I dunno man, I gave it a couple listens the past hour and it just don’t sound right (or it just don’t sound Common)t; I mean, you can call this album “the experimental Common” or just his “8th album“, but Universal Mind Control is not my cup of tea. I don’t like, doesn’t mean that I hate but the productions are so easy, so -16 year old type of beats! What is happening to all these artists such as Mos Def, Common, what happened to the era of Rawkus? Why was it possible to come out with such a good roster of artists and sell their music to a larger crowd? Mos Def was on Times Square with a huge “Black On Both Sides” poster. Common linked with Hi-Tek and dropped “1-9-9-9?; Kweli came with Reflection Eternal and Black Star. High & Mighty, Cage, Company Flow, we were talking about creativity back then, not bullshit.
“Coming with a message is not important anymore, although it’s the essence of hiphop“
Is it the money that causes that our favorite artists just don’t sound right nowadays?
Am I getting too old for this rap shit or does Common focus on 15 year old kids who (too bad for him) will download this album and forget about it next month; Anyway, I’m very dissapointed, the highlight might be “Inhale” and most definitely “Gladiator” but that album isn’t worth buying. Give it to some club deejays, give some to the kids but you won’t be able to reach the true Common fans I think. Should’ve stuck with Kanye, he at least understood your way and your sound. Kanye had no time for you? Well, should’ve wait…
Jazzanova and Verve along with their partners from Ableton and Soundcloud invite everybody to participate in a remix contest: The Berlin-based DJ and producer collective Jazzanova puts the tracks of its latest single ‘I Can See’ at your disposal for remixing. Which is kind of funny since normally it are the folks from Jazzanova that remix tracks of artists like Lenny Kravitz, Common, Ursula Rucker, 4hero, Master At Work, Fat Freddys Drop, United Future Organization, Azymuth, or Calixo. Now they offer one of their very own tracks to their ‘competitors’.
A attractive set of prizes is waiting for the lucky winners- on top the chance of a digital release on Jazzanova’s Berlin-based label Sonarkollektiv. The remixes will be presented on the Jazzanova website and Soundcloud. And the winner of the competition will be picked by the Jazzanova expert team itself. Deadline is the 15th December, 2008.
A stunning new issue of Wax Poetics! Elusive former prodigy Shuggie Otis is featured on the cover, with the supervillain MF DOOM featured on the back! Additional features on Count Bass D, Slick Rick, J.Rocc, Larry Coryell, and more. Get it here..
Shuggie Otis – Not Available[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/oktober/shuggie_otis_unknown.mp3]
Featuring J.Rocc. Madlib’s 5 & 6th volumes of Beat Konducta are his & J.Rocc’s tribute to J Dilla.
Advance digital sale on this week.
Vinyl release date is in December.
Vol. 5-6 CD released in early 2009.
01. Dill Withers Theme
02. First Class (The Best Catalogue)
03. Lifetime (Lifeline)
04. The Electric Zone (Plugged In)
05. So Much (Music)
06. Smoked Out (Green Blaze Subliminal Sounds)
07. Another Bag of Bomb (No Seeds)
08. All Love (The Movement)
09. Detroit Playaz (Gator Walk)
10. Blast (Computer Rock)
11. J.B. And J.D. (Interlude)
12. Never Front (Ears Up)
13. Dillalade Ride (Contact High)
14. Suffer (Concentration)
15. Show Me The Good Life (Chip Stack)
16. Slapped Up (Snap N’ Clap)
17. Another Batch (Play It Again)
18. Full Figure Pockets (Pay Jay)
19. Smoke Interlude (Hawaiian Punch)
20. The Sky (Beyond Sight)
Madlib – Dillalade Ride (Contact High)[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/oktober/madlib_dillaladeride.mp3]
buy the album in the Stonesthrow Store..
The Long Lost is a project by Alfred Darlington (Daedelus) and his wife Laura Darlington. At the end of this month their first official release, Woebegone, will be available through Ninja Tune on both 12? vinyl and mp3 download.
Here are a couple of remixes for you from a dear friend of The Long Lost – Monsieur Flying Lotus, no less. Both remixes are for the title track Woebegone. The first is Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm, giving the track his distinctive ethereal and slightly tribal edge to the track. Flying Lotus always manages to put a trippy tilt on his work without making it overbearing or all consuming – it’s understated, yet quite exquisite in a way.
The second remix of Woebegone is called Fly Lo’s Like Woe. This is slightly more uptempo and encompasses a bit more grit and wonky-wonderment, as witnessed (in awe) on the recent LP by Flying Lotus, Los Angeles. Although the effect is used sparingly, presumably so as not to stray too far from the original emphasis of Woebegone – it’s pretty fresh either way.
Two mean pieces of work by the Lotus. You can listen to some of the original tracks at The Long Lost’s MySpace page, and also look out for that 12? and/or the mp3 download when they come out at the end of the month on Ninja Tune. Juslikemusic
Lefto is wanderin´ ´round in your area, you´ll recognize this man as never shaved, always trimmed, tri-lingual (including some foul Japanese words) and with a strange love for beanies, bonnets and whatever keeps his head really warm. Also during the summer. You don´t get it? Neither do we? (maybe his homeboy Nalden does).
To make things more complicated, you ´ll have to shape up your French in order to really understand what Lefto is all about. Yup, this guy isn´t goin´ to make it easy for you, so we´ll be generous for once. His name was given by his homeboys when they used to go out, armed with spraycans. Always the first to awaken the next morning, this early bird was called ´lève tôt´ which literally means ´gets up early´.
Growing up on his father´s jazz-collection, the boombap on the streets and the eagerness to know where it all came from, this music-lover got noticed more and more. In search of a way to support his living, he was offered a chance at the Music Mania record store in Brussels. The chain of three Music Mania-stores steadily made it´s name as being thé spot to discover new talent, new genres and, of course, new releases. Their success was based on well informed employees with wide rangin´ antennas and by fitting that profile, Lefto was a proud part of something legendary to many. Ten years on their payroll made his 6th sense for dopeness sharpen even more and so it can hardly be a surprise, that since nine years, Lefto is the dj and composer of De Hop on Studio Brussel, the only HipHop-radioshow nationally broadcasted. Formerly hosted by Krewcial, the show now has Gus on the mic and Lefto still on the decks. Naturally, the show fed his fame and opened new doors.
Being so much in love with music, Lefto couldn´t resist starting to produce himself. Releases so far, include the Eardrums EP with Jerboa (still sought after in Japan), a contribution to the recent Nine-compilation (distributed by Rush Hour) and a remix-album for the world-famous Blue Note-label. Out Of the Blue, as it is called, saw him and his long-time companion Krewcial remixing some of their favourite tracks from the Blue Note vaults. This highly demanded record, again brought him to attention of like minded souls all over the world.
After playing literally all over Belgium, Lefto has been invited throughout Europe for parties, radio shows (most recently: The Best Damn Rap Show (CZ) and Future Vintage by Kindred Spirits (NL) and festivals like the upcoming HipHopKemp (CZ). To list àll the artists who he played alongside with, would just be way to big a burden, but Slum Village, De La, Talib, Jean Grae, Jurassic 5, Premier, The Roots, Spinna, The X-ecutioners, Kev Brown, Vadim, A-Trak and Mixmaster Mike for instance, are no strangers to him. Word is, he even has a direct line to the universe of Lord Quas(imoto) and family. A longer and more specified list of his achievements can be found below.
Amongst his fans, we also find Gilles Peterson, who praises him for his eclecticism and ultratight mixing-skills. No wonder Lefto has been asked to play during the upcoming WorldWide-festival. That the Brownswood fam really digs this guy, is also proven by an upcoming 4 turntable live project by Lefto and Ben Westbeech and to top it off, there´s a big chance that he´ll also be responsible for a Brownswood teaser-mix for the Benelux-area. Closer to home, Lefto has just been officially welcomed by Appletree Records as a resident dj for their Appletree-nights and recently delivered Appletree Smoothies Vol. 3! Rumours also say that a beat-EP on this label might be on the way… (By Midleft – Kicksnare.be)
Moving between realms, designer Taz Arnold touches on life with a distinct sense of elegance and sophistication to become the bearer of a new creative force within the world. The TI$A brand provides an unparalleled experience that has never been seen before, utilizing color with intelligence and great detail to form a unique and innovative approach to style. The brand effortlessly combines mediums of art, design and fashion creating a place where love, global harmony and oneness can be the new vogue.
Taz is working on his first solo album, first singles will drop this fall.
TI$A – Back Up On The Track Feat. Major Prod. Sa-Ra[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/september/TISA_Back_up_on_the_track(moovmnt.com).mp3]
Sampler tracklist: Take Off The Blues, All Or Nothing, Something To Behold, If This Is Love, If She Breaks Your Heart
GOAL Soundtrack, 22 tracks inspired by the story and theme of GOAL. With tracks from Jiggy Dje,Turk, Zwart Licht, Louis Bordeaux, Mr. Probz, Nelson & Djosa, SirOJ, DJ Abstract, Full Crate, FS Green, and more. Presented by MC.