Back to 1999 this week with Blackalicious – Alphabet Aerobics. From their 1999 A2G E.P., you’ll cannot fail to be impressed at the lyrical dexterity of Gift of Gab as he works through the entire alphabet.
This week, complete with vinyl crackles, is the wonderful Les Fleur by Minnie Riperton. A member of Rotary Connection and better known for her smash hit Lovin You, she passed away aged 31 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She did however leave behind a legacy of wonderful music. La Fleur is the opening track on the classic 1970 album Come To My Garden, the first of her six solo albums. It’s one you should know if you don’t know. Enjoy.
Standout track from recent album Heligoland now receives a standout video. Filmed inside Cambridge University’s anechoic chamber (designed to create total silence) and featuring former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ruhal Ahmed, this short by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin is a reflection on Ahmed’s experiences whilst in detention (particularly how he was interrogated using high-volume music) and about the use of human sound on the body.
Ensure your pets arent anywhere near you. If you like them that is…
I’m a long time listener of Gilles Peterson, close on 12 years now since he joined Radio 1, and way back in January 08 he featured a then unknown (to me) rapper going by the name of Jay Electronica. The guy comes with a flow part MF Doom, part NAS over soundscapes part Madlib part Jaydee. Yeah I know. Big names to be throwing around but seriously, they’re not lazy comparisons, the guy has cajones.
His first “official” single Exhibit A, produced by Just Blaze, is a quality piece of work;
but it’s Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) which got tongues wagging and brought him to Gilles’ attention. A 15 minute track (which kicks off the aforementioned podcast) with snippets of film dialogue, Jay’s raps, based on the soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is classy. The following youtube video has nine minutes of Act 1, trimmed due to youtube length constraints, but it’ll show you this guy is special.
All of this stuff is in the public domain by the way. Put your super google technique to good use and you’ll find his discography spread across the blogosphere somewhere. Make his Wikipedia Discography entry your checklist if you wish.
Anyway, it seems Jay is making a break for the overground now (in the UK at least) Already making waves towards the end of 09 in the states, his Exhibit C EP is up on iTunes (and Exhibit A) for you to invest in and with Zane Lowe rinsing it on his show the other night we might finally see him get some wider recognition.
Lets hope so because the hip hop most people be listening to at the moment is not doing the art form any favours. Yeah. I’m looking at you Black Eyed Peas…
A recent dubsteppy remix by Adam F and Fresh made me revist this stone cold classic for this week’s “Saturday is…”. Just do yourself a favour and put it through a decent sound system but remember “Watch Your Bass Bins, I’m tellin ya!”
With the excellent I’m New Here, Gil Scott-Heron’s first album for 16 years (listen via his website) out on Monday, it’s time to revisit one of his bona-fide classics on today’s “Saturday is…”. When faced with The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Home is Where The Hatred Is and Almost Lost Detroit to name but a few it’s not easy to pick just the one but I’m going with this beauty;
The Bottle (1974)
If that’s your cup of tea you can do worse than pick up the Winter in America album from whence it came. While you’re here check out “Me And The Devil” from his new album for a more modern take on things;