Friday, June 27, 2008

A-Trak ft. KiD CuDi - Me & My Sneakers



So Nike has this really cool album series where they commission musicians to make an album of original music for people to workout(jog) to. They started off with LCD Soundsystem and Aesop Rock, and now its DJ A-trak's turn. I presume the majority of the album is without vocals, but here is a cut that does have vocals feat. Kid Cudi. If I worked out i would love to work out to this stuff.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Eat to Live video



IMO Talib Kweli sounds best when with Mos as Blackstar or over Madlib or Hi Tek beats, such as this track (produced by Madlib) off his last album. The song has an important message, especially in this age of childhood obesity.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Simply Beautiful Return

I guess this is all over the internet already, but in case you haven't seen it here we go. While the D'Angelo return is still a bit of a ways off, last night did see the return of another one of our favorite purveyors of soulful seduction, that's right...Maxwell! With his trademark curly fro shorn off and looking mighty suave', he took the stage to sing Simply Beautiful for the tribute to Al Green at the BET Awards, and here's video proof.



Let's hope this means that Columbia will finally allow that album to drop!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BLK JKS



Beautiful video of fakkin great South African rock band BLK JKS playing last spring at Harriet's Alter Ego on the Planet of Brooklyn.


Video by digforfire.tv
If you don't know this band, get to know one. Bigger things on the way.

Also, for a laugh you can read this Guardian article on how African music is the "new thing." It's the first and only thing people, betta get right.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Imaad Wasif - Oceanic

02-26 Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Bowery (1)Image by nevbrown via FlickrI discovered Imaad Wasif a few years back when he toured with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (is that band officially washed up, or..) and instantly took a shine to his mopey West Coast rock. Somehow I was not alerted to the release of his new album Strange Hexes which came out a few months ago, but I just dl'd the first single Oceanic and am really liking it.

Check out the beautifully creepy video below...


and more on the dude here.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Dâm-funk


Dâm-Funk is a cat out of LA making "early-'80s styled Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk" music. He makes all this music sans samples, which means he is an OG with it. On top of that, he seems to be like the coolest, most humble dude.

If this aint some summertime music to cruise to, I dont know what is. Here is a tune called "Rollin" from his upcoming full length.



Check out his myspace for more downloadable exclusives tunes in preparation for his Stones Throw debut album.

Another Kuti...meet Seun



So a couple months ago whilst listening to GP, I was put on to another of Fela Kuti's offspring by the name of Seun Kuti. Much like his (I assume half ) brother Femi Kuti, he is continuing the legacy of the afro beat which his father championed, but unlike his brother he more successfully captures that raw sound that was commonplace in his father's (mostly 70's) works.

Check out the video- you gotta love the huge mosquitoes on stilts too!

And if you dont know who Fela is, please get to know one, dude is as important to West Africa as James Brown was to America.

start here:

D'ANGELO NEWS..kind of!




Know that I consider D'angelo the Al Green/ Curtis Mayfield/ Marvin Gaye of our generation, seriously, thats how important i think dude is. We even started off this blog on a goodfoot with a post on him.

Im super excited to first, see a pic of him out and about in the public eye, and second of all, hear that there is some music on its way, which we pretty much already knew. Anyways click on the link below to see more pics and read the news for your self.

More info here at Okayplayer

Friday, June 20, 2008

Inside Brownswood Basement



Inside the Brownswood Basement with Gilles Peterson(GP). GP is one of my favorite selectors and I feel like being played on his show is almost like being branded(in a good way) as there is like a specific sound and feeling to the records he likes and plays. Here in this video he just gives a tour of the Brownswood HQ.

Make sure to check out his weekly show on BBC Radio 1(linked in our Links in the right hand margin)

Diplo gets mystic



Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" emits summerness, the bassline is a classic , having been lifted for Tribe's "Electric Relaxation," yet another classic. Diplo has a go at that honey sweet bassline on his "Brew Barrymore," and its sounding nice- great summer time dance tune.

Also, check out the orginal, ATCQ "Electric Relaxation", and Madlib's visit as well.


Jamtastic



I was just mentioning to an American friend that I really found pleasure in adding "tastic" to the ends of nouns and make them into new-fangled adjectives. People here don't usually get the subtleties of the language enough to appreciate the word play, so I'm happy to have the big wide blogosphere here to indulge me. Today's word is of course Jamtastic and the corresponding track is the Lindstrøm's "The Long Way Home (Prins Thomas Edit)" which I found courtesy of The Fader Blog. This track has a great 80s light action tv show closing credits vibe (think Miami Vice, think MacGyver) that I am enjoying maybe a little too much.

Download, via The Fader

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Revisited: Digable Planets


I recently listened to an interview with one of my favorite new artists and he mentioned that Digable Planets had been a big influence on him and developing his interest in jazz. This, of course, reminded me that while I completely love Digable Planets I really hadn't listened to that album in, whuh, almost a cool decade? So today I'm lounging around and listening to the epic Blowout Comb. While it didn't have the success of the first album Rebirth of Cool (with Cool Like That being bumped by everyone and their grandma), this album is still a true classic and a quintessential chill-out album. Shame on me for not listening to this in so long, but HEY! I only had it on cassette tape.

Graffiti - Digable Planets

OKsoundsgood, could you kick us down an update with some recommendations of artists that actually influenced Digable Planets?

OKSG Edit: This was actually the first hip hop tape I actually purchased (as everything before that was high-speed cassete dubbing) back in '94. A very special album to me, prolly one of my all time favorites. As far as their influences, you can just look to the artists they sampled. All the old skool soul-funk- jazz cats like Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald Byrd, Edwin Starr, Mizzell Bros, etc as well as of course the Gangstarrs, ATCQs, amongst other early 90s East Coast hip hop figures.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Tupac



So yesterday was Tupac's birthday- he woulda been 37, pour some out for the big homie truly one of the greatest -

oh, and on a side note, DJ's please dont play "Hit Em Up" out in your sets anymore, thats a beef song that belongs in the past, same reason why KRS- One doesnt play "The Bridge is Over" and Nas doesnt perform"Ether" anymore, especially since "Hit Em Up" only perpetuated the east/ west - biggie/pac feud.

Shed So Many Tears - Tupac

Friday, June 13, 2008

Marlena Shaw "California Soul" Diplo remix




Nice remix/redit of this classic tune, big up to all them californians here and around the world, i know you got soul!

Marlena Shaw - California Soul (Diplo/Mad Decent Remix)

and the Roisin-ettes


I had the good fortune to see the fabulous Ms. Roisin Murphy in concert last night. While other people may bow down at the alter of that other so-called Queen of Pop, Roisin (formerly of Moloko) is the true pop queen in my world. She is a great singer, dancer, and seemingly fabulous person with fabulous fashion sense. I haven't heard many people around the blogosphere singing her praises, so I wanted to put in a big recommendation that you definitely see her when she rolls through your hood. Good times.

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Here's a little (Cindy Sherman inspired?) video too...


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Revisited: Mos Def - Black On Both Sides

Black on Both Sides album coverImage via WikipediaThe other day I was chatting to OKsoundsgood about his Elvis argument and subsequent post on N.E.R.D. and my mind instantly went over to Mos Def's Black Jack Johnson project that never really became all I hoped it would be, and this made me think of Mos Def in general and how Black On Both Sides was THE JAM and how I hadn't listened to it in ages. Right after that a friend of ours mentioned that she was just revisiting "Climb" and I instantly realized all arrows were pointing due MOS. So I am now spending the next few days with this album in heavy rotation. From the first notes of Fear Not Of Men, I instantly slipped into the instant-classic goodness of this album and was a bit surprised to find that I remembered the lyrics to so many of the tracks considering I probably haven't listened to this in, at least, five years. This album is killer from start to end, not merely as a hip hop album but as a spanning the genre solidly good, hitting on all the emotions CLASSIQUE. Come on and take a boogie down memory lane with me.

Here's Umi Says to get you started

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Would you buy we lunch?



C.R.A.C. (pronounced crass) comprised of Blu and Ta'raach, recently put out an excellent album called The Piece Talks. The album is really great and unlike anything I've heard before really, I dont want to get into genre labelling of the album but I will say that the two of them are rooted in hip hop music.

Blu recently putting out an album with Exile out of LA and Ta'raach has been around the Detroit/ LA scene for a while and recently worked with Ms. Badu.

This is a playful video for their playful jam "Buy Me Lunch,"- especially great for the summer!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Javelin and they hot jamz !!!



So, the Rhode Island homies Javelin who are going to be on the next Solos in Stereo compilation to be released soon, recently put out a video for a track of theirs called "Education." It was done by Bennett Williamson of GRT. Really feelin this video, good work guys!

Dont sleep..Flying Lotus Los Angeles


thas the cover, crazy huh?

Flying Lotus' Los Angeles (Warp Records) album just came out yesterday(the big day for releases) and it is fire. Homeboy is straight taking shit to another level and the best thing about it is that in the tradition of great leaders he is putting all his homies on and leading the movement, not unlike Dre in the 90s putting on Snoop, WarrenG, etc.

Anyways, really go and support this, get on the wagon now before the band- starts setting up and before you gonna need a late pass like a lot of yall needed with Dilla.

ill leave yall with a sampling from the album:


alright "motherfucker...wordup" -Julia Louis Dreyfuss from skit on"The Vacation from Ourselves" off Wale Mixtape About Nothin

Karriem the Dream


Not often do I return to podcasts after listening to them for the first week or so, the majority of them seem to be made with an invisible expiration date. But once in a while, a podcast really pulls me in and i continue listening again and again.

Such is the case with the Stones Throw Karriem Riggins podcast(recorded live at Miami's Winter Music Conference). Here in this 40 minute podcast Karriem Riggins, a jazz/ hip hop drummer, producer and emcee, starts off with some great soul/ jazz selections before getting into his own beats (which are completely and ridiculously off the hook) at around the 7 and a half minute mark. The fact that he is a drummer definitely leads to some head nodding funky productions that have incredible swing.

listen/download it here (direct link)
or subscribe to Stones Throws podcast here

and if you want an idea of what you are getting into, take a listen to Erykah Badu's "Soldier" produced by Karriem Riggins, enjoy:

check it out :


and its only right that you see the man play what he is mainly known for , the drums !!

Geeking out to N.E.R.D.


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The 3rd N.E.R.D. album Seeing Sounds is out today and I am currently on Full Album Bump#1. Me and Oksoundsgood have already heard a fair percentage of this album (a fair amount already live on my "summer jams 08" Itunes playlist) but we are still undoubtedly going to be scrutinizing it all day long. So far I can say that these dudes seem to be back with a fierce hard rocking vengeance (I think Questlove said they were "back like they had something to proove") and I could not be more thrilled. I've been riding with them since their first ever album In Search Of....and I almost upstaged Pharrell at Summerjam 2002 when I started belting out the lyrics to Provider before he could even open his mouth. (He actually asked me if I'd rather sing it.)

So, as a superfan, I am already HIGHLY recommending it , but I'm sure I will back soon with more concrete evidence of how this is a must-cop Summer Jam album of the year... just to convince all you pennypinching naysayers.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Joy of Click



So from the other day's post on Madlib's new project Jackson Conti, I clicked over to their Myspace where I scrolled through their top 8 and discovered something great. Thalma de Freitas is a Brazilian actress and carioca singer, member of Orquestra Imperial, and daughter of Brazilian music man Laercio de Freitas. I am still researching more on her. So while you wait for more raving enthusiasm about this new "discovery" you can watch this great video




or cruise on over to her Myspace for more tunage.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Daedelus Darling



Last night I had the pleasure to go out to this music/ art event here in the city, where i oddly but happily ran into a handfull of people from my past, as well as some of the music homies and the one and only Daedelus.

Daedelus is a dare i say IDM musician?, naw scratch that(i dont like that categorization), ill just say experimental dance msuic musician. He is kind of a big deal to me as his album of snowdonia is amongst the albums that changed the way i listen to and interpret music. I told him this and we talked for a good 10-15 minutes about music, his cameo in the erykah badu "honey" video as John Lennon (lol), FMB with Taz of Sa-Ra, his crazy touring schedule (175 days last year he said!!!! he is on his grind, his upcoming album on Ninjatune Records, amongst many other things. Sir Alfred(Daedelus) is an incredibly humble fellow who i was so happy to meet and talk to. After talking to him , he went on and performed, as he always does decked in his tuxedo top and with his step sequencer mystery box and laptop that he directs towards the crowd as he manipulates (an great way to include the crowd in what can sometimes be a boring live performance medium; the laptop based performance). But , Daedelus is a beast on that thing and he will have you dancing, so check him out when he comes to a town near you.

Check out this track of his entitled My Beau, and lookout for the new album on Ninjatune:

My Beau - Daedelus

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hip Hop done been, is, and always will rock!



Man, I dont even wanna get into it, but i will just mention that i got into a debate about Elvis with someone the other day; whatever... Elvis did his thing* <--yall see that asterisk right? , imma leave it at that ((homies holding me back)), hehe. And let me say R.I.P. to Mr. Bo Didley a true rock pioneer and innovator who lived a great full accomplished life.

Anyways, me and Camille are juiced on a couple upcoming releases that really show that these dudes you know for hip hop, rock and rock well. N.E.R.D.'s 3rd album Seeing Sounds will drop on June 10th and is set to be heavy heavy heavy, we will definitely be copping and encourage you to do as well. Their first album was a classic, 2nd was a little softer (even Pharrell himself admitted this)but had some cuts on it, 3rd is set to be a monster. Check a below entitled "Anti-Mater" :
Anti Matter - N*E*R*D


Dj Rhettmatic, Karriem Riggins, and Dilla

Also, from the (unfortunately diminishing) Dilla vaults comes more from the shelved MCA album of 2003 (that is rumoured to be released soon under the name Pay Jay) where Dilla gave control of the boards to other producers and only rhymed. This track produced by Questlove and Karriem Riggins sounds alot like something that Santogold (who we love) would be rocking over. Dilla covered so many bases ranging from rock to techno, so none of this is that much of a surprise when we really think about it, just so refreshing.
Drive Me Wild - J Dilla

Mr. Madlib




So if you don't know by now that uber prolific producer/emcee Madlib is a musical genius than report to the principals office and get a late pass.

His latest project i
s a group called Jackson Conti, with legendary Brazillian drummer Ivan Mamão Conti of Azymuth. They play Brazillian standards that are all in an improvisational style. I'm partial to music of Brazil cause it has the ability to magically bring light to the shittiest of moods for me, but I think this is release of theirs entitled Sujinho, is something that everyone can vibe to.

Check out their little EPK:


and then just to show how disparate and versatile he is, check out this video from back in 2000 of another of 'lib's aliases, Quasimoto:

Don't Sleep

Just as an aside, I wanted to make sure that people realized that the French boys in the previous post totally bit their dance style from queer black American "ballroom" culture. This is, incidentally, the same place where Madonna bit the whole "vogue" thing from some 20 years ago. I have seen some of those incredible brothers and sisters dancing before and I am still reeling from the utter grace of movement. Some people could throuw themselves right on the floor without their wig even coming off!

Read about vogueing and ball culture and see some great ball dancing below




Good Dancings

Like I said before, summer is upon us and all I wanna do is dance. I happened to peep this video by Yelle on MTV yesterday as I was flipping the channels and it totally made me smile. As Oksoundsgood will tell you, I am a total sucker for a fun video and I have been known to do a 180 on my opinion about a track if the video is good. For that reason, I am going to have to do a little more research into Yelle.

Peep the good dancings...

Yelle - A Cause Des Garcons TEPR Remix


Update - These dancers are part of the Tecktonik crew. They have a whole channel of awesome dancing on Youtube!!

oksoundsgood update: Wow, sometimes when you are connected to someone, you will have these "more than coincedences" moments. I was directed to the myspace page of Tepr yesterday from K's post, I began to drift off into a nap sitting in my desk chair only to be awoken by the intro of them pounding drums of Tepr's remix pf Yelle's ACDG. I'm guessing Tepr is a close associate of Yelle, but who knows they could be the same person/people for all i know- was feeling that remix though.
As for this video, the homie Raissa sent it to me months ago, and apparently this dance is the new thing in Paris, crazy, i can dig it though.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Broadcast come out come out wherever you are




For the past couple months I have been revisting the albums of one of my favorite English rock groups, Broadcast, almost on the daily~i love it. Their last output, Tender Buttons (2005) was a great record from a group that had been reduced to only two members from what was five. I dont know exactly why the other 3 left , but sometimes a band can have too many cooks in the kitchen and you just gotta let that bitch breathe. On Tender, not only were the remaining two members able to capture such a nice big/ full sound but did so in what was a more focused affair.

So as I listen to all of the back catalog, I await the new album and a tour (I wont sleep this time when yall come out to SF!)

here is a track from Tender Buttons:

Michael A Grammar - Broadcast

and another from HaHa Sound :

Man Is Not a Bird - Broadcast

Dap

Pic of the Day, hands down


(Photo credit:EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

I think the kids call it...dap.

oksoundsgood edit: i love it, lovers get dapped up while haters get slapped up

Muhsinah - video

Yo Mr. Oksoundsgood,

I had (I think) some tech difficulties here that made it impossible to put my hands on any music on Muhsinah's page, so while I was waiting for that Benji B thing to download (which btw a quick glance revealed there is also some Theo Parrish on there so I am already excited), I cruised over to Youtube and watched a couple of videos of Muhsinah and subscribed to her channel.

Do check out this great trippy music video from her last album:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Muhsinah... get to know one!!!




Muhsinah is a singer/ producer who hails from D.C and is killing em softly on the beats and flow right now. The comparisons to Georgia Anne Muldrow are inevitable but i feel that they are two unique kindred spirits and there is room for them both. Anyway check out Muhsinah's page and take a listen, also this episode of Benji B's Deviation show from a couple months ago featuring her is great and insightful.

Wha' Happened?


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So we happened to hear the newly leaked Lil Wayne album and me and Oksoundsgood are NOT impressed. What happened here? This was supposed to be one of the best albums of the decade....Disappointed is not even the word. I don't even know what the word is. Certainly something more dramatic, more dire, but frankly I don't even wanna talk about it.

Excuse me, I have to get back to this Wale mixtape.

oksoundsgood edit: Still love you though weezy (no homo) and for the record, I am feelin about a third of the tracks but overall not that hot, especially compared to like Dedication 2. I think alot of people who are raving over this being a superb album where just anticipating it for so long that thatd be hapy with anything, anyways back to Dedication 2 and Wale.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kid Cudi - Day N Nite - Crookers Remix


Crookers
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The sun is shining and I feel like all I want to do is DANCE! Just discovered this bouncey house track via Mark Ronson's very wonderful Authentic Shit podcast.

Download this song over at the very wonderful RCRDLBL (Downtown Records) blog here.

New Awesome Color album!!

I think I might be slightly behind the curve on this, but I was at some high fallutin friend's house last night and I tore through their copy of Wire with a quickness taking notes on new stuff to check out and I happened to spy that Brooklyn-based RRRRRRROCCCK band Awesome Color had a new album out. Sometimes when I hear this stuff I feel like "Hey why didn't anyone tell me?" but then I realize I got lazy because I used to live in a neighborhood with these dudes and a lot of the best bands in the city, word just got around. These days, I gotta remember to try harder.

Oh and if anyone out there is near any of the European cities they will be touring to (check the above link), definitely see them live. They are facking great live and super nice people, to boot.







(I took this picture of Awesome Allison at last year's
Boredoms Boadrum event. The best!)

Lil Wayne - The Carter 3



So possibly one of the best/most-anticipated albums of the year/decade/millenia Lil Wayne's The Carter 3 just "leaked". I am not saying download it. I am not saying DON'T download it. I'm just sayin'......

On another note, I have been listening to that Wale mixtapenonstop, and MAN that album is like an epic film. I laughed, I cried, I jumped out of my seat and danced. It's an EXPERIENCE. Feel free to download that free download. You'll even find Lil Wayne on there!