Episode 8 is our Jansport (backpack) special. A tribute to the independent hip-hop movement that helped spawn labels like Fondle ‘Em, Hydra, Rawkus, Stones Throw, Def Jux and ABB records. A time, where the internet played a major role in the music. This era allowed people to DIY, giving them an outlet never had. This movement created dreams, jobs, life-long careers and of course, some amazing music too. Speaking of music, if we covered everything this episode would be 20 hours instead of 2. We picked obscure cuts all the way to classics heard from the late 90s to the early 00s. We got everybody from Mos Def, Company Flow, MF Doom, Murs, Planet Asia, J-Live, Juggaknots, Weatherman, Saukrates, Jigmastas, Cannibal Ox, L-Fudge, Godfather Don, All Natural, Non-Phixon, Cage, Latryx, Mr. Voodoo, K-Otix, and Vakill to name a few. You don’t want to miss this!
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Second single from Dam’s upcoming sophomore album, which I’m anticipating more than any other album slated for the end of the year.
I always enjoy hearing Dam’s collaborations with others, they make for really interesting variations on his signature style. His template is pliable in a way that allows his guests/co-conspirators to imprint their own presence onto it strongly, but without overbearing Dam’s funk je ne sais quoi.
The two non-album tracks included as ‘bonuses’ with the single demonstrate this well by juxtaposition. ‘Glyde’ is polished, it’s bounce tempered by the Sylvers’ veteran sophistication. Meanwhile ‘Haunting Me’ and”Fisticated’ are pure uncut Dam, with more punch and some frayed edges that peak through the drum programming.
Been waiting for a Duppy Gun full-length compliation/album for a while now, today the info for it was finally officially announced via Stones Throw. I love this label’s fractured and occasionally abrasive but always interesting experiments in dancehall and dub, the first new single is right in line with their past work, so I’m really all about this. My only concern is that the album’s tracklist only shows the vocal takes. Hopefully the dubs/versions will be released as well, as they have occasionally proven to be the more interesting sides of the Duppy Gun singles.
It’s 90+ degrees outside right now, seems like a good time for some reggae. I’ve been putting off catching up on Dub Club’s Foundation Come Again for no good reason, this is a good opportunity to make up for lost time. There’s a nice primer on what it’s all about HERE, but essentially all you need to know is that this is a collection of great new(ish) music from dancehall legends. All three songs featured in this post are featured on the album.
Droning motorik psych-funk. Somewhere out there in the cyclopean reaches of the indifferent universe the nihilists from The Big Lebowski are voguing to this dispassionately.
DOWNLOAD: The Heliocentrics – Wrecking Ball
If you’re not familiar with The Heliocentrics, they’ve released some cool stuff on Stones Throw/Now Again, but my favorite may be their work in collaboration with Mulatu Astatke. This song is taken from their new album, which is out April 16th 2013.