Go Hard Saturday: J. Cole – Werk Out (Overwerk Remix)

The only way I can sum up this song is that it’s ‘Fucking insane’. The drop is incredible and blends hip-hop and EDM perfectly. Thank you Ben for sending me this, I don’t know where you keep finding amazing music for me but keep doing it!

I’m not even going to say anything else., just press play and turn up your speakers. Amazing.

J

Foreign Friday – Sweden: The Hives – Two Timing Touch And Broken Bones

Last time I posted in foreign Friday, it was from Japan, but today I am taking you to another Scandinavian country, Sweden. This Swedish band is very well known, but it did surprise me learning their nationality. I give you guys The Hives.
They have some pretty eccentric songs, ‘Keel Hauling Class Of 89’ being one that sticks in my mind, but this one tops the lot. The fat guy reminds me of the chubby gay character in ‘Modern Family’. Nothing musical or educational about that last note, but there you go.
One interesting fact about the Hives that I have for you, is that there is a secret member, who writes most of their material, but doesn’t want to appear in the public eye. He is hidden.

I hope you like it,

J

Hip Hop Thursday: Kano – Nite Nite

First post of 2014, and it’s a nice one. For those who aren’t familiar with Kano, he is a UK based grime artist. I have mixed feelings on Grime as a genre in general, there’s a lot that I don’t see as music, in the same way I don’t see tags as graffiti. A lot of it seems a bit pointless and thoughtless, it just seems like throwaway bars that don’t have an impact. Back to Kano..

Kano is one of the few grime artists I can have on my ipod and actually enjoy. This song in particular features Leo the Lion (singer in The Streets) and Mike Skinner, head man of The Streets. This is a pretty cute song, which is odd for rap but it seems to work.

Hope you like it.

J

No New Year Promises, but 3rd time lucky (maybe)

So last time I tried to pick this blog up, I failed on my own expectations. Here we go again. A lot has gone on with music this year, and so much more promise for next year. This year I aim to do more things that I’m passionate about regardless of the impact it makes or the actual outcome. Searching, finding and learning about music is one. It’s a personal passion, I don’t find new breakthrough artists before they become big, I don’t claim to understand genres or have any special knowledge on music at all, but this blog has always been about my own discoveries and journey looking for new sounds, and it would be nice if at least one person checked this space out once in a while.

 

Finally blowing the dust off this blog and seeing it’s had views from 65  countries. that’s motivation for me. So welcome back (if there is anybody out there) and let’s see how long this innings will last!

 

J

Go Hard Saturday: Julio Bashmore – Au Seve

This track was such a hard song to find, as I had no idea who it was by or what it was called, I just kept hearing it on nights out. It killed me for months having the melody stuck in my head for hours repeatedly and totally unable to search for anything! One drunken night out I typed out the melody pattern out in my phone and saved it hoping it would give any more clues in the morning, but alas, it did nothing to help. It was only months later after first hearing about it I was randomly checking the dance charts online on the radio1 website, and it was the last song on the chart at number 40. So lucky that I finally found it, and here we are, case closed!

This song is unbelievably catchy, and for a song with no more words than ‘ow baby’ its pretty impressive. The melody is on par with addictiveness with Disclosure’s Control. I’m thankful that I finally found this track, don’t know anything about Julio Bashmore, but I hope you like this. Have a good night whatever you choose to do!

J

Foreign Friday – Japan: DJ Krush – Song 2

This week I’m taking you guys to Japan, and let me introduce you to DJ Krush. I have a feeling I may have already mentioned him or even posted a song by him, but I forget. I am a big fan of the stuff this guy has done so it’s only fair I post Dj Krush here.

DJ Krush has a pretty interesting life story, which is still shrouded in mystery to some degree, involving being a part of the Yakuza.

Ishi dropped out of school at an early age and joined a local gang, and a few years later, the yakuza. Early into his career as a yakuza underling, Ishi discovered a severed finger wrapped in paper on his desk. Later, after discovering that it had belonged to his best friend, he decided to leave the yakuza and cut ties with the criminal underworld.

He has been revolutionary in bringing Hip Hop/ turntabilism to Japan, which is a pretty incredible reputation to have.

There is a pretty interesting documentary about DJ skills called ‘Scratch‘ which features DJ Krush for a segment, highlighting how different he is to the majority of other DJ’s.

The song I’m posting up here is one of many that I could show you as there are quite a few that all belong here. In particular, Song 1, Song 2, Kemuri and Zen Approach are all incredible songs for different reasons, so feel free to check out the links of those too. But as I have to pick one, I choose Song 2, as it was the first song I ever heard of his. It was featured on one of my favourite games, LittleBigPlanet. I hope you like it, and check out his other tracks I’ve listed, they may feature at a later date too.

J

Hip Hop Thursday: Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad

I’ve been waiting to get on this for a long time.

Some of you may not have heard this song by Lupe, or you may have listened to it but didn’t give it much attention. It is definitely not his best track musically, but the message is very strong and has some very interesting analogies.

The most striking of themes in this is the comparison between ‘blackface’ and racialised gender stereotyping in rap culture. Blackface, although cringing and horrible to watch old footage nowadays, was a fully accepted art form in it’s time. The link between this and a few modern day rappers (Lil Wayne and Nikki Minaj come to mind from the video) are essentially wearing a blackface in the way they present themselves to sell music.

The fact that it shows the artists wiping off their blackface in tears gives this a more dramatic effect.

The story itself plays a lot more into how gender plays its part in the mask of fake imagery. It is almost as portraying a ‘bad-bitch’ is pretty equal to being blackface in modern times. With the woman growing up to emulate a ‘bad bitch’, the negative gender stereotype is enforced and she emulates that. This affects guys too as it gives both genders a false perception of reality. The only thing that isn’t so clear, is that although Lupe is definitely not promoting the ‘Bad-bitch’ persona (later reversing that and giving props to Nikki Minaj) he doesn’t give any hints at what a female model worth emulating actually is.

This is a very fascinating song and is a clear example of why I love Hip Hop and it’s possibilities. I hope you like this.

 

J

Gym Wednesday: Major Lazor – Get Free (Andy C remix)

I am sure most of you guys are aware of Major Lazor’s original version of this song. There are countless numbers of remixes done, and Diplo himself has showcased a lot of his favourite already. This is one of them, and it’s by the world famous DnB DJ Andy C. As I have mentioned in previous post regarding 16Bit, I got to see Andy C (opened by 16Bit) in a grimy no roof warehouse/bar venue when Andy C blew the power out on the block for almost 2 hours while they tried to find a back up generator. One of the craziest nights I’ve had and only cost $15 I think. Mental.

Anyways this is a really good remix and a perfect song for a gym playlist. Turn it up and I hope you like it.

J

Jazz Tuesday: Miles Davis – So What

This is another absolute classic. I’m pretty sure Miles Davis’ name and reputation is universal. ‘So What’ is from his 1959 album ‘Kind Of Blue’ and although I know absolutely nothing about the technicalities, I feel for the benefit of this segment of my blog to hold any integrity, I feel I must be obliged to tell you guys that this track is one of the best known examples of modal Jazz.
Modal jazz you say, what is this? Well, from my general knowledge Modal jazz is jazz that uses musical modes rather than chord progressions as a harmonic framework. Yeah, the more you know..

Anyway, I could bore you with all the technical details about the Dorian mode, but I would rather you just enjoy the song.

J

Thought For The Week: Immortal Technique – Bin Laden

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An Immortal Technique track for the thought of the week, mainly because I’m not that big of a fan of it as a song in itself, but I like the ideas it brings up and made me think a lot. Straight off the bat I’m not really a fan of the notion that 9/11 was an inside job. There was a mass debate about it with theories and whatnot, and while not all the questions are answered, I’m not on the side that says that the Government did it to themselves to start the war. Interesting side note, the X files had an unscreened episode where the Government flew planes into the trade centre and blamed it on terrorists to gain public support to go to war. But I digress.

This track taught be quite a bit, most notably that Osama Bin Laden worked as a CIA tactician and funded by the US. Also that the US sold chemical weapons to Iraq. Pretty crazy when you think about it. Anyway, lots to think about amongst a lot of propoganda. So do your own research. Or just listen. Hope you like it.

J