Yes yes y'all
A bit of old school hip hop from Sweet Tee today. I've got two copies of "I got Da Feelin'" on vinyl, which are from different labels, so I'm not quite sure when it came out. Sometime around '87. The vinyl has been mashed up quite a bit in attempt to beat juggle with it.
Fortunately for you this version is taken from a CD compilation, 'King of The Beats', which is well worth getting if you need a hip-hop filler for your collection, and don't want to go crate digging for vinyl. Though it looks like you might have to go diggin' for the CD. Mind you, this is such a classic I'm sure it probably turns up on every second 80's hip-hop compilation.
Thus began Thee Process
'I Am That I Am' is from a recording of sound works that Gysin was asked to produce for the BBC in 1960, and is take from Recordings 1960-81 a collection of works and conversations with him.
It's sad that so little of Gysins audio work is available considering his influence. That said there have been a couple of books published on him in the last few years; Tuning into the Multimedia Age and Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted. These contain a number of images of his artwork and details of his influence. I'd love to see an exhibition of his paintings - I believe there was one in NYC earlier in the yea
I've been listening to 'She Moves She' a lot in the last few days, perhaps because I've been using it as one of the test videos for a video player I'm writing. It's not got to me in the way some of the other tracks have after relentless listening - and 'As Serious As Your Life' by Four Tet also holds up well.
I like this track, and other stuff by Four Tet (and Kieran Hebden's other guises), because of it's musical - whilst not overly dance orientated - approach towards electronic music. His use of concrete sounds and electronic music, and his folk music influences, all gel together nicely.
Edit Forgot to publish, d'oh!
Making up for lost time
Only a few weeks in and already I've managed to post hardly anything this week - and been berated for it. sorry. It's been a bit busy this week. This is a quick post before heading out to see The Hospitals and co.
I'm also giving you two tracks. My original choice was 'Suggestion', but 'Waiting Room' is to thank you for your patience. They are taken from Fugazi's eponymous first EP which has to be one of the most consistently listened to records I have in my collection since I first bought it in 1988.
The tracks are are also available on the CD '13 songs' which is the 'Fugazi' EP and their second EP, 'Margin Walker' - which has to be one of the most consistently listened to records I have in my collection - on one CD.
Jason Forrest aka Donna Summer manages to answer that age old question 'How can I fit as many musical references as possible into one track?'. In the wise words of Pop Will Eat Itself 'Sample it, loop it, fuck it, eat it & spit it out'.
Forrest's hyperactive mind takes 36 tracks and condenses down into one 2 minute sonic assault. Part of the fun of this track is working out where the samples are from, part of it is just freaking out to it. Give a muso this album for Christmas and they can make 'spot the sample' their after lunch game. And it will get granny's blood pumping.
Damn, I hate this job.
Mark Griffin doned his MC 900ft Jesus pseudonym after hearing an American Christian evangelist tell as story of how he had seen a 900 ft tall Jesus and used it to hustle for money.
'Adventures in Failure' is taken from his second album 'Welcome To My Dream' released in 1991. It's lyrical drawl and drole storytelling appealed to imediately, with the album moving through a range of stories and jazz influences in a truely engaging way. The humour in his lyrics, and the music, never fails to make me smile.
His previous album, 'Hell With The Lid Off' (with DJ Zero) was more hip hop and electronic in it's influences, but also darker and more gritty. The later 'One Step Ahead Of The Spider' was a more bouncy - but still equally twisted - affair, taking influences of the then emergent drum & bass scene.
The sad thing is after so much promise in three excellent and original albums Mark had enough with the music industry and got out of the business, and is training to be come a pilot. Let's hope he has some inspiring visions whilst he's up there.
'America Is Waiting' is taking from the seminal album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' which was produced in 1979/1980 by composer Brian Eno and David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame). To me this record always sounds fresh and interesting - despite some dated sounding synthisizers on it. It's testament to the compositional skills of the two players, and the skills of the musicians the employed to work on it.
When I decided to put TV On The Radio as today's track it was because I was going to go and see them tonight. But the gig has been cancelled due to the unexpected death of Tunde's father. My sympathies are with you.
The Wrong Way is taken from their album Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes on 4AD. It's a corker of an album that's got me through a couple of backstage at photo shoots periods for SHOWstudio this year.
A dancefloor favourite
Anyone who has heard me DJ my hip-hop/electronica set in the last 6 years - not that I do that very often anymore - should recognise this. It's one of my favourite crossover tracks.
Plaid are one of my favourite artists in the Warp Records family. They've never had the critical acclaim or attention of Boards of Canada, which is a shame, as they deserve to be seen as equals, if not as the influencing elder brothers.
Shackbu is taken from their second album, Rest Proof Clockwork, released in 1999.