Who's gonna save my soul
Gnarls Barkley - Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Dangermouse and Cee-Lo make pretty great music together. As Gnarls Barkley, their music ranges from soul, funk, dance, hip hop and everything in between.
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul appeared on the duo’s second album from 2008. The song has a slow bluesy guitar sample and I do believe there is an organ backing Cee-Lo’s rich, husky voice.
This track closed the first season of TV’s Breaking Bad and the underlying question at the heart of the song definitely echoes the protagonist Walter White’s ongoing moral dilemmas.
Let this song marinate your Sunday night and as always, enjoy.
Relaxin' Jackson (Nappy DJ Needles blend)
OutKast & A Tribe Called Quest - Relaxin’ Jackson
Comitting to make a full length release comprising of mashups is ambitious to say the least and taking two of the biggest groups in hip hop is going to attract a degree of scrutiny by die hard fans.
Nevertheless, Nappy DJ Needles has done just that, mixing instrumentals from A Tribe Called Quest with raps from OutKast’s career. Arguably the most recognisable songs from each group, Electric Relaxation and Ms Jackson meet on this mashup. The results are surprisingly good, combining the jazz sensibility of Q-Tip's productions with the heart-on-sleeve honesty and otherworldly raps of Big Boi and André 3000.
Track list and mixtape download link below.
- 01. ATCK Intro [0:20]
- 02. ATLiens To Go [3:19]
- 03. Skew It On The Scenario [3:07]
- 04. So Fresh, So Clean, So Butter [3:40]
- 05. Findawayinduetime [3:34]
- 06. We’ve Got The Jazzy Belle [3:41]
- 07. Relaxin’ Jackson [3:56]
- 08. Da Enemy of Storytellin [3:42]
- 09. Bonita Play On Elevators [3:25]
- 10. Wheelz of What [3:15]
- 11. Scenariosa Parks [3:13]
- 12. Royal Jam [3:15]
Download - A Tribe Called Kast
Shigeto - R Life (feat. Brandon Mitchell & Carlos Garcia)
When it comes to music that can really clear your head, it’s fairly difficult to go past the likes of The Flashbulb, Tycho or Shigeto.
Shigeto’s fusion of jazz, glitch and ambient is as good as a three day meditation binge in the Himalayas. It’s as good as having your brain soak in purified salts in an Alaskan spring, it’s akin to bungee jumping in super slow motion in zero gravity, it’s the equivalent of levitating in the Northern Lights, it’s the same experience you would get if you synchronised your understanding of the world with a benevolent higher deity.
Mp3 link below.
Download - R Life
La nuit mene une existence obscure
Nicolas Repac - La Nuit Méne Une Existence Obscure
This track is sizzling with French sensuality. I first came across La Nuit Méne Une Existence Obscurefrom the So Frenchy, So Chic albums seven years ago. I hold this compilation series responsible for introducing me to a plethora of French talents including Emilié Simon, Spleen, Camille and We Were Evergreen to name a few.
Vivace From Concerto In C Minor
Jacques Loussier Trio
Jacques Loussier Trio - Vivace From Concerto In C Minor
Take one percussionist, one bassist, and one pianist with an impressive aquiline nose. Add classical training, and juxtapose with the desire to break rules. Combine, and the result is the Jacques Loussier Trio.
The Trio (originally comprising bassist Pierre Michelot, percussionist Christian Garros, and Loussier leading on piano) began recording during the 1950’s, transposing compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach - taking them from former lives as strictly classical pieces, and transforming them into fresh jazz numbers.
During the mid-1970’s, Loussier disbanded the trio, in order to develop some original compositions. However, the Trio re-formed (with a new lineup) in 1985, still focusing on Loussier’s love of Bach, but also branching out to include pieces by Handel, Mozart, and Satie (among others) in their repertoire.
Of the Trio’s Bach interpretations, Vivace From Concerto In C Minor is a personal favourite. While the ear is drawn to the elegant piano, the percussive and bass work is impossible to ignore, gifting the listener with the best of not one, but three worlds. This recording is taken from the Trio’s 50th Anniversary release, and features the post-reformation lineup of Vincent Charbonnier and André Arpino (handling bass and percussion, respectively).
Despite octogenarianism calling, Louisser still has a lot of Bach to work with. Here’s hoping for a few more recordings of the man with the masterful hands.
Shigeto - Ann Arbor Parts 3 & 4
As much as I would love to claim that I know about Shigeto, truth is I’m not really familiar with his story, back catalogue or other mumbo jumbo. But I do know that he makes great electronic music.
A little glitchy, a little jazzy, a little sample-based and a little ambient all rolled into a sumptuous track. Brimming with rich textures and subtle flourishes of production wizardry, Ann Arbor parts 3 & 4 makes for an enchanting listen.
Arts The Beatdoctor feat Pete Philly - The Zone
In Dutch, the word “arts” means “doctor,” and I think that this was intentional name choice judging by the theraputic brand of organic hip hop the Dutch native has been cooking up.
The Netherlands has one of the best hip hop scenes in the world right now. Artists such as Pete Philly & Perquisite, Pax & Pree, Skiggy Rapz & Keynote Speakerz are world class artists. Arts The Beatdoctor definitely qualifies as one of my favourite producers although he has only released one album to date - 2007’s Transitions.
The Zone is the closing track on the album and tops off a memorable mellow, jazzy hip hop album. Pete Philly is the perfect guest emcee and his vocals compliment the authentic sample-driven beat.
Dayglo Reflection (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Bobby Womack feat. Lana Del Rey- Dayglo Reflection
Yesterday Bobby Womack released the third leak, Dayglo Reflection, from his upcoming album.
Produced by Damon Albarn (of the Gorillaz) and Richard Russell, this jazzy duet features the ever divisive Lana Del Rey and it is the third track to surface from The Bravest Man In The Universe, Bobby’s first album in the last 18 years.
It’s a bold collaboration between musical camps but it features a classy and likable arrangement that comes complete with touches of orchestration.
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