Sunday, May 29, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Dice Raw - 1995

Dice Raw has a nebulous spot in the Roots crew. Most fans of the Illadelph crew know him...or at least so you would think. Nevertheless, he has yet to carve out a place for himself, distinct from the unit banner. Well it seems with the upcoming release of his EP The Greatest Rapper Never: Preservation due June 7, he has been working on letting us know just how raw is Dice Raw minus ?uestlove and company.

It's looking like sushi from the sound of this track produced by Rich Friedrich. Dice Raw waxes nostalgic about the year 1995 over a sick beat that sounds like it sampled a showtune.

Thanks for the reminder Dice because in 1995, I still had a boombox and a stack of cassette tapes. Good times.

Dice Raw - 1995 by Raw Life

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Drake - Dreams Money Can Buy

On Thank Me Later, Drake detailed his trials and tribulations dealing with fame, money and love. It was a portrait of coming to terms, powerfully captivating since it was polished with that good ol' Drizzy charm. Once again, we are given a window-peek into Drizzyland.

While he seems to have better embraced fame and money (his stance: 'I got it so suck a fuck'), love is another thing. He remains the consummate rake, 'constantly seducing hoes.' Most delightfully the one that was your girl. But he still seems to be searching for something more than a rental bedwarmer with a fat booty.

What has changed this time around is that he's cool with the fact that he wants more...hoes...and more money and how that may at times conflict with the other goal. In fact, he's so cool with it that his boy Noah '40' Shebib chopped up a Jai Paul sample to get the point across as it coons - 'don't fuck with me, don't fuck with me'.

That's him blowing a wry kiss at the haters.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

XTRA: Unreleased Tracks From The Weeknd

Since House of Balloons hit the webisphere, life on Earth has not been the same. Nights have acquired a new decrepit charm, comedowns and hangovers are sought after commodities on Ebay, shameless self-esteem enhancing lust is slowly overtaking religious fanaticism and I've been singing on the streets.

(Note to Steve Jobs: Please make a waterproof IPod so I can sing to it in the shower.)

While we await our next fix from Toronto's new darling boy (sorry Drake, still love you though), this collection of unreleased songs will tide us over. According to the Fader, he made this with a production team called the Noise.

And if the world is ending in 2012, the Weeknd is going to be dropping two more mixtapes this year so....WHATEVER!

Unreleased The Weeknd by k.niteh

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Thundercat - For Love I Come

Stephen Bruner goes by Thundercat. Yet there's nothing corny or nostalgic about him. In fact, I couldn't imagine him soundtrack-ing a bunch of cat people engaging in mildly and awkwardly homoerotic adventures on a ravaged distant planet. Rather his contributions, as far as with Flying Lotus, are beds of bass lushness and a locomotive sense of melody.

Ripped from his upcoming album 'The Golden Age of Apolcalypse' due on Brainfeeder sometime not soon enough (or fall in English), Thundercat stays in his zone with this George Duke cover. Flying Lotus produced this and supposedly the entire album. So yes kill your co-worker...who thinks Flying Lotus is a traveling ninja carnival.

And Mr. Ellison, good sir that he is, treats us to his signature spaced-out keys and a few morsels from his ever expanding synth grab bag that he must have found in a bathroom store in the Outer Limits.

Say 'Hooooo!' and you're a turd.

Thundercat - For Love I Come by Hypetrak

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Video: James Blake - Lindisfarne

James Blake - Lindisfarne

Well everyone was autotuning themselves into a robotic seizure so can James Blake be called out for trying his hand at it? Besides if anyone could do it tastefully and with a touch of idiosyncratic deftness, it would be this young chap.

This video is actually for both tracks 'Lindisfarne I' and 'Lindisfarne II.' This makes sense given that the songs blend into each other and seem more like a single song split down the middle. To say the video is intriguing may be a run for understatement of the month.

It details a bizarre ritual, between a group of young friends in a countryside house, that involves swapping bodily fluids. Lots of sun-drenched shots, wordless action and cinematography and camerawork that recalls a Swedish film-making style.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

XTRA: L.A. Noire Remixed EP Preview

Rockstar Games might just have outdone their ridiculously pristine track record of quality open world videogames with the upcoming release of 'L.A. Noire.'

True to form and tradition, the game has a soundtrack authentic to the game's 1950s period setting which will be released seperately from the game. However, this time Rockstar Games have joined forces with Verve Records to create a remix EP of the game's soundtrack. This little pre-summer gift features heavyhitter producers like DJ Premier, Dave Sitek and Moodymann.

If you are familiar with the Verve Remixed series, it is a very similar project.

L.A. Noire: Remixed by RockstarGames

Songs Of The Day: DJ Khaled - I'm On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

DJ Khaled - I'm On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

8 reasons this track is listenable....
  • DJ Khaled refrains from yelling 'We The Best!'
  • Neither Drake, Ross or Lil Wayne yell 'We The Best!'
  • It's a tailor-made Drake beat and someone on the label was smart enough to have Drake sing the hook.
  • Drake continues to preach his adorable exclusive brand of emo-misogyny for which there is no known defense.
  • Rick Ross says 'Hhughhh' four times through out his verse. Don't know what it means but it sounds like it's the reason why grizzly bears have been peeing themselves and trying to cuddle with honey-coated campers of late.
  • Rick Ross reading Ramen noodle cooking instructions would sound fly, triple its value and cause someone to coin the phrase 'Bitch, I Am On That Ramen!'
  • Lil Wayne came with his bedroom slipper flow. You know where he rhymes like he rolled out of bed, had his coffee spiked with sizzurp and couldn't be bothered to leave his room.
  • DJ Khaled refrains from yelling 'We The Best!' through out the entire song.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video: Lamb - Another Language

LAMB - Another Language from lamb-official on Vimeo.

Lamb dropped their heavily anticipated 5th studio album '5' yesterday. Like always, they manage to try some new things while making their unique brand of wonder-filled trip-hop. Damien Rice guests on a killer cut.

This video is a simple montage of skies, water bodies and nature in bloom. More delicious though, the song itself in which siren Lou Rhodes searches for another language that can reach across the chasm that language fails to cross. It's probably hidden somewhere on the microchip in her vocal chords. Then there's that guitar riff by Andy Barlow that just shreds through sanity.

God bless the day you came back, guys.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Ladytron - White Elephants

On September 13 2011, Ladytron will be dropping their fifth album 'Gravity The Seducer' via Nettwerk.

'White Elephants' is a slight left turn for Liverpool's electronic quartet. It still features their epic heartmelting ghostly pop choruses with the lead vocalists' usual sense of detached yet alluring disaffectation. Like all Ladytron songs, it has the vibe of a futuristic seance but this song has a Chinese restaurant music bassline and filmscore string riffs.

I'd eat my chopsticks in a fit of rabid ecstasy if this actually played in a Chinese restaurant. Lovely, lovely tune!

Ladytron - White Elephant by nettwerkmusicgroup

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Songs Of The Day: Big Gigantic - Lucid Dreams

Big Gigantic is an electronic music duo from Boulder Colorado. Their shtick is combining electronic music with jazz saxophone. This is from the album 'A Place Behind The Moon'

One of the comments on the Soundcloud waveform says that it sounds like Castlevania music. Well, it is good to be reminded about Alucard and his adventures.

Lucid Dreams by BigGigantic

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Songs Of The Day: SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire

SBTRKT is never seen without a mask. His persona is shrouded in mystery. Bits about him float up the information stream - he's Indian, grew up in Kenya, possibly a former nu-jazz artist who jumped ship onto the UK dance scene when things weren't looking as bright as the synth bursts in this song. Whatever. One thing's for sure - dude has a handle on the funk, the nasty bass and his own filtration of skwee.

This jawn is from his upcoming self titled album due June 28th on Young Turks. Little Dragon is up on vocal duties here and I'd gladly have her sing me off a cliff. Props to Sweden for being a major exporter of trill ass pop femme belters.

P.S. Just felt like the word trill was underused....

SBTRKT f. Little Dragon, "Wildfire" by The FADER

Songs Of The Day: SBTRKT featuring Little

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