Diwon is a global artist. He’s known to NewYork audiences for his mix of Middle Eastern samples and Baltimore club beats. He is renowned worldwide for his remixes of pop acts like Lana Del Rey. On the inside, Diwon has the heart of a true-school hip-hop head. “Try Stopping”, which hits streets today, is the first single to be released from his forthcoming album, “New Game.” which will be released this August 6th. Be on the look out for new singles each month leading up to the full record.
The beats on New Game are the classic Diwon mix of cerebral and party-rocking, with hard-hitting hip hop drums melting into psychedelic strings, synths and guitar. It’s the producer as auteur. Like Kanye or Godard, every track takes you through the emotional space of the artist.
On the single “Try Stopping,” Nissim kicks a mean double time flow over trippy synths sounding like a Roc-A-Fella joint on acid, and Open Mike Eagle’s smooth nasal tone on the track is a statement in itself. The rapping on “Try Stopping” is intelligent but accessible, lyrical without pretension. People talk about hip-hop going “post-regional,” but Diwon’s beats are post-national. This is the music you wish you heard on airplanes.
If you aren’t yet familiar with Sol Tevél, imagine Euro-Latin star Manu Chao, reggae man Bob Marley, and Israeli bands Hadag Nachash and Sheva all mixed up. Led by Israeli-born Lior Ben-Hur, Sol Tevél is a San Francisco-based band that integrates sounds, rhythms, and languages from around the globe to advocate building a strong, conscious and united community worldwide. Sol Tevél just released World Light, their debut album, which sheds new light and contemporary interpretation on ancient Jewish texts, ideals and mysticism.
From Spanish rhythms and reggae beats to folksy guitar riffs, Sol Tevél connects their Hebrew roots to world culture. With these tunes Sol Tevél gives ancient words of Jewish prayer new meaning on songs like “Mode Ani” and ”Hinei.” “How good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to come together in peace and unity,” Ben-Hur sings. For Sol Tevel, the world is family.
Check out the music and artists at shemspeed.com/soltevel. Order the brand-new album World Light on iTunes, here and be on the look out for Sol Tevél at the Sephardic Music Festival in L.A. this December!
Last night for Yom HaAtzmaut Shemspeed & Oy Vey! threw the incredible #Koshachella @ The Joint. Semitic Swag & Yiddish Players Club were in the house! Performances by Israel’s Shtar (think The Roots), Purdue Avenue, Y-Love, Cohen Beats, Kosha Dillz & Diwon rocked the spot. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you could get your Swag on with our Keffiyehs and Yiddish Players Club apparel at http://semiticswag.com/store
Introducing the follow up to our Original Israeli Keffiyeh, an extremely light weight Semitic Printed Scarf, printed on voile, an extremely sheer 100% cotton scarf measuring 40 x 79″ with unfinished frayed edges. The Star of David motif along with stripes are hand drawn.