Friday, January 28, 2011

Robert Glasper

Every time I find some good contemporary jazz, it restores a little more of my faith in humanity.

This dude is one such practitioner of said music, and he has a bit of a slant towards the hip hop and soul regions of nu-jazz, while maintaining that post-bop vibe of years gone by.

Plus, having the incredible Chris Dave on the skins certainly helps your cause.

A tasty cover:

The Robert Glasper Experiment cover Little Dragon's "Twice" from revivemusic on Vimeo.

Double Booked
In My Element

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pharoahe Monch

Speaking of Monch, here are his solo albums, which feature more of his incredible talent.

If you haven't realised yet, this is shit you need to get.

Internal Affairs

Organized Konfusion

Amazing duo from the east coast, back in the early 90's. Definitely deserve more credit than they get, especially Monch. Dude is one of the best MCs ever.

Here are their two best albums:

Organized Konfusion
Stress: The Extinction Agenda

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Soundtracks aren't usually something I take great notice of, but this is fantastic. You should recognise the title track, if not from hearing the whole song, then from hearing it sampled in various hip hop tracks.

Across 110th Street

Monday, January 10, 2011

Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless

Album is just ridiculous.

There is just this weird kind of aura that it creates; from the serene photo on the cover, to the incredibly harsh vocals and complex riffs. The tonal qualities are quite different for grind, and add to the strange feel of the album. It all feels like you're just staring bleary eyed at the sun; something intensely beautiful.

Lyrically, it's even more removed from the grind norm; covering introspection, philosophy, relationships, and oddly referencing T. S. Elliot and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

There is no current just a stagnancee
These lungs would rather burst than spare me breath
Spit out the air and sink to the bottom


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis

In case you have been living under a rock, the long awaited follow up to Archaeaeon from Mitochondrion is now out through Profound Lore, and it rules, so get on it.