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Rest In Eternity, Isaac Hayes.

August 10, 2008

Often I hear people utter, “I can’t believe it” in reaction to a legendary artist’s passing. I think folks need to acknowledge the detail those we consider the architects of modern musical history of are now in their most precarious years- believe it please. In short my advice to you is to see these originators relay their glorious medleys when they decide to stage a live show round your way, as you don’t know if it’s your last chance to experience them. This is said because I sit here with fingertips flittering over this keyboard choked up off the fact I’ll never see Isaac live now, and that’s agonizing when you think how profoundly young men (and women) desire to be in the presence of their heroes; to glimpse greatness.

I won’t post Hayes’ most renowned and easily identifiable work, the iconic ‘Shaft’ soundtrack despite it seminally altering Black music and providing the score to the insurgence of Black-American culture in the early to mid 1970s. No, instead I’m earnestly going to post my favourite LP of his career, the 1970 Stax release ‘To Be Continued’ which is softly overlooked between 1969’s milestone ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ and 1971’s landmark ‘Shaft’. Plus as it’s all too rarely cited, I’ll declare it one of the finest Soul albums of the 20th century. Entirely arranged and orchestrated by Hayes (with instrumental assistance from The Bar Kays and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra), here’s five epic songs that overflow with the some of the most lush, sprawling philharmonics committed to wax. Oh and not forgetting that erotic, god-like gust of a voice.

To my heads that know, remember that feeling first time you heard Hayes’ epic 11 minute re-envisioning of Burt Bacharach’s ‘The Look Of Love’ on here and clocked the identical break later used for Jay-Z’s classic ‘Can I Live’…? Electrifying.

Reside with fellow angels Isaac, you are one of the forefathers of Hip-Hop and arguably the greatest musical composer of the 70s- I’ll try & make everyone aware of that.

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01. Monologue Ike’s Rap I
02. Our Day Will Come
03. The Look of Love
04. Medley Monologue/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin
05. Runnin’ Out of Fools

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: The Look Of Love

Fantasticunt album rating:

9.5 mums out of 10

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Additional:

(Props to UniverSOUL for puttin’ up this list of known performers to sample from this record.)

To Be Continued: (Enterprise 1971)

-“Monologue: Ike’s Rap 1″
Micranots – “Farward”
Nas- A Message To The Feds, Sincerely, We The People
Pete Rock ft Un – “Cake”

-“Our Day Will Come”
Imani Coppola – “It’s All about Me, Me and Me”
Massive Attack – “Exchange”
MF Doom – “Operation Greenbacks”

-“The Look of Love”
3rd Bass – “The Gladiator”
Allure – “You’re Gonna Love Me”
Ashanti – “Rain on Me”
Compton’s Most Wanted – “Niggaz Strugglin’”
II Unorthodox – “Just a Little Flava”
Jay-Z – “Can I Live”
Kim Summerson – “Choices”
LL Cool J – “Hollis to Hollywood”
Lost Boys – “Is this Da Part?”
Mary J. Blige – “I Love You”
Monie Love – “Better Way”
Pressure Drop – “Senorita”
Smif-N-Wessun – “Stand Strong”
Snoop Dogg – “G’z Up, Hoes Down”
Special Ed – “Neva Go Back”

-“Ike’s Mood I/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”
Alkaholiks – “Mary Jane”
Beanie Sigel – “Still Got Love for You”
Biz Markie – “Cool V’s Tribute to Scratching”
Biz Markie – “Make the Music”
C-Murder ft Snoop Dogg & Magic – “Down for My Niggas”
Das EFX – “East Coast”
Foxxy Brown – “(Holy Matrimony) Letter to the Firm”
Intelligent Hoodlum – “Grand Groove”
Jeru – “Jungle Music”
JVC Force – “Stylin’ Lyrics”
Kenny Dope – “The Magnificent”
Kurupt ft Daz – “Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha”
LL Cool J – “Six Minutes of Pleasure”
Marley Marl ft Juice Crew – “He Cuts So Fresh”
Mary J. Blige – “I Love You”
Massive Attack – “One Love”
Naughty by Nature – “Knock ‘Em out Da Box”
Peanut Butter Wolf – “I Will Always Love H.E.R.”
Rahzel – “Make the Music 2000″
Ron C – “On and On”
The LOX – “Bitches from Eastwick”
Warren G – “Still Can’t Fade It”

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Your Mum’s Insular Weekend Bender… Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

August 10, 2008

Before I get into some porn (Bubble Butt BBQ with majestic turns from Jasmine Cashmere and Aurora Jolie) and a cup of tea (patriotically Tetley’s) possibly rounded off with ‘The Street Fighter’ (1974 Sonny Chiba martial arts classic); I felt a duty to my open minds to post this.

Released on the cusp of the new millennium (June ’99 to be precise), I’m unsure of weather to classify this as my favourite LPs of theirs from the Nineties (which would bring it into conflict with the ’92 opus ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’) or the Noughties (which would be chronologically erroneous and I’m the type to self-flagellate if I make any boo-boo with my music dates). Then again who gives a babbling, psychosomatic fuck, except I.

The album, is like a state of cerebral reflection within a synthetic bubble that’s about to rupture and the only thing to leak is the detrimental person inside- that’s how I hear it. I used to lie in bed at night aged 13 and let the more forlorn numbers seep into my head believing Anthony Kiedis to have the most soulful voice in Alt-Rock: like a zephyr born from aching and inability to cleanse in the clutch of self-harm, scaffolded only by John Frusciante’s affecting guitar-work and the arcane songwriting itself.

“Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know it all
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view”

Yet frequently they still raise their arms (when there’s not a needle buried in it) and remain funky as hell, it’s quite the bi-polar record. Also produced by Rick Rubin. If you don’t know who Rick Rubin is, get the fuck out of Hip-Hop.

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1. Around The World
2. Parallel Universe
3. Scar Tissue
4. Otherside

5. Get On Top
6. Californication
7. Easily
8. Porcelain
9. Emit Remmus
10. I Like Dirt
11. This Velvet Glove
12. Savior
13. Purple Stain
14. Right On Time
15. Road Trippin’

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Otherside

Fantasticunt album rating:

9.5 mums out of 10

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One Day As a Lion – One Day As A Lion EP

July 25, 2008

For the mere fact Zach de la Rocha is back (this being his collaborative project with The Mars Volta’s former sticks-man Jon Theodore).

And we Rage Against The Machine to the death of us.

“The name taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. It reads: ‘It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.’ This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound.”

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1. Wild International
2. Ocean View
3. Last Letter
4. If You Fear Dying
5. One Day As A Lion

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Wild International

Fantasticunt EP rating:

7 mums out of 10

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Additional:

Just in case you’re refined, sissy, sensibilities have had you 16 years delayed… this is amongst the most powerful albums of the 90s, and one of the most supreme metal records, ever. Zach de la Rocha was the revolutionary voice of a generation and Tom Morello his Fender shredding deputy. ‘Killing In The Name’ makes me want to smash everything in my room to smithereens, burn my entire wardrobe and every material possession or superficial artifact, and then slay any small animals/household pets that come anywhere near me. Whatever happened to rebellion, rejection and anarchic destruction? How we’ve become 21st century hipster pussies.

“FUCK YOU I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME, FUCK YOU I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME, FUCK YOU I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME… MOTHERFUCKERRRRRR”. Word to your Mums.

Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine [1992]

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1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In the Name

3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle for Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Killing In The Name

Fantasticunt album rating:

9.5 mums out of 10

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