Today, 40Love is excited to celebrate the release of their new album, Dreams Don’t Sleep. The album, which is available through iTunes and can also be streamed in full via SoundCloud, is being released in conjunction with famed Bay Area skateboard brand FTC, with the two also coming together for a collaborative t-shirt that will be released in the coming weeks. Now, following a successful European tour – and with a hometown album/shirt release party at FTC’s flagship store in San Francisco scheduled for August 11th – 40Love is releasing the video for “Tiki Tiki” featuring Zumbi of the legendary Bay duo Zion I.
The video, directed by John Coyne, is for the album’s latest single, the mp3 of which the Bay Area group released last week. The video was shot in San Francisco’s famed Chinatown district, a fitting choice for the visual, since, as 40Love recently noted, the song (including the track’s hook and the Far East-inspired production) riffs off the classic children’s story Tiki Tiki Tembo. If the song sounds familiar, it might be because you heard a sample of it used on the title track of Bassnectar’s Wildstyle EP.
The group was also exited to work with Zion I emcee Zumbi. “It’s been dope working with him because we all grew up bumpin’ Zion I as a Bay classic,” says 40Love. “Now, we’ve been able to build with him on shows and recordings – he’s an inspiring artist in his performance, music and message.” The song is a clever play on the children’s story, Tiki Tiki Tembo, with the hook comprised of the very long ancient Chinese name used in the book. Tag-team producers Mikos and The Whooligan turned out a heavy, Far East-inspired beat for “Tiki Tiki,” while Miss Haze, G-OFF, and Zumbi verbally dance all over it.