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Various Artists – Definitive Jux Presents IV (4)
ILLY, SON. Good gracious this is a dope ass compilation. At the same time, I didn’t expect anything less from El-P and crew. I know of at least ONE person (the other owner of this site) that prolly just took a shit listening to this. I don’t have some long explanation for it. It’s El-P….Camu (RIP), Cage, Lif, Rob Sonic, Central Services – it’s typical Def Jukie material, advanced and varied sounds, dope lyrics, etc, etc….if you don’t know, now you do. Pick this up and educate yourself. personally recommended coppage.
Beanie Sigel – The Broad Street Bully
I’m guess this is a lead up until a real major label album. In any case, it’s a nice return for Beans – back to doing what he does best – that Philly-style street shit. I kind of forgot how nice this cat was and is – he goes hard on every track and the beats are dope too. I will say this as well: Young Chris is improved, although he sounds like Hov…still nice. Freeway still got the odd-ass flow that just works, for whatever reason. Nice pick-up here.
Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement
Not sure I would’ve picked this up had it not been a Stones Throw release, but I’m glad I did. ( I readily admits that co-signs from Mark Ronson and Gilles Peterson helped too.) It’s blue-eyed soul, but with Holland-Dozier-Holland era mold and feel. Very interesting – nice voice, good old school sound, and dude plays all the instruments. I’d heard the initial single, but it’s a lot better to listen to the album as a whole, as least for me. Nice pick-up.
The Lines – Memory Span
Basically a rundown of work they did from the late 70’s going forward. Post-punk that was definitely ahead of the curve for their time (especially since punk was just settling down) – should’ve been a LOT bigger than they were.
Singles I’m feeling right now:
Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge
It’s been out for a little bit, but I’m still feeling it.
Grizzly Bear – While You Wait for the Others
I bought this single for the Michael McDonald cover – which is seeming to give a lot of people the willies, but I like it. A lot.
Dorian Concept – Trilingual Dance Sexperience
Dance music..a little odd, but enjoyable.
Rain Machine – Give Blood.
Fair to say that if you like TV On The Radio, you’ll like this. I like TV.
Radiohead – Harry Patch (In Memory Of) AND These Are My Twisted Words
A symphony featuring Thom Yorke and a track of classic Radiohead
Zomby – Digital Flora/Fauna
Huge fan of Zomby…so there it goes.
Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium
Some short (8 minutes) teaser mix that I got from a site I don’t remember…..but it’s Oh No and it’s dope. Google it.