Saturday is Classic Saturday #27

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.

Minnie Riperton – Les Fleur (1970)

Massive Attack feat. Damon Albarn – Saturday Come Slow

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…

Jay Electronica. No longer underground?

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…


Seems there’s a bit of a disco revival on at the moment.  By that I’m not talking Boney M, Ottowan and The Weather Girls.  It’s all about David Mancuso’s LoftNicky Siano’s Gallery and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage as my reference points. Duck Sauce touched on it a few months back but doing the rounds at the moment are Cécile & Venice with Rimmel;

Moonbootica’s Men Of The Future;

French Horn Rebellion vs Database – Beaches and Friends

and finally Breakbot with Baby I’m Yours

Shame it’s not summer yet as that is the perfect track to soundtrack it. Fair to say it’s gonna be huge. What NSFW was invented for…

So…  What an odd place that is. I first heard about it in an article in The Guardian Technology section.  Not for nothing does the article call it the “web’s weirdest outpost”. The site will randomly connect you and your webcam (should you choose to enable it) to a complete stranger’s webcam for an anonymous chat.   No login required, registration required, you just click and go.  You’ve no idea who’ll you get next.  Aside from dodging erections, amongst others I’ve had an half session with a chatty couple getting stoned on a Friday afternoon in Seattle,  an Iranian who couldn’t speak English but could converse in Techno, a girl who wanted me get my knob out, a man whose was completely covered in tin foil, a fat man shagging a stuffed raccoon and a toy camel who promised to answer any question I had.

This video, hosted over on Vimeo gives a decent overview;

and watch the following for a wacko sing into it.

If you do get chatting to someone halfway human it can be a laugh. However, I warn you though, if you get entrenched on there clicking next over and over, as someone pointed out over on the Guardian comments section “it’s a day destroyer”.