Hello Friday lovers,

I'm sitting on a lawn and surfing the net - where I'm I .....230 Thompson St.. the land of the free of course. I'm watching the rush hour commuters match soldierly with their backpacks and handbags. My feet jitters in my John Lobb as I anticipate the many things to see and experience in the hours to come.

Game aficionados pace sluggishly as men with classic New York accents concentrate over Chess profusely as if they were under the threats of war under their flat-caps.

I feel part of the noise, the bike-horns, the shaded walkways, I feel part of the Starbucks-carrying Choo, the collapsible wooden chairs, I feel part of the Skyscrapers, the over-zealous traffic wardens, the unsure tourists, I feel like I belong in my RayBan's and white trousers.

I feel all of this cause I'm in the New York state of mind.

This week's Friday Track is the very talented (you have not idea) TAIO CRUZ - the London based, song-writer producer who's album DEPARTURE is the most under-APPRECIATED record of the past few months.

This is the fantastic "She's Like A Star" - this is the weekend banger you wanted to bop to.

Enjoy, I'm off to Flatbush Ave to cop me the Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings record.



This thing called life is exhilirating.

This morning a member of our team had a baby boy and less than an hour later, we hear of the tragic loss of American comedian, Bernie Mac.

So far, very little information is available. His publicist has released a statement confirming that the 50-year old comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Our hearts go out to his family and we shall continue to enjoy the impressive portfolio of work which he left behind.