Archive for July, 2009

0042 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth @ 3:21

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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“…..whoa…get me to a party”

In my last post, I mentioned how I liked the interlude between verses, and how some producers add extra flavour or effects for the lead in. Well, same thing here. Listen for the electrics after the bridge.

Also, this part is great because of the way after the bridge, the song picks up momentum again..like yeah, this song is not going 3;30 my friend, we’re keeping it movin!

Also, the drums, probably my favourite, the little hi hat hits, the double ups, the pace and energy of this song absolutely rocks. I mean the guitar is great too, and the vocals as well.

Finally..I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately and what I love about it most is how it’s during the parts where he’s not singing, where I like shaking it down and dancing the most. Know what I mean? Like I want to jam with the band with my partying. When there’s no vocals, I fill in the space for him by partying extra hard!

The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth 3:21 – 4:34

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From Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, self-released in 2005.

0041 Raphael Saadiq – Love that Girl @ 2:02

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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“She’s so…so sweet at dinner”

Amazing song, a feel good highlight from 2008. Let’s start with the bassline, and then you can go that piano play at the :32 part below, Saadiq’s straight smooth as velvet voice, the drum lead in at :37, the throwback to the 60’s but still sounding freshness, everything about this song is absolute loveliness.

I chose this part because you get the chorus, which is awesome, and then the lead in to the 2nd verse which I’m starting to notice more in different songs. I’ll try and find some more. Before the 2nd verse starts on a lot of songs, you get a little lead in, which here is the piano and drum part. It’s like the song is telling you, here we go again… and everyone in the band is smiling.

Love That Girl 2:02 – 2:42

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From The Way I See It, released through Sony/ BMG, 2008.

Update:
There’s a video

0040 Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) @ 3:08

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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“Paris is burning all night long…”

The best part about this track is how Cut Copy turned themselves into French House superstars with this remix. Wasn’t their biggest fans and I don’t know much about Ladyhawke (the original is pretty cool though), but this track is smokin’. The swirling synths are just big, and it’s a good house tune from white Aussie guys. That’s impressive.

Also, Ladyhawke’s voice has a level of jaded want in it too that is quite Parisian. This part is the build up and drop. Enjoy.

Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) 3:08 – 4:09

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0030 Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis @ 3:07

0039 Randy Newman – The Natural Soundtrack – Knock the Cover off the Ball @ 1:03

Monday, July 6th, 2009

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This movie gets me every time, especially this scene when it starts getting stormy out at the ballpark, and Roy gets the call from Pop to pinch hit for Bump late in the game. The music starts stirring as he approaches the plate, takes a couple warm up swings, and then waits for his pitch. Then at 1:03, right when a crack of thunder bellows out the rain starts coming down, Roy absolutely hammers the ball into the lights over right field. The ball gets so shredded, the fielders can’t even pick it up.

Triumph baby! And the music to match!

Knock the Cover off the Ball :50 – 1:40

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From The Natural Movie Soundtrack, released through Warner Brothers, 1984

0038 Herb Alpert – Rise @ 3:23

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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Just watched Notorious recently, and I love the scene where Diddy played the Mtume track Juicy Fruit for Biggie in an effort to get a radio single for their first album. I was hoping they’d do a scene where Diddy found this old school elevator music jam from Herb Alpert to find the single for BIG’s 2nd Album, Life After Death. Oh well.

I scope for old samples a fair bit, and this one is pretty hilarious. This part of the song was used for one of Biggie’s biggest anthems, if not his biggest, Hypnotize. And I just read the original was both a #1 hit, and used in the soap opera, General Hospital.  I left enough on the clip so you can hear the cheesy trumpet. Still @ 3:23 Herb hits paydirt with a fat break. The echo on that guitar lick is just monster! Thanks Herb, couldn’t have done it without ya!

Rise 3:23 – 4:04

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From Rise, released through A&M Records 1979.

0037 Major Lazer – What U Like @ 2:00

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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I’m still getting into this album from Super-producers Diplo and Switch (the guys who produce M.I.A) and it’s pretty good so far. The whole thing is on this future electro dancehall vibe, and this track is the raunchy rub it down number.

Leading up to the 2 min mark, you’re on the typical Dancehall Riddim and it even goes accapella for about 7 secs, and then at 2:00, the beat done gone and switched up. As soon as I heard it, I knew I’d put it up here. I love the drum pattern, it’s got a lot of atmosphere, and it’s what I wanted to hear from these guys. Bonus points for the cover art and back story.

What U Like featuring Amanda Blank & Einstein 2:00 – 2:26

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From Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, released through Mad Decent Records, 2009.