As someone from Georgia, this weather is both exciting and a bit gloomy. Because of this, I have needed to acquire a new song to help pump up my mood before starting my day and that song happens to be “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The song just makes me want to get up, sing, and dance. If you’re having a pretty dull day, I advise you to listen to this song immediately and all your worries will go away.
Stumbling upon this song in search of the sample used on MF DOOM’s “One Beer,” I cannot get this addicting tune out of my head. I’ve now listened to the rest of Troupeau Bleu, the album the song is off of, and it is really incredible. I don’t know if my attention would have ever been brought to 1970s French jazz funk artists, but that’s one of the great parts about sampling: crate diggers bringing obscure artists to light.
“Huit Octobre 1971” has also been sampled by Jaylib (“No Games”), Wiz Khalifa (“Visions”) Tyler, the Creator (“Odd Toddlers”), among other artists. Other songs from Troupeau Bleu have been sampled by artists like Captain Murphy, Mellowhype and Rick Ross.
– Mercedes Whitman
For the past four years I’ve had the same answer to “If you could be one person in all of history, who would you be?”
Danny Fuckin’ Brown
Starting as a relatively underground rapper from Detroit, Brown is now, without a doubt, the most unique and transcendent figure in modern hip-hop. He is an enigma. A man who can get his dick sucked onstage mid-song at a live performance, and the next moment can model for GQ and Mark McNairy. He is the mature man’s crazy fuck. The Ol’ Dirty Bastard for those who have outgrown the shock-value of Odd-Future’s fluffy horror-core rapping.
Move over Yeezus; Danny is the new God, and I pray to him every day.
In the past year or so we have seen Mr. Brown release his single Grown Up, a catchy and rhythmic anthem on his rise from Detroit gutter to glitzy fame. To continue the image of an aging rapper his junior album has been dubbed (and rightfully so) Old. And let’s face it, Danny Brown is pretty fucking old for a rapper. In a decade filled with young pretty boys like A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt (I guess I’m using “pretty” figuratively with this guy), and Chance, the Rapper, rappers over 30 are scarce and ultimately hard to take seriously.
Old gives us a Danny Brown that was seldom heard in his last album (XXX), a man aware of his mortality. This awareness seems to both humble him and at the same time give him an excuse to live to the excess life that he perfectly embodies. In short, Old is an audible manifestation of his sex and drug filled mid-life crisis. Two starkly different sides of Danny are presented on this double-sided album compilation. In Side-A we see the mature Danny, the Danny who does not constantly have his tongue in his cheek. In songs like “Lonely” and “Clean Up,” Brown ditches his nasally voice for a more mature one. He discusses the darker side of his life, including growing up in Detroit and finally being too old for certain illicit substances. Most of the songs on Side-A are produced by long-time affiliate Paul White, which explains the trance-like rhythms.
Departing from calm Danny, we quickly return to the drug fiend-ing, pussy loving Danny we have come to love in Side-B of Old. This side starts with what could be the best song on the album (“Dope Song”) and keeps hitting with bangers like “Kush Coma” and “Smokin and Drinkin.” Where Paul White goes mellow, SKYWLKR produces a good amount of the good stuff on this side of the album. Given that this album is his real first launch into mainstream fame, it’s a breathe of fresh air to see that not too many featured artists crowd the track-list (a feature that is all too common in popular rap albums today).
Saying you should obtain this album is like saying you should breathe air or eat three meals a day.
Praise Danny Brown.
Steep Ravine is a badass acoustic quartet hailing from the northern San Francisco Bay Area. If you didn’t hear them play at “Blues and Shoes” last year, take my word that these guys seriously have the chops. They are currently touring from New Orleans to the West Coast and, luckily for us, they will be blessing the Rocky Mountains with their beautiful bluegrass get-down sound. This coming Saturday they will be playing in Armstrong Theater accompanied CC’s very own YouJazz.com and the event is co-hosted by the SOCC. TICKETS ARE FREE AT THE WORNER DESK for CC students, non-students need only pay $5. Worth it!
I discovered Shy Girls randomly the other day while browsing one of my favorite music blogs. To be honest, their name was what first got my attention and after listening to their song “Second Heartbeat,” I was immediately hooked. It was the perfect mix of everything I’ve been craving lately: RnB vocals and chill electronic instrumentals. All in all the perfect thing to listen to and relax on a Saturday morning.
Listen to their EP here: https://soundcloud.com/shygirls
A lot of my musically oriented friends spend way too much time patrolling internet blogs for obscure music. If you want to find good stuff that isn’t very well known, don’t look to the interwebs. You only need to look to the past to find music that sounds dope. There are tons of hip-hop hits which were played on the radio 15 years ago, but have since slipped back into “the underground”. Check out this slapper by Camp Lo.
Perhaps forever doomed to be known as a one-hit-wonder group, Camp Lo has made a lot of other music worth listening to. Even though I usually have no idea what they’re talking about, the flow is sick!
Full Moon EP by Mansions On The Moon
One of my favorite Indie/Electropop artists, Mansions on the moon, released their Full Moon EP not too long ago. I can truthfully say, these songs will be on repeat the next few days. Although very short (nineteen minutes in total), this EP definitely gives a good taste to the true potential of this group. Oh and not to mention, their EP is free!
Yoann Lemoine, the french singer-songwriter and music video producer better known as Woodkid, burst onto the scene two years ago with his “Iron” EP and accompanying music video.
The video opened sailing through the cloud, bursts of ominous strings pulling you through. A few stills of a lone boy, a wolf, and then quickly the drums. With his trance like voice Yoann lets us immediately know: This is music of the elements. Primal.
The track spread like wildfire and was even featured in multiple trailers and TV shows that year. However, the rest of the EP struggled to provided the same power and felt scattered.
Woodkid returned this year delivering a much more focused full length LP. Combining the force showed on “Iron” with the introspective feeling of other tracks on the EP, he has created an exciting and profound album.
Listen her to “I Love You” off the LP with a music video also directed by Yoann.
It’s been about a year since 100’s released his first mix tape “Ice Cold Perm” (produced by Joe Wax). Ever since the tape dropped, the dude has been blowing up. From tours with Kreayshawn and Snoop Dogg, to collaborations with bay area legends Andre Nickatina and Mac Mall, to having one of his songs put in the GTA5 soundtrack, homeboy has seen some success. He’s also now signed to Fools Gold Records (the same label that claims Kid Cudi, Lil B, The Cool Kids, and Danny Brown). Seeing a contemporary from my hometown getting put on by the music industry just makes me proud.
Well anyways, here’s a single he just put out on October 2nd. The track was released on Marino Gang’s “The Big Payback” mixtape, mixed by DJ Nick.
If you like that baby powder synthesizer sound (or could maybe see yourself liking it given the right climate and company) you should definitely get your hands on 100’s mixtape “Ice Cold Perm”. It’s fire.
Recently I’ve been on a female vocalist kick and BANKS is one of those artists who consistently continues to impress me. Although, not widely known to a large group of people, she is gaining more fans through her singles such as “This is What it Feels Like,” “Waiting Game,” and “Before I Ever Met You.” Her elegance works perfectly with her harmonious vocals, catchy rhythms, and electronic-pop instrumentals. She remains as being one of the best kept secrets and even goes as far as including her cell phone number on her facebook page so that fans can call or text her.