Archive for February, 2013

0151 Big Boi feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram – Lines @ 2:04

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

“…the lines we’ve crossed, the lines we crossed, have always been why I’ve lost..”

This is such a strong album, I would have liked to have seen this given some respect at the Grammys. Big Boi is in a position to do whatever he wants, and here he goes crossover working with Wavves, Little Dragon, Jai Paul, and a group called Phantogram. Wait till you hear her voice below (@ 0:24). Combine that with a screwed intro, clipped sample, A$AP and Big Boi, and you’ve got a barn burner.

Lines 1:41 – 2:26

From Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, released through Def Jam Records, 2012

0150 J Dilla – Every Siren on the Donuts album

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It was the 7th anniversary of J Dilla’s passing on Feb. 10th this year, and Stones Throw are re-releasing the Donuts album as a box set of 7″ singles. Pitchfork (I know I’m mentioning them again) did a great review (10!!) of the release and Nate Patrin pinpointed what is always such a great part of any Dilla tune, the siren:

Even the ubiquitous siren he lifted from Mantronix feels like Dilla’s sole property now– maybe because Kurtis never thought to lay it over a mobius-strip revamp of Kool and the Gang album track “Fruitman” (“The Diff’rence”) or a tense, staggered piano loop cut from Martha Reeves’ mid 70s post-Motown solo debut (“Thunder”).

The siren is all over the Donuts album and like Nate says, it’s his now.

Side Note: Armand Van Helden used it first back in 2000, but Dilla used it best.

The Diff’rence 0:09

Thunder 0:29

As I said on March 5, 2006 when I aired these tributes on CIUT. The Best Ever.

Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 1
Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 2

From Donuts, released through Stones Throw Records, 2006 and re-released on 7″ Vinyl, 2013

0149 Burial – Rough Sleeper @ 2:14

Monday, February 4th, 2013

If you like Burial, make sure you read Pitchfork’s review of this 12, it’s great.

It’s tough to pick the best part, because like they say in the article, there’s really 3 tracks over the course of Rough Sleeper’s 14 minutes.

But I keep coming back to the organ, listen to the funny way it loops.

Rough Sleeper 1:58 – 2:28

From Truant, released through Hyper Dub Records, 2012

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0001 Burial – Shell of Light @ 3:30

0148 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Only In My Dreams @ 0:40

Friday, February 1st, 2013

“..on the beach, on the ocean of my dreamscape only in my dreams”

It’s like homemade lo-fi Beach boys right? The best part is the chorus I think, but the guitar throughout makes the track. The video is worth watching to see the humour in the song, and look out for the Dam Funk track on the album too.

Only in My Dreams 0:40 – 1:04

From Mature Themes, released through 4AD Records, 2012

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