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9 of the best – sounds of 1999

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 1999 in no particular order:

Röyksopp – So Easy

Blur – Coffee And TV

Dr. Dre – Still D.R.E.

Wilco – She’s A Jar

Pavement – Spit On A Stranger

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See A Darkness

dEUS – Instant Street

The Flaming Lips – Race For The Prize

Sigur Rós – Starálfur

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Honourable mentions also go to: Pépé Bradock & The Grand Brûlé’s Choir for ‘Deep Burnt‘; Mos Def for ‘Ms. Fat Booty‘; Shack for ‘Comedy‘; Pete Heller for ‘Big Love‘ and Death in Vegas for ‘Dirge‘.

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Anderson .Paak – Come Down (2016)

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Anderson .Paak

The boy’s done well. Brandon Paak Anderson’s parents and stepfather had been sent down by the time he was 18. As a newly wed, he had become homeless with a baby boy in tow. Today, he’s a musician at full pelt, anointed by Dr. Dre and able to attract the who’s who of hip hop to work with him. Malibu is his third long player and his second as Anderson .Paak. Rather like Chance The Rapper’s Surf, the album is a community project, featuring friends and peers (The Game, ScHoolboy Q, Talib Kweli). ‘Come Down’ takes its turn towards the end of the album as an intoxicating marriage of hip hop, R&B, funk and soul.

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Above The Law – Untouchable (1990)

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So what happened with these breaks? One episode was taking shape under Easy-E’s stewardship in 1989/90. While at Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records, Above the Law became close allies with gangsta rapsters N.W.A. Their first album Livin’ Like Hustlers featured N.W.A. members and production from Dr. Dre. And this was before Dr. Dre’s seminal The Chronic. Gangsta rap was about to become mainstream, funk breaks were being reborn as G-Funk and it was becoming acceptable for white middle class gents to… well a little biddy tells me that this song might feature at a friend’s 40th birthday bash this weekend. I don’t expect to see any Kings and Raiders caps and gold ropes. Have a great w/e.

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Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortis (2011)

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar (Duckworth!) is a man of the moment. No longer just an understudy of Dr. Dre, the hip hop artist gained individual acclaim for the 2011 digital release of his mixtape Section.80. It featured ‘Rigormortis’, revealing two insights: Lamar barely pauses for breath (with dragons); and he has a good ear for samples (Willie Jones III’s trumpet is perfectly realised). The positive critical reception to this year’s debut studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city reveals a man on more than a momentary rise.

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Mary J. Blige – No More Drama (2001)

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A track entitled ‘Family Affair’ would also become a number-one single, 30 years later. But this time it was by Mary J. Blige and produced by Dr. Dre. The song was off her long player No More Drama, and would have really passed me by, had it not been for her performance of its title track on Later with Jools Holland in May 2002. You can just feel the passion that she is putting into the song. Real class. Real soul.

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Dr. Dre – Still D.R.E. (1999)

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It’s Hip Hop. It’s ‘Still D.R.E.’ LOWRIDER!

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