Beat of All-Nations X: AK1401

Alan Kinum better known as AK1401 wears many hats and is a good friend of Beats of All-Nations, in fact he edited some video of Quita Penas for us in the past. Working close with him, I have seen him take on tons of projects from all walks of life, even those he had no prior experience in. Kinum is the type to challenge himself in simply having the ability of doing something that has already been done by someone else.

He has taken biking to the extreme over recent times, participating in exhibitions, competing in national races and gaining attention for using bikes not built to take the punishment that he gives to them.  He builds his own courses on hidden public/private grounds and injures himself often in attempts to land next level tricks along the way. Without a second thought, he is always doing things out of his own comfort zone. It is first nature to Kinum, succeed or fail, it is always well worth the experience.

The video above is a compilation shot in the early early months of 2014.  This video spotlights AK1401 mountain biking some of his favorite spots all over the Inland Empire, Southern California.

Check out AK1401 on Instagram for much more!

-Mike Styles

Artist Spotlight: Low Leaf

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Out of the chaos that is Los Angeles vibrates a light frequency named Angelica Lopez, better

known as Low Leaf . She’s a singer, song-writer, multi instrumentalist, producer, college

graduate and visitor to planet earth. To kill the long-windedness lets just call a star, a star. With

four albums under her wings and multiple European tours behind her already, its safe to say she

has found her formula. When I say multi-instrumentalist, I mean just that. She’s a classically

trained pianist, a harp and guitar player, with a knack for beats, and an ear for mixing. In my

opinion what she provides is a refreshing energy to a world of haphazard mechanical failures

and hard to breath air. Her music sounds as if she brought it with her from a distant utopia, it’s

beautiful, organic, electronic, acoustic and completely who she is.

On a song titled Paradise II she sings that there is a paradise in your soul, and about finding peace in the pieces

she has left on the ground. To say the least she’s complex, rich, in-tune, and overall, exactly what the

world needs more of.

I had the opportunity to ask Low Leaf a few questions and here’s what

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Coachella // Music On The Campgrounds

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If you are camping at Coachella or looking for something to do after-hours , be sure to check out the designated areas on the campgrounds where a handful of amazing independent DJs and producers, will be supplying the sound. The line up is heavy with a bunch of Inland Empire / (909/951) natives, including Beats of All-Nations’ own Mike Styles as well as members from Re:Fresh, Beat Cinema, More Fire Mondays, My Hollow Drum and more. We are extremely proud of all the artists playing the campgrounds and hope you get a chance to check them out from The Dome to The Turn Down!

Here’s the line up:

* Week 1
**Week2
(No ‘*’) both weeks
Afta-1
Alf Alpha
Arti (My Hollow Drum, Beat Cinema) **
Co.Fee (My Hollow Drum) *
Danahan *
DJ Moustashe
DJ Fallen *
Equip
Erok (More Fire, Critical Beatdown) **
Gabba Gabba Heys
Gabe Real (More Fire, Re:Fresh, Beats of All-Nations)
Gypsy Mamba (Beat Cinema) **
Inglish **
Jimbo Jenkins (East of LA)
Kab*
Lathon* (More Fire, Critical Beatdown)
Major Gape (Beat Cinema)
Marc Goldstein
Mike Styles (Beats of All-Nations, Re:Fresh) *
Repeated Measures  (Beat Cinema) *
Ron Sleezy (More Fire, Critical Beatdown) *
Rick2Fresh (Beat Cinema)**
Rudelgin
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Photo by: Héctor Serrano
Enjoy and make sure to stay hydrated!
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De La Soul & J Dilla: Smell the DA.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancey)

I ask this question up front, how is De La Soul not the greatest Hip Hop group of all time?

Continuously creating from the jump with consistency, De La joins the ranks of the very few who have perfected a 25 years to life long career in hip hop, and we’re still listening. Given their deep and rich catalogue its hard to believe the group was without a label when Tommy Boy flopped. That only ignited their independent crusade releasing one of their most notable albums to date, The Grind Date (2004).

These Native Tongues remain amongst hip-hop’s top ranking, yet humbled and steady paying homage to the culture, as well as their respected colleagues. In case you missed it, peep how they paid tribute to the Spirit of the Wu less then a year ago.

On Valentine’s Day (2014), the trio waved their middle finger in the face of the industry once again and gave fans free downloads of their entire discography with remixes and instrumentals in celebration of 25 years of De La Soul. In addition they added a folder of photos from the archives (some shown above). And now they have delivered another free download this week, De La Soul & J Dilla – Smell the Da.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancey). Pos, Dave and Maseo pay tribute revisiting classics with a new perspective and rocking strictly over mostly unreleased J Dilla beats. With these good tidings the group brings news of an upcoming ep produced by DJ Premier and Pete Rock as well as a future full length titled “You’re Welcome,” and for that we say Thank You De La Soul.

Mike Styles

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New Music: Mo Kolours Self Titled Album

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One of our favorite vibe-out artist, Mo Kolours, is at again with his latest self titled album. The 18-track offering ranges from hip hop, to dub, to percussion heavy rhythms, all produced and presented in such a way that is one of a kind and seemingly effortless. In other words, this man is on some other! Oh yeah, and he’s giving this album to you for free, so go grab the album and show him some love.

Click here to download

Mo Kolours Album Trailer 1: “Say Word”

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Visual Review: Beats of All-Nations x Re:Fresh Pomona’s 4th Annual Brazilian Carnaval (Photos by Farah Sosa)

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Photos By Farah Sosa

On March 8th 2014, we hosted our 4th annual Brazilian Carnaval at Re:Fresh.  We we’re joined by Tropicaleiza, Capoeira Angola Inland Empire, DJ Ethos, the Re:Fresh/Beats of All-Nations crew, drummers, dancers, musicians and the cultured community in Pomona.  Farah Sosa was present to document the event from start to end, her photos will tell the rest of the story.

Re:Fresh takes place at 256 S. Main St. Pomona (@dba256) every 2nd and 4th Saturday

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Beat Cinema: Beat Battle Vol. 6 // 3.18.14

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BEAT CINEMA: BEAT BATTLE VOL.6
3.18.14
HIP KITTY JAZZ
502 W. FIRST ST, CLAREMONT, CA
$5 // 21 & Over

Facebook Event Page

Submissions will be judged by Beat Cinema Residents
Top 20 will be asked to perform at the beat battle
5 will be chosen as alternate
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
TUESDAY 3/11 @ 11:59PM

- J U D G E S -
Repeated Measures - (Grn+GldBeat Cinema)
Mike Styles – (Beats of All-Nations)
Co. fee - (My Hollow DrumHW&W Recordings)

- F O R M A T -
20 Contestants,
1st round: 4 rounds of 5 beatmakers, top 10 advance
2nd Round: 2 rounds 5 beatmakers, top 5 advance
Final Round: 1 round, top 3 are picked

- P R I Z E S -
1st place: $100, beat battle trophy, and guest spotlight at future show
2nd place: gift bag with assorted goodies
3rd place: beer, food, or nug your choice

- R U L E S -
2 minutes per contestant, 1 beat or compilation of beats, but no longer than 2 minutes
Beats must be original production
21 and over event, bring ID or you will be disqualified
Due to time constraints we may not be able to sound check so make sure your levels are correct ahead of time

Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 002 :: Featuring Bombay + Porchlite

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Alas! There has been much anticipation for this episode since our maiden voyage of Beats of All-Nations Radio: Episode 001 featuring Cell Uno. Thanks to everyone who showed us some love…This one took a little time to organize and arrange but we do have something real special for you.

Episode 002 features the brilliant production from the Inland Empire’s very own Bombay. This guys isn’t your average producer, Bombay has been building heavy steam over the years.  His production credits include Aloe Blacc, Blu, Alchemist, The KO Corporation, and Home Grown Organix. 2013 was a busy year for Bombay, he managed to tour with Blu, and Tiron & Ayomari, DJ’ed for Elzhi at Paid Dues, and released his critically acclaimed Last 3 Days album, and 2014 looks even more promising.  It’s no wonder he’s been referred over and over as the ‘IE’s best kept secret,’ from those in the know.

In this episode Bombay’s beats, mostly unreleased instrumentals and exclusives, are mixed by Beats of All-Nations very own Porchlite. Who is no stranger to the game either, Porchlite is one of our in-house producer/DJs dabbling in a range of sounds from electronic, house to downtempo and hip hop. In the past he has toured the nation with the likes of The Roots, NERD, Talib Kweli, Mayer Hawthorne and Skillz. His production and performance schedule is a busy one in 2014 so we’re sure you’ll be seeing and hearing him all over the place.

Bombay and Porchlite’s collaboration on this mix is something special as the two are well acquainted with each others styles and you probably won’t hear their music as well represented as in this mix. Without further ado here is Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 002 featuring Bombay & Porchlite. Enjoy!

Of course we sat down with the two to discuss influences, the mix, and favorite food spots. Interview and exclusive 3-track download from Bombay after the jump.

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Beats of All-Nations x Re:Fresh present Pomona’s 4th Annual Brazilian Carnaval

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***SPECIAL EVENT****
This week Re:Fresh and Beats of All-Nations Present
Pomona’s 4th Annual Brazilian Carnival Party!

+LIVE BATUCADA e BATERIA by TEMPO BOM
Drums! Drums!! DRUMS!!!!

+SAMBISTAS
Traditional Rio Carnaval Dancers

+TROPICALEIZA
A 15-piece Afro-Samba Drum and Dance group that will kick of celebration with bateria parade through Pomona Arts Colony to destination Re:Fresh @ dba256 winebar lounge & gallery.

+CAPOEIRA ANGOLA INLAND EMPIRE
Traditional Capoeira Angola demonstration using Brazilian instruments like berimbau, caxixi and pandeiro. infused with modern beats freestyle dance.

+DJ ETHOS
Touring DJ/Turntablist for BOCAFLOJA (Mexico, D.F.), ANA TIJOUX (Chile) and LOS RAKAS (Oakland) will interject live scratches over live Brazilian rhythms.

+JUST ADDED: DVNTE
Co-Founder of Beats of All-Nations and resident dj/promoter to many spots around the IE.

+Residents:

MIKE STYLES // GABE REAL // JB // SUBIRA

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BRAZILIAN SHOWCASE AT DBA256 STARTS PROMPTLY AT 9PM. Early arrival highly suggested! Don’t Miss Out! See Schedule below…

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Soundtrack Of The World’s Biggest Street Party!

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Beats Of All-Nations focuses on paying homage to world music and diverse cultures across the globe, and there is a very special country that has influenced this movement from the start, Brazil. The country is a melting pot of a variety of cultures perfectly seasoned that produces a recipe of its own, and its a recipe that cannot be duplicated. Once you get a taste of Brazil’s Samba, Bossa Nova, Batucada, or just experiencing its tropical climate and laid back people  you will better understand the country’s richness.

Brazil is also known for celebrating the biggest party in the world, Carnival. The annual festival hosts huge organized parades that are often led by samba schools or local drum corps. The public at large has an open invitation to watch the parades and are highly encouraged to participate in the festivities themselves. Now, imagine celebrating 6 days of music, dance, and culture…who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!

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