Archive for the ‘LPs’ Category

Madlib The Beat Konducta – WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip

September 21, 2008

And what a buckshot way to ring in my 100th post.

If you’re a head, you’ll understand the importance of this release. Madlib is one of the greatest producers in Hip-Hop, ever, ‘period’. A legitimate genius who dedicates his every waking hour to the creation of noise.

This is his long-anticipated opus for BBE’s ‘Beat Generation’ series (following suit to Jay Dee’s legendary producer-driven-emcee-ridden BBE addition ‘Welcome To Detroit’ in 2001).

Yes, it is yet another Mind Altering Demented Lessons In Beats. The rawness is irrepressible, with such a devil-may-care clutter of sound puzzles, tropical psychosis, shermed out bass, Blaxploitation-lifted grooves, eccentric anomalies, coarse vinyl crackles and hard hits that indicates no crate has been left unturned or MPC left functional. No one so sadistically mutilates and leaves a break’s entrails all over the track like Otis Jackson Jr.

Though a part of me still feels it’s not his most arresting work (am I the only one who’s disappointed by the unconvincing Murs collabo?), between track 8 and 16 it does feels like warp-dimensional classic territory. It’s just I think Lib is exemplary of Hip-Hop without restraint (recently resulting in an offspring of amazing new age Dilla/Madlib inspired producers), and he could of taken it to that next level in a way even his most devoted followers wouldn’t expect (regardless of Stones Throw labelling this as “his most straightforward neck-snapping Hip-Hop album to date”). Hypnotic Lib (as with Erykah Badu’s breathtaking ‘The Healer’ earlier this year) has always been my favourite style of Lib.

Still I do wanna get all hyper-masculine and slap a sissy every time I hear boisterous Guilty on ‘Go’ spitting “Oh you high now? I laugh at that/ I must be on Punk’d, where Ashton at?”

And ‘Drink Up’ is all of you lots new two-steppin’ dance song.

Out 30th of September, you can pre-order through Stones Throw or the Play UK link i’ve provided at the bottom of the post.

Heat/Smoke Break/The Plain (Reprise)
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Yo Yo Affair Part 1 & 2
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Drink Up feat. Frank & Dank
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1. The New Resident 1:33
2. Blow The Horns On’em Feat. Guilty Simpson 2:32
3. The Plan Pt.1 / Tension 2:37
4. Gamble On Ya Boy Feat. Defari 4:37
5. The OX 805 Feat. MED & Poke 2:57
6. Blindfold Test #10 (He Don’t Play) Feat. J-Rocc 3:54
7. The Thang Thang Feat. Prince Po 3:00
8. Heat / Smoke Break / The Plan (Reprise) 3:57
9. Life Feat. Karriem Riggins 1:32
10. Parklight 1:44
11. Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1 & 2 4:01
12. I Want It Back Feat. Oh No 2:54
13. Disco Dance 1:51
14. What It Do Feat Talib Kweli 3:36
15. Drink Up Feat. Frank & Dank 2:48

16. The Way That I Live Feat. Stacy Epps 4:10
17. Rat Race Feat. Murs 2:05
18. Go Feat. Guilty Simpson 3:07
19. Stop 1:10

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: What It Do feat. Talib Kweli

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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Jake One – White Van Music

September 21, 2008

I remember the first time my boys K-Nite and Skillet cold rocked my block off playing De La’s Rock Co.Kane Flow featuring Metal Fingers back when we were 18. I’d still say to this day, that is one of the heavyweight Hip-Hop spine-snappers of this decade. Experience here…

De La Soul feat. MF Doom – Rock Co.Kane Flow
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And now, the long awaited new LP from the Seattle gent who did production honours on that joint above. It bangs as expected and features a unfuckwitable roster of guests that span both underground and mainstream. Dropping 7th of October.

I’m in love with that polymoog on ‘I’m Coming’.

I’m Coming feat. Black Milk & Nottz
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Trap Door feat. MF Doom
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Glow feat. Elzhi & Royce Da 5’9
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01. I’m Coming ft. Black Milk & Nottz
02. Gangsta Boy ft. M.O.P.
03. The Truth ft. Freeway & Brother Ali
04. Turn It Down
05. God Like ft. D. Black
06. Bless The Child ft. Little Brother
07. Oh Really ft. Posdnuos & Slug
08. Hi
09. Trap Door ft. MF Doom
10. Dead Wrong ft. Young Buck
11. Kissin’ The Curb ft. Bishop Lamont & Bust Rhymes
12. How We Ride ft. Freeway
13. White Van Music ft. Alchemist, Evidence & Prodigy
14. Big Homie Style ft. J-Pinder, GMK & Spaceman
15. Scared ft. Blueprint
16. Great Sound
17. Get ‘Er Done ft. MF Doom
18. Feelin My Shit ft. Casual
19. Soil Raps
20. Glow ft. Elzhi & Royce Da 5′9
21. R.I.P.
22. Home ft. Vitimin D, C Note, Maine & Ish

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Trap Door feat. MF Doom

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7 mums out of 10

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Afta-1 – Aftathought Vol. 1

September 17, 2008

Eyes wanting closure, head begging rest; yet duty calls and bloody blogging prevails.

I’m lying in bed right now having this soaring sensory experience bumping Californian electronic/experimental Hip-Hop producer Afta-1’s debut instrumental LP with my headphones fully engaged. In comparison to the fresh hoards of “Glitch-Hop” aspirants, this stands out as one of the most Soulful palettes I’ve heard with heavier emphasis on melody and a less mechanized perversion of the groove. Still there’s tingles, twitches, head-nodders, euthermic bass and even an industrial sensuality if there can be such a thing.

In short, these compositions flow seamlessly like a volcanic spring oozing blunt-scented perfume which forms an estuary around your dome that you can backstroke in. And if analogies aren’t your bag, then lie down and just play the damn thing with the lights off.

It’s mood music. Swim.

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1. Quest (2:33)
2. Pluto Moon (2:33)
3. Believe (3:21)
4. Banilla Beans (2:58)
5. Candy Box (Interlude) (1:09)
6. The Facts (4:58)
7. Escape (4:04)
8. Honey Dip (3:11)
9. Gaze (3:24)
10. Stellar Suzie (2:51)
11. La Samba3 (7:52)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Click to bump track Track 1 here: Afta-1 – Believe

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

September 13, 2008

It’s a vision to craft something authentic that shows sublime love for a bygone era- and it’s a vision perfectly realised.

Vintage heaven in surround-sound. The strings, the percussion, the harmonies, arrangements, echoes, bass guitars and the conviction of it all… makes me straight up wanna fall in love right now.

Ray-Ray’s goin’ on like a legend.

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01. Sure Hope You Mean It
02. 100 Yard Dash
03. Keep Marchin’
04. Big Easy
05. Just One Kiss (feat. Joss Stone)
06. Love That Girl
07. Calling
08. Staying In Love
09. Oh Girl
10. Let’s Take A Walk
11. Never Give You Up (feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton)
12. Sometimes
13. Oh Girl (feat. Jay-Z)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Big Easy

Fantasticunt LP rating:

9 mums out of 10

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Daru & Reggie B – Future Music

September 11, 2008

I’m suddenly a tad addicted to this LP; three mornings I’ve lay in bed and let it run dawn through daylight.

You may remember my palpable championing of Detroit beat-buster Daru (former drummer for Slum Village and Dwele tours; now a pad-pounding production powerhouse drawn into his element) right here. Now he’s combined Caltroit forces with rising Cali singer/songwriter Reggie B (quite the Purple disciple with that recurrent lusty rasp creeping in every so often) to run the train on your cotton-wool arse.

This be that full-bodied, nod factor, basement bounce, Hip-Hop Soul music with oscillating two-bar breaks, sparse loops that verge on thunderous, and a pinch of groove throbbing electrolysis to marry to that which is readily raw.

Daru is dangerous.

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01. It’s Not A Game
02. Future Music
03. I Was Wrong
04. Play House
05. Stay Free
06. Anywhere You Go
07. A Ways To Go
08. Juni’s Revenge
09. Cry No More
10. Good Love
11. Juni’s Revenge (Part 2)
12. Future Music (Gerd Edit) (Bonus Track)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Good Love

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8.5 mums out of 10

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Late Of The Pier – Fantasy Black Channel

September 10, 2008

Current contenders for my favourite new/emerging British band of the year so far…

(I have to keep conjuring up these categories, it gives my life some pretentious level of order & meaning. Leave me.)

The Nottinghamshire four-piece have aligned themselves with Erol Alkan for the entire debut. It’s borderline bonkers. Or atleast better than the Mystery Jet’s album.

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1. Hot Tent Blues
2. Broken
3. Space And The Woods
4. The Bears Are Coming
5. Random Firl
6. Heartbeat
7. Whitesnake
8. VW
9. Focker
10. The Enemy Are The Future
11. Mad Dogs And Englishmen
12. Bathroom Gurgle

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Focker

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Pacewon & Mr. Green – The Only Color That Matters Is Green

September 8, 2008

Cease frontin’ on Pacewon: surely one of the most overlooked underground cats out the D for more than a decade.

Is it too early to say ‘Children Song’ is goin’ on a wee bit classic?

Hol’ tight all my Outsidaz worldwide.

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1. Four Quarters
2. Children Sing

3. The Eye Of The Needle
4. I Need Money
5. Let a Shot Go
6. Who I Am
7. Hip Hop
8. Childhood (feat. Cymarshall Law / Mary Lou / Kosha Dillz)
9. So Straight
10. Won on Won
11. She Can Be So Cold
12. The Joker

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Children Song

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7 mums out of 10

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Lykke Li – Youth Novels

September 8, 2008

With such au courant trailblazers as Kissey Asplund, Little Dragon and Koop amongst dozens others, it’s evident the Swedes have the “Progressive Urban” sector on smash. Regardless, I’ll still approach Swedish Pop with a hint of precaution.

Right, iron those American Apparel gladrags, you have my blessing for this one.

One love going out to Abba, Ace of Base & Eagle Eye Cherry- but not the A*Teens.

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1. Melodies & Desires
2. Dance, Dance, Dance
3. I’m Good, I’m Gone
4. Let It Fall
5. My Love
6. Little Bit
7. Hanging High
8. This Trumpet In My Head
9. Complaint Department
10. Breaking It Up
11. Time Flies
12. Window Blues

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Dance Dance Dance

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7 mums out of 10

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Stacy Epps – Ruff Draft (2007)

August 29, 2008

Whilst I am impatiently still awaiting acquisition of prog-soul songtress Stacy Epps new LP ‘The Awakening’, with Dilla, Lib and even Jneiro Jarel alias Dr. WhoDat on the boards I’ll gladly make do with THIS dunny…

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01. Blessing (Prod. Apex)
02. Skin Play ft. Madlib (Prod. J-Dilla)
03. 222 (Hit Me) ft. Muhsinah
04. Arms ft. Bilal Salaam (Prod. Madlib)
05. Loose Change (Prod. Pudgemcee)
06. Down Falling (Prod. Madlib)
07. Rhyme Cycle ft. Panama Black, Doodlebug, & Jawwaad (Prod. Dr. WhoDat)
08. Smoky Mirrors (Prod. Apex)
09. Muthaland (Prod. Madlib)
10. Miuzik (Prod. Stacy Epps)
11. Peace (Prod. Apex)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Arms

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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Illmind – New Blap City

August 29, 2008

I’m domestically obligated to post anything that has the word ‘Blap’ in it. It’s a London fing.

Though admittedly, I think I’ve slept on New Jersey producer Illmind (frequent collaborator with cats from Justus League such as Little Brother, aswell as Strange Fruit Project and Symbolyc One a.k.a. S1) and only now fully awoken. On the juxtaposing side of things, he’s also in-house producer for 50 Cent and the other Guerillas. Versatile geezer.

A conspicuously West Coast exodus on this impressive instrumental LP with emphasis on skillful sequencing, P-Funk distilled richness, blunt-burning bass grooves, thick kicks and whirling, psychedelic keyboard nuances that’d create thirst for a 40 ounce. To put it frankly, The Game’s new (lackluster) endeavor ‘L.A.X.’ was in grave need of Illmind (he’ll never exceed the ‘The Documentary’ in my opinion).

Oh & he’s also a Pilipino; I’m aware how proud the Philly amigos I know get when they’ve a representative in, well, any sector. Hol’ tight my thriller in Manilas, this one’s for you.

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1. Illmind (Intro) (Featuring DJ Paradime)
2. Funk Doc
3. Cornerstore Hustle
4. Unchained Melody
5. Chuuuch
6. Future Groove
7. Growth
8. Answer Me
9. Tuff Guy
10. Do What I Should
11. Bring Me Back
12. Stix-N-Stones
13. Here To There
14. Woman

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Click to bump track Track 4 here: Unchained Melody

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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Madlib & J. Rocc- Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite

August 28, 2008

It’s Otis’ sweet instrumental album tribute entirely to James…

…clearly forged in the style illustrated on ‘Donuts’.

What else do you want me to say?  No, wait, you don’t NEED me to say anything else. Champion sounds forever till we perish mate.

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01. For My Mans (Prelude)
02. The Mystery (Dilla’s Still Her)
03. Beat Provider (Through the Years)
04. J’s Day Theme #3 (Support)
05. In Jah Hands (Dilla’s Lament)
06. Get Dollaz (24-7)
07. The String (Heavy Jones)
08. Two For Pay Jay (No Dough, No Show)
09. No More Time? (The Change)
10. Do You Know? (Transition)
11. Dirty Hop (The Shuffle)
12. Floating Soul (Peace)
13. Infinity Sound (Never Ending)
14. Sacrifice (Beat-A-Holic Thoughts)
15. Rebirth Cycle (Super Soul)
16. Rolled Peach Optimos (Call Day)
17. The Main Inspiration (Coltrane of Beats)
18. The Get Over (Move)
19. Shades of Pete (Super)
20. King Chop (Top Line)
21. Anthenagin’ (?)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone

August 28, 2008

Theoretically, Hip-Hop could learn from Slipknot’s steez. No soft filler shit, keep it coming unstoppably harder and harder.

Tough to appreciate for some, personally it wasn’t until I surrendered to repeat listenings of ‘Wait & Bleed’ and ‘Spit It Out’ at the age of 15 that I was left so flabbergasted by the cacophony of noise and yet awestruck at the sheer dynamic of their duel custom percussion (that’s two drummers with two extensively-modified kits simultaneously manifesting the most suffocating, time-signature devastating thwacking you’ll hear in your life). It’s the equivalent of Rodney King receiving a battering by Pontius Pilate’s centurions; the affect of which I’ll say is undeniably brilliant.

On ‘All Hope Is Gone’, they experiment even further with their own aggression and the principle elements of the group’s alpha and omega by incorporating the rawest, darkest, most feral aspects of their self-titled debut, the follow-up ‘Iowa’ and their last ‘Vol. 3: Subliminal Verses’ to conjure up one of the most brutal albums I’ve heard. Keepin’ it real son! Misanthropy, Nihilism, rage, alienation, and psychopathy as standard. Additionally, the sheer, unscaled level of thrash here is enough to make people forget they’re waiting on a new Metallica set.

Relating back to my original point now, it’s as faithful to their own genre as it is loyal to their core fanbase and ultimately undaunted. Slipknot keep it realer than most, and as a music lover/obsessive who’s constantly let down by many fickle, self-contradictory, inconsistent Hip-Hop fall-offs, from a subjective point of view I can appreciate their artistic integrity.

Hol’ tight fellow maggots and misfits. I need to cop one of those new edition masks and terrorise the fuck outta my gran with it.

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01. .execute.
02. Gematria (The Killing Name)
03. Sulfur
04. Psychosocial
05. Dead Memories
06. Vendetta
07. Butcher’s Hook
08. Gehenna
09. This Cold Black
10. Wherein Lies Continue
11. Snuff
12. All Hope Is Gone
13. Child of Burning Time (Bonus Track)
14. Vermilion Pt. 2 (Bloodstone Mix) (Bonus Track)
15. Til We Die (Bonus Track)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Psychosocial

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Exit Records & Steve Spacek Present – Black Pocket The Album

August 28, 2008

Hurrah bitches! Batting for the home team, I can proudly advocate vocalist/producer Steve Spacek as a United Kingdom legend: an original pre & post-millenial pioneer of electronic and progressive Soul music (‘Soultronica’ I insist, vainly re-enforcing usage).

Alongside Edmund Cavill (Ed Spacek) and Morgan Zarate (Morgan Spacek) he formed the groundbreaking electro-soul band Spacek: once hailed as “the Radiohead of Soul”. The experimentalism of backbone Steve Spacek himself implanted the seeds of soulful expansion and influenced dozens of space-funk and futurebeat musicians currently astro-rockin’ our pods and laptops right now… in hindsight the groups LPs ‘Curvatia’ (2001) and ‘Vintage Hi-Tech’ (2003) were the definition of what one would discern as ahead of the times.

The new project is Black Pocket: an experi-instru-mental Blacktronic soul hodgepodge of exclusive re-interpretations for Exit Records back catalogue of underground (notably Drum n’ Bass) classics. Steve yet again raises another set of (Blighty) V fingers to the notion of boundaries/limitations within black music. I preferred his 2005 solo ‘Spaceshift’, but this is a decent, relaxed, self-assured effort from the statesman that grows on the listener given the right ambience. Respect to sir, though I would have preferred a great deal more of his honeyed Mayfield-styled vocal (present only on cyber-sexy ‘You’re A Sta’) all over this to really complete the hallucinatory vision presented.

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01. For Real
02. Mountain
03. Juiced
04. Field
05. You’re A Sta
06. Sta Simonez
07. Sta Simone
08. Other Magic
09. Amplifly
10. Bartin Groove
11. Hangin St
12. Vandlance
13. Al Softly

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Click to bump track 5 here: You’re A Sta

Fantasticunt LP rating:

6.5 mums out of 10

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Solange Knowles – Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams

August 27, 2008

This LP is the closest I get to feeling like a total girl (no homo).

I’d been harboring a secret affection for her Neptunes laced lead single ‘I Decided’ for the last 4 months, yet it was approximately 14 seconds into the soulfully cosmic first track that I squinted and thought, “oh shit, she’s actually onto sumthin’ here”.

Then a strange evening it was when I realised Beyonce’s picknie sister had made one of the most accomplished Pop(?) albums I’d heard in a long time. Despite common criticisms of Sol’s non-powerhouse pipe prowess, musically she renders her elder slightly insipid with this statement of stubborn personal growth and deviation from the wishy-washy, spineless contemporary Rn’B genre. Time to abandon unjust comparisons.

And suddenly in front of you all, I’m incapable of denying it even if I come off like a big bitches’s blouse: soaring production value (I’ve been telling people to watch out for producer Jack Splash from Plantlife a while now), sonic fluidity, loveable, catchy, harmonies, diverse pop songwriting and above all else satisfying tunes perfectly crafted for radios and rides through the Riviera- all prominent here when other commercial Black artists severely fail with their hollow sets and Heinz Baked Bean tin sounds. (Don’t worry, we all know the majors are fascists responsible for excessive cloning.)

Sol’s greatest strengths lies in the dispensing with current cliché and her adopting retro aesthetic, romping around the merriest of Motown, the energy of 70s disco, some genuine funk-soul percussion, and even extending all of that to be pacified with cutely cut down-tempo electronica (‘Cosmic Journey’ and ‘The Bird’ are quite extraordinary and on par with many of the Soultronica acts I’ve championed in the past, though minus of course the disturbingly camp trance-techno breakdown that Bilal should never have agreed to be a part of- you’ll understand what I mean when you hear it). Also, ‘Champangechroniknight-Cap’ arguably sounds as if it’s the best song her older sibling never did at the height of Bey’s solo powers during the otherwise solid ‘03 ‘Dangerously In Love’ period; a gentle dig at the label and public expectation maybe.

I may be a murky little man sometimes, but yo son, the sun shining off this disc is irresistible. All I need right now is ribbons. Lots of ribbons. And a health spa visit. And low-calorie fudge.

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1. God Given Name
2. T.ON.Y.
3. Dancing In The Dark
4. Would’ve Been The One
5. Sandcastle Disco
6. I Decided (Part I)
7. Valentines Day
8. 6 O’Clock Blues
9. Ode To Marvin
10. I Told You So
11. Cosmic Journey feat. Bilal
12. The Bird

13. I Decided (Part II)
14. Champagnechroniknight-Cap

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: God Given Name

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8.5 mums out of 10

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Richard Cheese – Sunny Side Of The Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese

August 18, 2008

“Here’s one for the ladies…”- Richard Cheese – Rape Me

I can’t quite explain this entry.

Imagine Kurt Cobain, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Thom Yorke & Trent Reznor were… furry leopard-print tuxedo sporting Las Vegas lounge singers.

You need this in your life if you don’t have a great deal to live for.

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1. Rape Me (Nirvana cover)
2. People = S**t (Slipknot cover)
3. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot cover)
4. Girls, Girls, Girls (Motley Crue cover)
5. Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)
6. Bust A Move (Young MC cover)
7. Down With The Sickness (Disturbed cover)

8. Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2 cover)
9. Freak On A Leash (Korn cover)
10. Nookie  (Limp Bizkit cover)
11. Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd cover)
12. Rock The Casbah (The Clash cover)
13. Fight For Your Right (Beastie Boys cover)
14. Hot For Teacher (Van Halen cover)
15. Gin & Juice (Snoop Doggy Dogg cover)
16. Come Out & Play (The Offspring cover)
17. Badd (Ying Yang Twins cover)
18. Creep (Radiohead cover)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Gin & Juice (Snoop Doggy Dogg cover)

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8.5 mums out of 10 (for inventiveness)

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Giovanca – Subway Silence

August 15, 2008

I stumbled upon this in the morning. And became embroiled in it’s whimsy (the grim, dark bastard within was slapped with a soapy flannel). Airy, bodouir-bound soul for the ripe and glamourous. Lovely stuff, from this winsome voiced and strikingly dusky young lady from Amsterdam. Christ, it’s no secret I fucking love the Dutch. Emigration, soon come, soon come.

Right, off your periods, and onto this you go.

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01. On My Way
02. Joyride
03. Hypnotize You
04. A Matter Of Facts…
05. Melancholic You
06. Pure Bliss
07. Moving Me
08. You Can Do It
09. Free
10. To The Moon
11. Stay Together
12. U Again

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: On My Way

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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GZA – Pro-Tools

August 14, 2008

For all Liquid Swordmith mu’fuggahs.

The Genius is the my most beloved Clansman and amongst my Top 5 favourite emcees of all time; duke’s flow is colder than Margaret Thatcher.

When the first two cuts leaked, ‘Paper Plates’ and ‘Alphabets’ (both of which are of true Wu potency as the former’s laced by RZA and the latter by True Master), I was teetering at the possibilities of supremely sliced, raw meat audio.

Aight let’s dispense with the fraff, unfortunately it’s yet another ‘no classic’ from a veteran legend (though subtract three or four weak links, it becomes a solid effort). But it’s in possession of some undeniable bangers, and our boy Genius stays ravenous on the mic. So all my loyalists, until ‘Only Built For The Cuban Linx Part II’, willingly settle for this.

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01. Intromental
02. Pencil (featuring Masta Killa & RZA)
03. Alphabets
04. Groundbreaking (featuring Justice Kareem)
05. 7 Pounds (prod. by Black Milk)
06. 0% Finance
07. Short Race (featuring Roc Marciano)
08. Interlude
09. Paper Plate
10. Columbian Ties (featuring True Master)
11. Firehouse (featuring Ka)
12. Path Of Destruction
13. Cinema (featuring Justice Kareem)
14. Intermission (Drive In Movie)
15. Life Is A Movie (featuring RZA & Khan-Acito Of Outlines)
16. Elastic Audio (Bonus Live Performance)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Alphabets

Fantasticunt LP rating:

7 mums out of 10

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Large Professor – Main Source

August 11, 2008

Not one of Extra P’s best works (though ‘Hot: Sizzling, Scorching, Torching, Blazing’ should roast a few speakers), and the flow is still reasonably mean plus he fucks with a few unexpected sonics (dope, abrasive vintage synthesizer sounds on ‘Rockin’ Hip-Hop’). Need to subtract some filler though sir.

But yo, fitted tipped & respect where respect due to one of the producer greats.

Due for release September 15th.

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01. The Entrance 2:15
02. Hot: Sizzling, Scorching, Torching, Blazing 2:57
03. Maica Living Feat. Killah Sha & Guardian Leep 3:47
04. Pump Ya Fist Feat. Mikey D Lotto 3:13
05. Party Time 2:44
06. In The Ghetto 2:49
07. Hardcore Hip Hop 3:18
08. Frantic Barz 3:02
09. Swein’ Love 2:58
10. Ru Dope Feat. Jeru Tha Damaja 1:01
11. Dap Feat. Lil Dap 0:41
12. Noyd Feat. Big Noyd 0:47
13. Classic Emergency 2:31
14. Rockin’ Hip Hop 3:22

15. Large Pro Says 2:02
16. To The Meadows 1:46
17. The Hardest Feat. Styles P & AZ 4:42

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Hot: Sizzling, Scorching, Torching, Blazing

Fantasticunt album rating:

6 mums out of 10

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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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(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”

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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Elzhi – The Preface

August 6, 2008

Ladies & gents, I present to you, the greatest lyricist on the planet right now

“What I put down in the sound coil is Crown Royal,
It’s like I dug in the ground soil and found oil,
I’m known to terrorize, paralyze a pair of guys or prepare to rise off the land, sea, air, and skies,
Snatch his heart, but spare his eyes,
To show him why I’m great, violate, and I annihilate,
My punchlines ain’t just tossin’ jabs, they often grab to put you in a Boston Crab,
Caution, they say I’m psychosomatic in the attic,
My automatic stick to my clothes like static,
Cling on, better kiss the fist while the ring’s on,
On the winning hand, four aces, now a king’s drawn”-
Fire (Euro Pass Mixtape)

(Hol’ tight my ‘those who been knowing’ associates, we waited a decade for the debut opus. This one’s as bona fide as Hip-Hop gets in the state of 2008. 14 out of 16 joints laced by Black Milk. Only concern being the key stand-out cuts were all on the prior Euro Pass mixtape. Cop it all yo.)

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01. Intro (The Preface)
02. The Leak (feat. Ayah)
03. Guessing Game
04. Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5′9″)
05. Brag Swag
06. Colors
07. Fire remix (feat. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Fatt Father, Danny Brown, & Fat Ray)
08. DEMONS
09. Save Ya (feat. T3 of Slum Village) (prod. T3)
10. Yeah (feat. Phat Kat)
11. Transitional Joint
12. Talking in My Sleep

13. The Science (feat. Fes Roc) (prod. DJ Dez)
14. Hands Up
15. What I Write
16. Growing Up (feat. AB)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Transitional Joint

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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Elzhi – Euro Pass (Mixtape)

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1. Intro
2. That’s That One
3. Fire Feat.Black Milk
4. The Reason Feat. Phat Kat
5. Talkin In My Sleep
6. Save Ya Feat.T3
7. The Know
8. High Off Life
9. Heart Of The City Cuts
10. The Transitional Joint
11. Dedicated Feat. Trip
12. Motown 25 feat. Royce Da 5’9
13. Audio Cinematic

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above

Video: Motown 25 feat. Royce Da 5’9

Fantasticunt mixtape rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Additional:

Elzhi – Witness My Growth (Mixtape) [2006]

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Disc 1:
01. 2000 Intro (prod. by Wajeed)
02. Over Wit
03. Hands High
04. Days And Nights (prod. by Jay Dee)
05. Haters f/ T3 & Nick Speed
06. The Alchemist
07. Goin’ Out
08. Get It Up
09. Boomerang Slang
10. Stroll
11. Let’s Talk (prod. by Wajeed)
12. All I Want f/ Dwele (prod. by Wajeed)
13. Where It all Begins

Disc 2:
01. Nix Productions
02. Gunna (Are U Ready)
03. Kiddo
04. Don’t Be Alarmed
05. Concrete Eyes (prod. by Jay Dee)
06. Love It Here (prod. by Jay Dee)

07. How I Feel
08. It’s Your World (prod. by Wajeed)
09. Stunted Growth (prod. by Wajeed)
10. Writer’s Block
11. Friends (prod. by Jay Dee)
12. The Letter

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above

Video: Love It Here/Days & Nights/Nix Productions

Fantasticunt mixtape rating:

8.5 mums out of 10

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Additional #2:

Elzhi deconstructs his rhyme style syllable by syllable- and educates these motherfucks on how to emcee. I rip and I rhyme, I rhyme & I ripe, that is the way the Elzhi spit!

Olivier Day Soul – Kilowatt [Sampler]

August 5, 2008

I’ve been sitting on this shit for a hot, cosmic minute.

Washington DC newcomer Olivier Day Soul, that man, is a sexual beast with a lightsabre microphone caught in his paw; he howls with lunatic longing over warped synthesisers like the baroque love-child of P-Funk in its hallucinatory prime and subatomic soul of the nearby future.

The debut album dazzles with fantastic voyages into intergalactic instrumentals and sci-fi songwriting clearly penned in the haze of ODS’ own reverie. Myself I can’t quite testify that Earth girls are easy, but I’ll take the bloke’s word for it from what’s depicted on the record.

The contour that separates Olivier from his peers in the sphere of contemporary Soul is the inspired, rainbow-decorated palette he’s obtained from touring Europe (in particular the UK) and forming alliances with space-age Scot beatsmith Hudson Mohawk- a wise ploy since I’ve proposed before Hud-Mo’s work signifies the future territory of where (that allegedly dead donkey) UK Hip-Hop/’Urban’ needs to travel if it is to transcend this epoch and regain consciousness. I’ve heard the bulk of production here was handled by Planet Mohawk, fashioning a psychedelic progeny of funk, electronica and new wave; their chemistry fuses and throbs throughout the record, especially on the exceptional dancefloor cuts ‘Spaceship’ and ‘Dance’.

For personal/ethical reasons, I’m not going to provide the full download link for the album. Instead, I’ll opt for an alternative system I’ve been planning to incorporate on the blog for some time. It’s simple: I’m going to take my 3 favourite joints from the LP, wrap them up in a pretty likkle .rar folder and upload them for your download gluttony with the successive aim to inspire you to buy the rest of record from one of the many fine retailers it’s currently available at (link down below). Sir Day Soul deserves your dollars and dineros.

Worth purchasing alone just to hear Olivier squeal, “I’m bout to lose my maaaaaaaarbles” on the intro into track 12. Doing wonders for transatlantic relations.

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01. Anytime
02. Soul4u (prod. by Oddisee)
03. Spaceship

04. Bump It
05. Bopgunn (Instrumental)
06. Fantasies
07. Dance
08. Brain
09. Potion no 9
10. Change Her Mind
11. You
12. Watchin
13. Galactic Wifey

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

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Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Samon Kawamura – Unfold

August 5, 2008

Tokyo-born, Berlin-based producer & turntabilist’s sophomore LP full of faraway grooves and fertile, unprocessed vibrations oozing underneath a fantastic support cast like my mans Kev Brown, Oh No, Aloe Blacc and Ta’Raach… exceedingly recommended listening.

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01. Intro
02. Sugar Hill feat. Om’Mas (from SA-RA Creative Partners)
03. Love And Sex
04. Still Significant feat. Kev Brown
05. 0804-005
06. Right Here feat. Oh No
07. Morioka Sunset (JS Love)
08. Night Will Fall
09. Interlude
10. Try feat. Aloe Blacc
11. Let’s Do It
12. Lovelude feat. Ta’Raach
13. Get down feat. Ta’Raach
14. No te puedo ver feat. Laura Lopez Castro
15. Y.W.A.G.D
16. cp2sk feat. Christian Prommer
17. Playground
18. Outro

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: No Te Puedo Ver

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Murs & 9th Wonder – Sweet Lord

July 24, 2008

I once had this discussion with my rap cat comrade: peering past the customary Kings (Nas, Big, Jay, etc.) that dominate many a Top 5 or Top 10 most beloved emcee listings as such actions may aswell be considered flower picking from a field that blossomed firmly in the 1990s, we tried intrepidly to compile a list for this binary-nought era (the Year 2000 onwards). Having said that a number of these rhymers first appeared in the very late 90s, though hadn’t established themselves fully or gained wider recognition until a new millennial curtain-raise hence why we saw this decade as their career’s podium. Between us we awarded distinction to Elzhi (of Slum Village), Phonte (of Little Brother), Vast Aire (of Cannibal Ox), Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris and Saigon amongst rare few others in what has arguably been a period of decline for Rap song-writing and catalogue quality. Yet conceivably the highest successor on that list which we almost synchronously agreed on was in fact, this chap, Murs.

Why Murs? Because he’s perhaps the realest motherfucker on the mic. A versifier that strikes his chrome stand equidistantly between emotionally frank, self-mythologizing lover and buoyant, kick-flipping, kerb-dwelling, rogue with obligations to his tumultuous LA birthrights. He charismatically narrates on beats with a voice that feels as if it’s drained directly from the boldness in his gut, filtered via the front of his temporal lobe and given one final push through the windpipe; reportedly 9th Wonder prohibited him from overlaying his vocals on their collaborative projects, feeling them to be forcefully dynamic enough just on their own. And like prior greats, Murs too is a story-teller, more so driven by concepts that affect the ‘every-man’ embodiment delivered with a captivatingly clear cadence; women and romantic entanglements being a recurrent note alongside friendships, allegiances, wrestling with morality and the commonplace.

In the last few of years as I’ve been in the transitional phase from adolescent to young adult I can honestly say I view Murs as one of the few artists whose songs I can directly relate to at times, so partially it’s a psychosomatic relevance that compels one to hold the dude in high regard. Still his intrinsic chemistry with former Little Brother member/beatsmith 9th Wonder, in my humble opinion, created two Noughties Hip-Hop classics (‘3:16: The 9th Edition’ and ‘Murray’s Revenge’) which cemented my appreciation for his artistry.

My main concern with the new LP is that 9th isn’t quite the potent beatmaker he once was, lacking consistency in the last 2 years (the second Buckshot collabo LP was a tad monotonous) and the poise his earlier productions once had is absent. The breaks are no longer as intoxicating and the structures sound inadvertently cluttered as if compensating for a crap job at crate digging (if I really wanna hear some Heatmakerz sounding shit I’ll just bump Diplomatic Immunity in private). Otherwise, ‘Sweet Lord’ has its moments but the previous two efforts severely exceed it. As for Mr. Making Underground Raw Shit, all I’m waiting on is his major label debut for Warner Bros. (10 years and 10 LPs later) ‘Murs For President’ dropping September, blaow!

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1. The Intro
2. Are You Ready?
3. Nina Ross
4. Free
5. And I Love It
6. Pusshhhhhh
7. It’s For Real
8. Marry Me
9. Love the Way
10. Mursinatra

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt album rating:

6.5 mums out of 10

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Murs & 9th Wonder – Murray’s Revenge

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1. Murs Day
2. Murray’s Law
3. Silly Girl
4. Barbershop
5. Yesterday and Today
6. Dreamchaser
7. L.A.
8. Love and Appreciate
9. D.S.W.G. (Dark Skinned White Girls)
10. Murray’s Revenge

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Love & Appreciate

Fantasticunt album rating:

8.5 mums out of 10

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Murs & 9th Wonder – 3:16: The 9th Edition

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1. Intro
2. Bad Man!
3. 3:16
4. The Pain
5. Trevor an’ Them
6. Freak These Tales
7. H-U-S-T-L-E
8. Walk Like A Man
9. And This Is For?
10. The Animal
My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Bad Man

Fantasticunt album rating:

8.5 mums out of 10

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And One More Goddamn Bonus:

Murs – 1st Love

Before I finally crack on with season 3 of The Wire (the greatest television cop drama ever?), as the evening winds down bump this sweet, sombre number off the ‘Murs & The Misadventures of The Nova Express’ mixtape that came out a while back. I personally dedicate to the prostitutes of Amsterdam who will always need love too.

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Video: 1st Love

Danny! – And I Love H.E.R.

July 16, 2008

The 4th studio album from a “24 year-old producer/MC/cynic” who goes by the moniker of Danny! from North Carolina. Real name Keith mind you.

Classic Beatles-esque (homage to A Hard Days Night) cover art envelopes this concept album that chronicles Danny’s romantic involvement with Hip-Hop music. Despite the MC lacking radiance on the mic and an unfit flow, the self-production and additional beats from Alex Goose come highly qualified with the lush structures of ‘I Want H.E.R.’ and ‘At What Price’ which certainly paint a sumptuous affair that could make you too once again dip your middle finger into the pleasure-crevice of this occasionally pestilent artform (having said that, since a suckah from my chitlin’ years, I still will always love H.E.R. too). Danny’s boo tastes like butterscotch, believe.

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1. Intro
2. Guess Who’s Back (feat. Naledge)
3. I Want H.E.R. (She’s So Heavy) (feat. Brittany Bosco)
4. At What Price (feat. Maria)
5. Jet Set
6. The Groove
7. Not The One (feat. Kid Syc)
8. Misery (feat. Collette)
9. Intermission (Interlude)
10. Wanderland
11. Where You Goin’ (feat. Maria)
12. Never Change (feat. Kid Syc and Branden M. Collins)
13. I Don’t Know (feat. Von Pea and Stephanie Mae)
14. Yoko Ono (feat. Che Grand)
15. Do You
16. After The Love Has Gone
17. Keep Dreamin’
My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

Video: At What Price

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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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Your Mum Says Listen to… Burial – Untrue

July 9, 2008

Name one album with which you can shuck-out (dance/gun-finger-wave) to, cry to, ride the back of the night bus to and sleep to…?

It’s ironic that in the record industry, for all it’s muscle and millions, one of the most mesmerizing and tour de force albums of 2007 came from an anonymous brere’ somewhere in South London. Question is, will those trendy bastards recognize this at the Mercury Music Prize this year?

To be quite honest, I’d never quite heard a 2 Step record quite ominously orchestral as Archangel which haunts like a dejected ghost stalking your local church rave. The more I’ve listened, the more I’m convinced the song is born out of an agonizing heartbreak the composer’s been subjected to; perversely pitch-bent lines as “couldn’t be alone…tell me how could you…but I trust(ed) you…” almost possess the listener forcing them to confront their own iniquity with the relentless repetition.

Untrue should (in a decade from now) be distinguished as that pivotal moment Dub-Step becomes a higher art form stabbing your soul with the handle of electronic-pulse paintbrushes and butchered vocal samples that bleed a cryptic narrative of disenchantment. The production over the 13 tracks is so densely tailored into a sonic whole (where alot of UK Grime/Dub-Step/Garage artists have failed to achieve when it comes to actually CRAFTING albums with an expert sense of control), the enigmatic Burial sets his artistry apart from anyone else in the field. There are layers, textures, anomalies and detail that will require attention far beyond your first listen.

It’s gloomy, unsettling, ethereal and above all else the sound of my city: London. I might even go to the lengths of saying this is the most beautiful dance-based long player I’ve ever heard. Don’t bloody sleep on it…sleep WITH it.

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1. Untitled
2. Archangel
3. Near Dark
4. Ghost Hardware
5. Endorphin
6. Etched Headplate
7. In McDonalds
8. Untrue
9. Shell Of Light
10. Dog Shelter
11. Homeless
12. UK
13. Raver

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

Fantasticunt album rating:

9.5 mums out of 10

Video: ‘Archangel’

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Additional:

The debut album from 2006.

Burial – Burial

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1. Untitled
2. Distant Lights
3. Spaceape (Feat. the Spaceape)
4. Wounder
5. Night Bus
6. Southern Comfort
7. You Hurt Me
8. Gutted
9. Forgive
10. Broken Home
11. Prayer
12. Pirates
13. Untitled

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Fantasticunt album rating:

6.0 mums out of 10

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Wayna – Higher Ground

July 9, 2008

The 2nd LP from perhaps one of the most sweetest, cherubic voices on the Washington DC soul scene. Watch Wayna’s dulcet tones synthesize blissfully with fellow funk martian Muhsinah’s earthy vocals on the mind-bending soultronica backdrop of ‘Billy Club’… this particular track 3 successively came on as I was examining the album with my iPod on in bed the other night and I started wiggin’ out under the covers. Shit is far out.

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01 Moonlight Rendezvous
02 A New Scenery
03 Billy Club ft. Muhsinah
04 Loving You (Music) ft. Kokayi
05 Close to You featuring Kenn Starr
06 Daydream
07 Mr. Duracell <<<<<<< An ode to her vibrator. Heads up ladies.
08 Interlude
09 Office Politics
10 My Love
11 Not Gonna Go
12 Home
13 Stalking Horse (the Cuba joint)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

Click to bump: Billy Club feat. Muhsinah

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Roots Manuva – Slime & Reason

July 6, 2008

Rodney’s 4th album, out September 1st. Show gratitude to a hero of our domestic scene- Rodney!

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01. Again and Again
02. c.r.u.f.f.
03. Do Nah Bodda Mi
04. Let The Spirit
05. Kick Up Ya Foot
06. A Mans Talk
07. Buff Nuff
08. Its me oh lord
09. 2 Much 2 Soon
10. Do 4 Self
11. The Show Must Go On
12. Im A New Man
13. Well Alright
14. The Struggle

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt album rating:

6.5 mums out of 10

Video: Buff Nuff

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Peter Hadar – Well Dressed for The Art Show

July 6, 2008

The sophmore album.

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01. Intro
02.Too Fresh
03. Painted
04. Planets
05. Ocean Wet
06. Laugh Together
07. Interlude
08. RSVP
09. Purple Pill (Sleeping Pills Remix)
10. Cheating On You
11. Staple Me
12. Painted feat. Mickey Factz (Bonus)
13. Sleeping Pills (Bonus)

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

Fantasticunt album rating:

5 mums out of 10

Preview video: ‘Painted’

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Additional:

The debut album from 2006.

-Peter Hadar – Memories of The Heart

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01. Provider
02. Never Again
03. Need Love
04. Cool Weirdos Interlude
05. Thunder
06. U Dont Love Me
07. Please!
08. Xplosive
09. Provider 2
10. First Sight
11. Marvin
12. Deep in Love

Click to bump: Xplosive

Fantasticunt album rating:

6.5 mums out of 10

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