a few days ago a discussion on Okayplayer lead to people making mash-ups of The Roots‘ “75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)“, with the intent of making the vocals fit with music that could TOP the original tune. clearly the focus is on the boom bap, so on a random spark of an idea i thought it might be good to switch the tempo up & present a non-hip hop offering. in this, my first ever attempt at a mash-up, i sped up Thought’s vocals & put it over the last few mins of an unreleased Kaidi Tatham song called “Hans Solo“, one which i snagged from his Myspace page many years ago and still regularly play to death (the shit is bananas, YouTube links below). sofar the response has been largely positive, and i had fun doin it so i hope yous dig it.
SBIs, y’all: Pharrell as Magnum The Verb Lord & Timbaland as DJ Timmy T.
we’d long heard the story: both Pharrell & Timbo, being natives of the same region of the U.S., came up together on the scene and had at one stage messed around with a collab project called Surrounded By Idiots (or SBIs for short). the connection itself wasn’t a clear one to me until the leaking of the stoner-friendly Big White Spaceship around 5yrs ago (thereabouts, maybe a bit longer), but that seemed to be a much more recent and one-off collab (feat. Magoo). i’ve been more of a Timbo nut than a Pharrell stan most of my life, but the two of em together? the results could only range from interestingly-cool to awesome. well recently Tim’s A&R, Larry Live (real name Larry Lyons), released a few tracks the duo cut together in 1991, which also feature Magoo & Larry Live on the mic. the quality of the recordings are rough as guts, the style is heavily influenced by the Native Tongues & is overall, if i may say, fucking DELIGHTFUL to hear lol. humble beginnings n alla that. sometimes a few supertalented friends fuckin around in the studio is all you need, or maybe i’m just being a dinosaur again.
and here’s Big White Spaceship in case y’all weren’t already up on it.
studies have shown, listening to the new UnFunkWitables mix (by Mista Vee) increases booty-busting happiness by approximately 99.99999999993%. after a brief respite (BASSCLEF managed to out-run Biff and his goons), Mista Vee (he is i & is him) returns to helm the next booty-bustin UFK installment, funnily enough titled: The Booty-Buster Boogie. this is possibly the sexiest 40-track collection of spacey chonky phat 80s synthfunk on the whole of the Internets (whatever THAT is). point is: switch this on, and someone’s booty is gettin broke. peep the colossal tracklist below n feel free to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter to tell us your own personal booty-bustin tale as a result of crankin this shit.
01. shyy – juke box 02. leon bryant – honey 03. la voyage – all night 04. brenda tracy – too much 05. freda payne – in motion 06. simon & mcqueen – let’s get into it 07. wendy lambert – never without you (just holding you) 08. jimmy ross – chocolate ice 09. mobley gang – groove for you 10. new paradise – sophistication 11. kevin toney – spread the word 12. james duke – hold on 13. hypertension – got this feelin 14. chris beckers splash – keep on dancing 15. elaine & ellen – fill me up 16. lafamille – dancer 17. the fantastic aleems – hooked on your love 18. jimmie gray – the kool people 19. several band – somebody say 20. alvin fields – lucky number seven 21. billy always – love’s knockin’ 22. arlana – you can’t keep breaking my heart 23. walter beasley – back in love again 24. rodney canada – i don’t believe it 25. d train – keep on 26. radiance feat. prize – this is a party 27. lj reynolds – trust in me 28. instant funk – you’ll be mine 29. carla bagneries – special thing 30. john simmons – ain’t nothing like the love 31. richard john smith – she’s the master of the game 32. dayton – sound o music 33. myth – play with me 34. mike & brenda sutton – sophisticated lover 35. lace – can’t play around 36. timeless – you’re the one 37. serge ponsar – out in the night 38. elegance – jamais de risques 39. aaron broomfield – i’m gonna miss ya 40. kiddo – try my loving
Van Hunt promised more freebies in the lead up to the release of his new album “What Were You Hoping For?”, and after the melancholy mellow of June we’re treated to the genre-mingling rock-infused soul music he perfected on his 2nd album On The Jungle Floor (and later expanded on with the unreleased Popular), with The Savage, Sincere L(ook) Of P(leasure). it’s a short but intense up and down song that builds and crescendos with Van’s appropriately PUNKY vocals (say what you want about him as a soul dude, he’s got the pipes, axe skills & charisma to front a rock band as well if he wanted). Confessions Of A Curly Mind (aka, me) happened to be online when he dropped the track via his official Facebook page, and wasted no time in getting this bad boy onto YouTube for the rest of the world. peep, share, enjoy, and BUY this man’s new album in September.
Ernest Greene (better known as Washed Out), pioneer of the “chillwave” sound (many credit him and Neon Indian for starting the genre) releases his first full length album next week via Sub Pop Records. and from the various streamables available on YouTube, it’s the same bedroom ethereal sound that made his first two EPs so endearing (and highly sought after), but with a slightly cleaner finish thanks to the assistance of Ben Allen, who co-produced Animal Collective‘s “Merriweather Post Pavillion” & Gnarls Barkley‘s “St. Elsewhere” (among others).
01. eyes be closed 02. echoes 03. amor fati 04. soft 05. far away 06. before 07. you and i 08. within and without 09. a dedication
peep the clip below for a taste of the album’s opening track, “Eyes Be Closed”. it’s wonderfully serene until it explodes into an orgasm of sound waves. there is no way this album will suck.
and as an added bonus, here is an absolutely GORGEOUS fan-made video of “Feel It All Around”, directed by Chase Heavener. i think Ernest’s people should get in touch with Chase for future videos, dude’s got some serious fucking talent!
like i told RoJo over twitter: after waiting this long to hear the follow-up to How To Feel, i can finally replace the non-stop listening of one Rochelle Jordan track for another. Take Time (again produced by Klash) evokes the breathy self-confidence of the most stylish mid-to-late 90s r&b singers (as a big lifelong fan of Aaliyah, baby-girl is the most obvious comparison). the pretty visual is a bonus (ain’t she cute as hell?), but it’s her command of harmony and songwriting that’s got the widespread attention of the Interwebs, after only two songs. can’t wait til the mixtape drops.
oh, and if the sample sounds familiar to my audiophiles out there (heard during the verses, before the beat-switch), that’s the O.G. technically-unreleased version of Fantastic Vampere by Sa-Ra Creative Partners (an equally awesome song, peep it below).
Van Hunt returns with a stunningly subdued ode simply titled June. the song is Van at his melancholy best, and is the first of a few forthcoming free online releases ahead of his new album, “What Were You Waiting For?”. the song makes classic elemental use of colouring love, in this case the month of June/girl named June. it seems to loosely bounce back & forth between metaphors, which makes it even more compelling. it’s important that this man KEEPS making music, cos he remains one of the few soldiers doing his own thing on his own terms (and who wouldn’t after having their best work to date, Popular, get shelved…by Blue Note, of all labels).
the new album is expected to be released on September 27th via a joint venture between Van’s own Godless-hotspot label and Thirty Tigers. according to Van, the next free song to be released will be Eyes Like Pearls (also the album’s first official single). we damn-well look forward to it. for now, enjoy the trippy beauty of June.