Monday, 3 October 2016

"MF Qarz"

MF Qarz/Qart Hedgeson


The internet is a funny place. This design was originally named "MF Qarz".
However, it was probably too on the nose for the copyright sharks.

Re-named to Qart Hedgeson, this mash up of "MF DOOM", "Sonic the Hedgehog", "Quasimoto" and "Bart Simpson" shouldn't have gotten such a rough take down
due to just how ridiculous the amalgamation is....and such obvious parody too.

Qart could always use more love, so check this design out it
 is currently available on a tonne of products via Redbubble.

Current Qart Hedgeson variations

Wanting to get the most of these designs, multiple editions were a must.
Mixing my collage art with my pencil art seemed to fit perfectly.
Actually, come to think of it, there does appear to be missing styles
that would fit perfectly in place with this design....
Further, Unseeing Edition and "MF Qarz" Original

Look out for more Shadeprint designs flying up on on both



Might as well mention also make music, check out my bandcamp for
my entire discography or my Soundcloud if your prefer to make some
kind compliments.



For everything else, you can follow the progression of Shadeprint via
all of these other logos you may be familiar with:-

 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Beat Dump 6. The Influences: DJ Premier.

Beat Dump 6: The Influences

DJ Premier
(@DJPremier)



Like a "soon to come" future post, Premo's influence is not at all an easy subject
to condense into a single blog post.

DJ Premier is one of those producers who has always been there for someone
of my generation in Hip-Hop. Premo during the 90's teamed up with Guru
to define an entire era of Hip-Hop music. Preems signature sound and style
always arrives with recognisable authority, arguably like no one else in the art.

Premo's sharp chops, kicks and snares, heavy bassline's and dirty intro's keep
him stack above the rest, I'm a sucker for his work, a dirty Premo drop is
like no one else, especially during a live set. The fact he's kept busy
throughout the years since the early 90's proves to be a testament to his amazing
work ethic, from some of the first Premo production with Gang starr, to classics such as
"You know my Steez" & "MC's act like they don't know", to "Classic" with Rakim & Kanye, to the more obscure "Think Twice" with The Four Owls (a UK Hip-Hop group
from my hometown London) to his work with Christina Aguilera, in which his style
was never compromised garnering much respect from his fans and the Hip-Hop
community.


 While able to create simple powerful loops with iron hard drum loops,
DJ Premier is impressively concise, being one of the early and biggest Hip-Hop
producers to chop samples and redeliver them in an unrecognisable state.
Quite far away from mere breaks and loops, Premo shows you can create a
completely fresh aesthetic flipping intricate chops, layering hard drums, developing
a gritty collage or sometimes a smooth blend into something both
surprisingly unexpected and impressive.

You want to hear some of the magic Premo makes, recommendations from my
perspective would point you towards, "Boom" with Royce da 5"9, all of his work under
 Gang Starr ('Full Clip', 'Mass Appeal', as mentioned 'You Know My Steez' recommended), "Rugged Neva smoove" with M.O.P, my favourite song "Sayin' Something" with Ed O.G,
The classic "Nas is Like", "P.A.I.N.E" with Freddie Foxx aka Bumpy Knuckles,
 Goldyn Chyld with Ras Kass, "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers" (Another all time fav)...The more you dig, the more you find, the diamond mine never ends, Premo's beat library
is absolutely huge, I doubt there are many asides from Premo who have heard everything...
Covers, freestyles and shit would probably cover a lifetime.



PRESENTING:
Mechanical Ashar
Beat Dump 6
Another chapter in a story of beat development, audio art & musical experimentation.

Free to download, check it out, let me know what you think.
For more Shadeprint stuff, find me online (@Shadeprint)



DOWNLOAD: http://bit.ly/BeatDump6

Monday, 8 August 2016

Beat Dump 6. The Influences: MF DOOM.

Beat Dump 6: The Influences
MF DOOM
(@MFDOOM)


Without this fellow, the Beat Dump series may have never happened.

Over the last past 10 years MF DOOM hasn't just been
my favourite rapper, but my favourite artists in music overall.
This guy changed Hip-Hop for me just as I was finding it stale
and extremely frustrating. DOOM changed everything for me personally,
asides from lyrics more left-field than anyone else I'd been exposed to
at the time, DOOM proved to be a magician with production.

What is special about DOOM's production isn't so much his skill
but his aptitude to seek out and craft simple, but effective, addictive
loops (often with very clean drums patterns) DOOM taught me about
the rules and how there aren't really any.

Even at this point, I'm still hesitant to pull some of the shit he's pulled.
However, I consider DOOM the first artist to prove to be a master of
skits, keeping them interesting, thematic and mainly; musical.


The entire Special Herbs & Spices series were a great listen and an
even better research project, finding those original samples and figuring
out how they were flipped. Projects such as the classic "Operation: Doomsday"
and "Take me to your leader" (released under the name; King Geedorah), gives
us a showcase of beats, rhymes, skits, themes, samples blended together creating an
audio aesthetic defining DOOM's signature style.

Looking back at his early work while with KMD, you can see just how visionary
DOOM was, from the sample work to the clever skits, building the universe the
story is based in. I personally like to seek out new talent, I'm used to stories in
which great new talent emerges, then burns out like a shooting star or worse is
snatched away from us too soon, almost in a strange poetic sense, in which we never
get to see their 'true potential'.

Tragedy did strike KMD losing a key member, rapper & producer, but most importantly
DOOM's brother 'Sub-Roc'. Hip-Hop lost an emerging talent. KMD were soon
dropped from Elektra & Daniel Dumile fell into a void in which many would never return.
But over the years Daniel Dumile, then known as Zev Love X did return, turning his pain and sorrow into energy fuelling his new persona MF DOOM; Hip-Hop's Super-villain.

There is much speculation as to how much of Sub-Roc's work was credited
as DOOM's, many theories as to how things would have turned out if he lived on.
Most likely, without his tragic loss, we would have no MF DOOM, but it's possible
we could have had a group far beyond anything we could have imagined; two brothers
with the talent of MF DOOM? Or possibly more?

PRESENTING:
Mechanical Ashar
Beat Dump 6
Another chapter in a story of beat development, audio art & musical experimentation.

Free to download, check it out, let me know what you think.
For more Shadeprint stuff, find me online (@Shadeprint)

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Beat Dump 6. The Influences: Blu

Beat Dump 6: The Influences
Blu
(@HerFavColor)


So Beat Dump 6 is out & since we've come this far I guess it's time to discuss
influences and other stuff that might catch a few eyes and ears.

Blu is one of those rapper/producers I've been listening to before he had
a wikipedia page. I'm not even 100% sure how I came across this guy.
What felt like a bombardment of quality rhymes over soulful beats, from
"Below the Heavens" as a basic premise of who Blu is, to "Her Favorite Colo(u)r"
a mellow dream-like journey entirely self-produced, to "NoYork" (later renamed simply "York") an experimental, psychedelic trek with a hint towards a push toward
mainstream appeal.

  

Blu's entire journey, as a producer or working with the likes of Exile, Madlib or Dibia$e
taught me a lot about how to flip a sample and how to be tactful with drums
and percussion's. Similar to Hip-Hop's supervillain DOOM, Blu is also masterful with
his collages of skits and dialogue samples; "Her Favorite Colo(u)r" or the lesser known "no york e mo rmx" creating atmospheric scenery piece-by-piece, leading to an
(arguably) 
near flawless aesthetic for the entirety of the project.

Uncompromising in his approach, Blu has pushed a few projects with vintage or
extremely lo-fi presentation (sometimes to the ire of his fanbase), personally this
taught be a lot, sometimes creative direction takes priority over accessibility,
especially considering whatever statements you want to make, ideas you
want to get across or seeds you wish to sow.

There is TOO MUCH to go on about concerning this guys body of work,
I could talk about "Johnson & Jonson", the obvious go to guy "(So)ul Amazing",
"theGodleeBarnes(lp)", "Jesus" or "Give Me My Flowers While I can Smell Them"
all day. Blu is one of the few emcees who's flaws enhance his strengths.


PRESENTING:
Mechanical Ashar
Beat Dump 6
Another chapter in a story of beat development, audio art & musical experimentation.

Free to download, check it out, let me know what you think.
For more Shadeprint stuff, find me online (@Shadeprint)



Friday, 13 February 2015

Kid 'n Play's "2 HYPE" Sweaters are RIGHT HERE!!!

Get 2 HYPE AGAIN!


There was a time before the current wave of nostalgia when Hip-Hop was a happier thing,
a time when the art form appeared in a much purer form, a time of wild House Parties,
a time when knowing the right dance moves were the standard procedure,
and being cool didn't mean trying to be the hardest, just being a Class Act.

Through the 80's to the early 90's these guys ran riot.

This is Kid 'n Play, actors/rappers who were EVERYWHERE during the 80's & early 90's, although faded away from Super Stardom as the passage of time flowed by, they left behind memories for my generation (and a couple before), below is their iconic album cover
'2 HYPE', and those sweaters, who knows where they are now...


...But below are the Shadeprint #CreativeZERO 2015 remakes, available AGAIN to rock in the future (of the 1980s), we don't have the flying cars or Hoverboards, but we got style, and we got heart!

Below are the designs, and of course the links!

 
2 HYPE [White Font/Original]
Links: 2 // HYPE



2 HYPE [Black Font/Inverse]
Links: 2 // HYPE


 2 HYPE [Dogtooth Font/CreativeZERO Edition]
Links: 2 // HYPE





Wednesday, 21 January 2015

#ShadeprintHomeEntertainment

Once again another collection of fine Shadeprint designs have graced the internet with their fabulous presence.

Since the last collection, Redbubble have expanded their inventory so to speak and now designs can be smeared onto even more stuff than you'll able to mention in a single tweet.

Since the holocaust of Shadeprint Designs (Feb 2014), this new collection has become part of a new body of work populating the store, asides from filling slots though, outside of a revival, these new collections aim to improve on past collections...


Under the suicidally unnecessary tag..

#ShadeprintHomeEntertainment
Retro games that never were are finally available to wear, drink out of, carry, stick to your wall and even sleep enveloped in...

Take a look at the various things you can get these designs on via the store, stuff like phone case, and iPad covers are available too:
SHADEPRINT DESIGNS PORTFOLIO


 View in Store

 View in Store View Variations

All of these logos/titles are each available as individual designs.


 View in Shop View via Store



Friday, 10 October 2014

Star Fox Crew Get a Samurai Makeover.

Samurai Space Guardians

Star Fox/Lylat Wars Collage Fan Art

Decided to create a collage piece dedicated to one of my all time favourite games; Star Fox 64/Lylat Wars. Fox, Peppy, Slippy & Falco have been given an 1800s makeover, tailored in ancient Japanese Samurai armour, ready to protect their home in the Lylat system, possibly for the first time...

Space Space Guardians, Available as Framed Prints, Posters, T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Pillows, Duvets, Hoodies and More! Check everything out here:- 
Shadeprint Design.

© Ashar Dubois/Shadeprint Design.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

§µÅÐʶ®ÏÑ┬: Dead Horse Resurrection

§µÅÐʶ®ÏÑ┬: Invention of War.
The Company of Heroes: Western Front Collection.

After working with a team of elite testers at SEGA on
'Company of Heroes: Western Front', I decided to slap together some WW2 inspired designs, exploiting the experimental technology, free to use public domain photos and the forced innovation brought on by totalitarianism. Some of this stuff is featured in the game, so of it is based off some WW2 weapons research (as you do).

                            Bobik.                    Home to the Soul              Carro Armato.
                This is not a cannon                  Luchs                          Sturmtiger.
                                            U WOT M8?             Heaven Lone Heart.

 ....And also there were these ones too...
       They just happened during the project, they have no real home.

                                          Signal Awareness          The Weather
                                                                               Warning Machine