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Looking back, Looking forward – Hello 2012!

11 Jan

A quick post to wish you all a belated new year. Was flipping through some old tracks yesterday and thought this post would be a good way to usher in the new year.

Firstly, I was digging around and found this old gem from Slum Village’s first album “Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1)” (1996). Its Dilla and Slum Village joy all the way through. What I didn’t know about this album is that is consisted of songs written in 96/97 but was not officially released until 8 years later. It had leaked in ’97 to critical acclaim.

 

Secondly, in anticipation of another Black Star album (its been 13 years since the last LP!), here is the single “Fix Up” released in Nov 2011. By the way Mos Def is now Yasiin Bey…go figure.

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A bit of MPC magic from Exile

3 Dec

While touring with Aloe Blacc in France, producer Exile showed off his skills on the MPC. Its quite a sight to watch! Also check out a little combo of MPC and mic skills from French rapper Roce. Exile has a new album out “4 track mind”  on label Soulspazm.

 

 

Onra – Chinoiseries 2

19 Nov

Parisian based producer Onra is back with another Vietnamese/Chinese record sampling album. Chinoiseries 2 picks up on the success of the first series, released in 2007, and follows the same theme. Some good tracks on the album, check below.

Interesting fact: Chinoiserie is the French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”. Chinoiserie is a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements for both the decoration and shape.

Jeru The Damaja in London in Dec ’11

6 Nov

Standing in the queue for the Lex Records party last night I overheard some guys talking about a Jeru The Damaja gig coming up soon. I instantly got my phone out and did some homework and yes he is playing in London in December! Details for the concert at The Garage are here

For those who know and love the early Jeru stuff here is something to get you excited about the concert if you are in London. For those who dont, you need to be getting The Sun Rises in the East and Wrath of the Math.

Jeru The Damaja – Can’t Stop The Prophet

Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin’ Yaself

Jeru The Damaja – Me Or The Papes

 

 

Ghostface Killah and MF Doom: Top tracks

5 Nov

Doom vs Ghostface KillahOff to see GFK and MF Doom tonight at Roundhouse in London for the Lex Records 10th anniversary. In honor of the gig,  find a few of my favorite songs by these two awesome artists. Also check out the Lex Records 10th anniversary podcast here.

Madvillainay – Saliva

Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

DangerDoom – Sofa King

Ghostface Killah – Daytona 500