Ta13oo (Taboo) is the third studio album by Denzel Curry. The second track is 13lack 13alloons (Black Balloons), which sees South Florida’s lo-fi rapster channelling the nostalgic sound of Outkast.
As we approach the end of another year and the greatest hits that follow, I give you a compilation of sounds from 24 years ago. Britop was at its zenith, but the angelic voice of a Californian rose above all ….
Honourable mentions also go to: Portishead for ‘Roads‘; Mazzy Star for ‘Fade Into You‘; Plush for ‘Found A Little Baby‘, Johnny Cash for ‘Drive On’, Jeff Buckley for ‘Grace‘; Blur for ‘End Of A Century‘; Nas for ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’; Green Day for ‘Basket Case’; The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for ‘Bellbottoms‘
Channelling the Daisy Age philosophy of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde showed that the West Coast could do it too. Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and its roller coaster art appeared in 1992. The excellent track ‘Passin’ Me By’ may take all the plaudits, but there was fund to be had throughout. ‘4 Better Or 4 Worse’ is a case in hand.
It’s Friday and Kool Keith is on the mic. Released by Bulk Recordings in the US and by Mo Wax in the UK, Dr. Octagon’s debut solo album, Dr. Octagonecologyst, is an extraordinary piece of work. Kool Keith’s alter-ego Doctor is an extraterrestrial time traveling gynecologist and surgeon from the planet Jupiter. George Clinton – eat your heart out. Have a great weekend.
Again, a quick post before I return to blogging in earnest next week. I cannot believe I have not featured this number before. The friendly ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ battle between Biggie and Jay-Z must be one of the great hip hop collaborations. There were rumours the two were set to record an album before Biggie was murdered. The song and Al Pacino-inspired intro featured on Jay Z’s 1996 album Reasonable Doubt.
A compilation for the weekend. My favourite 9 sounds of 1996, the year before OK Computer, The Fat of the Land and Homework were released, wiping the sound slate clean.
Honourable mentions also go to: Super Furry Animals for ‘If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You‘ and ‘Hometown Unicorn‘; Primitive Radio Gods for ‘Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand‘; Eels for ‘Novocaine For The Soul‘; Mazzy Star for ‘Look On Down From The Bridge‘; Beck for ‘Where It’s At‘; and The Prodigy for ‘Breathe‘.
There’s a lot to understand in Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’. With ‘3005’, ‘Sober’ and ‘Redbone’, Donald Glover showed that he could deliver some instant classics, but the wildfire that is this is song was hard to see coming. In the first 60 mins after the Hiro Murai-directed video was released, it had racked up over 1 million hits on YouTube, 10 million in 24 hours and 50 million in the 3 days since. It’s well delivered, thoughtful and dark. Step aside, Childish Gambino is in the house.
Whoaa it’s a scorcher and it’s a Bank Holiday in the UK. After a slow start, I deliver you ‘Sunshine’ off Atmosphere’s 2007 Sad Clown Bad Summer #9 EP. Slug and DJ Ant deliver the sound of summer the day after. “All of a sudden, I realise something/The weather is amazing, even the birds are bumpin’.” Have a great week.
In early 2008, Gilles Peterson released a podcast devoted to the rapper Jay Electronica. For a time there, he was MC royalty, “like some sort of hip-hop Jack Kerouac”. Born in New Orleans, his break came when he moved to Detroit, where he met J. Dilla. Electronica’s 2004 EP Style Wars was set to J. Dilla beats, including the opening track ‘Renaissance Man’.