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Archive for July, 2009

The Main Ingredient Episode #12 (July 28, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #12 (July 28, 2009)
sa-ra creative partners – i swear (ubiquity)
diamond district – streets won’t let me chill (oddisee music)
the lafayette afro-rock band – azeta (hi & fly)
esthero – superheroes (afta-1 remix)
q-tip – give up the goods (j. period remix) (mixtape)
oddisee – sand to the beach (oddisee music)
ragen fykes & ohmega watts – in the pocket (recordbreakin)
miles bonny – take it on back (mixtape)
maxwell – bad habits (columbia)
the dynamics – move on up (groove attack)
raphael saadiq – bonus track (universal)
marvin gaye – all the way around (motown)
morgan zarate featuring eska – sticks & stones (unreleased)
glenn lewis – sorry (probe dms mash) (unreleased)
risco connection – risco music (black rose)
kool & the gang – light of worlds (de-lite)
femi kuti – black man now yourself (barclay)
me’shell n’degeocello – deuteronomy: niggerman (maverick)
eva – moog indigo (bootleg)
laura’s song – donwill (interdependent)
FS Green – preppy lady
a tribe called quest – stressed out (raphael saadiq remix) (jive)
pete rock – #1 soul brother (rca)
al hirt – harlem hendoo
raphael saadiq & d’angelo – be here (universal)
eddie kendricks – keep on truckin’ (dj spinna remix) (motown)
the brand new heavies – i don’t know why i love you (4hero folk soul remix) (delicious vinyl)

All Alone (Captain Planet Remix)
Alice Russell
Unreleased (As of Yet), 2009

This is a repost from (a site that should definitely be on your RSS feed reader / weekly rotation). Chuck Wild/Captain Planet posted a bunch of his remixes including this one of Alice Russell’s “All Alone” which I love.

I was pretty underwhelmed by Alice’s most recent album (granted, she set the bar very high for herself). She didn’t really “move in a new direction,” it was produced by TM Juke who has produced most of what she’s done and it sounds similar; it just didn’t hit the same musical peaks as her previous work.

The album version of “All Alone” is fairly emblematic of this. The song doesn’t really seem to start until there are :29 seconds left. The minimal intro is great but the “hits” that come in at :49 are super-tame (1. adj. Brought from wildness into a domesticated or tractable state.) and the drums that follow at 1:11 just don’t deliver. Maybe I’m missing the point and this is supposed to be a chiller song than I want it to be but…I keep waiting for it to start.

The drums and tempo of the Captain Planet remix match vocal much better. Alice is running a remix contest on her site and this song is, uh, in the running. You have to create a username to vote (that’s asking a lot, I know) but the upside is that you’ll end up on Alice Russell mailing list and that’s a good thing.

Songs are available for two weeks.

The Main Ingredient Episode #11 (July 21, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #11 (July 21, 2009)
J-Live – Play
DJ Day – Can You Feel Me
Kool & The Gang – Dujii
Ghostface Killah – Underwater
Marvin Gaye – God Is Love
Megaphone – Firelude
Common – Inhale
Ty – Taking It Back
Platinum Pied Pipers – Now Or Never
moO – Spacetravelin’
Marvin Gaye – I Want You (Vocal)
Slum Village – Reunion
New Sector Movements – She’s Got Soul featuring Eska
Peven Everett – Testin Me
American Gypsy – Inside Out
Eric B. & Rakim – What’s On Your Mind
Keelay and Zaire – Alright With Me featuring Dminor and Phonte of Little Brother
Q-Tip – Feelin’ (Instrumental)
Rose Royce – Daddy Rich
Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics – I’m Outta Here
DJ Spinna – Outta Time (featuring The Free Radikalz)
The Roots – 100% Dundee
John Legend – Casino
Slumgullion – Kidkarig
Fertile Ground – You
GZA/Genius – Beneath The Surface
Pete Rock – Take The D Train
Rotary Connection – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
The Beastie Boys – Transitions
Lucy Pearl – Good Love
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – I Need You

Got To Change
McFadden & Whitehead
McFadden & Whitehead, 1979 (iTunes)
Philadelphia International Records (wikipedia)

This is another song from the album best known for the classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” That classic is so classic that it has become mainly the province of (black) block parties, family reunions, and weddings and it’s a song I don’t listen to at home. It (and the too-smiley picture on the cover…and that it came out in 1979) had me rushing through listening to this album assuming it was going all going to be happy/corny songs that weren’t as good as “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” Accordingly, I was very pleasantly surprised to find the somewhat darker “Got To Change” starting off the B-Side.

I knew “G. McFadden & J. Whitehead” had done a fair amount of songwriting for Philadelphia International by seeing there names on album credits over the years but I thought it was usually on the same albums with bigger hits written by Gamble & Huff. I didn’t realize until reading their wikipedia entry that they wrote as many hits as they did during their pre-recording-artist days.

From wikipedia:

The duo later joined Philly International Records, where they wrote hit after hit, the first being “Back Stabbers” in 1972 for the O’Jays. It became No. 1 across the board in one week.

McFadden and Whitehead also wrote hits such as ” I’ll Always Love My Momma,” “Bad Luck,” “Wake Up Everybody,” “Where Are All My Friends,” “The More I Get, The More I Want”, and “Cold, Cold World”. The production team also worked with Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson and Gloria Gaynor, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Gladys Knight, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Archie Bell & the Drells and The Intruders, just to name a few.

Songs are available for two weeks.

We Made It
Keelay and Zaire
Ridin High, 2009 (iTunes)
MYX Music Label

I’ve been playing this song a lot recently. It has a surprising mix of samples (flute, soprano sax?) for a credible sounding hip hop track. My favorite sample is the voices at the end of each four bar phrase (it happens right before the first verse starts). Where could that possibly be from?

Keelay and Zaire are a bi-coastal duo, a poor man’s Foreign Exchange if you will (I don’t mean that in a bad way) – they met and started trading beats online. Keelay lives in San Francisco and Zaire in Virginia.

There’s a video for this song but…it kinda makes me like the song less so I won’t embed it, the choice is yours.

Other tracks to look out for: “Alright With Me” and “The Times.”

Songs are available for two weeks.

Streets Won’t Let Me Chill
In The Ruff
Get In Line
Diamond District
In The Ruff, 2009

This is another group that has been getting a lot of blog attention from the usual suspects (okayplayer, put me on it, freshselects, moovmnt, onsmash, 2dopeboyz, nahright…) which is actually really good. Diamond District is Oddisee, X.O. & yU; three solo artists from “The DMV” (DC/Maryland/Virginia) that released this album together as a free download on their blog on April 14th.

In the intro, Oddisee says “we formed this group to bring that east coast raw boom-bap hip hop to the DMV” and they do just that. I’m sure some people might think this album sounds dated but they knew exactly what they were doing, they were making it for all the grown folks who grew up with east coast hip hop. And judging by the response, there is a quite an audience to which it sounds very fresh.

To me, Oddisee’s production is the real draw here (he produced 10 of the 12 tracks). I suppose lyrics only stand out to me if they are really good or noticeably bad. These mostly fall somewhere between decent and forgettable but there are a few things that caught my attention like, “develop the mic voice, cause if it don’t work, i gotta go to work and get a job with my white voice” (from “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill”).

Oddisee also recently released the mostly Instrumental Odd Summer EP which you can download here.

Songs are available for two weeks.

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