Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mpese Mpese band - Mpese Mpese theme (Drumtalk remix)

Thanks to @al_mazzles for the tip on this one. This is sick. Original tune is from 1986. Sofrito have just released this Drumtalk remix on their Highlife Underground EP.

Afro-dance times!!



Echoes feat. Bundy K. Brown - Directions

Kieran Hebden just tweeted "I probably got most of the idea for Four Tet from this".
Need I say more? Absolutely awesome.


Tullio De Piscopo - Stop Bajon (1987)

Post xmas vibesing with Italian drummer-singer maestro Tullio De Piscopo and his (very) merry band. Cheers to @iikans for the shout on this one.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Low - Christmas (1999)

yes. yes. yes.

after hanson's classic "snowed in," this is easily the best christmas album ever

merry xmas everyone!!!


p.s. thanks goes to my sister, ianthe.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Real Estate - Days (2011)

Posting this one might be redundant as its gotten a ton of buzz recently, but if you haven't checked it out its worth sitting down with for a while. Definitely an LP you want to let simmer, on first listen its mellow enough that I didn't really grasp everything that was going on.

Its Real Estate's second LP, and is much better produced and put together than their endearing, more lo-fi first self-titled. The phaser guitars, catchy hooks, and surf pop feel are guaranteed to grow on you. If you like interwining, lackidaisical guitars, and lyrics about home in the suburbs, this is for you. Happy relaxing.

For a taste of the first LP:

- A

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage (2011)

never really got into black metal, but this is awesome. wolves in the throne room are apparently pushing black metal to new, inter-genre heights, and it works. think epic post-rock, mixed with the best of metal.

it took me a couple of spins before i massively got into this album, so definitely give it some time if your ears aren't tuned to metal vocals, shreddage and pounding double pedal rhythms. it's worth it.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Ice Cube - The Predator (1992)

Hey All,

I'm finally back for a second post, and this one's coming straight at you from the golden age of hip hop. Ice Cube, the crazy mothafucka from Compton, was never really up my alley, or so I thought. But after being introduced to his biggest hit ever, "It Was A Good Day" (check the first vid below), in a hip hop history class I'm taking, I changed my tune. The beats all the way through this LP are insane, full of horn blasts, soulful vocal hooks, and thumpin like you wouldn't believe. Ice Cube, not renown as a conscious rapper by any means, hits all the gangsta tropes: getting women, selling drugs, using his AK 47, poppin a three wheel turn with his hydraulics, all the classics. There are even some hilarious skits included as interludes (which have their own sick beats as well), both political and humorous, my favorite being a cop that threatens to book Ice Cube if he doesn't share his donuts (the cop ends up shot). Key tracks are almost all of them. "The Predator," "It Was A Good Day," "Check Yo Self," and "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha" are probably my favorites. So grab some St. Ives, a blunt, and put your hands up. This ones a party.

- A