July 28, 2016 6:50 pm

When walking into any small time club, you can expect some loud popular music while waiting for a band to go up on stage to have fun and play some cool tunes. But last night at U Street Music Hall in Washington DC, a small club turned into a musical hot box.

20427_620380401430800_4122135562059143816_nStarting the night with some cool DJ work from local artist Dirty Chocolate, he pumped out some of his own music while playing club hits with elegantly twisted remixes. From metropolitan city Gaithersburg, Maryland, he taught himself how to make music while going deep into the internet. From humble beginnings (graduating the same high school that I did) to sick clubs, Emmanuel Osemene has a strong future ahead of him. I had a minute to chat with him about his experiences with music after the show:

I’ve always been a huge fan of music…I love discovering music and finding people who push boundaries. It’s cool to see talented people use their imagination to make music better. You wouldn’t hear it in my music but Pharrel, Timberland, Daft Punk, Juicy J, Kanye West, Justice, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Tame Impala have been some of my biggest influences.

After him, the crowd turned around to the main stage and there were so many switchboards and keyboards that I honestly had no idea what to expect. Then the band started to play and I was immediately blown away as the four of them played musical hacky sack, taking turns on solos and bits of the song while perfectly supporting each other.

Their name is Club Cheval, they live in Paris, France are in the states for a bit to tour. Theyed play song after song of fantastic electronic sound and mixing with a superb drummer in the back who ended the show with the gnarliest drum bit I had ever heard. I had a chance to talk to Panteros666 (the drummer) right after their set list.

Tell us about yourselves…

We live in Paris, but we we are from a little city called Lille…We have a lot of influences there from Britian and Belgium so we have that kind of culture where we just mix everything together.

Where do you get you unique sound from?

Literally everywhere. We don’t put any genres on any pedestal and have no hierarchy with our music. We listen to stuff like Hip-Hop, Balie Funk from Brazil, Slow Jam and experimental stuff. I’m into trance and lots of other stuff. Each one of us has our own certain sound and we like to mix it to create something different. It doesn’t really work well in France though, so that’s why we’re here, we can relate better with the people. Sometime we are just too powerful for them and that’s probably why we are bigger here.

How did you guys meet?

To cut a long story short, we were all doing our high level studies which actually including political sciences, sound engineering and other areas. But we got together in our small city and were really obsessed with making a new breed of electronic music. We did well in our little city and then moved to Paris and met a lot of people and now were here playing music.

It was amazing how humble and relaxed Dirty Chocolate and Club Cheval were. It was a fantastic show, great start and great end with happily ringing ears all the way home. Check out more Dirty Chocolate here and Club Cheval’s tour dates here and new album here.

May 15, 2015 1:23 pm


Leisure Cruise is the musical brain child of Leah Siegel & Dave Hodge.  Both Leah & Dave are accomplished musicians from well known bands such as Firehorse and Broken Social Scene. This duo came together in November of 2012 and have made quite an impact on the Brooklyn music scene.  Seeing this band live for the first time is almost like going on a spiritual journey. The chemistry between these two is undeniable and hearing their back story only makes it more evident:

“Dave Hodge—the veteran Canada-born musician (Broken Social Scene & Bran Van 3000..who has also performed with Macy Gray, Feist, Brazilian Girls, and Basement Jaxx), arranger (Janet Jackson/Neptunes, Carly Simon), and composer (through his company, Finger Music)—was sitting in a café one day when he saw an acquaintance walk by: singer and songwriter Leah Siegel (a fixture on the New York scene known for her solo project Firehorse, and for singing with The Citizens Band). The two had met while recording for a tv spot a few years prior, and hadnʼt seen each other since. Before Hurricane Sandy, Hodge had been creating the score for the soundtrack to the indie film Two Hands to Mouth.” Pleased with the results, he hoped to create a new musical project based on a few of the pieces. Something that day—maybe it was a post Sandy you-only-live-once feeling—prompted him to run out and say hello, and ask Siegel if sheʼd maybe want to try writing some music together sometime.  In April 2013, after a few months of writing, recording, and mixing, Hodge and Siegel decided to create Leisure Cruise. The result is their self-titled debut, full of darkly hypnotic, danceable synth-based anthems”.

It’s hard to not become obsessed with Leisure Cruise after seeing them live. Their debut album is filled with gem after gem. The first song that really got our attention was “The Getaway”.  It’s a song about doing it your own way; and for any musician who has had to give it a go at taking their music career to the next level, it is so easy to relate to the lyrics.  “Don’t want to drink the Kool-Aid, just want to go the right way”. Seeing them perform “Earthquake” live last year at Cameo Gallery was truly one of the best live performances Atypical has ever seen.  The mixture of the lights combined with Leah’s captivating performance was enough to grab everyone in the room and have them asking, “who was that band?” “Livin It Up” is a naughty little gem that’ll make you want to start an all night dance party in your apartment.

This brings us to “Ragged Dawn” which is absolutely our favorite song on the album.  “One more fight before the night ends, there’s glory ahead, so we won’t give in”, Siegel’s voice declares defiantly that Leisure Cruise is here to stay, and we believe her.

Here is a new live video of “Ragged Dawn” captured at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


It’s not often that you can listen to an entire album, coming away with the glorious feeling that you’ve been transported into a magical place you have never been yet also feeling the warmth and embrace of familiarity. This album does just that! It lifts you up into a vibrant, electric. and sensual musical world that is Leisure Cruise, and wraps you in blankets of sonic bliss. The best part is, it never gets old or stale. Like most epic albums, you can listen to this one for the rest of your life and it will always remain fresh.

We caught up with band member Dave Hodge to find out what the band has in store for this summer.  Leisure Cruise will be filming their next video for the track “Crime Tip” with director Michael McQuilken and The Windmill Factory. Plus, actors Jon Morris and Julia Stiles are set to appear in it.  The band will also soon be heading down to producer Timbaland’s Thomas Crown Studio in Virginia Beach to work on new music. They are also teaming up with producer Brian West who has worked with Nelly Furtado in the past. The band will be embarking on an ambitious summer tour of the South East, coming back up in June for the Firefly Festival in Delaware and in August for the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.

If you have not seen Leisure Cruise live or heard their debut album, we implore you to do so now! This is a band we expect to see great things from soon.