Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best of 2010 Part Three

De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - Zo Volwassen, Zo Beleefd
from the album 'De Lachende Derde'
Superb beat by Bas Bron, introspective and hilarious lyrics: De Jeugd's third album is their best so far.

from the album 'How I Got Over'
Blaw! What can I say? The Roots never let me down...

from the album 'Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans'
Pretty disappointing album, but this Mr. Oizo-produced track really rocks.

from the album 'Cosmogramma'
FlyLo has been quite busy this year, but I think this joint with Thom Yorke is one of his best productions so far...

from the album 'Earthology'
Hypnotic funk by the German Weissenfeldt-brothers, brought to a climax by Edan & Mr. Lif.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best of 2010 Part Two

Gonjasufi - Sheep
from the album 'A Sufi and A Killer'
One of the many Gonjasufi-tracks I discovered this year, produced by The Gaslamp Killer.

Reflection Eternal - Strangers (Paranoid)
from the album 'Revolutions Per Minute'Talib Kweli and Bun B open up a new can of consciousness, backed up by a nervous Hi-Tek beat. Reflection Eternal is back!

Space Invadas - Imaginist
from the album 'Soul:Fi'
Steve Spacek once again, collaborating with Australian producer Katalyst, bringing you that pumpin' smooth soulfunkshit...

from the album 'Brothers'
Probably the most soulful harpsichord you ever heard... 'Brothers' is yet another great album by Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, cop that shit!

Dibiase - Skullcrack
from the album 'Machines Hate Me'
This is what happens when Nintendo-geeks grow up to be Dilla-fans... Bleepy-cruncky glitchy bassmusic... very addictive!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Best of 2010 Part One

Part one of a list of songs I really enjoyed listening to in 2010...

from the album 'Innerspeaker' (Modular)

John Lennon plays The Beach Boys having smoked a couple of mighty spliffs is what this sounds like. Perfect album.

Africa Hitech - Lash Out

from the album 'Hitecherous' (Warp)

Mark Pritchard teamed up with Steve Spacek for this banger. Raw shit! Black Milk ft. Royce Da 5'9" & Elzhi - Deadly Medley
from the album 'Album of the Year' (Fat Beats) Milk, Elzhi and a fresh-soundin' Royce spit over a ridiculously addictive Blackrock-sample in what might be the hiphop-single of the year. Olivier DaySoul - Labor from the EP 'Mr. Saint Louis' (No Label) Having done vocals for Hudson Mohawke and others, this guy shows that he can pull an Aloe Blacc too, on this Oddisee-produced track. The Budos Band - River Serpentine from the album 'The Budos Band III' One of the stand-out tracks on the third album of a fantastic funk band.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Would You Please Come to My Gansta Nation?

Nash in the Seventies

In today's post I'm gonna talk about music I don't really like that much. Folk, country and the likes usually give me the creeps, so it may seem rather strange that I'm talking about one of the great 'stars' of folk-rock (I'm trying not to barf while typing this). As most of my good friends know, playing some Neil Young is an excellent idea if you want me to start a lecture on Young's overratedness and sorry singing. Watching various YouTube-clips of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-ensemble has got me laughing my ass off (watch 'Our House' or 'Teach Your Children' and try not to feel sorry for 'em). I have to admit that at least one of these guys earns my respect: Graham Nash. The former Hollies-member (you might know their 'Bus Stop' or 'Dear Eloise') relocated to L.A. late 1968 to join the CSNY-'supergroup', but realeased a couple of solo-records as well. One of his first solo-releases is the reason I made this post. In a reaction to 1968's riots in Chicago, Nash wrote his protest-song 'Chicago', defending the rights of the 'Chicago 7' (8 if you count Black Panther Bobby Seale, who was actually bound and gagged in the courtroom). Besides its obvious revolutionary and humanitarian value, the song deserves props for its really mean spine-snapping organ-groove. The gangstas amongst us will definitely recognize the sample from the Kanye-produced Beanie Sigel-song 'The Truth' or from the more popular 'Gangsta Nation' by Westside Connection (and Nate Dogg goes 'na-na-na-na-nananana') ... Enjoy!

Nash in his sixties

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Love Candy

It must have been at least 7 years ago I last heard 'Love Letters' by L-Fudge ft. Jasmin, which is quite strange because I instantly loved it. I have to say I was surprised yet very happy to find this 12'' (which came out on Ghent's Brick9000-label) while diggin' in the crates @ Pêle-Mêle in BXL last week. El Fudge (or L-Fudge as he was known back in the day) is a former member of the Demigodz (you might know their 'Don't You Even Go There') who never managed to make the big breakthrough, but his album 'Chronic Irresponsibility' is definitely one of the best hiphop records I own. Great productions (courtesy of English producer Joe Buhdha), great flows, interesting subjects and nice guest artists make this a really great record. These worth checkin' out: the introspective 'Bad Habits', the namedroping 'Worldwide' (featuring UK-MC Mr. 45), the ode to hiphop 'Realise' (featuring the always excellent J-Live), the self-diss 'A Night at Grant's Tomb', New York-anthem 'Beware' and 'One Fudge'. Since I already named half the tracks on the album, I suggest you check the whole thing out. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jimmy Flamboyant

It's been a while, but today I'm back with some real nice soul music from former Stevie Wonder backing-singer James (Jim) Gilstrap. After landing a contract in 1975, he went on to record 2 records: 'Swing Your Daddy' (1975) and 'Love Talk' (1976). The title track of the first one, 'Swing Your Daddy', will sound familiar (it was a major hit, with all that 'doobiedoowaa'-ing going on), but his second record was not very successful. The reason I mention 'Love Talk' is very simple: it's second track 'Move Me' was sampled by DJ Premier for the brilliant Big L-track 'Flamboyant'.
Gilstrap went on to persue a carreer as a session vocalist, singing backings for the likes of Anita Baker, Joe Cocker, Kelis and even Elton John. He also received critical acclaim for his work on Quincy Jones' 'Body Heat'-album (check 'Soul Saga (Song of the Buffalo Soldier)') and his contributions to the score of the Robert Redford-film 'Three Days of the Condor', his bluesy 'A Lament' for the Japanese 'Survive Style 5+'-film and his backings for the 'Grease'-musical. You might also want to check out his production work for the group Side Effect on 'Run Run Run'. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hopin' for a Rainy Day...

Henry DeMaio (director of the great 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out'-video) was asked to shoot the video for the Mayer Hawthorne instant-classic 'I Wish It Would Rain'. Check out the cool semi-animated video here.

Stones Throw also announced a new series of concerts and (oyeah!) Mayer will be coming back to Antwerp on 22/05/'10. I suggests you order your tickets in advance, because a lot has happened since Hawthorne performed at Petrol last year (I think there were like 20 people attending). Don't miss it!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Skinny Legs and Fat Women

I know it has been a while since I posted anything, and that is why today I want to point out a couple of Southern Soul-gems from the one and only Joe Tex. I first heard about Tex when MF DOOM mentioned him in Madvillain's 'Accordion' ("Excercise index won't need Boflex/and won't take the one with no skinny legs like Joe Tex") and was absolutely stunned by this Southern James Brown's raw energy, humour and funky delivery (most of the time, he's just rapping instead of singing).
Check out his hilarious performance at Top of the Pops ('Ain't Gonna Bump No More'), 'I Gotcha' (used on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack), 'Skinny Legs And All' and the funny 'Pneumonia'. This last one is a parody on 'Fever'(Peggy Lee's version is probably the best known), which Tex claims to have written but sold to Otis Blackwell; who, of course, denied everything...