Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MP3 blog 2010/06/01

blog 2010/06/01 - Off again to the magical land of duty-free booze.

See you suckers!  I'm off to Philthydelphia for hotel party shenanigans.
Back next week, most like, but I thought I should get on top of things and drop this extra update of hotness before we hit the road.

Moskitoo - Xime
Orla Wren - 33 Fainting Spells:  As has been my habit, I'm starting with a compilation.  "88 Tapes" is a sexy little slab of electronic ambrosia.  And I say this as a person who goes through a lot of comps, and hates comps, because the quality is usually so very uneven.  But these two tracks exemplify all the rightness in this comp:  That perfect fusion of electronics, folk sensibilities and spring-morning ambience.  An absolute must for fans of Isan, the Morr Music Label, Chihei Hatakeyama, and the most relaxing of School Of Seven Bells

A.C. Newman - Take On Me (A-Ha Cover):  Another cover?  Sick of them yet?  No, of course not!  A classic.  So many people try and take on this monster and fail, but Mr. Newman rides it respectfully.

Aloe Blacc - A Dedication
Aloe Blacc - If I:  The Aloe Black EP, and the sequl The Aloe Black EP 2 (clever!) came out in 2004, but I slept on them until now.  A few dope bits of boom-bap in there, for sure.  A Dedication does what is almost impossible:  A children chorus that doesn't suck.  And "If I" drops some acapella soul that foreshadowed this year's Gil Scott Heron release, even.

Brothers O'Hair - Tonight (Live on KVDU):  So many gems get slipped down through radio station live sessions, which kind of gives a good argument for the longevity of (some) radio stations.  I love this guy's exasperated voice.

Chiddy Bang - Breakfast
Gorillaz - Stylo (Remix ft Chiddy Bang):  Chiddy hits us with the Air Swell Mixtape, and as usual he jacks hot pop fluff, slaps some more snares and bass, and gives us the feel-good party rhymes we need.  Super fun, if only suffering from being so consciously hipster.  I am not in to the Gorillaz album, which is getting rave reviews for I'm not sure why, but at least their name makes it here anyways.

DZ - Killin' em Softly
DZ - Serenity Now:  "The Proliferation Sequence" is DZ's first full length, and it is a monumental achievement.  Almost every dubstep producer album sucks.  It's oh so true.  But he bucks that trend here and goes further, producing a captivating TWO PART ALBUM that is fucking bass sickness all the way through.
He doesn't sit in his dancefloor madness you may know from his singles, but stretches his sounds to cover spacious dubby-dub-dubstep, gets a bit jazzy, gets down to some ragga, and flips it 5 ways to Sunday. 
While not as eclectic and poppy as Bonobo's Black Sands, this one is essential for any beat heads.

Gregory Pepper - Tea Biscuits:  Short, sweet, and with CHIMES!

Kelis - Acapella (Friends Electric Remix)
Kelis - In For The Kill (La Roux Cover):  So what happened?  Checking my DJ crate, Kelis is the gal who brought us Milkshake and Bossy.  Kind of puerile, adolescent jams.   She ditchs her boy Nas, and produces an unquestionably HOT and sexy pop number!   Good job on dumping Nas!  It seems to have been an immense improvement, because this song is pop bliss.  And doing an acoustic cover of La Roux?  Smart smart smart.

Kid Loco - Love Me Sweet (J.C. Concato Remix):  Kid Loco recently dropped a collection simply titled "The Remix Album", and it brought me back to the sweet sweet memories.  Just bliss out to this slice of downtempo perfection.

King Midas Sound - Cool Out
King Midas Sound - Lost:  And as if things were chilled and sexy enough, here's 2 tracks from the 2009 album "Waiting for You".  Grooooove!  Her vocals ride the beat perfectly.

Mountain Man - Soft Skin:  From the new album "Made The Harbor", which I haven't heard yet.  I just like the opening line "I got soft skin" and the response "are you gonna let me in".  That's kind of a creepy-awesome image. 

The Got To Get Got - Burn Yaletown Burn:  Haha, great song title, and great Pavement chops.  And I swear I hear someone playing the triangle (tragically buried deep in the mix), but that's still a world of awesome.

Tobacco - Fresh Hex ft Beck
Tobacco - Sweatmother:  I'm not so much in to Tobacco, but I love these 2 songs, and I'm sure you crazy young'ns will just love their new album "Maniac Meat".

Trentemoller - Sycamore Feeling (Thomas Schumacher Remix):  End things off with a moody little pounder from our favourite un-proper-spellable artist!


A.C. Newman - Take On Me (A-Ha Cover)
Aloe Blacc - A Dedication
Aloe Blacc - If I
Brothers O'Hair - Tonight (Live on KVDU)
Chiddy Bang - Breakfast
DZ - Killin' em Softly
DZ - Serenity Now
Gorillaz - Stylo (Remix ft Chiddy Bang)
Gregory Pepper - Tea Biscuits
Kelis - Acapella (Friends Electric Remix)
Kelis - In For The Kill (La Roux Cover)
Kid Loco - Love Me Sweet (J.C. Concato Remix)
King Midas Sound - Cool Out
King Midas Sound - Lost
Moskitoo - Xime
Mountain Man - Soft Skin
Orla Wren - 33 Fainting Spells
The Got To Get Got - Burn Yaletown Burn
Tobacco - Fresh Hex ft Beck
Tobacco - Sweatmother   
Trentemoller - Sycamore Feeling (Thomas Schumacher Remix)

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