What a hectic month it has been for me, how about you?
Things have been pretty non-stop since getting back from
London, and as I mentioned last weekend was a prime 
example....after spinning at Ginza Suki Bar, the next day
I had to make way to Hanzomon...of course by bike...
 

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You know it's amazing the things that catch your eye
when you ride around town, I personally find the 
center and East side of Tokyo to be rather captivating.

Thought it was nice to be this close to a highway 
sign board...



What I found even more amazing was the fact that
the flag of Zimbabwe was posted up a along the 
246...(my roots?) - Then I read the news...



I was going to Anagra to celebrate their 3 year anniversary
and also to lay down a DJ set. And managed to do both
just fine, a good time was had by all who attended, and 
there were so many interesting acts on the night...

Noise makers...

 

Trap artists...



A damn good DJ's... big up DJ Hitori and Yabe Tadashi!



I also found this Zine by Koichicks check it out 
and see if you can find the Tikini...



During this week I was also able to re-connect with
the 'Pecknaam Prince' Henry Wu...
Stopping by Jazzy Sports and Bal (which just had to be done)!





Which brings me onto Wednesday a wonderful day which 
I won't go into too much detail about on here...but the 
finish was cool as I got to DJ for DSQUARED2 ...



The outfit they gave me was proper too....



So far the week has been kind to me...
Lock in again Friday night to get some special
news!
With the our beloved cherry blossoms not in full bloom,
the weekend might not have been as 'hanami' orientated
as we all could have expected, that being said I hope you
had a refreshing one.

I spent most of Saturday at home, so by the time the evening
came I thought it would be a good idea to get my bike and 
head to the Hellrazor's event 'CRAM - BABY BOOMER'
listening party.



The had a lovely welcome setup...
Always nice to be welcomed by a bunch of skateboards.



A warm welcome,
With added warmth from the tape which happens to be
a cassette tape, adding even more warmth to the formula:



Oh and the fact that they were playing it out of this
'Ghetto Blaster'...



The screen above had this original video made by
the Hellrazor crew:

Call me 3324 / Cram from Hellrazor on Vimeo.

Hellrazor have been dropping some dope wears for a minute...



and you might have seen me in some... 
 

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GO CHECK THEM OUT:
HELLRAZOR ONLINE
HELLRAZOR TUMBLR

From there I made moves,
My destination being Ginza...



The journey from Aoyama and thru the city on Saturday
night, was just want I needed, and I got to use one of the
few tunnels that allows bicycles to pass through...



Riding through Akasaka > Toranomon >
HIbiya > Pow I arrived at Ginza Suki Bar



Parked up in front of Nate Dogg and then headed in...



What happens inside suki bar stays in suki bar,
but I can tell you one thing, during my set I 
played this Nate Dogg song:



AND midway during the song without touching a damn thing
(I was using my computer), the song suddenly changed to this:



My friend Spyda told me, that the spirits came down and
paid us a visit... that KAMOME sound system must be good.

OH and another special paid us a visit...



BIG SHOUT OUT TO HENRY WU... that real London flava.
All those factors added up to make an excellent night,
followed up by a peaceful ride home...



Stay tuned for the Midweek update....


 
Seems like the warmer weather got shy, no?

None the less it doesn't stop the sun from shining, allowing 
me to catch this moment:


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Last Wednesday our calm ride/time trial thing kinda got intense
yeh...
In the first place I the false rain alert made me leave my bike at
home, so I had to go and collect my bike then make my way over
to C.O.D..



Meaning by the time I arrived, everyone was already there
warming up...haha 



During our warm up session we discussed exactly how we
would carry out our session, I guess we were all a bit tense,
so decided to just ride together...



Meet Ed, and remember him please... 
Setting off from C.O.D we all got to the lights (6 of us).
They turned green and bwoy... Ed just took off lol I followed 
by Natalie and Simon...but ED TOOK OFF like I did when I
found out my first girlfriend was...yeh so he was quick man,
setting a precendent that we all followed... but more on that
next week!

Switching the channel now too...



Our mix series with black eye patch is still going on... and this week
I am proud to present a mix by Rushmore, who joined us back in 2014
for the Osiris 1st anniversary, what a crazy weekend that was...



Here is the mix:



Brassfoot was also a major part of that weekend, and I remember us
discussing our musical futures... and man is he doing it:



Now the video:



My favourite part of the video has to be this moment, featuring the
one and only Lord Tusk, doing something only a Lord would: 



OH and yes if your serious about the music coming out of that 
corner, I have good news, some very rare collectables have 
made themselves available in VERY LIMITED quality here in Japan...



SO DON'T SLEEP...
Also don't sleep this weekend..

SATURDAY @ GINZA SUKI BAR 
Address: 東京都中央区銀座6-3-5 5F
Phone:03-3573-5544



SUNDAY @ ANAGRA, HANZOMON
Address: 〒102-0093 Tokyo, Chiyoda 平河町1-8-9 地下一階
Phone: 090-7272-4259



What a week it's been starting with the apperance of these:



Which has made it so much more comfortable while riding at 
night... like last night where me and man like JT decided to...

 

Actually we were riding through and he suddenly decided to 
ping up the hill, I won't make excuses by mentioning what 
we did before riding but... man his sudden up hill burst 
caught me off guard and balance, leading to some futile 
attempts to start with ZERO momentum up the slope, which 
combined with me being off balance and no strapped into my
pedals, lead to a very mild panic, which made my breathing go,
so by the time I finally made it up the slope I was having a slight
fit... not very encouraging considering tonight...

As I mentioned last week, tonight I want to try doing some 
time trials with you, but we have a slight non/issue...



There is a chance of rain/showers starting from now which if true
would mean we need to take a rain check, since I can't have you 
blitzing through traffic on slippery roads.

If I see no rain by 21:00 then I think we will be safe, but I believe
that to be optimistic, I envision it will rain at somepoint.

Until that time the plan will be like this:

1) Gather at C.O.D from 21:30 
2) Start our runs when the traffic clears up
3) Each run will be with two riders
4) Each rider will be released in 1 minute increments. 

Start/Finish point:

C.O.D
Address: 2 Chome-11-17 Kitaaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0061
Phone:03-3401-0263
It's all a bit of fun I will be drinking casually while keeping a check
on the stopwatch... fastest rider gets a chilli dog on me.

Rules:
!!! LIGHTS !!!
Brakes
No cutting through red lights

The all star line up:





AND MORE!!!

The motivational music for tonight is this one kindly brought
to my attention by Water Works regular and full time shower man 
JR CHAPARRO:

 
Happy Monday?

Well I am sure it has been, since today is a national
holiday here in Japan,  how did you spend weekend?

First things first we're always happy whenever you
all upload your Cartel bike pictures and use the 
hashtag #cartelbikes like user @harumaki602...
WELCOME TO THE CARTEL:



Meanwhile things have been getting more busy on our gram:



Be sure to follow us @cartelbikes for more shots like this:



Since we last met a lot has been going on, if my life was a 
road I think I got in a lot of experience since last week.

Remember Tikini's challenge
Well we headed to C.O.D to give it a try but I think we got
distracted...




But we are ready for YOU this Wednesday from 21:00!

Thursday I managed to stop by our friends at Febo, and 
they gave me this original type of Kofte composed of spiced
beef and lamb meat, it was great:



Friday saw me busy checking exhibitions for two particular
brands...

Black Eye Patch:



C.E:

C.E SS 2016 from c.e on Vimeo.

From there it was off to Opening Ceremony to DJ for their
Cherry Blossom party:



Then made a quick stop home to change clothes and head to 
NOS ORG in Shibuya to DJ for the launch of this:





Saturday was a bit more relaxed for me (thank goodness),
Djing a long side Kza, Watarude and Sei from Bonobo at the 
newly opened 'Bar Street'... a must say they a wonderfully 
curated bar space, that is broken down by spirit...

Sake
Whiskey
Vodka
Rum
Gin
Shochu


I enjoyed the herbal based Shochu cocktail:



Actually the Tequila based drinks and the Sake, were also
excellent, not forgetting the tacos by Barachos...
In all I had an excellent time playing there and was very happy
to finally meet this guy:



GAMERA... who? 

Someone who I have been connecting with via Osiris
for a while:



However music is not the only thing he creates

Clothing
Precious Stones 

They say the law of attraction is real and what you focus on
is what you attract, Gamera and the artists around him have 
always been putting out music that elevates, choosing to 
create music and art inspired by the guiding light so as to 
speak...

But I'll leave it to you to dig around.

See you on the Midweek update.
No messing about this midweek.

Skidding? Track stands? and other tricks are great...but 
for me nothing beats the feeling of speeding through 
the streets of Tokyo:



Cue the music:

 

Let me introduce you all to one of my favorites bits of road:



I will call it my burning route...
Watch from here until the 20:15 to see the burning route:

https://youtu.be/FNBsYUVrXVQ?t=16m56s 

I call it a burning a route because well you can just burn through,
it's like the road is calling out to you pedal like you're belong here:



2.12KM total There and back how long do you think it will take you?

You'll find the road to be smooth and it slopes downward,
and It get's really fun when you hit this stretch...



Are you down for a challenge?  

I thought so I am thinking linking up here is the way to go:

C.O.D.  
Address: 2 Chome-11-17 Kitaaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0061
Phone:03-3401-0263

http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130603/13115741/


Tonight I will be giving it a trial run... but around midnight
so maybe a bit too late for you all, but thinking we try next
week? Say around 21:00? 

If you have any comments or ideas message us on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CartelBike/

Lets go!

JUGEMテーマ:お出かけ

It's very hard to know if this Monday is a good or bad day, It's cold and
wet, but rumor has it this will be the last day of "cold weather" for a 
while, and if you live in Japan you know that means good weather until
at least the end of October.

NOTICE: 
If you're viewing the blog from a smart phone device then do so landscape...




Around this time last year we created our first promotional video for your
viewing pleasure, and this year though a little earlier than the cherry  
blossoms, we are pleased to present you with:

'One day with the Cartel'

Credits
TITLE: "One day with the CARTEL"
MODEL: Mr.Tikini
MUSIC: Palms Trax - EQUATION
FILM: DISK

If you me know me at all, you'll get that the my life right now is mainly
music and bicycles, and being one of the forces behind Cartel I thought
it would be good to show a day in the life - so as to speak. 




My question is, if this film was about you and your Cartel bike what would
your story be like?

Here are some brief ones from our Cartel Network:




If you been following this blog you will know that Osiris & BlackEyePatch
are deep in the middle of a project, and I am happy to share the next mix
with you, which is by Koko Miyagi (the dog whisperer):



See you in the warmer weather!
Welcome to a very rare Sunday update; where will start
by saying a big thanks to everyone who has been joining 
the Cartel:


(Just a few pictures taken from Diner in February alone)

Our fleet has grown and also our popularity, our base line 
contains 7 different bikes, plus 1 a collaboration bike and 
another collaboration item:




Something for everyone; the first time pist bike owner or
the rider who is looking to build-up their ultimate custom 
bike...

So what's your excuse?



Find one of our dealers and join the Cartel today!
 
We have already reached the end of week 2 for the Osiris
and BlackEyePatch project and this week Omaar blessed us:



Really happy to announce his next forthcoming release on Osiris will be 'Check Engine':



Which will be available on cassette and digital very soon!

In the meantime take a minute to enjoy his last release on Osiris 'Faabric':



See you tomorrow!
All this rainy weather... (cue music)



Reminds me of that one time we at Cartel descended Koya-san 



What a weekend it was... dominated by rain and adventure...



Beauty



And realisations



You can check the full blog post here...
You have no idea how intense riding down Koya-san was 
in that rain... I was actually wearing swimming shorts to
ride down the since we did not have our Denim set up yet:



Hah that would have made a huge difference!

Naturally thinking back to that time has me thinking about
Summer...



My bike at that time was also really fun to ride...



The reason being was because of these babies:



Diner's original 22mm carbon clincher wheels



Anyway the best news I have for you on this rainy Wednesday
is this...



New video coming soon!
JUGEMテーマ:お出かけ
Not the best of Monday's to start the week...



So I thought it to be a good time to take you back with me
to the dark streets of London...



During my stay I spent some very valuable times meeting 
with friends, after the sun went down.
Those meetings allowed me to re-connect with energies
that allowed me to remember who I am, where I came from,
what I stand for and how I am going to continue...



Catching up and reasoning on a wide
variety of topics, was how myself and my homies started
this particular night...before stepping out to get some food



Brassfoot; who has been keeping busy just dropped this mix
for our friends at Febo in Morishita:



And...



Lord Tusk; man of mystery and mastery but no calls from his
Sifu this time:



After finishing our meal at mangal Istanbul we headed out....
Or should I say temporarily parted ways, as Brass n Tusk had
to take care of something quickly. And I was taken to the next
spot in this...



But the scenery was more like this...



The spot was just up the road, where Femi from NTS (left) was
holding down a set and many other legends from my pantheon
of London we hanging out like Benny Blanco from 'Nonsense'...



Since you caught some of the 'Nonsense' vibes on the previous
London blog post
, I'll let Femi have the honors:



If that was not enough...



From there we moved onto the Hoxton Gallery, where I was
able to catch up with an old school friend Colin...



Colin has his own tribe:



The function there was also nice but overall I felt a
powerful and positive energy in London, and I was actually
able to link up with so many more people than I did last year...



Big big shouts out to Funkineven, Brassfoot and Navs for this, 
one of my last moments but importantly for always looking out
for me where ever I happen to be!

After this dinner we slipped back to the London HQ where I sipped 
on this...



And enjoyed a pre-screening of Apron's next music video...
But since YOU can't see that yet we'll leave you in the hands of 
NTS and Funkineven...



Ps...