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MFS: Observatory ‘YY EP’


Most of this EP isn’t really  something for me TBH, well produced rolling techno which will probably sound great in a club but isn’t my bag, but the final cut ‘Y3’ I’m definitely down with. It’s got a decent solid groove on it with a kick that gets a right stomp going on. It’s full of tinkling effects, a fairly illegible vocal and is proper heads down tackle for those serious moments in the disco. Check it for yourself above.

The EP is out now on Butane’s Alphahouse imprint (he also contributes a remix). Head here for more info.

Five unmissable hip hop festival performances (Skiddle article)

New dad and proud father Kanye West first outing since birth of baby North West and he is with maybe future mother in law Kris Jenner with whom he does not always get along! June 27 , 2013 X17online.com EXCLUSIVE

I’ve selected five examples of the best places to head off to get your boom bap fix at a festival this year, with everything from Kanye giving it the big un at Glasto to Run the Jewels begging you to put their dick in your mouth all day in Croatia. Check it here.

New reviews on DMC

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Here’s a round up of some of the reviews I’ve done on DMC in the past few weeks

Maurice Aymard & Sasse Backwards EP

Dave Seaman – ‘Justified Replacement of Lulu’ – (Remixes)

Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody ’27 bars of Genius’ (Getintothis article)

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To Pimp a Butterly is rapidly becoming the most discussed album of the year, Kendrick Lamar’s mammoth opus igniting the literary love from all corners. I’ve absolutely loved it to death (you can vist my review here) but the early release did stunt me a little from a writing perspective. I’d penned close to 1500 words of a eulogy to Lamar for Getintothis about whether he could follow on from good kid MAADD CITY which I was due to polish into a final article the week commencing only to get a etxt saying the album was out early on Spotify. As I excitedly listened to the brilliant new album part of me was proper gutted that this meant the end for my words, which it turned out, were prophetic. Only me and my laptop knew this though…

Even though some of that went into the review I wrote, I still felt like I needed to really shine a light on a different component of the album, and the more and more I listened to it the more and more I was drawn to Rapsody’s verse. It was so beguiling because it was understated dopeness, not the instant standout verse on the album but still one that just became more and more interesting the more I listened to it, one of the many layers and textures to the release that had still not been truly picked up (to my knowledge at least) by critics.

So I started writing about it, and mindful of already missing out on getting my point across I tried to come at a different angle as possible. It’s weird really that I could wrench 2000 words about a single verse on an album so jam packed full of ideas, but everything from the lyrics up to the decision to even enlist her spoke volumes about the concept of the LP and how it fits in the lexicon of great hip hop releases. The fact a woman was the only person who properly guest rapped on the album differs from hip hop; every solo guest of real punch has always been a man, which says so much about the dominance of men in the genre despite a plethora of great female rappers.

The reception was by far and away the best I’ve ever had for an article, 9th Wonder retweeting it on a  few occasions, Rapsody herself tweeting at me saying she was honoured (below) and sharing on her Facebook (above). It’s also something I’ve not seen mentioned elsewhere, although once I’d written the piece I read this interview on Complex where she talked about how a lot of the thematic similarities were a coincidence. Normally that kind of assertion reaks of bullshit but I thoroughly believe her, and it blows my mind about the verse even more.

Read the piece here.

 

Kendrick Lamar ‘King Kunta’ (Video)

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Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive right now, end of. His brilliant third album To Pimp a Butterfly (more here) has been the biggest and best thing in hip hop in ages and the first video to drop since it was released in march is now here, a glorious love in to the west coast he reps so brilliantly, tying in with the languid Dre and DJ Quik infected beat he rides in the song itself.

Low riders, check. Gangsters decked out in colours, check. Wife beater vests and ridiculous booties, double check. King of Hip hop? You know it.

Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Wow, just wow. King Kendrick’s third album has had me more excited than any other release I can think of in recent years, and the best part is the anticipation wasn’t even half the fun. The end result is ridiculous, hugely ambitious, varied in sonic scope and just all round boss. Even the 2Pac interview, which I wasn’t sure on at first, might even be an artistic merit. I wrote a review for Skiddle, but elsewhere the internet lost it’s shit in many ways, as the below video from Complex outlines.

 

Top 10 Wu Tang Songs over on GIT

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“Ghostface does all but ball his eyes out over one long, heartfelt rant about the bleakness of his upbringing – sharing clothes with his siblings, finding overgrown insects in his cereal box and wiping his arse with newspaper.”

The lovely folk at GIT asked me to do a top ten of the Wu’s best moments ahead of their release of new album next month. A top 100 would be easier to do than a top 10 for the WU, their shit is so good, so I made a few rules. No album could have more than one cut (so no ‘CREAM’, ‘Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ and ‘Tearz’ – sigh), I’d include at least a couple of guest slots on non Wu albums and above all I’d tried a tell a story about what the breadth of Wu represents into my fleetingly short snapshot of the greatest mob hip hop has ever seen.

Obviously there’s close to 98787587567645 records missing, and even though I’ve tried to be varied there’s a lunge towards Rae and Ghost more than anyone else. The former has two solo cuts and the big guest verse on there, even though I omitted my favourite Wu cameo ever (Tash’s ‘Rap Life’, above) because his handful of bars alongside Outkast was a proper event in hip hop. He’s not the best rapper in Wu but Rae travels better than anyone else, just shading it from Meth. Tony Starks though is the finest in the clan, end of.

It also got me thinking about writing a story about the impact of RZA’s controlling attitude and the clan above all approach which ruled from Enter the 36 Chambers up to Wu Tang Forever. Raekwon and GZA did rather well out of that deal, U-God and Masta Killa definitely didn’t, and then if only that flood hadn’t scuppered all Inspektah Deck’s beats. One day…

 

Album Review: Caribou ‘Our Love’

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“You can always tell the quality of an album by the ideas that are used for the interludes and skits, and the confidence in allowing these two to develop fleetingly only intensifies the feeling this is a special release.”

Read my review of the new Caribou album over on Skiddle via the above quote. Spoiler, it’s boss.

Gorgon City ‘Sirens’ (Review on Skiddle)

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 “Their slick infusion of pop, house and garage has been an ever present in 2014, whether you’ve partied at a festival, club or just had a boogie to the radio”

I don’t get to write many album reviews on release date over at Skiddle but with this pretty much being the epitome of what our classic readership are into I couldn’t really not. Hit the quote to read more, and failing that watch them below live from Creamfields this year.

Gorgon City – live at Creamfields 2014 from Creamfields TV on Vimeo.

A Tribute to Klang Club (Unclear records)

The above is a quick snippet of an EP released on Unclear Records on the 22nd October as a tribute to Klang nightclub, a Tuscan rave spot that purports to have a bit of a history during the five years it was open from 2008-13. The tracks are all form people who’ve played their before, with Baby Ford offering a breathy sparse groove in ‘Satellite Stroll (Edge Of The Night Mix)’ and a typically mechanical clunker from Roman Flugel called ‘Candy Crack’.

For me though the jack on Okain’s ‘Living proof’ is absolute gold, gorgeous swinging house around the 120bpm mark with classic claps and percussion, and then some beautifully chimy stabs and even a little bit of sax. Proper taps aff tackle for Croatia and beefa, and the kind of record that you hear mid afternoon in Panoramabar on a Sunday. Boss, in other words.

Find out more about Unclear via their FB page.

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