Archive for October, 2009
pretty bangin’ hudson mohawke mix over at the fader. grab it here.
If I had to think of the one contemporary reggae singer that’s carrying the legacy of lovers rock forward, it’s the one and only Jah Cure. The controversial crooner came up under the guidance of lovers rock king Beres Hammond. That alone probably would have made him the prince of the subgenre had he not gotten locked up for allegedly raping a woman back in 1999. Whether he did or didn’t do it is was once a hotly contested subject (with most people leaning toward the latter) but his music has been embraced by the Caribbean massive nonstop since he first went away. After being sentenced to 15 years in prison and serving eight, Cure was released in 2007, dropped a fire-brand compilation of his greatest hits called True Reflections, and then sort of tapered off. His output for releasing quality singles has waned a bit, but one of his latest cuts, “You’ll Never Find” is on point. Jah Cure fans should check out this video as well. Lovers rock all the way through.
happy halloween. a much stupider one below.
Because i’m not on facebook, i’ll get the word out here. Trick or Vote 2009. Vote smart seattle, don’t act like the south! I hear the dj is filthy. details here.
It’s hard to ignore the production genius that LA funkateer Dam-Funk is throwing down these days. The music he’s making is on some late ’70s Rick James meets early ’80s Prince meets the funkier side of mid ’90s Westside Connection, and yet, still futuristic at the same time. The good folks over at FADER put him on the cover this issue, but that’s not the reason for the post. We’ve known about him for awhile and his new album, Toeachizown, truly is worth the buzz it’s generating. If you’re curious why, check out his latest single, “The Sky is Ours.” It’s as uplifting of a funk track as you’ll ever hear and full of the bugged out Roger and Zapp style electric wankery that makes you want to lift your head to the sky and dance.
UPDATE (from krieg):
dam-funk mixtape – beautiful music 4 beautiful people. download.
Sometimes the smoothest samples make the hardest songs. Just came across this video for The Kid Daytona/Bun B thang Air Born. You want the beat to hit you harder, but it never does, and it ends up building some crazy tension for Day and Bun to rock over. The other song that instantly pops into my head is the Premier-produced Agallah joint New York Rider Music – probably the only Agallah song I’ve had on repeat, and one of my favorite Premo beats, even though it’s super spare and wide open. Check ‘em.
Remember how those Anti Pop Consortium dudes went MIA a little while back? Well, they’re back, and they brought some heat with them. It’s a good thing, too – wasn’t feeling a ton of the individual material from the APC members, barring a couple of tracks from Beans (notably Papercut, off the Shock City Maverick LP).
They have indeed returned, and they have neon. Duck mickey fickey!
Erup’s an up and comer out of Harborview, Kingston. The original Click Mi Finger’s been out since last spring, but a good quality version of the Poirer remix has just been poking its head into the internet waters for a couple weeks.
And the original.
Check the videos below for more.