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.
Ben Khan - Eden
While continuing to hunt down clues leading to Jai Paul's mysterious identity, I came across another London resident musician Ben Khan. Looks like pretending to be a private ivestigator paid off for different reasons.
Rumour on the trolls of some random Kanye West fan blog, linked Jai Paul's identity to that of Ben Khan. Relatively little is known about both recording artists, and both tend to have a flair for psychedelic beats that sound like they have been mastered through a dirty distorted filter. (For other ridiculous descriptions of the song just check the excessive hashtagging below)
I am frankly shocked with the number of similarities these seemingly one of a kind musos have in common with one another. The only discernible difference between styles I can determine at this stage is that Jai Paul tends to opt for a higher octave in his singing and Ben Khan looks a little younger in his scarce internet pics. But who’s to say Paul isn’t just continuing to push the envelope on this track and develop a pseudonym to continue being able to veil his identity (which he has seemed fairly dead set on maintaining at this stage in his career).
Either I (and others) am/are becoming delusional with anticipation of an official album release, or there are some uncanny similarities between Paul and Ben Khan…
Chet Faker - Melt (feat. Kilo Kish)
Appearing on the music scene in 2011 with his cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity, Melbourne’s own Chet Faker found instant success, drawing in listeners with his chilled downtempo electronica beats and seductive soulful lyrics.
Released ahead of his upcoming North American tour, Chet’s latest track Melt, featuring the breathy vocals of American songstress Kilo Kish, has all the features of his debut full length, and the world is a better place for it.
With an understated bass-beat driving the slow-jam along over the occasional distorted synth-samples, Chet delivers an introspective examination of – in his words – ‘some kind of f***ed-up mess’. Best listened to at 2am when down to the dregs of your last drink.
Solillaquists of Sound
Solillaquists of Sound - Bulletproof
There have been few people in the 21st century who have inspired so many and sacrificed so much as Martin Luther King Jr who was assassinated 55 years ago for being an outspoken civil rights activist in a racially segregated America.
Rather than eulogise the man, I will leave it to Swamburger and the Sollilaquists of Sound to describe his struggle, set to piano, strings and drums. An amazing song befitting an amazing man.
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
As†ronomyy - Don’t Need U
Talk about being slapped in the face and being beaten senseless with riddum. UK act As†ronomyy uses a sparing melody and vocals packed with soul and forlorn melancholia to craft a saucy r&b ballad that will make you have your ears locked in a bittersweet love affair with the beauty of Don’t Need U.
If you’re going through a break up, plain tired, or plain in the mood for some amazing music, you need look no further - GET ON THIS! Fans of all genres will be able to appreciate this soulful gem.
Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
This song has exploded into the public consciousness after it was released as the lead single from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. The simple arrangement is designed to be dramatic and emotional, just like Fitzgerald’s beautifully narrated novel.
The orchestral arrangements and Lana Del Rey’s crooning are a perfect match. Despite this, the lyrics are very cheesy and cringeworthy in parts:
"Oh that grace, oh that body
Oh that face makes me wanna party”
Nevertheless the commercial appeal is apparent and Interscope Records will no doubt be enjoying the spoils of their investment, much like Gatsby himself.
Kydd - Missing Elements
Rapper Kydd really taps into the subconscious regions of the brain with this tune. The hypnotic beat is best enjoyed with headphones on or submerged in a bath (but not both for obvious reasons!). The unorthodox offbeat bassline and percussion add to the mysterious feel of the track.
The video is also incredible. The concept clip depicts life and death while flirting with mystic symbolism.
Download - Missing Elements
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