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Archive for July, 2006

i wish i had a car

this is a scan of an actual bumper sticker

believe it or not, i got this from a professor at fordham law school

loop professor v. gilberto gil
Loop Professor
Get Your Hand Outta My Pocket! Vol. 3, 2006

The Loop Professor strikes again with this strangely intuitive and seemless blend of Gilberto Gil’s “Maracatu Atomico” and Q-Tip’s J-Dilla produced “Breathe and Stop” instrumental that he did during his time in Switzerland.

Relative newcomer Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket Records are self-described “enem[ies] of the intellectual property rights” and round out their irreverent image by saying things like “we are influenced by the dopeness of us, and the wackness of others. so be it.” You can read more on their visually-jarring myspage page, which also includes that Minnie Riperton “Here We Go” remix that I posted a snippet of a while back (that got a nice reaction).

Vol. 3 is available at Turntable Lab on green vinyl.

Update: The good folks at Organik Recordings stopped by and let me know that they are the people behind GYHOMP Records that they have worldwide distribution here.

>> songs are available for two weeks [7.9 MB]

how not to request a song – part 6

i was starting to think that word of my “how not to request a song” series was getting around and that people stopped belligerently requesting songs in order to stay out of my emails…needless to say, my delusions of grandeur were due to be debunked at some point…that point was last thursday. after several un-funny exchanges (“i don’t really take requests” — “you gotta cater to the people, you’re a business man right?!” — “yes, enough of a business man to know that you are not paying me at the end of the night”) 2:00 am rolled around and i started to pack up.

so………i’m packing up (my records, slipmats and needles are off of the turntables, rca cables in hand, computer closed) and a young woman comes up to me.

her: are you gonna play some hip hop?
me: am i or did i?
her: are you?
me: i did, i’m done for the night
her: well you didn’t really play hip hop
me: i didn’t?
her: you played…”hip hop mix,” you know, it wasn’t really hip hop
me: i hear you…it was fake right?
her: yeah, NO..um, you know what i mean, can you just play one hip hop song?
me: i’m done for the night
her: really? can’t you just play one more?
me: do you see the audio cables in my hand?
her: can you plug them back in? come on, it’s my birthday, i’m 21, i can drink!
me: happy birthday and no
her: why not?
me: when you wake up with a headache you’ll understand why not

(then her friend comes over)
friend: come on, can’t you play some hip hop? it’s her 21st bday!
me to 1st girl: tell your friend what’s up
(she says something to her friend)
friend: come on, just play one song!
me to 1st girl: explain to her about the cables
friend: come on, were from india!
me: india!? oh i’m totally doing it now!
1st girl: ok, now you’re being mean
friend: come on it’s her 21st bday!
me: it’s her birthday?! i can’t believe it…oh yes i can, because you just said that
1st girl: i know enough to know when you’re making fun of us
me: i hope so

Hurry On Now featuring TM Juke
Alice Russell
Under The Munka Moon, 2004

I’m guessing that (for my readers who are not familiar with Alice Russell) I may be able to pass this song off as a something from the 70′s, mainly on the strength/depth of Alice Russell’s voice (and the low-fi flourishes of the production).

As usual, I am playing a little bit of catch up (I heard her 2nd album 1st) but Alice seems to have quickly become the UK nu-funk scene’s first lady. This album, her first, is a “retrospective of her finest works to date” (with the date being 2004). “My Favourite Letters” (her second album) followed last year but the thing that has really solidified her hold on the scene is her guest appearances. She’s appeared, most notably on records by Quantic and the Quantic Soul Orchestra, as well as tracks with Australian funk group The Bamboos, TM Juke (collaborator on the above track and the producer of her second album), and Natural Self. Those are the ones I’m aware of but I am sure that there are many more.

The low-fi sound of this song is actually atypical of her work which usually finds her on more upfront (and uptempo) grooves but she is clearly equally comfortable in this more relaxed mode. There is a video “Hurry On Now” here.

>> songs are available for two weeks [6.4 MB]

The Brooklyn The Better

There is a write up of Friday’s “The Brooklyn The Better” along with an awful picture of me (and a great photo of Nyala) here. Shout to Clay for hooking it up.

Love The Feeling
Leroy Hutson
Hutson II, 1976

I generally try to avoid the urge to sub-genre-categorize but this song belongs to a certain strain of soul that I lust (although I don’t have a name for it, which is probably a good thing). The groove is much more in the forefront than most Philly Soul. The strings get their own shine and are most ornate when there aren’t vocals on top of them (check 1:23-1:33). The horns are punchy (see 1:53-2:13) and yet it’s not funk. It’s just a little hard to pin down.

Hutson is a product of the Chicago soul scene and he replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions when Curtis started his solo career. Of course he didn’t stay long and he started putting out his own records a few years later. I would be interested to hear more about where this track was recorded and who he was spending time with around them. This has a serious California Soul vibe and would fit in perfectly on those Funky Notes From the West Coast compilations.

>> songs are available for two weeks [4.1 MB]

here’s how records give you what you want

This is one side of the inner sleeve of a early 70′s album from Columbia Records…I guess they’ve practiced this whole ‘techno-phobe’ thing to perfection…

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