Thursday, 29 May 2008

De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State (1993)

Saw them on Monday and it was decent seeing them play a fair few songs off this album. People bang on about '3ft High' and '... is dead' all the time, but I still reckon this is the best. It's a far more mature and solid album than the first two, by finally managing to abondon all those skits and endless tracklists, De La pulled out something much tighter and more consistent. No idea why its so underrated , its insanely good. Just avoid track 6. Seriously, do.
All together now... "Mess up my mind, mess up my mind, mess up my mind with the eye patch!!"

De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State
1. Intro
2. Eye Patch
3. En Focus
4. Pattie Dookie
5. I Be Blowin'
6. Long Island Wildin'
7. Ego Trippin' (Part Two)
8. Paul's Revenge
9. 3 Days Later
10. Area
11. I Am, I Be
12. In The Woods
13. Breakadawn
14. Dave Has A Problem... Seriously
15. Stone Age

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache (1973)

"Incredible Bongo Band's 'Apache' is hip hop's national anthem" - Hip Hop Connection

"A must in every record collection. I was just 7 years old, but I fell in love with the song immediately. Its one of those records that never leaves your brain. If you dont know Apache,you dont know hip-hop" - Pete Rock

Just the two songs here, if any of you want either album just leave a comment. Enjoy!

The incredible Bongo Band - Apache

The Sugarhill Gang - Apache (Jump On It)

Monday, 19 May 2008

J.Viewz - Muse Breaks (2005)

J.Viewz was a project headed by up-and-coming Israeli producer Jonathan Dagan. Perfectly mixing chilled electronica, break beats, seductive soul vocals and acoustic instruments into a maelstrom of gorgeous, hypnotic, dreamy jazz. Theres a refreshing precision in the squeaky clean production that hides how layered and detailed this music really is. Highly recommended.

J.Viewz - Muse Breaks
1. Under The Sun
2. Muse Breaks
3. Worth Light
4. When Silent It Speaks
5. Your Country
6. Room For Me, Room For Sweets
7. Meantime
8. Sunswoop
9. Feeler
10. Two Steps Away
11. Protected

Cannibal Ox - The F-Word (2001)

Thought I should put this up along with The Cold Vein. The F-Word was the 2nd of the only two singles released from the album and easily one of the best tracks Can-O ever put out. Ever fallen for a friend? Everyone has. But only Vast Aire can put it so perfectly into words. Also comes with a few non-Cold Vein tracks and a great remix from Ex-Def Jukie RJD2.

Cannibal Ox - The F-Word
1. The F-Word [Original/Clean]
2. The F-Word [Remix/Clean]
3. Life's Ill [Dirty]
4. Metal Gear
5. The F-Word [Original/Instrumental]
6. The F-Word [Remix/Instrumental]
7. Life's Ill [Instrumental]
8. The F-Word [Original/Dirty]
9. The F-Word [Remix/Dirty]

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein (2001)

I guess it was only a matter of time before I put this up here. Has to be one the best hip-hop albums ever released and possibly my personal favourite. This record is the perfect combination of two incredible lyricists and a producer with a vision. El-P's dark, noise laden, dense beats form the distorted backdrop for Vast Aire and Vordul's journey through the gritty, urban nightmare of modern New York. Easily the best thing that Def Jux ever put out and the pinacle of Vast, Vordul and El-P's work to date. How could they ever live up to this? A deep, dark brooding masterpiece rarely seen in modern urban music.

"put a mic in front of me, and I'm gonna bless it hummingbird style, seventy times in one second"

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
1. Iron Galaxy
2. Ox Out The Cage
3. Atom
4. A B-Boy's Alpha
5. Raspberry Fields
6. Straight Of The DIC
7. Vein
8. The F Word
9. Stress Rap
10. Battle For Asgard
11. Real Earth
12. Ridiculoid
13. Painkillers
14. Pigeon
15. Scream Phoenix

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Funki Porcini - Hed Phone Sex (1995)

This is another classic. Hard to believe this is 13 years old, it still holds up so well. This was the pioneering 'trip-hop' album that helped put Ninja Tune on the map, a heady mixture of downtempo breaks, dark dubby atmospherics, eerie ambience and deep, deep basslines. The range of this album still surprises me, moving from chilled out jazz breaks through to much darker acid dub and even to the proto jungle of 'King Ashabanpal (Part 2.)' All infused with hilarious and perfectly placed porn vocal samples. This album can easily be put on in the background but actually focusing on it drags you into a journey through a groove laden dream scape that is incredibly rewarding and scarily hypnotic. This album is best listened to reclined and preferably baked.

Funki Porcini - Hed Phone Sex
1. A Word Of Vice
2. B. Monkey
3. Dubble
4. King Ashabanpal (Part 1)
5. The Deep
6. King Ashabanpal (Part 2)
7. Michael's Little Friend
8. White Slave
9. Poseathon
10. Wicked, Cruel, Nasty & Bad
11. Pork Albumen
12. The Softest Thing In The World (Motorway Accident)
13. Something Wonderful
14. Tiny Kangaroo Dolphin (From Hell)
15.Long Road

Booka Shade - Movements (2006)

This classic album was reisuued a few months ago as 'The Tour Edition' featuring a DVD of their set at Pukklepop from a while back. Lovely casing aside, it seems a pretty pointless re-release. I can't bring myself to watch an hour long video of dutch people on gurns dancing like twats... although that actually does sound fairly entertaining... Anyway, this album is too good not to be had. Perfecty restrained, subtly intelligent and damn groovy. Shades of techno, minimal, house, trance and pop all collide in one euphoric, bouncy and stupidly catchy hour of quality music. You will dance.

Booka Shade - Movements
1.Night Falls
2. Body Language
3. Shimmer
4. Paper Moons
5. The Birds And The Beats/At The Window
6. Darko
7. Hide And Seek In Geishas Garden
8. Pong Pang
9. Manderine Girl
10. Take A Ride
11. Wasting Time
12. In White Rooms
13. Hallelujah USA
14. Lost High

Monday, 5 May 2008

Helios - Eingya (2006)

Listening to this album just makes me feel content to be alive. Its like having a bath after a hard days work and forgetting you even exist. Beautiful mix of acoustic piano and guitar with electronic ambience. The album art gives a far better description than I ever could.

Helios - Eingya

1. Bless This Morning Year
2. Halving The Compass
3. Dragonfly Across An Ancient Sky
4. Vargtimme
5. For Years And Years
6. Coast Off
7. Paper Tiger
8. First Dream Called Ocean
9. The Toy Garden
10. Sons Of Light And Darkness
11. Emancipation

Girl Talk - Night Ripper (2006)

Not normally too into mash-up albums, but this one is brilliant. Great party music, inventive, entertaining and danceable. This guy must have OCD.

Girl Talk - Night Ripper

1. Once Again
2. That’s My DJ
3. Hold Up
4. Too Deep
5. Smash Your Head
6. Minute By Minute
7. Ask About Me
8. Summer Smoke
9. Friday Night
10. Hand Clap
11. Give and Go
12. Bounce That
13. Warm It Up
14. Double Pump
15. Overtime
16. Peak Out