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Jay Scarlett – Future Sounds For My Classic Generation

September 24, 2008

Whispered to a couple o’ my close heads yesterday that I was intending to unveil a midweek world exclusive today.

I kid not.

This is a fresh-off-the-stove melting pot (not single-track, individual mp3s) masterminded by tastemaker Jay Scarlett of the internationally renowned Beat Dimensions movement: champions of the bold, brazen, progressive and fearless future of music.

Those of you who copped Jay and Cinnaman’s Beat Dimensions Vol. 1 courtesy of us will know what to anticipate: a seamless selection of spacey, bugged out, glitched-up, forehead-knockin’, ultramodern Soul, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Grime and other Electronic hybrids alongside classic, organic vibes. This man has his fingers on the pulse of these evolving genres (if one can even box them like that which I doubt). You may want to listen in, in dread of being left behind…

This compilation was recently completed in private conjunction with Reebok (and otherwise may not have seen the light of day) though I’m notified it’s getting pushed for a wider drop later this month. Disc jockeys, promoters, bloggites, audiophiles, forum dwellers, honour Your Mum: get this out there as far as possible, make the world pay attention to that next generation.

Props going out to my source for the fantastic voyage.

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1. Sa-Ra Creative Partners – Intro (A Few Words By Sa- Ra Creative Partners)
2. Daru & Reggie B – Gone Away
3. Funkenteller feat. The Deepspace 69 – Emulator
4. Gecko Turner – Monosabio Blues (Phillips Owusu Remix)
5. 8thW1 – A Fools Lullaby (Could It Be)
6. Dem Suite – The Worst Way  (Spinnerty Remix)
7. Nicolay & Kay – The Light
9. Omm’as Keith –  Bassa Sex Plex
10. Chacho Brodas – Soul Brodas
11. Dabrye feat. A.G. – Get Dirty
12. Erika Rose – Fairytales
13. The Reflektor – Verdadero
14. Mono/Poly – The George Edit
15. Jahcoozi – Getyoshitout
16. Altered Vibes – Holy Ghost
17. J Todd feat. MC 2020 – 1-2-3
18. Quiroga – No More
19. Dephjoe – Hey Playa
20. Tai, Joaquin & Vicelounge –  Never Fall Away
21. Iman Williams & AB – Soulmate
Hidden Track: Jay Scarlett feat. Reggie B & Distantstarr
My favourite tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Video: Dabrye feat. A.G. – Get Dirty

“Rolling two Ls like Cool J did it…”

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Fonzworth Bentley feat. Andre 3000, Sa-Ra & Kanye West – Everybody

July 17, 2008

I rarely post single drops…

…but then anything with Andre is momentous (and has been since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and ATLiens; I direct this subtle jibe at the sprouting 3 Stacks helmet-hoppers of late who’ve only just caught on… 15 years later). He is arguably the greatest Southern emcee in this culture’s history, and by far one of the most consistent.

(Far Overdue) MTV Hottest MCs In The Game Article

The video which also features a speech impediment (Kan)Yeezy despite bare minimal track input is widespread in blogland, yet ’twas a mission finding the mp3 so this one’s for you inexpert net marauders. To the trained ear this sounds like a rip direct from the video, but at the least it’s pod-worthy. Hol’ tight till I cop that crystal 320kpb shit (audio-geek wank material).

Love the sophistifunk bounce on this joint; those Sa-Ra vintage synthesizers are on point aswell.

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What I personally wouldn’t give to slide up Ice Cold to a booty-meat maiden in the club and spout “Shawty you killin’ me hard with them lady pants/ Simple elegance would be better when you dance/ Chest to the sun with a thoroughbred stance/ Ya galloped to the rhythms of a native drum chant…” Shucks. Only in Cupid Valentino’s universe.

Video: Everybody

Additional:

Che Grand feat. Andre 3000 – Airtight Ninja

The day’s most exotic drop featuring an ill sample from Cartoon Network’s Class of 3000 with rising emcee Che Grand and Andre 3K on the original hook…

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John Legend feat. Andre 3000 – Green Light

The other song with that bloke on the piano, from 2 months ago.

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Fonzworth Bentley feat. Pimp C & Lil’ Wayne – C.O.L.O.U.R.S. (Cool Outrageous Lovers Of Uniquely Raw Style)

And one of the freshest joints on the ‘Yeezy mixtape from May 2007 if you’re still on the goddamn catch-up…

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P.S. New Andre solo rap album, ’09. All ‘rappers’ start wiping up after yourselves.

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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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