i really like all of the guitar dissonances that bobby digital intersperses here, adding harmonic intrigue to nancy sinatra’s breathy vocals. they’re totally effective from a mood standpoint, conveying a kind of disillusionment, mysterious distress, and sensuousness that elevates the track beyond what instrumental hip-hop is usually capable of articulating. this beat leads off the ost to kill bill vol. 1, a project that rza was heavily involved with, just another accomplishment in his extensive list of successful endeavors. it was originally a cher song, from 1966, but sinatra (frank’s daughter) re-recorded it the same year, with tremolo guitar effects by billy strange.
My favorite song so far off of Thundercat’s new album “The Golden Age of Apocalypse” produced by Flying Lotus.
one of my favorites as well. i’ve listened to the album repeatedly thanks to this link, and have been appreciating it for weeks in advance of today’s official release date. if i get some extra money over these next few weeks, i’m going to head over to a record store and buy it. it’s an incredible collection of music, in which shimmering production highlights thundercat’s transcendent musical abilities. (the bass solo 2/3’s of the way through this track is just stupid good). the way that the end of this track flows into the staggeringly deep ’for love i come,’ the first single from the album, is nothing short of masterful. the golden age of apocalypse is constantly stimulating, from start to finish, and i especially recommend it (as well as most of the other brainfeeder artists) to anyone who feels like the music industry is getting stale. if you like jazz, funk, hip-hop, afro-futurism, soul, even classical music (there’s a bit of a debussy tribute thrown in towards the end of this one), step right up, the golden age is here.
the tests, involving 5,500 guatemalans from 1946 to 1948, first came to light last year, and barack obama put together a commission, the presidential commission for the study of bioethical issues, to further investigate them. it’s been learned that the u.s. gov’t scientists were aware of what they were doing, and ensured that the guatemalans didn’t, even though they had consent forms when administering the same tests to prisoners in indiana several years before.
obama apologized to president alvaro colom as a result, and stated that the acts ‘ran contrary to american values.’ no, actually, they’re perfectly in line with a great number of american values, but it’s the investigation, as well as the resulting expression of remorse, that shows to be uncharacteristic here. guarantee this finds no place in mainstream (north) american news.
a bit late on this, but the new ep is soooooo good.
cool track….welcome to the highly underrated genre of baroque house, haha. this should satisfy your late night cravings for hypnotizing electronica. if it only makes you want more, here’s a 30 minute mix he made for a bbc radio one show.
Really can’t wait for the full length… TWIRLIGIG…Oct. 18th!
jonti - hornet’s nest
wow, this colorful album color really does the track justice, more appropriately than most other music’s accompanying art. this is a fantastic first impression to make. stones throw sometimes leaves me sort of alienated with their more experimental artists, like james pants, baron zen, and gary wilson, but this a perfect balance of everything i could hope to hear from the otherwise exceptional record label. it’s an endlessly stimulating psychedelic hip-hop sound, with shimmering (also, goosebump-inducing) instrumental breaks, and some stoned vocal harmonies that sound like they were recorded through a hacked calculator.
the aforementioned breaks, sitting comfortably in the middle of this two-minute jam, totally remind me of something i want to listen to right now, but i can’t quite place what it is. i think it’s either jaga jazzist (probably my 2nd favorite band behind radiohead), or hot shots golf 2 for playstation one. it’s the kind of sound that will surely find its way onto flying lotus’s next release, i can guarantee that. something entirely familiar, but i’m also certain that i’ve never heard anything like it before. it’s exhilarating but almost a bit frustrating. something about strings + bells + trippy electronics just gets me, and they’re handled masterfully here.
musical and photographic documentation of the experimental beat scenes centered in la, nyc, glasgow (north uk) and london/bristol (south). formulated by bleep.com, warp, and photographer shaun bloodworth, this multimedia package will showcase the vanguard of the progressive electronica scene, as artists evolve variously in a post-dubstep landscape of club music. hudson mohawke, skream, flylo, daedelus, faltydl, rustie, mike slott…..this album surely won’t leave hungry bassheads disappointed. it’s due to drop in early december. track listing and previews can be found within that link, and you can click shaun bloodworth’s name above to view some quality photos of the participating artists (and much more).
From The Mind’s Eye EP out August 16, 2011 on Alpha Pup Records
dubstep like you’ve probably never heard it before….the defiantly dragging wobbly triplets are taken out of their traditional context and used to propel this uptempo tribal groove into a sort of film score chase scene. ‘rattlesnake' is pretty appropriate considering this wouldn't sound out of place in a modernized western flick, maybe as some outlaws are flying across the desert in their muscle cars, evading the law as they've done countless times before. there's the usual dose of 8-bit tones as the track progress, but also some spooky synthesized theremin sounds that make me think of EOTO remixing the good, the bad, the ugly or something. i think i’m going to click play again and watch the ‘stylo' video on mute just to check.
Busta Rhymes (prod. by J Dilla) - Takin’ What’s Mine
another hip-hop track that does it for me. dilla was a part of every solo album busta’s ever put out, and i don’t think enough people know that. he was always a humble dude during his life, so the widespread encouragement of recognition afterwards has been key. busta has been a big champion of that, spreading j dilla’s name as much as anyone since his death in 2006. like his style or not, busta rhymes is one of the g.o.a.t., and their collaborative tracks have always been great.
there’s a recording of a flylo concert at the elysée montmarte where he blends this track with an accelerated version of ‘windowlicker' by aphex twin…..it's just as ridiculous as it sounds. you can hear it here, from another live set of his. there’s always a way to step it up.
a friend from middle school summer camp bought me this cd once for my birthday. i was unsure about it back in the day, with all sorts of cartoons in the cd booklet and an approach to hip-hop unlike anything i’d heard before. nowadays, it’s an undisputed classic. we movin’ on up in the world like elevators. they exploded onto the scene soon after this mid-90’s classic.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Take You There (9th Wonder remix)
might’ve posted this before, don’t remember. 9th wonder has an uncommon knack for featuring sentimental loops, and the one flipped here really heightens the track. the subtle bells and cinematic strings are a nice touch as well.