Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bucket Seat: BMW Powerhouses launched

In the space of under a week, BMW have launched two powerhouse cars, first the M4 CS last week and today they lifted the covers on the all new range topping diesel derivative of the new 5 Series, the M550d which has a quad turbo! Yes, you read right, it has FOUR turbos! The German manufacturer is staying true to it's roots by offering more aggressive engines to it's luxury line up of cars and this can only mean good things for their loyal support base. 


BMW M4 CS


The new M4 CS which is due to hit local shores in October see's it fill the gap between the M4 GTS and the M4 Competition Pack, it will be available in limited numbers so if you're interested in getting one, best you head down to your dealer now to book a spot! The car will be built in the original BMW plant in Munich, which saw many special edition M models being built there. The engine is a 3.0l high performance, which is tweaked to offer the driver a more responsive and power enthralled drive. The CS packs 10 more horses than the M4 Competition pack raising the brake horsepower to 460 which see's the 0-100km/h dash dip below the 4 second mark at 3.9 seconds. Top speed of the car is electronically limited to 280km/h on the M drivers package, standard should be limited to 250km/h. The CS will have a seven-speed M double clutch transmission, a cutting edge design which has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes in fractions of a second. So much so BMW claims that using the car in standard auto mode will be better than using the paddle shifts. Pricing on the CS is still not known locally yet but indications in Europe is that it would start around the EUR116,900 mark. 











BMW M550d


After driving the new BMW 5 Series earlier this month, I did feel that the smaller petrol engines were lacking that oomf you needed in a big car like the 5 Series. Dubbed the "Business Athlete", the new 5 does offer a remarkable lot of technology but all that will prove fruitless to the owner is if all his interested in is raw power and quick response times from the engine. I've yet to drive any of the diesel options but there's no doubt the new M550d will offer more than what you're looking for. It's the world's most powerful 6-cylinder diesel engine in the automotive area. It has a multi-stage turbocharging with four turbochargers for high output and powerful torque combined with impressive efficiency. So while you're blast your way around, you're still not using as much fuel as you normally would. The 6-cylinder engine produces 294kW at 400bhp with a maximum torque of 760Nm! The M550d will come with standard M sports suspension, integral active steering, M aerodynamics package, exhaust system with M Performance specific twin tailpipe trims in dark and chrome and M Sports brake featuring brake calipers finished in blue metallic with M inscription. I'm a big fan of the M diesel cars from BMW and cannot wait to get into this one!













Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Choon: Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (Maurice West Bootleg)

When it comes to classic EDM tracks like Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You", you don't want people to interfere with the track because it's such a good track and it should be left as that and if someone does decides to do a rework or bootleg, it better be damn good or they can prepare themselves for an onslaught from many. So you get brave individuals who attempt to make a cult classic even better, many don't succeed but Maurice West, a young Dutch DJ took a chance and he did good, very good. He added an uptempo beat, but keeping the key elements of the track that made it so great, unaltered lyrics with some techno sounds, brought the track up to date and I quite like it a lot. 



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bucket Tech: Huawei Y-Series


Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa has made available its newest phone in its Y-Series range. The Y6II comes with stunning features including the 5.5 screen HD – Bigger screen, broader world, a 13MP Front /8MP Rear Camera. Consumers can expect a wonderful photography experience with built in photography features such as cosmetic mode, panoramic mode, food mode and perfect smile.

Consumers can pre order online from www. hi-online.co.za starting from the 06 – 14 April and they will receive a free Selfie Combo Pack + Powerbank and Free Back Cover with Screen Guard. This will be for the first 100 pre- order consumers. The Y6II will be available from the 15th of April in store at The Foshini Group (TFG) at a RRP of R 2999 and will be exclusive until June 2017

We continue to offer consumers options in a variety of price points and our entry levels phones play a critical part in our business growth. As Huawei we believe that we produce phones of high quality, with our Y-series, we have a camera that allows consumers at entry level to experience our phones ,” said Mr Zhao Likun, GM Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.
Make Life Bolder, Brighter, More Colorful

Huawei Y6II’s new larger dynamic 1280x720 resolution display is crystal clear and rivals top digital
screens, immersing you in the vivid colors and vibrancy of life in a whole new way. The durable GFF
transparent lamination protects the display from scratches to ensure long-lasting brightness.

Rear Camera

Take the best pictures of your life with the Huawei Y6II’s super-powered 13-megapixel camera. The wide-angle, 28mm lens with a 2.0 aperture is made of scratch resistant, state-of- the-art glass. And the customized dynamic range is perfect in any light and any setting, putting a professional-grade camera in the palm of your hand. Never miss a moment.

Front Camera

Selfies have never looked so good. The Y6II comes with an enormous 8-megapixel camera—Huawei’s largest front-facing camera to date. The 2.0 aperture offers a huge, 77-degree range letting you take panorama selfies for the first time. Bigger background, bigger story, bigger you.

Auto Face Enhancement and Make-up Mode

Always put your best face forward with Huawei’s 10-level face enhancement option on the Y6II. The 10-millisecond face recognition creates beautification in real time, and can enhance personal photos as well as group shots. The Y6II also comes equipped with 8 beautification presets and customizable options, offering a range of natural effects and highlights including lip gloss and eye shadow.

Elegant Design Style

You can make a big statement with a simple gesture when using the Huawei Y6II. Metallic cross-stripes create 5,176 facets that not only catch and reflect the light, but also catch people’s attention. Other textures include: high-gloss black, or more fun options in yellow, pink and blue. The molded mirror polish and 60c-micro texture complete the device’s superior design.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Choon: ilan Bluestone - Malacosta


UK based Trance DJ Ilan Bluestone is known for his uplifting trance beats and is widely featured on many shows, most notably Above and Beyond's ABGT. Ilan's latest offering is Malacosta which is on the Anjuna Beats Label and was mashed up quite brilliantly during Above and Beyond's set at Ultra Miami a few weeks ago with their song "A Peace of Mind" which features the vocals of Zoe Johnston. Unfortunately that mashup isn't released yet and I'm not sure if it ever will but we do have Malacosta for you this week which is equally brilliant. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bucket Babe: Olivia de Klerk

We're already into the fourth month of the year and while there might be a lot of unrest in the country due to the political tensions and our beloved President doing whatever he wants to, we're here to aid your mind on this first long weekend of many to come with our Bucket Babe. Today's beautiful model hails from the fairest Cape and while she loves being in front of the camera, her true passion lies in saving lives. She has been featured on many magazine covers but the one she pines to be on might surprise you, she has great taste in cars and makes a damn good sandwich, but less from me, meet...

Olivia de Klerk



Bio

I'm a 24 year old, recently graduated medical doctor from Cape Town. I started modelling when I was 18 and have had the most amazing experience in the industry, but medicine definitely has my heart. In my spare time you'll find me dancing or doing any kind of outdoor sport you can imagine! My friends are my everything and I'm a wine and food fanatic. I also love sleeping, A LOT. 





Links

livdeklerk


Q&A


1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to  see yourself in?
  • I'm an Aston Martin girl through and through.
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • My ultimate sandwich would be a Parma ham, goats cheese, tomato and rocket on a fresh French loaf. 
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • Lightly salted with Smarties and slush puppy- the best part of going to the movies.
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • Forbes Magazine ;)
5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • Definitely a full time executive, I'm always up for a challenge and I like to be in charge and make my own decisions.
6. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • Angelina Jolie. For all her humanitarian work and also her badass, strong-independent woman persona .
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • I recently got engaged and couldn't be more excited.
8. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • I love Reformation - simplicity and elegance!
9. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Latin Jazz.
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • Havana, Cuba. Cocktails on the tropical beaches....salsa, cigars and vintage cars!




















Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#TBD2017


Back in the day when Twitter was still fun and not filled with fake news, fake agenda's and well, fake people, a few good Tweeps decided to do something a lot more with the social platform and not just use it as a place for following celebs and keeping up to date with the trends. They made the social network, work for them by networking with others for a common cause, to donate blankets to the needy over the winter season and all it took was a single tweet in 2010, since then Twitter Blanket Drive has grown in leaps and bounds with more partnerships and more donations over the years. This year see's it running for the 7th year and partners up with #DignityDrive, which is an initiative launched local TV personality Siv Ngesi. 


Last year, in celebration of his 31st birthday, Siv opted out of a birthday bash and instead challenged South Africans to donate much needed sanitary products for girls who cannot afford them. "If men bled once a month, there would be free pads available, like condoms! I will not rest until this is a reality" says Ngesi. So in conjunction with collecting new or used blankets for the less fortunate, this year the Twitter Blanket Drive will also welcome donations of pads, tampons, and reusable moon cups. Like the years before, the kind folk at Protea Fire & Ice in Pretoria, Melrose Arch and Cape Town have opened their doors as collection points. For folks in Durban, the local drop of venue is St Clements, at 191 Musgrave Road, Durban. 


Collections started on Monday the 3rd of April and ends on the 25th of May 2017. Supporters and donors can come to the final day to help count the donations received, depending on the venue, there will be performances by local artists who all have volunteered their time and performances on the night. While many of us do get caught up with a lot of the bad that happens on the social platform, this is one of the good things that we have going, so lets help spread the word and hopefully make a small change to someones life by giving something back. 

For more information or to become involved in this years drive, please visit www.twitterblanketdrive.com 

Official hashtags and accounts to note.  @tbdsouthafrica & @tdbafrica, when donating, please use the hashtag #TBD2017 & #DignityDrive.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Choon: Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (Tiesto AFTR:HRS Remix)


It's been about a year since Norwegian DJ Kygo first made his name on the EDM scene with his fresh new sound that was dubbed "tropical house" which was a fusion of electronic, house and the sounds of the Caribbean. He killed it on the Ultra Main stage and soon thereafter had much success world over. Fast forward a year later and he released a new track with Disney Superstar turn actress and singer, the gorgeous Selena Gomez. The track "It aint me" enjoyed some time in most of the charts but it got a special remix treatment from Tiesto which he featured on his AFTR:HRS compilation. Yes, I know, another track taken from that set, if I could I'd feature the whole damn thing on here, it is seriously that good and I can foresee many other tracks from there being released as singles. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bucket Seat: BMW 530i


After the launch of the Mercedes Benz E-Class last year, it brought about a change to the currently E Segment in the car market. They set a new standard in what is to be expected from cars in the mid sized luxury area and with that triggered other manufacturers to follow suit. BMW since then launched it's new 5 Series, dubbed the Business Athlete, the car showcasing some of the latest technology that BMW has to offer, some of which even it's bigger brother the 7 Series doesn't have yet. This was a direct message to its German counterparts to say that they mean business in this business aimed segment. 


What many don't realise that this is the most hotly contested segment in the motoring world, with every one in five BMW's sold worldwide is a 5 Series! Pretty impressive stats but it makes sense, it is the most versatile sedan in it's stable. A car with a business feel but has a sporty alter ego and with it being a substantial size, big enough for any family. Last weekend I found myself behind the wheel of the new BMW 5 Series, a 530i to be exact, wandering through the streets of Johannesburg. An area that is primed for this car and boy did it show off in it's element.  


STYLE

When ever it came to the 5 Series, BMW tried to be a bit different, the car had to represent a certain type of individual, and appeal to a market that is very business oriented but yet had the looks to maintain that aggressive sporty nature that we're so used to from the German manufacturer. With the G30, they've nailed it one 100%. While there are similarities in design between it and the 7 Series, on closer inspection, you will find that it's not that similar after all. The G30 is the first BMW to have the iconic kidney grille extended and widen to meet the front headlamps. The car is longer than its predecessor but with a low stance, gives it that limo like feel. The small air outlet behind the front wheel tyre add's dimension and functionality to the car while straight lines cut across along to the back where the car is tidied up quite nicely with twin exhausts and large rear lights. The car does look quite menacing with the M Sport kit, the large 19" rims give the car presence. Moving inside, the car is stunning with high quality finishes and trimmings, from aluminium, leather and high gloss plastic making the car look both attractive on the outside and the inside.


COMFORT

As mentioned earlier, the G30 is bigger than the F10, both in length and width, offering more space to it's occupants. The interior borrows a lot from the 7 Series in terms of style and layout but has been adjusted to suit car and it's purposes. The seats are  ergonomically designed to give the driver and passengers the most comfortable ride in the car with options to add on massaging capabilities as well as optional extra seat heating and cooling functions. The car did come with electrical adjustable three memory setting seats. The dual air conditioning can be extended to the back as well as has an ionic feature with a fragrant dispenser should any unwanted smells make their way into the car. Even with the 19" rims, the ride quality is un-compromised on the bumpy roads of Johannesburg. Seeing that I spent most of my time sitting in traffic, it gave me time to appreciate the interior trimmings and finishes. With the M Sport pack, it came, according to the brochure, an "aluminium rhombicle with highlight trim finish in chrome pearl", whatever they call it, it looked damn good and very classy. Ambient lighting is throughout the car, giving the cabin and internal halo of such in a colour of their choice. 


PERFORMANCE

While the 530i does slot bang in the middle of the petrol derivatives, I still think it's a pretty impressive engine as it offers the driver a bit of both from the other two on offer. The 3 litre 6 cylinder motor doesn't have the easiest job with the car being bigger car and more heavier, coming in at 2.2 tonnes, it's quite a weight to lug around but with the TwinTurbo power plant, it still manages to deliver an impressive 185kW and 350Nm of torque. With the dual clutch 8 speed M sport automatic gearbox, the cars responsive gear changes are so efficient, there isn't really a need to use the paddle shift. The adaptive driving modes have been updated, with the standard Eco, Comfort and Sport being tweaked to give the driver a better experience, in Eco and Comfort, there is a noticeable lag on take off, which soon disappears when put into Sport mode but the fuel economy does get affected by this switch. 


TECH

The car is loaded with some mind blowing technology and as mentioned previously, it has more tech than the 7 Series. From the digital instrument display that changes colour and form in the various driving modes, to the bigger infotainment display which is now dual touch screen and has a new menu layout that is much easier to navigate. Voice controls make it easy for you to get what you want and it is more responsive so you can talk to it normally and not slowly like you had to before, you can control just about anything with the voice control function and I loved using it as it made everything effortless, from making calls to changing the radio station. There is an option for you to have hand gesture control for various functions in the car, which this car didn't come with, which is a pity as I really wanted to try it out. The car had the BMW Connected drive which offers you a world of service from BMW at the touch of a button. The main party trick had to be the display key that came with the car, apart from being able to check vitals of the car as well as fuel range, it had the precondition setting which you could activate before getting into your car, which proved to be extremely handy in the scorching temperatures of the North West. There is another option to the key where you can park the car with the remote while standing outside! The car also is the first BMW to come with an active grille, the grille opens and closes while the car is running and off, ensuring nothing enters the engine bay while the car is parked, apart from being very clever, it's also very cool to see!


STORAGE

The boot on the BMW 5 Series is massive, while the rear wheels do compromise it a bit on space on the sides, it's deep enough to get 3 golf bags in as well as have some space for other stuff as well. Inside the car, there is loads of compartments for storage with the middle unit having a split hatch for easier access. The standard storage for the front passenger also houses the fragrant bottles for the ionic dispenser in the aircon.


VERDICT

Overall I think the nick name given to the G30 suits it to perfection, the car is the ultimate Business Athlete and testing it in one of Africa's busiest cities just proved to me even more why the called it that. It's a perfect balance for the working professional, offering them a great mid sized luxury sedan, packed with technology which they will use on day to day commutes, yet does not compromise on performance or luxury. While the price may be a bit daunting to many, one has to look at what the car offers compared to the others on the market and you'll find that there isn't really much competition, in fact, with the new 5 Series, one can say it's only competition is it's bigger brother the 7 series. 


SPECIFICATIONS

 Engine
 3.0 litre, Twin Turbo 6 cylinder
 Gear Box
 8 speed automatic with paddle shift
 Power
 185kW
 Torque
 350Nm
 Top Speed
 250km/h
 0-100km
 6.2  seconds
 Price
 R 850,000*
*Priced without extras and April 1st increase not taken into account.





















Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ultra Music Festival 2017


It's been 2 weeks since Miami was taken over by the sounds of Electronic, Dance and House music, Miami Music Week 2017 proved to be as usual, bigger and better than the years before and headlining this international acclaimed music event was Ultra Music Festival which has been a firm favourite for many fans of the genre's over the years. Ultra really has been the one music festival that set standards for every other one around the globe and since grown and now finds itself being taken around the world in various countries. 


Coming back to the Miami event, the line up was endless and the stages were insane to say the least. You practically had the top 100 DJ's in the world all in one place over one weekend, playing their hottest and latest tracks to crowds of thousands. The lighting and pyrotechnics display that go into the event is next level crazy, even though it is already one of the most highly rated music events in the world, the organizers still go out of their way to make every year bigger and better. It saw a host of new releases from various DJ's and the sets at Ultra are always worth a watch, UMF have released all of the DJ sets to the respective DJ's, all of which were uploaded in HD and we have as link to all of them for you to watch! I've selected some of my favourites for you to watch below. 




Armin van Buuren

 Tiesto
 Above & Beyond
 Andrew Rayel

 Dash Berlin
 Armin van Buuren ASOT
 KSHMR

 Fedde Le Grand
 Axwell /\ Ingrosso
 Hardwell
 Nicky Romero

 Sam Feldt