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AM90 Presents Kissey Asplund in Stockholm

November 11, 2008

As a minor favour for the wonderful Kyri at R2 Records, Nike and radio producer Becky Jacobs I thought I’d just drop this podcast featuring Your Mum’s dearest, Kissey Asplund. It’s predominantly vox-pop, though guaranteed to enlighten of the young lady’s future manoeuvers alongside other avant-garde individuals.

Both the stunning ‘Silverlake’ and sombre ‘Snowfall’ are available to download by clicking —> here.

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When the Air Max launched in 1987, it was a revolution. It became an instant classic, on and off the track.

Three years later this legacy led to the Air Max 90, which took its original concept literally to the max. The frame around the air was designed to add support but was brightly coloured to bring even more attention to the radical design of visible air. You couldn’t miss it.

Over time, the Air Max 90 evolved from a lightweight running shoe into original expressions of style on different playgrounds, at different latitudes. It was an energy that couldn’t have been predicted. The Air Max 90 eventually became an icon adapted by athletes, performers and artists.

The AM90 Sound is the documentary of this journey, a tribute to a true icon. Legendary photographer Shawn Mortensen traveled across Europe, intercepting (or following) the frequencies of eight young music talents who share the Air Max 90 attitude in a genuine and personal way. From Paris (Sefyu) to Berlin (F.R. + Rampa), from Rome (Rodion) to Stockholm (Kissey Asplund), London (Maniac), Barcelona (Golden Bug), Amsterdam (Shinedoe), up to Moscow (Mujuice): each city with a different style, voice and landscape: Each artist a different soundtrack.

In this AM90 Presents, Swedish signer and musician Kissey Asplund takes us on an audio tour of Stockholm, where we hear from collaborators, friends and even hear from Kissey’s dad! Kissey fills us in on the experimental vibe to her vocals and the motivations behind the ethereal musical collage of Neo Soul, Abstract Broken Beat, Jazz and Deep House that makes up the Kissey style. Plus, we get a guided tour around her bedroom studio and all the kit she used to build her AM90 dedicated track, ‘Silverlake’. Legendary portrait photographer, Shawn Mortensen was on hand to document the process in celluloid and presents his experience of the artist and the city from behind the lens in his ‘Snapshot’ feature.

Props to the aforementioned. And all/any uber-sexy Europeans.

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Kissey Asplund – Silverlake

September 22, 2008

Adorable Miss. Asplund is one of my breakthrough artists of 2008 with her futuristic Soul debut ‘Plethora’ (shouts to my duke DJ Cavalry for puttin’ me on that earlier this year, and all the heads I had hooked on it consequential to that). Not sure why I have to keep repeating, “don’t sleep on the Swedes”.

The new single ‘Silverlake’ and it’s B-side ‘Snowfall’ are produced by Dorian Concept (with artwork from Piet Parra) exclusively for Nike’s AM90 launch campaign, and they’re both quite simply spellbinding. It excites me to hear artists challenging the status quo as Kissey does. It’s like the rebirth of Trip-Hop’s most intoxicating aspects.

Respects to Nike for having the balls (product placement pun intended) to put this ill sista on. It’s a wise move if they’re looking to tap into a market of progressive music-orientated fashionistas.

Drops today Oct 22nd as a limited 12″ vinyl, and digitally November 3rd.

Props to Kyri at R2 Records and Chris Philips at Choice FM.

Silverlake
Mediafire Download Link

Snowfall
Mediafire Download Link

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And the ‘Silverlink’ video shot intimately (nice toes) in Stockholm, you may peep it here:

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The Future Sounds of Soul Music…

July 11, 2008

Let your speakers ripple on the emerging influx of spacey, forward-thinking, progressive, slightly off-kilter, bugged-out, psychadelic, acid-Rn’B, electro-funk, soul music… or as I sometimes refer to it, Soultronica.

After a stagnant decline in the last decade (starting off tenaciously with the emerging Neo-Soul trend in the late 90s which by now seems to have deteriorated), you’ll be forced admit it’s a very exciting time for Black music. As some artists of that era struggle to maintain an athletic relevance (e.g. Musiq’s corny arse, lyrically Lloyd/R. Kelly’esque new Crunk-n’-B single ‘Radio‘ which complete with Atlanta strip-club synths, is perchance an un-wise career move as it wreaks of commercial desperation and could severely repel his unanimous core fanbase); others such as Erykah Badu embrace the offspring of this Rainbow Child generation by injecting the sound of these seeds into her latest LP alongside her own vintage sonance (i.e. ‘My People’, ‘Twinkle’, ‘Master Teacher’).

I also believe this sound I’m trying to characterize lies affectionately somewhere between…

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A Funk come New Wave god of ‘the Minneapolis sound’.

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A pioneering Hip-Hop prophet of ‘the Detroit sound’.

Maybe also what we’re seeing is greater than the categorization of soul music itself- as a growing number of Black artists refuse to be pigeonholed in an effort to reject mainstream mundanity and draw back the eclectic, imaginative light under which many great Black musicians have been illuminated: Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament, Prince, Joan Armatrading, Tracey Chapman, Tina Turner and most recently even Outkast to name but a few of the conspicuous ones.

The next wave is here- are you listening? (Don’t turn around in 2 years and act like I didn’t tell you so).

-J*Davey – Beauty In Distortion/Land of The Lost [2008]

As a primary example of this burgeoning genre, I assure you the following debut offering by percussive LA duo J*Davey is the most fearless and exciting soul(tronica) album of 2008; unafraid to fortify influences that suggest a hybrid of the Eurythmics crossbred with J-Dilla and even acclimatize some of these sonics to contemporary pop music (as illustrated on ‘Mister Mister’) and yet build lush, magnetic soundscapes such as ‘Enterception’ that make your heart float on a bed of protons, whilst not forgetting to emphasise one of groups key strengths- Miss Jack Davey’s labia dripping sensuality- via ‘No More’.

I believe out of any Soultronica act that has modish appeal to crack the mainstream, it could very well be J*Davey. But will those fucking record label pussies market/promote this shit right (keeping in mind they are signed to a major like Warner)? Well both Beauty In Distortion and Land of The Lost had been individually floating around the bootleg circut for the last year (I been bumpin’ since late ’07) and were only officially released this month as a double-disc package, so perhaps it’s too late for this record to seize the industry though a potential sophmore effort (no news yet) could definitely spell a landmark breakthrough. Time will tell.

Also, on a slightly less theoretical note… Jack Davey herself (bar the androgynous name) is so sexy it actually hurts my face.

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Beauty In Distortion Tracklist
01. Divisions Of Joy
02. Mr. Mister
03. Touch It
04. Private Parts
05. No More
06. Gangsta
07. Might As Well
08. Cowboys & Indians
09. Enterception (originally entitled ‘Beat (Tell You Goodbye)’
10. Mr. Mister (Remix)

Land of The Lost Tracklist
01 Hi’s & Lo’s
02 Just Because
03 Lil Big Heads (co-produced by ?uestlove of The Roots)
04 Red Light (produced by J-Dilla)
05 Hi Sun
06 Dirty Love
07 Slooow
08 Thick Interlude
09 sLAyer
10 Lalaland
11 Dancehall
12 Mr. Mister (Cock Out Remix)
13 Venus 2 Mars
14 Valley of Love
15 Let It Bleed

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above and the following tracklists below.

Video: Mister Mister

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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-Kissey Asplund – Plethora [2008]

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01. Still The Baddest (Intro)
02. Beam Me Up
03. Caos
04. You & I
05. Entrapped
06. Fuss’N’Fight
07. Hit Me With Medication
08. 6am
09. Another Glass
10. Syntax Error
11. Phone Call
12. Work It Out
13. With You
14. I’m Out!!!

Video: Fuss’N’Fight

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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-Muhsinah- Day.Break 2.0 [2007]

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1. AM
2. Reconstruct
3. Discovery
4. Once Again
5. Gogh
6. Outsource
7. Mine
8. Psychloan
9. Yiy
10. Netknot
11. Millions
12. Only & Always

Video: Only & Always

Fantasticunt album rating:

7 mums out of 10

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-Sy Smith – Conflict [2008]

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1. Conflict (This Is Your Brain On Drugs)
2. Fly Away With Me
3. The Things I Do
4. Overthought feat. Bilal Salaam
5. The Art Of You
6. Spies
7. Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness
8. Reach Down In Your Soul feat. Wes Felton
9. B-Side Love Affair
10. Would All The People From Compton Please Leave?
11. Star

Video: Conflict

Fantasticunt album rating:

7 mums out of 10

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-Little Dragon – Little Dragon [2007]

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01. Twice
02. Turn Left
03. No Love
04. Recommendation
05. Constant Suprises
06. Forever
07. After The Rain
08. Place To Belong
09. Stormy Weather
10. Test
11. Wink
12. Scribbled Paper

Video: Test

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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-G & D (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins) – The Message Uni Versa [2007]

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1. Ye Olde Skit
2. GodUnit
3. On One
4. One
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Time
7. Found
8. U
9. All 4 U
10. Ye Olde Skit Too
11. Good Mornin Amerikkka
12. P.I.F.O.T.P.H. 34
13. War Drums
14. Stomp, The
15. Poppa’s Song
16. MGD – (with M.E.D.)
17. Stronger
18. Ye Last Olde Skit
19. Message, The
20. Uncle Dudley’s Outro

Video: Time

Fantasticunt album rating:

5 mums out of 10

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-Sa-Ra Creative Partners – The Hollywood Recordings [2007]

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1. Seagulls
2. Hey Love
3. Glorious
4. So Special – (with Rozzi Daime)
5. And If – (with TY)
6. Rosebuds
7. Feel the Bass – (with Talib Kweli)
8. Not on Our Level – (with Capone ‘n’ Noreaga/Lord Nez)
9. White! (On the Floor)
10. Bitch
11. Do Me Gurl – (with TY)
12. Ladies Sing
13. Sweet Sour You – (with Bilal)
14. Tracy – (with Rozzi Daime)
15. Fly Away – (with Erykah Badu/Georgia Anne Muldrow)
16. Lean on Me – (with Kurupt/Erika Rose/Lord Nez)
17. Fish Fillet – (with Pharoahe Monch)
18. Thrilla – (with J Dilla)
19. Hollywood – (Redux)

Video: Hey Love

Fantasticunt album rating:

5.5 mums out of 10

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-Janelle Monae – Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase [2007]

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01. March Of The Wolfmasters
02. Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
03. Many Moons
04. Cybertronic Purgatory
05. Sincerely, Jane

Video: Sincerely Jane

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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-Georgia Anne Muldrow – Olesi Fragments of Earth [2006]

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1. New Orleans
2. Melanin
3. Wrong Way
4. Feet
5. Frames
6. Lovelight
7. Radio WNK
8. Because
9. Speakversion
10. Wheels
11. Birds
12. Amnrh
13. West Coast
14. Boom
15. Patience
16. Blackman
17. Leroy
18. Nowadayze
19. Skaw De Beast
20. Epilogue
21. Blackman

No video retrieveable, thus Click to Bump the following for preview: Wrong Way

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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