Feel free to skip all the writing and get cracking with the songs…
This track was brought to my attention thanks to my good friend Dublehander. Out in October this year, I can’t stop by Flux Pavillion is tipped to do very well. A nice smooth intro is rudely interupted by what seems to be an orchestra of synths that smack you in the face. Added to this sucker punch is a nice, simple, honest drum beat that marries itself perfectly to the tune. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
Now, a couple of posts ago I promised you some Noisia and have yet to deliver. Well, here it is. Taken from their most recent album Split the Atom, it is my honour to present to you…Diplodocus. A very electronic sounding track with sharp, puncturing drums, its everything I’ve come to love about this Dutch trio. Other stand out tracks for me from this album include Split the Atom, Alpha Centauri and Shellshock (ft. foreign beggars). But I’ll let you discover those in your own time. Seriously. Buy the album.
And people say the only good thing to come out of Holland are the Cruyff turn…and total football…and bicycles…and sex shows…and prostitutes…and legalised marijuana…
I believe I also mentioned Foreign Beggars earlier. Well here they are. I have been a fan of Foreign Beggars for a good five or six years now and chances are you have heard them too without knowing. They’ve been involved with such a huge number of artists over the years its almost unbelievable! Included in this list are: Noisia, DJ Vadim, Scratch Perverts, Task Force, Vex’d (more on him later), Gorillaz…to name but a few. Foreign Beggars are comprised of MC’s Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron, Dag Nabbit (producer), DJ Nonames and (aruguably) the world’s most talented beatboxer Shlomo. What’s not to like?! So here it is. Contact ft. Noisia (funny that innit? try and spot their input…its very subtle).
Staying with the theme of British hip-hop, Brit-hop, whatever you want to call it, I’m on it like a car bonnet!
First up, classic Skinnyman. Originally from Leeds, Skinnyman moved to North London when young where he learned to ply his trade like no other. His album Council Estate of Mind is a clever one. With a narrative all the way through, this is one of those albums where you can say it litteraly takes you on a journey without sounding like a complete twat. I can’t recommend the album enough. If you like hip-hop this is a MUST buy. So good he featured three times on Scratch Perverts’ FabricLive. How’s that for an accolade? The stand out track on this album is I’ll be Surprised. It’s just…well…its…aaargh just listen to it.
Now then, before this becomes a full-blown essay (I am rabbiting on here) some more british based hip-hop. I’ll let the tracks do the talking here.
Brain Tax – Last Date
Terra Firma – Sometimes
Klashnekoff – Murda
Charlie Sloth, Farma G, Black the Ripper – Not Like You
And now for some good stuff from overseas!
MC Solaar – La Belle et le Bad Boy
Arsenik – Par ou t’es Rentre, Je t’ai pas vu sortir
Beatnuts ft. Fatman Scoop – Let’s Git Doe
Common ft. The Last Poets – The Corner
(some nice shots of Chicago there)
The Roots ft. Cody ChesnuTT – The Seed (2.0)
The Roots – What They Do
I could go on all day like this (especially with The Roots who don’t have a bad album to their name) but I’ll stop I think. Bit much for one post really. I hope you enjoy what I’ve been posting, and please, send me some comments!