October 14th, 2010
Today we present you with yet another peak into just what exactly VTech & Fresh Selects’ concert series at Portland, Oregon’s The Fix looked like. And this time its a slice of life from an incredible set – easily one of the night’s best live acts actually – the one and only, Bilal.
Fresh off of the release of his highly VTech-supported, Airtight’s Revenge album, Bilal and his band returned to Portland for the first time in over a year and played an action-filled 90+ minute set to an eager crowd of diehard fans and interested newcomers alike. Featured in the video above is an extended look at their live, much more jam-heavy, rendition of the album’s first single – “Restart.” Highlights include Mick Jagger vs Keith Richards-level chemistry between Bilal and his guitar player, Mike Severson – as well as impromptu scatting, guitarless Hendrix-esque voodoo man dance claps – and much more as only the unique talent that is Mr. Oliver can bring.
Also included, as a bonus, are two bonus tracks from Airtight – the unclearable (& incredible) “Free,” produced by Nottz from the Wax Poetics & Converse 45 series; and the iTunes bonus cut, “Lost My Mind,” via the Label Love Vol. 2 compilation.
And below, we have the complete collection of music videos release for Airtight’s Revenge for your concise viewing pleasure – namely “Restart” (dir. Michael Sterling Eaton), “Robots” (dir. Mikael Colombu) & the immaculate, “Levels” (dir. Flying Lotus).
All of that can be found below. Indulge.
Bilal Oliver – vocals
Steve McKie – drums
Tone Whitfield – bass
Mike Severson – guitar
Corey Bernhard – keys
Chris Turner – backing vocals
The Fix DJ’s:
& DJ Kez
& your host Ronin Roc