This evening’s edition of Friday Fresh comes to us out of a dope collaboration between Paisley Sockwear and Def Sound, providing us with a double dose of fresh — Music & Style.
The Los Angeles based sockwear brand tapped ‘poet, songwriter, Brownswood Bubbler, designer, and world travelled DJ,’ Def Sound to curate a Soundbook for the Spring/Summer Soundbook. Pun intended, this brand/DJ collaboration fits like a good pair of socks. Def Sound’s eclectic artistic style and cross-genre production skills are the perfect match for Paisley Sockwear’s mission statement — ‘that you do not have to sacrifice individuality to be practical.’
Since we are primarily a music publication, we’ll start Friday Fresh with the music portion of this feature.
A few of the style kids in the office had been sitting on this mix since it’s release a few weeks ago, as they didn’t want everyone ‘playing it out,’ but alas, something this solid needs to get out there. It’s obvious not just from Def Sound’s body of work and ear for musical creation, that this was not a ‘throw-away’ mixtape that you’d expect from the glut of mixtapes that litter our ear-waves. There is a sublime, subtle throughline during the upbuild of this mix that draws you in and keeps you transfixed to the sound as they slowly wash over you — and after it washes over you, he flips the script and hits you with some solid. It’s a very deliberate pattern, as you’ll come to see that portions of the mix are like turning the page in an actual look book. Each page takes you through a different sound set, and is done in such a way that by the time you’re finished, you’ve gone through a pretty eclectic selection of artists and genres. There was a unanimous agreement that it serve as our drive time/break time music in between interviews, planning meetings, and various shoots and events because it was so balanced and stood in contrast to the craziness surrounding our work week. It’s a solid, forward-thinking mix that we hope you can get behind as well.
Now, on to the style portion. It’s a well known fact that our URB staffers are some of the most visible folks out in the field. As such, our pride extends past our desire to be true to our musical roots to our desire to look good doing it. You may think that socks are such a small portion of your wardrobe, but take it from any one of the style kids that we are affiliated with — your socks can tell a lot about you and can elevate your outfit past being basic.
In the recent past, we’ve seen an influx of different accessory and sock brands. Paisley Sockwear happens to be one of those standout brands that we’ve come across. Having been gifted a few pairs by a stylist friend a while back, the brand has been on both our feet and in our field of vision as a brand to big up.
The line is just as balanced as the soundbook that they curated. Not limiting itself to just conservative colorways, the design team behind Paisley offers a lot for those trying to be more expressive and show a little more color and boldness in their wardrobe. What helps to elevate the brands worth, however, is the fact that despite their style-way, the socks are comfortable AND limited. Take our advice and stroll over to peep the limited color-ways available for this season by clicking this link.
Download Link: Courtesy of Paisley Sockwear and DefSound (Thanks for actually tracking the mix out!)
1. RC – Paisley Intro
2. Miguel -Sure Thing Brook D’Leaumix
3. Thundercat – DMT flyGoonmix
4. Tuko feat. Danni Rouge
5. Robin Hannibal x Co Co – Løb Stop Stå
6. Captain Murphy – Children of the Atom
7. Belvi – Dreamcather
8. Versis – Barista
9. Rob Roy – Axela
10. CoolRoy – Nine
11. Amber Ojeda – My Hearts A Whore
12. blu feat. jimetta rose- burgundy whip
13. Overdoz – Dear God
14. Tiron & Ayomari – Bernie Mac
15. Def Sound x Nikko – Birds i view
16. Pac Div – Debo
17. A.Chal – touch my like I’m famous
18. Rafael Casal – Workit out
19. Dame 55 – Rain Dance
20. Z & She x Sango- Beautiful
21. Zack Sekoff – Off Them Thangs
22. Vince Staples x Jay Curry – Miami Vice
23. Mike Nova – @pe $h!t
24. Richard Wright – Main Objective
25. Thurz – Acura Legend
26. Speak! – Hilfiger
27. J*Davey – Duh Duh Duh
28. Maceo – Chaos
29. Sonnymoon – Wild Rompus
30. Hanine – Just Like