lips – So Long
A 2013 slice of 60’s garage from their S/T debut, available through their Bandcamp.

 

Stickers – Outlet
Recommended listening, the band’s debut LP ‘Swollen’ was released last month.

 

Dude York – The Lake
Favourite track by the three-piece.

 

So Pitted – Holding The Void
Driving bassline, harmonious ‘ahs’ and a shouty chorus make for a classic quiet/LOUD Seattle recipe.

 

The Pharmacy – It’s Over
Active since 2002, this band backed Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson on US Tour in 2005 and evolved their sound to create tracks like ‘It’s Over’.
 

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Georgia Frances King now calls the tree-lined streets of Portland, Oregon her home. She is the editor of Kinfolk Magazine, the former editorial assistant of Frankie magazine and the new unabashed owner of one-too-many flannel shirts.

She came up with this playlist of fifteen of her favourite "Portland" tracks. Classics from the 90s as well as new tracks by emerging local bands.
Enjoy!

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The Decemberists - Red Righ Ankle
Wampire - Orchards
The Shins - Caring is Creepy
She & Him - In the Sun
Pink Martini & The von Trapps - Dream a Little Dream
Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)
Pure Bathing Culture - Pendulum
Portugal. The Man - Purple Yellow Red & Blue
Radiation City - Zombies
The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Sleater Kinney - Turn it On
Sun Angle - Raspberry
Pink Martini - Mar Desconocido
Elliott Smith - Needle in the Hay

Fatima Al Qadiri is an artist, musician and composer working in New York. She composed the soundtrack for our Men's Fall/Winter 2014 show and her track Szechuan, from her album Asiatisch, is the sound heard on our FALL 2014 experience. KENZINE had the pleasure of chatting to her about Asiatisch and her collaborations with KENZO.

 

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KENZINE: Besides your solo career under your own name you have many different projects, including AYSHAY and collaborations with Visionist; lately, you started Future Brown with J-Cush and Nguzunguzu, who also created a soundtrack for KENZO in 2012. Do you find that constant dialogue and collaboration with other artists is important to evolving your music?

FATIMA AL QADIRI: Collaborations occur naturally, I don't overthink the process. Although Future Brown in particular is an evolution because of the number of artists involved in the project.  


K: Can you tell us about how you approached the mix for the KENZO men’s Fall/Winter 2014 show, composed with some of your music from your album Desert Strike?

F.A.Q.: It was a conversation with Carol and Humberto in person that decided which tracks were used. Really swift and to the point - my favorite kind of approach. 


K: The KENZO Fall/Winter collections draw on the mystery of the Pacific-Northwest states of the U.S.: Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the distorted light you find there and things not being what they seem. Is that a part of the country you are familiar with?

F.A.Q.: The only part of the West Coast I've been to is L.A. But Twin Peaks is a global cult favorite so it's an ongoing reference for artists.

 

K: Your song Szechuan from your latest album Asiatisch is the soundtrack to the KENZO Fall 2014 3D video experience. Carol and Humberto’s latest Sprint/Summer 2015 collection for KENZO take an outsider’s view of Parisian culture; would you the say the same about your view on China for Asiatisch? Where did you find the references for your imagined China, and how did the album start?

F.A.Q.: Yes, I would say it's an outsider's view of China, but maybe add that it's a colonial and post-colonial mutant. My references are everything the Western media has fed me about China, plus its historic fungus. The album started by accident when I didn't follow exact instructions given to me by the artists Shanzai Biennial on a nonsense-Mandarin acapella of Nothing Compares 2 U. 


K: At KENZO, a worldly curiosity influences every part of what we do. Your music seamlessly captures that same curiosity. I imagine you travel a lot but do you find that the internet can be the ultimate portal to other cultures?

F.A.Q.: The internet is an immediate portal to other cultures without the sensual
aspect, the juiciest part.

 

K: The city that most inspires you?

F.A.Q.: New York.

 

K: Describe yourself in a sentence.

F.A.Q.: Operating on predictive patterns.   

 

K: What was the last thing you saw, heard, felt or saw that moved you?

F.A.Q.: Going to Dia Beacon. It has the combination atmosphere of spa and crematorium. A holistic horror.

 

Carol and Humberto have created an exclusive playlist for HERO magazine. Listen to their sounds of the summer here...

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2 On by Tinashe
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs
Chandelier by Sia
Down On My Luck by Vic Mensa
Partition by Beyoncé
Summer Fling by Willow Smith
You & Me (Flume Remix) by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Trigger by Maluca Mala
Klapp Klapp by Little Dragon
Thirsty by Mariah Carey
Melba’s Call by BOK BOK feat. Kelela
Shades Of Cool by Lana Del Rey
Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

“What makes L.A. magic? L.A. is unique as a birthplace for music and an inspiration for music subgenres evolving, splitting, morphing…  Hushed like an exciting secret, the city of Angels offers a sun-kissed source of inspiration in contrast to the over-saturation of cultural hubs like Paris, London and Berlin. L.A. has a distinctly young vibe about it today.”  In the second part of our L.A. music digest, Milly McMahon chats to L.A. electronic acts Inc., P.Morris and Rare Times to hear their take on the climate of new music and how hot temperatures keep their audiences the coolest.

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(Top photo by Lonnie Gallegos)

 

Kansas native P. Morris moved to L.A. to live life bright and right. A member of L.A. collective Fade To Mind and label owner of Bear Club Music Group, to date P. Morris has produced for Kelela, Solange, Feist and Le1F. He is also an L.A. taco and Thai food connoisseur.

 

Milly McMahon: What was the first thing that struck you about LA when you initially arrived?
P. Morris : Pretty much immediately upon arriving in L.A., I was in love with the weather. It's a huge cliché, but coming from Kansas where it can go from snowing to completely sunny in a day, the stability of L.A.’s weather is a serious perk for me. Los Angeles is amazing also because there is so much nature in and around the city, as opposed to New York City which is all concrete. Here, I'm less than 30 minute drive from the ocean or the mountains or a nice hike.

 

M.M.: Has your musical style changed since moving there?
P.M.: Although it's too soon to say concretely, I think L.A. has started to have an effect on my music. I think at my core, I've always felt myself to be an "experimental" artist. Being here, I've learned lots of different ways to experiment with what I'm trying to do and to feel like I have that kind of freedom is priceless to me right now. In general when I was working on stuff in Lawrence, I was very closed off - more likely to be found at home working on music than out and about. Since coming here, I can't help but come into contact with a lot of different vibes and I've been very welcoming to outside ideas coming into my process.

 

M.M: How does that fit into the larger L.A. music scene?
P.M. : In general, we all think of Los Angeles as the breeding ground for a lot of the pop culture and pop music. Being here and around that kind of stuff, it's definitely helping to challenge and expand my idea and definition of my own music. I haven't really released any new material since moving here, but I think my next step will be me leaning into some of the stuff I've picked up since living here.

 

M.M. : Besides California, is there anywhere else in the world where you have an affinity?
P.M.: I recently went to the Pacific Northwest and literally fell in love. Both Washington and Oregon are incredible states, I could see myself settling down in either.

Listen to P. Morris on Soundcloud.
 

L.A. duo Alex Talan and Anthony Calonico a.k.a. Rare Times, release records via local independent imprint Feel So Real. Making sexy-sleazy music inspired by the West Coast’s illicit nightlife scene, the production duo share a workspace on the Bay with a pornography studio. 

 

(Photo by Mike Harris)


Milly McMahon: How did Rare Times first become established?
Alex Talan: Anthony and I met in college and began making music together. It was lush and romantic, on a Vangelis and Berlin David Bowie tip. I'm originally from L.A. and convinced him to move down here. We moved into a warehouse space on Alameda and Olympic and started going to undergrounds nearby. Music for Dancers was a big influence on us.

 

M.M. : Why do you think California has become such an exciting breeding ground for new music?
A.T.: California is a beautiful place with cool, open-minded people. L.A. has a surprising amount of cheap industrial space. Musicians need spaces to live and play loud. The scene is diverse. You can see great jazz, funk, techno, house, disco and industrial. The underground is very strong. There are fewer barriers for artists. Listeners are very open to new sounds.

 

M.M.: What makes the west coast such a unique place for underground music movements?
A.T. : I think that the spirit of the West Coast is hedonist. No matter how dark you get with your music, it's still sunny and warm outside.
Anthony:  It's hard to be segregated by scene here. Every musician/producer/DJ has friends who are into different kinds of music. There's also the people who put in the hard work to keep it going: Dublab, Mount Analog, No Way Back, As You Like It, Droid Behavior, A Club Called Rhonda, Funkmosphere, Far too many to name a few...


M.M.: How would you describe your sound?
Anthony Calonico: It's a sensual mixture of adult contemporary, house-y melodrama and a bit of jazz. I like to croon over the beat, laying something soft and beautiful over a hard contour, never disturbing the essential groove, only communicating with it. We want to lure people into our world, one that for us is filled with as many fantasies as truths. A lot of people refer to our music as retro, which is appropriate. But we're also interested in bizarre pairings, new age scales, radio pop, and going even deeper into the groove. Some of our new material is straying from pop form, and exploring longer forms.

 

M.M. : Most of your work references L.A., do you see yourselves more as voyeurs, looking in on L.A. life, or do you write and reflect as if you are a part of it?
A.C.: When we lived on Alameda above Sam's Hofbrau it was difficult not to be a voyeur. Sometimes when I'm on my roof in Koreatown, I play trumpet to people on the street. I try to feel their moods and tempos. I also feel like a jazz gargoyle. I like to watch, and I like to be watched.

 

M.M.: Why is it good to be in LA if you’re a musician?
A.T.: People are open minded and they go out every night!


M.M. :Is there a huge difference between LA in the day and LA at night?
A.C.: It can be brutal in the day, especially trapped in your car with no AC. Night often feels open and luxurious. There's a lot to explore, and it’s easier to get around. Koreatown is a great 24 hour zone. Wi Spa is best around 3am.


M.M. : What was the last thing that you saw or heard that really moved you?
A.C.: Jessie Lanza at the Bootleg Theatre in January. It was a hypnotic and beautiful experience. She appeared like a goddess in a ring of white light with long flowing hair. The house was full and everyone was in love with the music. Every song translated perfectly. The minimal arrangements were even more effective, and her voice was incredible.

 

Listen to Rare Times on Soundcloud

Brotherly duo Andrew & Daniel Aged are Inc.. Longtime L.A. staples, together the darkly influenced artists have performed and recorded with Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk, Steve Arrington, John Legend and FKA Twigs amongst many others. Signed to 4AD, Inc. are currently planning a European tour and LP release.


M.M. : Why did you first begin making music together?
A.A.: Music is where we belong, beyond choice. It's a good for the soul.


M.M.: Before forming as a duo you worked with people like Pharrell, Cee-Lo, Elton John, how did that come about and why did you decide to form INC.?

A.A.: It was good to see all of that. As for Inc. it was just gut feelings and a spiritual blastoff.

 

M.M.: How would you describe the current music scene in LA/California?
A.A: I was walking with my lover at a farmers market and saw an old couple playing music together, they looked like an older Tony and Esther. l bought two tubs of hummus, and one avocado. It was ideal.


M.M.: Do you feel that LA music has changed within the last 10 years?
A.A.: It got more vegan bloated, you know that feeling?

 

Listen to Inc. here

Read Part One of 'The Best Coast is the West Coast' here.

The raw energy of ‘80s American Punk - bands like Black Flag and Circle Jerks and the underground artist Raymond Pettibon - were among the native Californian inspirations that influenced Carol and Humberto for the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 collection. From psychadelic rock to ska, grunge and hip hop, what makes California such a hive for counterculture music? Kenzine asked former i-D magazine music editor Milly McMahon to dive deep into the music culture of Los Angeles and environs; the harvest of which is an epic journey of the West Coast underground from then to now…

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Ask any sunkissed CA resident their favourite destination in the world and their immediate answer will be 'the best coast is the West Coast.' Culturally, linguistically and ecologically rich, L.A. lifestyle rules dictate “just vibe and chill”. The world-famous trippy nightlife scene truly ignites in the AM, when the sun rises and industrial warehouse spaces light up. A true melting pot of culture, anyone and everyone is a beckoning 30 minute drive from either the crashing surf of the ocean or the peace of the mountains. No matter how crazy and warped a weekend will become, the heavenly L.A. sun and sand rejuvenates you from the outside in; the sunshine state is a multi-sensory pleasure centre.


Giving rise to a host of the most successful musical icons of generations past and present, California’s litany of success stories reads like a who's who of cool. The legacy of L.A.s flamboyant roots are secured within the diverse history of the area’s open-minded relationship with music and the sub cultures that have kindled their own genres. Crafting timeless grooves, accepting of the fashions that have influenced different sounds - no matter how extreme – L.A.s creative diversity is boundless. From surf and psychedelic rock to techno, soul to house and hardcore to DnB breaks, L.A. can take credit for a colourful roster of the world’s best musical acts: The Beachboys; Jefferson Airplane; Santana; The Byrds; The Grateful Dead; Frank Zappa; The Eagles; Janis Joplin; Motley Crew; Korn, Metallica. These bands typify historically significant musical movements of their time, while the inheritors of the West Coast -  Madlib, Dam-Funk, Kendrick Lamar, Inc., Delroy Edwards, Dr Dre, SFV Acid, Ariel Pink, Shlohmo, Baths, Daedelus, Flying Lotus, Snoop Dogg - all represent the breaking homegrown talent of tomorrow.

In translating L.A.'s famously gritty, post-punk, hardcore energy into an electronic setting, techno, house, drum and bass and every dance subgenre in between currently dominate the emerging music scene on the West Coast. Recorded in the same studios that original rock records were created, Californian dance music tracks sound worn, raw and dirty. The electronic vibe is aggressive and loud; the original L.A. rock form continues to inform the evolution of house and techno. Noise bands Sun Araw and DJ Punisher write modern rock, translating the previously influential sensibilities of Black Flag and Wasted Youth into their own current thrash productions. The originators are spawning a tribe of brand new originals. Delroy Edwards raw, Southern L.A. label 'Club Resource' is a perfect example of 'noise' infiltrating a whole scope of genres. The famous L.A. riots of 1992 still feel prevalent in non-conformist, niche anti-surf rock circles (No Age and Wives), which exist in contrast to more placid surf pop acts (Wavves and Best Coast).

Converting unconventional spaces into house raves and parties, TOP 40 is the city’s number one go-to live music venue for breaking talent. A large, open space where all forms of art and life can come and share freely with one another and run by Meghan Edwards aka MISS ME MISS, TOP 40 is a multidisciplinary art show and music hall. Thinking outside of the box and encouraging the survival of good music in the city, producers in the state are focused on maintaining the feel-good vibes popularly on rotation at illegal warehouse gatherings. With a significant shift in live music events taking place in obscure venues, most live shows are now staged outside of the club and bar paradigm. Being re-appropriated to a re-purposed or altered space has helped to alter the mood and experience of artists’ sets. Record store Mount Analog is a perfect example of an impromptu, makeshift venue that has developed a reputation for staging must-attend, one off events.

 

Boiler Room, the world’s leading underground live music stream, now hosts amongst the most prestigious and groundbreaking shows direct from L.A.'s disused, unofficial industrial areas. Music is being created to be laid down live on a wider scale to fill vaster spaces not originally constructed to contain sound professionally. Chopped, skewered and sampled beats form the basis of DJ's sets; artists Rare Times and Inc. typify this perfume style of sexy, R&B blended song structure. The vibe is quietly rebellious, catering to the needs of audiences looking to chill, chat and just get down. Every musician, producer or DJ works alongside fellow artists who create a variety of different kinds of music; funk, techno and house crowds all attend each other’s parties. The subsequent musical cross pollination that then follows is crucial to the melodic mix of blended genres getting laid down on record.

G-Funk will always and forever be an integral part of Los Angeles musical heritage. Originally coined as ‘West Coast gangster rap’ in the ‘90s, G-Funk is a subgenre of hip hop which samples P-Funk, blended with an artificially lowered tempo.  Tupac and Nate Dogg famously went on to adopt the signature laid back melodic G-Funk groove in the context of their own flow. Playing out any song by Dr. Dre -the number one pioneer of G-Funk - specifically “XXXplosive”, is the fail safe way to set any L.A. party   popping.  Artist Dam-Funk is a true ambassador of G-Funk spin off genre “Modern Funk” and artists Rare Times, Inc., and P. Morris continue the tradition with their own breed of Balearic funk summer sounds. Soul, jazz, funk, house, techno, and hip-hop all equally and universally relate their foundations back to black culture. Given the fact both Godfathers of rap, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre both hail from the West Coast, the legacy that respectfully proceeds them reiterates the importance of their influence on all music created from then to now. 

L.A. is home to some of the rarest and revered record labels in the world: niche imprints Friends of Friends, L.A. Club Resource and Stones Throw push forward independently, alongside major imprints Capitol Records & Warner Brothers. Former member of Friends of Friends and now independent manager and Boiler Room rep., Julian Schoen is based in hispanic Highland Park and describes his perfect evening in L.A. as typically laid back: "My ideal night out would involve a dinner, ideally KBBQ in Koreatown Ramen or Pho and then a friend’s house to hang out, drink and get ready for a party around 11 or 12. From there, we usually go to some obscure secret space either downtown or worse and party till the sun comes up." After relocating from London to L.A., Partisan signed young filmmaker Dexter Navy’s career soared when he began shooting hip hop innovators, prevalent on the West Coast scene: "In L.A. l feel the rawness of the youth working together, they're all young, wild and free with no reservations about what's cool in the city. Los Angie is always alive dusk to dawn, they love my London accent… they love us!" The city itself has becomes an enabler, an inspiring subject to the young talent it is able to nurture. 

With the underground, industrial currents of the L.A. music scene proving so influential on the mainstream, California is harnessing the energies guiding the future and defining the trends of tomorrow for the rest of the world through rose tinted spectacles. Drenched in vitamin D, the sunshine state encourages all forms of eccentricity, promoting a health first culture, whilst facilitating hedonistic behaviour through a healthy haven of rave induced escapism. The future of new music is bright, the West Coast truly is the best coast. 

 

 

In the second part of "The Best Coast is the West Coast", Milly speaks to L.A. electronic acts Rare Times, P. Morris and Inc. to hear their take on the climate of new music and how hot temperatures keep their audiences the coolest.  Read it here.

Alex, the lead singer of The Aikiu composed the soundtrack for the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 women’s show.

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Based in Paris, the band’s first album “Ghost Youth” came out last June. The soundtrack Alex composed for our show intertwined deep and aquatic sounds with heavy rhythms that were almost military in their style; particularly enigmatic as pulsating water speakers placed the length of the catwalk bounced to the beat as the models marched.


Alex is also the assistant of legendary fashion-photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who shot our Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2012 campaigns.


Listen to the The Aikiu’s KENZO soundtrack here:

 

KENZO had the pleasure of collaborating with Seattle-based Hip Hop collective Shabazz Palaces on our Spring/Summer 2014 mood video, directed by Kahlil Joseph. We caught up with the legend that is Ishmael Butler, who leads the group, to muse on California, Kahlil and making music.    

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KENZINE: Can you tell us a bit about Shabazz Palaces and your collaborators in the group?

Ishmael Butler: Shabazz collaborators are the black constellationaires themselves; Fly Guy Dai, Cat and Stas, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nep Sidhu, OCNotes, Blood, Thadillac, Kahlil and so forth and so on. We further along the spaceways; we come in the name of WE, flossing game and jewelry, untamed and poised.


K: You have worked with Kahlil Joseph before, on your video for 'Black Up'. Tell us about your creative relationship.
I.B.: Kahlil is like Lester Young or Charlie Parker; his improvisations destined to become new rules, he asks himself unanswerable questions. He goes about explaining things 500 ways at once. Like a relentless basketball player, he is looking constantly for an opening - a lane, a back door cut to the alley hoop. The ball is an idea; the rim a portal to infinity. He is on offense forever. Winking knowingly at beauty; confirming their understanding of one another.


K: You were signed to Seattle-based SubPop records, and are now doing A&R for them yourself. How are you finding that?
I.B.: We are a music cult bent on world domination: our principals are music, donuts weed and humping. My initiation was tedious and temporally brutal (19 hours) but when I awoke in my cubicle, forest animals with human faces smiled from an orange sky upon me and I received a Mudhoney  t-shirt.  Oh and my pants were unzipped.

 

K: California is the home state of KENZO creative directors Carol and Humberto, and served as the umbrella influence for the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 collections: a paradoxical place where huge sprawling cities are fenced in by mountains, ancient forests and the ocean. Which elements of California fascinate you most?
I.B.: The sun. Its seductive and rejuvenative power.  The blanket of light and warmth it lays across peoples’ psychology.  Its endless autocades and the daily ritual of burning smog.  The coastline and the vast ocean lapping at its edges.  The women.

 

K: Have you ever visited Paris? What did you think?
I.B.: I think I have lived in Paris in some life. I am comfortable there and familiar and when I arrive in the city, a former self is awakened so I cannot remain inside.

 

K: What was the last thing you saw, heard, felt or saw that moved you?
I.B.: My daughter over the phone say "hey dad".
 

With California on our minds, we asked Guillaume Le Goff to make us another playlist dedicated to Los Angeles. Reflecting the spirit of the city itself, this one is firmly eclectic, vacillating between hip-hop, rock and punk.

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Roy Ayers - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" (1976)

Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit" (1967)
The Doors - "Love Street" (1968)
Shuggie Otis - "Aht Uh Mi Hed" (1974)
Gun's N Roses - "Paradise City" (1987)
Faith No More - "Failing to Pieces" (1990)
The Pharcyde - "Drop" (1995)
Dj Shadow - "Midnight in a Perfect World" (1996)
Hanni El Khatib - "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." (2010)
Earl Sweatshirt - "Whoa" (2013)

With California on our minds, we asked Guillaume Le Goff to make us a playlist dedicated to Los Angeles. The result is a nice selection of punk and West Coast hip-hop tracks, two core genres that are are inextricably linked to the music scene of the city of Angels.

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The Beach Boys "Surfin' U.S.A." (1963)
Written by Brian Wilson riding a Chuck Berry inspiration and with Mike Love on lead vocals, "Surfin U.S.A." is the first song to speak about surf and Californian local spots like Del Mar, Sunset Beach or Santa Cruz. The Beach Boys first massive hit opened a large window for what would come to be called "surf rock". Brilliant, and historically significant.

Black Flag "Rise Above" (1981)
Generally credited as one of the most important records of the hardcore punk history, Black Flag's debut album "Damaged" on Long Beach-based SST Records sees the debut of Henry Rollins as lead singer and iconic tracks like "TV Party", "Six Pack" and the full-of-rage "Rise Above". A true, smart and loud cornerstone.

Suicidal Tendencies "Possessed to skate" (1987)
Metal, skateboard, sun, an empty backyard swimming-pool, friends, party… What do you need more to enjoy life? Being from Venice has shaped Mike Muir and S.T. members' music and style for eternity, winning them a massive reputation and audience. Their music video says it all, it remains a must-see.

The Beastie Boys "So Watcha' Want" (1992)
After New York and "Paul's Boutique", The Beastie Boys continued their journey into hip-hop and recorded their second album "Check Your Head" in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Co-produced by Mario Caldato Jr., with guest keyboardist Money Mark, "So Watcha' Want" has this unique sound that makes you wanna groove !

Dr. Dre "Let Me Ride" (1993)
With "F*ck wit Dre Day" and "Nuthin' But a G Thang", "Let Me Ride" is another classic hit from "The Chronic", first and major Dr. Dre rap act to this day. With young Snoop Dogg on the famous "Rollin' in my 6-4" chorus, inspirations from Parliament, credited with a Grammy Award, it sold more than 3 million copies. Boom.

2Pac "California Love" (1995)
Before his tragic death in ‘96, Tupac Shakur - undisputed King of the West-Coast gangsta rap scene - gave the world some of the best hip-hop songs ever made. Featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, "California Love", and its memorable Mad Max influenced video, is an eternal ode to Los Angeles city and environs.

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" (1999)
Written as a protest song rather than a party song on their 7th album, with master Rick Rubin behind the production, "Californication" became a worldwide anthem thanks to Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea & John Frusciante’s musical and spiritual magic.

Tommy Guerrero "Soul Miner" (2000)
Representing San Francisco, the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade legendary skater, business owner (Real) and Latin/Folk/Blues guitarist-composer Tommy Guerrero always had a unique way to ride and make music. So much style, so much fun and love in the air.

No Age "Glitter" (2010)
Downtown L.A. art punk heroes No Age came in a time when the City of Angels was reinventing its new rock/noise experimental scene thanks to The Smell Club. Taken from their critically acclaimed third studio album "Everything in Between" (Sub Pop), "Glitter" offers a powerful and vibrant illustration of the band's creativity.

The Allah Las "Tell me" (2012)
It's time to drive to Malibu with your friends to enjoy some good surf or just chill on the beach under the magical Cali sun. This great Nick Waterhouse produced vintage track from romantic local rock band The Allah Las will give you the perfect vibe you're looking for.

Kendrick Lamar "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (2012)
Young Dr Dre protégé and rap genius Kendrick Lamar put Compton and L.A. back on the worldwide hip-hop map with his classic studio opus "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" (Interscope), and this "Swimming Pools (Drank)" smash hit (feat. legendary Mc Eiht) took it all the way. Party time !

Dam Funk & Snoop Dogg "Faden Away" (2013)
Hailing from Pasadena, DJ/producer/singer and galactic grooves lover Dam Funk collaborated with West Coast star Snoop Dogg aka Snoopzilla for their Stones Throw concept album "7 Days of Funk" and the smooth "Faden Away" single. A perfect ride and L.A. G-Funk at its best.