Bel Air is a side project of Michael Belsar, an independent artist based out of Australia. He chose a really difficult name to Google without seeing Will Smith’s face. Luckily, the two songs that he has released so far are really good and also very different from each other. “Song A” is a subdued tune with forlorn lyrics and a mesmerizing, airy backdrop. “Taste” is a dense and stadium-ready jam with crunchy guitar and more forward vocals. Let’s just hope these songs get big enough for a “Bel Air” Google search to be feasible.*
EDIT: Recorded by Michael Belsar–not a side project. The group is actually a five piece made up of Cam Swanson, Dylan Young, Josh Knight, Edan Strachan and Angus Trigg.
*Google is not paying me to name drop them in blog posts (yet).
[via Crack in the Road]
I didn’t want to be this guy. But I have this thing where I’ll post something if I enjoy it and see potential in it. That’s what happened earlier today when I half-jokingly pressed play on The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1 by Will Smith’s 14-year-old son… I liked it.
Let me set a few things straight before you do that thing where you scoff, roll your eyes, and skip on to the next post. I don’t like every song on this tape. But a lot of the songs are good if you just listen to them with an open mind. Sure, much of the tape is spent finding a definite voice (there are moments of full-on Drake impressions), but can we just remember that this is a mixtape by a 14-year-old kid? The lyrics aren’t bad (I’d be surprised if he wrote them all himself), and the beat selection is spot on. Whoever decided young Jaden should rap over Purity Ring and “cover” SBTRKT is really smart. Blogs eat that shit up. Um, y’all was that meta?
My buddy Viceroy just released a new remix, and it’s great. It actually seems like perfect timing, too, because this morning I was at the gym and overheard some ladies talking about the good old days when we used to buy tape cassettes, which then transitioned into CD’s, but perhaps the best part was when they were talking about buying single CD’s. Stop and think about that for a second. We paid hard-earned piggy bank cash for a CD that had (if we were lucky) maybe three songs on it? One of which was a shitty remix of the song we actually wanted to hear, and one was a lame B-Side. But the glory of that one song was unparalleled. So hell yes we bought that single CD. Thank god for the tooth fairy.
Luckily, in Will Smith’s case, there wasn’t a need for a single CD when Big Willie Style came out in 1997, because the whole album was pretty much Jam City. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It was a leading contender, but then you had Miami, Just The Two Of Us, Big Willie Style, Men In Black, … that album was fire.
Anyway, Viceroy is handing us a ‘summertime all the time’ remix of Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It. And I’m gettin’ jiggy wit it.