hadn’t ever heard this one before. i just learned that simon green/bonobo released this and four other remixed tracks in late 2010. downloads are available as individual files here (not sure if he’s offering them elsewhere, legally). ‘ghost ship’ is a fantastic example of his serenely luxurious beat-making abilities. as usual, it’s nearly impossible to dislike.
I about lost my shiz once the drums finally came in. It’s a very slow build but it kept me hung thus listening for nuances sunk deep inside. I found it hard not to be vibed out. Happy cover Friday!
Found this while doing my bi-weekly check up on Pitchfork’s forkcast. This an amazing cover of George Duke and will be featured on Thundercat’s new album The Golden Age of Apocalypse being put out by Brainfeeder. Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner is best known probably for being the former bassist for Suicidal Tendencies and his amazing bass work on Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma. Bro tumbles too.
i was biking home from downtown around 2:30 last night, and remembered that even though i listened to this song repeatedly after seeing it on my dash several times, i never actually posted it. (i had just seen a sign for bilal’s concert here on friday night, was thinking about this track featuring thundercat, and wondered when his album the golden age of apocalypse is coming out.) the beautifully resonant fender rhodes in the first half of the track is mesmerizingly smooth and sonically ideal. this track makes me miss my smoking room (+ fog machine, + star projector) back in tallahassee.
dedicated to his close friend, j dilla, one of the only humans on the planet with comparable abilities behind the decks. this is pretty funky and seemingly light-hearted, but takes on a deeper meaning with full context considered. it’s from his beat konducta vol. 6 - dil withers suite album, a tribute to his jaylib collaborator and fellow giant of beat-making. the sample is from ‘since you’ve been away' by don blackman.
you are a beautiful person and we appreciate your help in our community of music; thank you very much for coming by….
On April 8, 2011 an e-mail was sent out stating The New Deal would be breaking up in 2011. According to the e-mail the band feels “We have come to a point where the time and commitment that it takes to maintain our band at its best is no longer possible.”. A summer and fall tour is being planned to end off the 12 year career.
that really sucks a lot. guess it does help solidify my summer plans though. they’re at wakarusa, camp bisco, and a few other fests, and i think i need to see them at least two more times. a guy i know was telling me yesterday that they were his primer to ‘jamtronica,’ having seen them live back in ‘99 and a few times since then. i’ve only had three years of their music in my life, and two live shows (camp bisco and bear creek ‘10), so i need to step that up before it’s too late. this canadian trio embodies everything that’s right about dance music, and are pretty damn untouchable live.
have i not posted this before? this track is sublime. i’m sure it’d be even more powerful and redeeming if i wasn’t a middle-class caucasian male, but i can still respect the dignified call for spiritual enrichment he offers in this song. all other elements aside, one particular reason this song especially resonates with me is because it utilizes my two favorite instruments, vibraphone and jazz organ…..i just learned right now that it’s motherfucking WILL.I.AM ON THE FENDER RHODES. wut. pure insanity. anyway, this is an all-time classic, and should be standard listening fare for anyone into uplifting music. when i saw him play live at sxsw ‘10, a girl was hysterically crying (while singing along) in front of me….’umi says' is surely one of the most thoroughly emotional tracks in the extensive annals of hip-hop history, and undoubtedly transcends the genre.
oh my god she sampled kings of convenience oh my god she sampled kings of convenience…..’weight of my words.' i recognized it immediately, and still can't believe it. holy shit toki what are you doing to me??? with eachsubsequentrelease (i could swear i reblogged those last two, but apparently not), each random track i stumble across on tumblr, i appreciate her beatsmithery incrementally. creature dreams just came out TODAY TODAY TODAY. go time.
prefuse 73 - busy signal (make you go bombing mix)
one of my favorite tracks, and one that introduced me to the desirably aggressive side of glitch-hop, while still incorporating enough classical elements and harmonic intrigue to satisfy my symphonically-inclined mind. this song has earned me some incredibly weird looks at red lights, which i wear in my memory like trophies, a collection of miniature victories. one word extinguisher, released on warp in 2003, is a fantastically unique album, far ahead of its time; people are still barely catching up to it. i discovered it in 2006-07, and thought it sounded like the future, with people buzzing around town on hovercrafts and all that. there are bass clarinets swirling around all over the place, the ‘so take it up with the writings on the wall/god DAMN' sample is reminiscent of j dilla interrupting his own music (like @ 1:02) with some irreverent left-field samples, the violently stuttering intro roams from speaker to speaker as if searching for some needed stability….it’s all goodness. this is actually a remix of a much more serene daedelus track, which you can sample here, and there’s actually another version out there by mr. alfred darlington, (both are on the household ep) which is essentially a ‘screwed’ version of this track, played at 33 rpm instead of 45. check it out. the two incredible producers basically went back and forth remixing ‘busy signal’…..no complaints here. just do me a favor and turn it up a bit more.
‘Life Stories’ showcases the Ghanaian guitarist’s definitive Highlife and Afrobeat collection of work from 1973-1980. Taylor’s music is often compared to African legend Fela Kuti, but he claims the similarities are in their influences. In fact the two were friends according to Taylor, both socializing while studying music in London. The compilation is in stores everywhere including online as of yesterday.
ebo taylor - heaven
mostly instrumental afrobeat grooves…it’s pretty clear that fela had more command over the genre, in terms of performing with more charisma, songwriting prowess, and emotional intent, but ebo’s infectious treatment of african funk still warrants appreciation. the fact that this release is so current makes sharing it especially worthwhile. this track isn’t exactly full of surprises, but serves as fantastic background music, relaxing but persistently energetic in a manner that seemingly only afrobeat music can pull off. check out the rest of his life stories for more of the same.
it had been way too long since i’ve posted music, i know. probably the longest i’ve gone since starting this blog? full pages full of only images…..lame. sorry for the let-down, guys. gotta get back on the ol’ horse.
i’ve probably posted this before? but i’ve listened to it a bunch of times this week, and really like that image, so it’s getting shared again. ‘triangular daises' always takes me back to the sunday morning of bear creek, blissfully stumbling upon their performance and getting the last day of the festival started. i'm posting this on sunday at 12:30ish for a reason. the aforementioned moment has taken on a surreal quality for me, probably because i spent a few days in tallahassee after the fest applying for jobs in austin (completely in vain) from random coffeeshops around town, listening to all the rubblebucket tunes i could find. it all worked out alright. i'm going to refer to the experience as a bildungsroman-type story for myself, mostly because it's a rare situation where the term is appropriate. thanks for the music recommendation lilli, even more so than usual, this one was right on point.