I’ve been deliberating over which song to feature next from Danish group The Eclectic Moniker after posting about 2 Officersin August. I’ve finally decided on this one. Going to Paris is catchy and upbeat and makes you feel like you’re in a tropical climate no matter the weather outside. Their music sounds a lot like Vampire Weekend and in many ways the bands aren’t too dissimilar. Head over to their Bandcamp site for more music.
This song is taken from 1998’s ‘Still Standing’ album and features their longtime friends Big Boi and Andre 3000 from OutKast. The song just gets better with each verse as the 5 lyricists build on one another’s style. A recommended listen with headphones.
Now a bit of a history lesson.
Hip hop from the ‘Dirty South’ of America went through a phase of being criticised. In the midst of this, OutKast and Goodie MoB (from the Dungeon Family collective) proved in the 90s that not only could the South of the US produce amazing hip hop, but they also pioneered a more soulful approach to the music with less bravado than the majority of their counterparts.
Goodie MoB have an undeniable soulful element to their music. The group produced 3 albums before group member Cee-Lo departed to pursue what has proved to be a very successful solo career & form one half of Gnarls Barkly. Big Gipp also left soon after. But fans should be happy to know that all 4 original members have reformed and are currently working on their first album with the original lineup since 1999’s poorly received 'World Party' LP.
About 2 weeks back I realised I have an extremely limited collection of music from South America. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for some good chilled music to feature from a beautiful, often overlooked continent on the global scale.
El Sueño De La Casa Propia or The Dream of Hope Ownership is the moniker of Chilean Jose Manuel Cerda. After a turbulent past, Jose found his calling making electronic music (for a time he was a drug dealer and street vendor). In Pobre Ave you’ll find samples and slick production that create a glitchy dream-like soundscape.
Thanks to Indieshuffle for the find. I can almost feel the tropical weather in this song, or maybe its because it was sunny on my side of the world today, hmm….
Anyone who enjoyed Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will surely appreciate Wild Child. Both groups have an American midwest, country sound and the lyrics of both songs are structured in an almost conversational way as the lead singers trade lines. Wild Child group members Alexander Beggins and Kelsey Wilson met during the midst of a breakup. So it might not come as a surprise to find out that a lot of the songs on their debut album concern changes in relationships. The 6 piece group will release their LP Pillow Talk on October 25th so fans of the music won’t have long to wait for more. Here is the tracklist for the album.
1. The Escape 2. Silly Things 3. That’s What She Say 4. Darling Divine 5. Someone Else 6. Whiskey Dreams 7. Winter Pockets 8. Cocaine Hurricane 9. Warm Body 10. I’ll Figure You Out 11. Real Estate 12. Pillow Talk 13. Day Dreamer 14. Bridges Burning 15. The Talk Of You & Me
This group will forever be remembered by hip hop lovers all around the globe. Responsible for pioneering a style of their own and inspiring countless modern acts, De La Soul have never compromised their music to appeal to a mainstream hip hop audience and as a result, their fanbase has remained loyal to them. 1993 saw the release of their third album Buhloone Mindstate which remains my favourite of their LPs to date.
This song was made in an era where hardware, live instrumentation and sampling was still the predominant way to make hip hop.Long before CD burners existed and before hip hop was the most popular genre in the music charts. This song is definitely an introspective piece but it is also one that should put you in a good mood.
Reading these lyrics would not give you a proper indication of the song.
The profanities might even go unnoticed to the unwary listener because Jai Paul’s falsetto lures you into a lullaby-like melody. This is of course juxtaposed several times when the music switches to a warbling bassline with synth-heavy distortion.
I think the music provides a good backdrop for American MC Intuition's intelligent wordplay. This song was popular with bloggers when it was released but the remix was hardly picked up by listeners when it was released earlier in 2011.
You can download this song and Intuition’s mixtape here for free. As for Jai Paul, the UK artist is currently in the process of recording his debut album. Watch this space.
If Simon & Garfunkel secretly sailed to Scandinavia, cloned themselves and snuck back to the U.S. in 1975, its highly likely that Erlend Øye & Eirik Glambek Bøe are their long lost clone babies.
On the off chance that I am wrong, Kings of Convenience are no less a force to be reckoned with in modern folk music. The two sing hushed harmonies over playful, sometimes rousing songs and after listening to one of their album you will always feel a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for their music.
This was the first track I heard from the group in ‘05 or ‘06 from a Jack Johnson compilation album and I was blown away. I think Feist adds a nice dynamic to this number. The songstress has just brought out her new album this week so keep an ear out if you enjoy her contribution on ‘Know How’. Here's a link to the download.
In ‘06 I had a friend who was obsessed with Midlake after they brought out their sophomore album The Trials of Van Occupanther.
He played that album every time we hung out. In short, while I wasn’t a fan to begin with, it came to grow on me. This one was probably my favourite along with Roscoe. It was one of the first bands I heard that was apart of the American folk revival that is still going on today.
Their music will be enjoyed by fans of the Fleet Foxes. For fans of the music, here's a link to the mp3.
In ‘06 Nas famously declared that “hip hop is dead.” There was such heated debate over the subject and it really amused me. Clearly the fact that there was such a debate in the first place was testament to it’s health. There will always be people who claim that they hate hip hop and that hip hop today sucks. I used to get in arguments with these people but now it just makes me smile. People don’t understand that there is always good music being made daily. People who don’t like one kind of music usually base their evaluation on a very limited exposure to two or three different commercial artists because that is the only means by which they have bothered to access it. Music emerges from rich subcultures. People who make broad sweeping statements about their musical taste can do so, but sometimes I wonder if people who claim to hate modern day hip hop really have even bothered looking into artists like Blu…
Laugh now Cry never Never mind, nice guys finish fine I guess The ever fly, Used to be fresh But now I’m wise Guy’s Try to imply Like I should optimize on lies and cries I find it harder now to author nouns and sounds It’s like Couldn’t believe I was really bout to father a child *When all of this foul *World grows above the canal All the options Cloggin and crowdin’ Little Knoggins’ With products instead a knowledge Unbalanced And it bothers nobody cause she fine as hell So she whine’s/wine’s And dines And tells more lies Trynna find herself Fell on ma knees today to find myself And it helps when It ain’t no one around to tell the truth to When I’m not have the guy/God I use to be Use too Who be? Use to say You the truth too Now I’m just Truthful Truthfully it hurts Usually worse Used to be worse Running from comfort Cause I wouldn’t conform, or convert Now I just converse About how much love hurts And how good God is And how much I want more for ma kids Cause life is not fair But it does not stop there Do what you got til you drop But don’t trip me dear It’s God’s here Right here
[Verse 2:Blu] Whatever you be on is you nigga Whatever I be on the good God got me on I try to lone through the winter Jottin’ home in poems Trynna remember the warmth when the storms pass Blue skies Sunshine ma minds forecast Not like I was born last week Complete ma format Ma perspective gets deep Ma lessons have been collectin’ like Blessings The exchange rate is beautiful too Proving that truth can override anything but love So God Bless you A timeless Life a Stressin’ this fight with lust I try to put my life love up above you but God Mom Music Movies Movin’ the world with a duty to truly be something worthy of Lavish ass pad’s Wit cars And all types a devices Must be nice if happiness is priceless Right Price my life An y’all can have the ranger bright lights and fame For some change you can change if your souls intact An it’s hard to beat that with a bat Most cats get wit this It’s 08 jack I stick wit that Boon bap mind state 96 mind flip, get money Other than that We praise God Sometimes I play y’all Never did play cards or Video games I was eight trynna navigate principle aim Multiplin’ ma visual game By ma spiritual gain Divided truth by pain Still steerin’ the plane Like the pilots do it Sun shine And in the sky is Blu So high Wave hi we just ridin’ through No titles, No idols, No pride No time to prove to you why we fly we just do US And we trust that you do you That’s what we was brought up to do
This song never fails to make me daydream intensely when I listen. The young Sydney three-piecer are on the forefront of innovative electronic music in Australia. This is one of my favourites from their debut album The Sound of Trees Falling on People. Prepare to be soothed and unsettled by distorted baby cries, before being eased back again into a surreal soundscape. While this song may not be for everyone, I recommend people listen with an open mind. If you’re already a fan of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, Seekae won’t disappoint. Here's a link to the mp3.
My third Radical Face post in the past three months, but I feel that I need to share this song with people. Yesterday Ben Cooper released The Family Tree: Roots, his first album as Radical Face since 2006’s Ghost. Like the classic Welcome Home, Always Gold begins slowly. The melody is both haunting and uplifting - emotions that typify much of Cooper’s songwriting. Like Ghost, his latest work is also a concept album. As Cooper explains,
“I’m a storyteller, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied American history for a frame of reference and put it all together.”
This is the type of thing you might expect an author to do before releasing a novel, so it’s hardly surprising that Cooper used to be an author before deciding to take up music.
There’s a lot of substance in this release, but you don’t have to be concentrating intently to enjoy the music. So, relax and enjoy.
Anyone who has ever dabbled in philosophy will understand the uncertainty involved in deliberating the nature of everything. In other words, sometimes you just want answers dammit! This Irish folk duo knows what I’m talking about and sum up the process of lamenting nicely in less than 3 minutes. Efficient thinking in my books.
Some lyrics for your pondering.
When we’re young we set our hearts upon some beautiful idea Maybe something from a holy book or French philosophia Upon the thoughts of better men than us we swear by and decree a Perfect way to end the war of ways the only way to be a…
Work of art, oh to be a work of art
But in time a thought comes tugging on the sleeve edge of our minds Perhaps no perfect way exists at all, just many different kinds Oh but if it’s just a thing of taste then everything unwinds For without an absolute how can the absolute define…