Steady Bloggin’ Presents: Space Age Soul

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My concept for this compilation was very loose – modern music bearing influences of classic soul, funk or jazz; combined with tangible or intangible touches space-age futurism. The only significant restrictive caveats were ‘no rap’ and ‘nothing made more than 10 years ago’. Which gave me a wide range to play with, and so I ended up with a rather varied assortment spread from psychedelic soul to minimalist dub experiments to jazz space operas to bouncy midtempo synth-funk. I did my best to mold it all into some sort of cohesion, and it worked. Kinda.
 
Some of these songs have been posted here before. Most are fairly obscure, which was a purposeful choice; a few more known exceptions were too good to pass up. I annotated the track list with some notes in case anyone is interested, you can find that below the jump. The whole thing can be streamed via the Bandcamp widget. Enjoy.
 
TRACKLIST:
1. Wilder Zoby – Contagious
2. Levek – Look On The Bright Side
3. Fiber – Dust
4. BADBADNOTGOOD – Flashing Lights
5. Ari Roze – Rolling With The Dub
6. Mara TK – Run (away from the valley of fear)
7. Sonny Coates x Shafiq Husayn – mjrhe∆vy !!!!!!!!!!!!_! (*)
8. Thundercat – For Love I Come
9. Nite Funk (Dam-Funk & Nite Jewel) – Am I Gonna Make It
 

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Thanks to John Turner Jr. for the cover

 
1. Wilder Zoby – Contagious
 
Wilder is (was?) the frontman for the Brooklyn funk band Chin Chin. I’m fairly sure he had a hand in the recording of the new El-P album as well, who in turn had a co-production credit here. Unfortunately his own solo career does not seem to extend beyond this one very awesome song
 
2. Levek – Look On The Bright Side
 
To be honest I have yet to properly follow up on this guy. One day about a year ago he released this song as a digital single, and it spread through the internet like wildfire. That’s about all I know.
 
3. Fiber – Dust
 
Fiber is a near mythical entity, a psychedelic funk/jazz outfit in which the underground rap cult legend Edan plays the marimba. I found this song through their soundclick page, and there are some bootlegs of their live shows going around, but aside from that I could barely find any mention of them outside of something Edan once mentioned in passing. See my old post HERE for more info.
 
4. BADBADNOTGOOD – Flashing Lights
 
This one should be familiar, BBNG are making some big splashes lately and I’ve covered them here extensively since their first Odd Future medley. Their new album BBNG2, where this song is taken from, is their best yet. There were a few songs on there that were a good fit for the compilation, but the way they unfurl Kanye’s euro-sleaze to operatic proportions stuck with me the most.
 
5. Ari Roze – Rolling With The Dub
 
Ari Roze is a mysterious New Yorker/Australian who makes music that’s destined to be overlooked upon release but become pure pornography for record collectors 10-20 years later. When I first found this song it was the b-side of the only single he ever released, as far as I can tell he’s only done one short EP since then. Which only strengthens his qualifications as music nerd catnip.
 
6. Mara TK – Run (away from the valley of fear)
 
Mara TK is from New Zealand, you maybe more familiar with his work as part of Electric Wire Hustle. His solo career seems pretty sparse.
 
7. Sonny Coates x Shafiq Husayn – mjrhe∆vy !!!!!!!!!!!!_! (*)
 
Maybe my favorite song on here. It’s a remake of a track from Shafiq Husayn’s Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka album, which originally also featured Count Bass D. Apparently Coates wasn’t happy with the album version and that’s how this one came to exist (unfortunately I can’t find the link to the whole story). It’s interesting to note that Thundercat plays bass on here.
 
8. Thundercat – For Love I Come
 
This guy has a fascinating career – bassist for Suicidal Tendencies (since 2002), Erycah Badu, and Flying Lotus. He released his first solo last year to well deserved wide acclaim. This track is a George Duke cover, it kinda blew my mind when I first heard it. His live show is a clinic on jazz and bass virtuosity, highly recommended.
 
9. Nite Funk (Dam-Funk & Nite Jewel) – For Love I Come
 
Two artists that probably don’t need an introduction. I can’t say I’m a huge Nite Jewel fan beyond this one track. I’m a much bigger fan of Dam, but still for reasons I can’t really articulate I was compelled to pick this song over anything from his vast solo catalog. A little feminine touch goes a long way I guess. The song was released in 2009 and the internet went nuts for it, a full length collaboration was announced… and then nothing happened. Which is a shame.

 

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2 Responses to “Steady Bloggin’ Presents: Space Age Soul”

  1. ayentee says:

    thank you for this! That wilder zoby track also has a different version of it on el-p’s weareallgoingtohellmegamixx 3. That george duke cover was fucking amazing and his voice is spot on. Track 7 was also my favorite amoung the bunch but it had plenty of competition. That Levek track was about as well written as you can get and what they lacked in fluidity only added to the charm of the track, which im assuming was done intentionally.

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