Archive for the ‘Funk’ Category

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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Little Jackie – The Stoop

July 15, 2008

New collaboration LP combining the anti-conventional gusto of Brooklyn punkstress Imani Coppola and the candy-coated programming of (some guy I’ve never heard of before who looks like an Estonian charlie dealer) Adam Pallin.

I find the album relies too comfortably on the current Mark Ronson motivated vintage-pop trend till it rides the bandwagon wheels off it. The sound is too polished at times even if Little Jackie are attempting to nurture a retro Hip-Pop amalgam that capture the joviality of Motown’s 60’s chart nuanced R&B, and post-modernist sampling techniques; a feeling sparsely replenished only by the thrusting horn sections on ‘28 Butts’ and ‘Cryin’ For The Queen’ that mingle the right level of catchy bounce, swing and a grit to equal what is usually expected of Coppola’s spunky songwriting of solo material past. Perhaps the duo should obey the declaration of track 11’s title and either ‘Go Hard or Go Home’.

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01. The Stoop
02. The World Should Revolve Around Me
03. 28 Butts
04. Guys Like When Girls Kiss
05. Liked You Better Before
06. LOL
07. Cryin’ For The Queen
08. Black Barbie
09. One Love
10. The Kitchen
11. Go Hard Or Go Home

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt album rating:

5.5 mums out of 10

Video: Black Barbie

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