Not my favourite track of The Good Sun but solid none the less. There’s still some incredible lyricism in here, especially near the end.
Archive for October, 2010
As far as trends go, this new brand of is-it-or-isn’t it atmospheric hip-hop, seems to be sticking around. Ever since Flying Lotus burst onto the scene some of my favourite sites have been inundated with the same style of music and personally I’ve stayed well clear. Then I saw the amazing artwork, created by Teebs himself, for Ardour. While it was definitely a materialistic move, it was what brought me to this new innovative trend-setting form of music – something I’m glad I tried.
I’m not sure I agree with what he’s saying about hip-hop getting worse nowadays. We post brilliant stuff every day on Lesson Six. But, I can see where he’s coming from, everyone has those days – let’s see what it turns his new album into, “Grey Crow”. Out 9th of November.
A lengthy interview with Shad in Seattle, another stop in his American tour with k-os.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jeff is one busy man. Great video for a great track directed by The Far Left and featuring the Soul Felons b-boy crew. Had this one on loop all afternoon. Loving it.
Another track that’s popped up by Cymarshall. That’s probably enough to start thinking about a retrospective review of his album with The Beatnikz.
If you go to Ecid’s Bandcamp page and read the lengthy album description you will see these words, “emphasis on making every word count”. It’s a good ideal to pursue, but in doing so you can overload the listener or lack the catchy hooks that music, no matter how much it tries not to be pop, needs. Other linguistically versitile artists like Homeboy Sandman have managed it and so deos Ecid, just in a different way.
There’s a lot of raw emotion from Ecid in this album, a lot of anger. Most of it is directed at his family, his past and a large chunk, some intentional, some hidden, is at his recently divorced wife. “Heart shaped Boombox” sums this up perfectly, “I wear my heart on my sleeve, ’cause a boombox beats in my chest, beep, beep beep…”
A free compilation from Uncommon Records themed around money and the worlds desire for more free music. It’s kind of ironic that they artists are rhyming about getting payed and the state of the industry on a free album but it does work. It’s often humorous, always honest, and sometimes a bit angry. I don’t like every track but who does on a compilation? Worth a listen for sure, especially the little skit-cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money”. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve been featuring a lot of J-Live over the last few weeks. For a good reason to, his new album SPTA is on the horizon (next year) and the buzz has been building nicely. So far we’ve just had trickles of one or two track releases at a time but come November the 2nd, we’ll have a full 6-track EP to feast into.
J-Live’s “Undivided Attention” already sounds interesting with the cover art and release describing a three man team of emcee, deejay and producer (normally all J-Live) having some unresolved issues. It should be interesting and the six tracks should be featuring on the full release next year. Hit the jump for tracklisting.
There’s something on the production end that’s making my speaker’s crackle. Anyway, here’s a track from the new Serengeti & Polyphonic release. Bells & A Floating World is half new, half remixes of tracks on Terradactyl. Hit the jump for the tracklisting and a listen to “Mega Zoo”.