Monday, June 17, 2019

Nikhil Prakash - Are You


This week's featured track is from LA based music producer Nikhil Prakash. I think this is the first Guji producer I've featured on the blog and it's a great pleasure to do so. I first heard about Nikhil and his work from Above & Beyond's Group Therapy podcasts and they had this song featured on their push the button segment on podcast 329. It released officially last Monday and we have it for you, nice and fresh on the blog.



Friday, June 14, 2019

Bucket Seat: Suzuki Jimny


This review has been a long time coming, as I had to sit and think carefully on how I can write this review, giving the vehicle the due credit it deserves. Suzuki Jimny has drawn a lot of attention online since it first broke cover early last year, and with good reason too, it also drew a cult following from many. For long the Jimny has been one of the most admired off road vehicles, and while it wasn't greatly  appreciated it in the past by the vast majority, those who owned one only had fond stories to tell about it. So you may ask why is this new one all of a sudden the bee's knee's, even getting so much hype before anyone had even driven it? Well, the styling had a massive role to play in that, but I'll go into more detail on that in a bit, because the Jimny offer's the driver so much more in such a small package and it's great it is getting the attention it rightfully deserves. 


DESIGN

As mentioned in the into, the Jimny got the worlds attention after the first pictures of it broke through, the design was refreshing, but bared similarities to other more high end off-roaders on the market. While many would say the Jimny looks like a mini G Wagon or a hint of Land Rover Defender, one just has to consult Google to realise that the design is based on Jimny's of the past with a lot of elements coming from the model of the early 90's. There's no denying that with the edition of some after market kits like Wald and Brabus you could be rolling around in your own mini G Wagon or Defender but the stock standard off the shelf Jimny looks brilliant as well. The retro design coupled with modern twists make it a timeless design, with a a great mixture of toughened plastics and metal, flared wheel arches and and that raised ride height make it a great looking vehicle. There are add on graphics available to make your Jimny more stylish and different, as well as the great colours to choose from. On the interior, it's surprisingly spacious for such a small vehicle, lots of head room for a tall guy like me, but the width of the seats are slightly compromised, though still comfortable. While the interior is mostly made up of plastic, its the good stuff, the hard robust kind that I don't mind, especially in a car that's meant to be going over mountains than just on tar roads. 


PERFORMANCE

The all new 1.5L naturally aspirated engine powers the Jimny, with strong torque and wide rpm range for powerful off-road performance while still keeping on road driving pleasurable for the driver. With the manual gearbox, I felt more in control on how I wanted to drive the car on the tar versus off road, where you'll need to be in low range for most of the time, while negotiating trick obstacles. The 4 cylinder engine really surprises you, even with the low power output of 75kW and a decent torque of 130Nm, it's a feisty little bugger and will have you chasing up cars on the tar.   The one way I would like to describe it is like a Jack Russell, small but full of energy. I didn't get a chance to take the Jimny properly on the off-road course as the mother of all storms hit Durban the day I ventured out and most of the obstacles were closed but with way the Jimny is built, with its rigid ladder frame chassis and the 3-link axle suspension with coil springs, it is bound to be tonnes of fun. The four wheel drive system with the low range transfer gear works like a charm and switches over to two-wheel drive for better economy and enhanced cornering on paved roads. 


COMFORT

With the Jimny being built for off-roading more than on road driving, you'd expect the ride quality to be compromised but surprisingly it's not. With the comfy seats, and great suspension, the cars ride quality is quite smooth, the cabin does tend to get a bit cool with the rigid design but other than that, I found the overall comfort fact decent in a vehicle like this. There are seats for the rear passengers but with this being a coupe type design, it isnt the most spacious place to be and getting in and out the back is quite tricky if you're above average size, also luggage space gets minimised a lot if the seats are not folded down. You may be able to squeeze in a laptop bag or two. The Jimny does come with a cool tool kit box in the trunk space that has a nice lift up lid. The Jimny 's infotainment system is one that is found on most of their higher spec'd range with a touch screen display whic is easy to navigate and sync your device to, it also has a USB port for charging or USB input. It has standard aircon with automatic climate control, the whole layout for the AC and switches for the windows below are designed really retro and are very cool, adding that extra charm to the interior. 


VERDICT

My week with the Jimny was quite an interesting one, interesting because the amount of attention I got from it was great and weird at the same time. People were coming up to me asking me about the car, as if I was driving a supercar or something. I guess with the demand of the car at the moment, there isn't many on the roads and with the noise it's been generating online, there are many keen observers who want to see if the car really lives up to the hype. Let me tell you that it does, but what people need to understand where this car slots in and what it has to offer. It's probably the most capable proper off-roading vehicle available on the market for that price. If you'd want similar types of 4x4's, you'll be paying almost double. It's an attractive looking car that handles great, both on the road and off it. The price is the really attention grabber that will give the aspiring adventure junkie a reason to opt for something like the Jimny. 



SPECIFICATIONS


Engine
1.5L Petrol
Gear Box
5 Speed manual
Torque
130Nm
Power
75kW
Economy
6.3 L/100km
Price
 R305,900























Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bucket Tech: Samungs Home For the Future

The world is rapidly turning to simpler, cleaner and healthier lifestyles as people start to focus on environmentally-conscious living. This has become all-important to most people, especially Millennials and post-Millennials, who believe more than previous generations in the value of living a decluttered life where, happiness experiences and consideration of the environment is essential*.

“There is an increasing focus on wellness and improving one’s health in today’s world. This is clearly aligned with Samsung’s ongoing commitment to create convenient and eco-conscious products, designed for a healthier planet. As a human-centred company Samsung’s intent is to inspire the world with innovative technologies, products and design,” says Nithia Pillay, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa.

By creating home appliance focussed on adding real value, reducing effort, streamlined design and eco-friendly technology, Samsung has enabled consumers to take the first steps in living a holistic life where the home front can be designed to empower users to free up their living spaces and here are a few ways to do it:

• Improve your health and support weight loss goals by eliminating fried fast food from your diet. Samsung’s Convection Microwave Oven with HotBlast™ and SLIM FRY™ technology delivers crisp snacks and quick meals without the fat and in minutes. This revolutionary oven also allows you to easily prepare homemade and wholesome alternatives to store-bought food.


• Cut the costs of groceries and reduce the time spent preparing dinners by buying and freezing in-season vegetables and preparing frozen dinners in advance. Samsung’s Top Mounted Freezer refrigerator with Twin Cooling Plus™ offers ample space, quick and effective freezing and customisable control to make cost-saving food storage a breeze.


• Tidy up your kitchen by replacing a multitude of appliances, such as the deep fryer and bread maker, with a single, sleek Samsung Convection Microwave Oven.

• Start every day with super clean linen and soft furnishings, without negative environmental impacts, by deep cleaning everything in Samsung’s AddWash™ Washing Machine with Ecobubble™ technology. The efficient Ecobubble™ technology mixes air, water and detergent to create bubbles that penetrate your laundry faster, helping you wash at cooler temperatures, which is better for the environment and your energy bills. Delivering superior cleaning in under an hour, Samsung’s AddWash™ Washing Machine reduces the time needed for washing, enabling you to enjoy more family time or time on the things you value.


“Samsung is constantly raising the bar for smarter home appliances that enhance experiences. Our ever-growing home appliance range is designed to connect with people’s quest for healthier, eco-friendly living and more time to do the things that matter,” concludes Pillay

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Choon: R.I.O. & Madcon - Shine On


Switching things up this week on the Monday Choon, we've been trancing hard for the past month or and today we have a bit of a different jive coming your way courtesy of Madcon and R.I.O. We all know Norwegian duo Madcon from their hit single Beggin' back in 2010 (yes its been that long), they've revived a club cult classic from German DJ duo R.I.O. The original track has that reggae electronic vibe, sort of the Bob Sinclair era when he remixed some of Bob Marley's older work, Madcon have come in and gave it a new spin to bring it up to speed to today's feel. The lyrics might throw you off as they changed Trenchtown to Cape Town but the music video is shot in the USA, at least the mother city gets a mention. 



Friday, June 7, 2019

Bucket Scene: Whisky & Gin Live Celebration 2019


The ever popular Whisky Live returns to the shores of Durban this winter and this time has a new partner with it, Gin! While Whisky remains an acquired taste for many, for some it doesn't quite suite their palate, hence the introduction of Gin to make everyone happy! The organisers say it is "Whisky Live with a whole new flavour! That's the all new gin flavours!". For the first time at Whisky Live, Gin will be making an appearance, it's a brand new look, layout and offering that will appeal to the whisky connoisseur, the new emerging whisky drinker and to the gin lover. There will also be live entertainment from various performers, trendy food trucks, social areas and with the event being helf at the new Suncoast Globe, it's a much more open layout that makes this new event refreshed and a must-experience for many.


Tickets are available from R250 and can be purchased from Ticket Pro or at the door for R290. Whisky & Gin Live kicks off on Thursday the 13th of June and runs till the 15th of June, running times are between 5pm and 9pm.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Bucket Seat: BMW M8 Competition Coupe & Convertible



So after numerous leaked imagine, spy photos and renders, the BMW M8 has finally shown its face officially and boy is it a great looking one. The 8 Series has already gained lots of attention since its launch locally and it most certainly does turn heads when its on the road, the presence of it is unmissable, add on BMW's most powerful V8 engine to it and you just have a recipe for all kinds of beautiful. Well, I doubt BMW would want the word beautiful and the M8 to be in the same sentence since this is the ultimate M car from their stable (yes, yes I know the M760Li has a V12) but in sports car terms this is the pinnacle of M cars there is to BMW. 


Along with the M8 Coupe and Convertible, BMW have also shown us the Competition package for both variants. These will include added extras like Individual paint cars, black chrome kidney grille, along with the side gills in the same colour. Mirrors, rear apron inlay and rear spoiler finished off in high-gloss black and exclusive forged 20-inch light alloy wheels in biclour. The Competition pack also comes with an M Sport exhaust system with black tailpipes which from the launch video sounds brutish as hell. 


In the heart of these beasts you'll find the high-revving V8 power plant which as mentioned before is the most powerful V8 produced by BMW, it's a M TwinPower Turbo that develops 441kW and 600bhp for both the M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible. In the Competition, the performance has been tweaked for the 4.4 liter unit, with it producing 460kW and 625bhp. The cars come with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which has drivelogic, helping the cars perfect balance and optimal power to wheel ratio is the M xDrive system.  Zero to hundred times for the M8 Coupe are 3.3 second with the Convertible lagging by 0.1 seconds, while the Competition Coupe does it in 3,2 seconds. 


The chassis is model specific and has been designed and tuned with specific demands of track use in mind. One of the features of the chassis that stands out in particular is a newly developed integrated braking system, an M-specific version of which presents the driver with two different brake pedal feel settings. The new range topping models from BMW M will celebrate their world premiers as part of the BMW Group #NextGen event taking place at BMW Welt in Munich on from the 25th of June till the 27th. Now official word from BMW SA on when they will be available locally but I have a suspicion with BMW M Festival due in SA this October, keep an eye out for this one. 





















Sunday, June 2, 2019

Monday Choon: No Mana feat. Jessica Ess - Panic (Genix Remix)


Relatively unheard DJ and producer No Mana who is signed under the Mau5trap label popped up on the scene recently with his track 'Panic' on the Anjunabeats label. It was a track that got my attention immediately as it was fresh, something new with a great style and melody. Obviously I wasn't the only one that liked it as it gained popularity very quickly and UK based DJ Genix decided to give it his own unique remix treatment and the result is something quite literally mind blowing. There;'s not enough I can say about this track apart from you might be hearing it quite often if you're a big trance junkie like myself.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bucket Babe: Tanielle McCallum

Hard to believe that it is the last day of May and we're cutting it fine this month with our featured model. Today's beauty hails from the warm waters of the East Coast and is a budding actress in the making. She's passionate about acting and the fine arts as well as a keen dancer. Apart from those attributes she also is one for sports with Netball being a favourite, and loves old school cars. She make's a mean sandwich which still has me salivating from reading about it, has an abundance of knowledge and is a creative at heart. Just reading her interview will have you captivated with the type of person she is. Anyway, I'm babbling a bit too much, here is.... 

Tanielle McCallum



BIO

Hello, I'm Tanielle McCallum, I'd describe myself as a creative, 23 year old woman working her way into the film industry. I knew this was my passion when my life revolved around art and culture throughout my school years. I then pursued my love for film and have just graduated with a degree in it. When I was not obsessing over film, I played netball where I represented my province for more than 5 years in a row. I have also received provincial colours for drama, as well as dancing. 

I am a huge animal lover and have a naughty little Jack Russell named Simba, who is spoilt rotten. I have have two pet rats named Nala and Lola who are often posing for Instagram videos. I enjoy drawing, singing and a few glasses of wine with my close friends (I mean who doesn't enjoy that?). 





LINKS

Natasha Michelle BarnardMUA




Q&A

1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to  see yourself in?
  • I have and always will be a fan of vintage cars. I'd absolutely love to see myself driving around in an old school Mustang. Any handsome fella want to buy me one?
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • First of all, the only person I'd be making sandwiches for, are myself ;) It would however, be deliciously filled with avo, grilled chicken, creamy mushrooms, melted cheese and lots of mayo. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Popcorn is my absolute facourite. Did you know that popcorn even has its own National Popcorn Day, which is celebrated on the 19th of January!? I don't understand how some people watch a movie without it?! The toppings I ALWAYS use are salt and vinegar with sour cream and chives. To make it even better, I either sprinkle Whispers or Astros on top. Sweet and salty is the only way to eat good popcorn!
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • My dream shoot would definitely involve me dressed in beautiful lace clothes, while posing in the town of Mykonos. I have a huge obsession with Greece, even though I've never been there. One day I will live there, happily ever after, but as of now its a goal I'm still trying to achieve.
5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • If I had the choice, I would definitely choose to be an executive. I am strong and independent person who is also extremely competitive - which I have been from a very young age. I wouldn't be able to take orders form someone else if I knew I could do a better job myself. I am also a perfectionist when it comes to  my work, so if someone who isn't in charge is not up to standard, you can be sure I'll be taking over and doing things my way. 
6. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • When I wasn't trying to be Alexis Ren, I was trying to be like Cara Delevingne. I would dye my eyebrows so dark that I'd often have young children telling I look just like her. As I started to appreciate who I was and what I was capable of I told myself I'd stop trying to be someone and be myself. This doesn't mean I don't still fan girl over them!
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • Unfortunately no man is holding my hand as of yet. At this very moment I am putting my career and success before any man. If the right one comes along to sweep me of my feet then maybe things will change. My gran always told me to love all and marry none ;)
8. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • I absolutely love fashion! I'm a huge fan of a French man named Jean Paul Gaultier's experimental work. It's amazingly inspiring and makes me want to try crazy, new fashion trends. I would die if I was invited to one of his fashion shows. My favourite part about him is that he used unconventional models for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed! The more unique the model is the more unique an image or fashion show will be. 
9. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • When I was younger I dreamt of being a dancer on Broadway. I put in hours of work into tap, modern, hip hop and ballet and went through many stressful dancing exams. So I would have to say my favourite music is pop, alternative and rap. When I'm in the mood to party techno never seems to fail me.
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • I would most definitely have to go with Ibiza, Spain- the worlds party capital. Did you know that it's unusual for party-goers, here to stop dancing the night away anytime before 6 a.m? Some clubs stay open as late as 8 a.m!























Photographers: @leefolkard 
                         @willemdafilm
                         @nolfoster

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bucket Seat: BMW X7 - First Impressions


This week see's BMW South Africa launch the first ever X7 in the country, they call it the 'definition of automotive luxury' and with good reason too. For long a luxury vehicle was defined to a long wheel based sedan, limousines if you'd like but with the shift in trend to raised cars , this opened the door to a much bigger prospect in the SUV and crossover market. BMW say their X7 blends lavish presence, exclusivity and spaciousness with the versatile and agile driving properties customers would expect from a Sports Activity Vehicle. Having had the opportunity to see the X7 in the metal prior to this launch, I can confidentially say BMW hit the nail on the head with this one. It's the biggest car in their impressive line up and BMW want you to know this, with the biggest kidney grilles fitted to date, the massive body encapsulating the luxurious interior for the passengers. Many say it's like a 7 Series on stilts but while I can see that comparison being made, it's a totally different car. 


With the SUV you get much more room all round, most importantly increase head room, a higher seating position to that of the 7 Series, which allows for more room to stretch your feet out. The middle row is where you'd want to be sitting if you're being chauffeured around in the X7. Apart from the easy access, the seats are almost sofa like with padded headrests. You have personal touch screens which display BMW's on-board infotainment system. There is also a DVD player located in the central panel just above the dual zone climate control for the passengers. So you can adjust the temp to suit, put on your favourite movie, recline the seat and relax as you get to your destination. But if you, like me don't like to be driven around and prefer being behind the wheel, not to worry, the X7 is equally great for you too. 


The cabin is laden with the finest materials and up front the the drivers cockpit has everything orientated around it. With BMW's interior design being very similar across all the models, the X7 just does the same but at a bigger scale. With the large touch screen infotainment screen with the latest BMW iDrive loaded, along with gesture control. The X7 gets BMW's new digital cluster, as in the X5, Z4, 8 and 3 Series, which displays a variety of information for the driver. Most of the the cabin is electronic, this goes for the adjustable items as well like seats, steering consol etc. The cabin also features a huge panoramic sunroof which can be split for the front and rear passengers. The third row of seats are also electronically controlled to fold up or unfold. 


The X7 is being launched in two engine variants, both of which are diesel. The 30d and the M50d with the M50i expected to hit our shores in October this year. Both launch engines are brilliant in their own right, having enough torque to power this behemoth around. The M50d would be the prized one with a quad turbo powered engine, it would make the X7 super fast and with both models hace a perfect 50/50 weight distribution along with air suspension, it would make the X7 extremely agile on the roads. Price wise, the xDrive 30d starts off at R1,562,849 and the M50d starts off at R1,862,308.