Posts Tagged ‘pitchfork’

0167 How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember @ 5:15

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I was calling this guy the white Weeknd for a while. Totally fresh sounding R&B.

I discovered him on a great RBMA documentary series which you should check out if you like this sound.

Words I Don’t Remember 5:07 – 5:53

From What is this Heart?, released through Domino records, 2014

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

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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0140 Animal Collective – Graze @ 3:12

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

“Comfort, comfort, why do you run for it…”

Keep in mind this happens at the 3:00 minute mark, the whole song doesn’t sound like this.  Go on, do a little jig, you know you want to.

Graze 3:12 – 4:05

From Fall Be Kind, released through Domino Records, 2009