I follow this pretty dope guy on Instagram named Darien Birks. From his pictures, I knew that he was a talented designer and had a fondness for classic tunes but I didn’t know that he actually produced music. After downloading one of his mixes a while ago, I was sold on his skills. A few days ago, he and Allan Cole (collaboratively called The Styvesants) released a project dubbed ‘Refined’. It consists of 25 songs and 25 cool covers.

“The Stuyvesants! A project created, developed, and executed by Darien Victor Birks (Flwrpt), and Allan Cole (Algorythm). They brought their talents together to produce 25 instrumentals, t-shirts, logos and graphics which capture the sound and visuals of the 60′s and 70′s, an era that inspires so much of the music and design that we’ve grown to love. They’ve done this under the moniker “The Stuyvesants”, paying homage to their current place of residence, which is the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.” –The Brooklyn Circus

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I love this video clip of their listening party held a few years ago in New York. It’s everything I imagine a laid back Summertime party in Brooklyn to be like. I wish I was there.

Check out their blog for other downloadable tunes to groove to.

miss lucy