Song of the Day #346
cLOUDDEAD - “Apt. A, Pt. 2” (cLOUDDEAD, 2001)
While I’ve talked about Yoni Wolf’s sideproject Hymie’s Basement before (SotD #118), I still haven’t talked about what I think is one of the most fascinating musical projects of the 21st century, a trio of hip-hop musicians making some of the strangest music in the world. WHY?, Doseone, and Odd Nosdam claimed they were just making hip-hop, but it was more like sound-collages of stray thoughts and observations and isolated bits of wordplay and stilted, haunting beats (by Odd Nosdam). I listen to it like musique concrète; rarely trying to make it make sense, just letting the strange imagery float over me. It is impossible to anticipate what you’re going to hear on a cLOUDDEAD track.
Song of the Day #345
Kanda Bongo Man - “Sai” (Kwassa Kwassa, 1989)
This is pure joy isn’t it? My friend Andy, the frontman of my old band Japanese Sleepers, went through a phase where he only wanted to listen to soukous, and indeed got fed up halfway through a Broken Social Scene gig during this phase. This main riff is brilliant, a mix of jilting leaps and cheeky chromatic runs, but the song is peppered with clever variations on its tricky patterns, constantly changing but essentially sticking in its playfully cheery mood. It’s also named after my friend Sai. :)
Song of the Day #344
Funkadelic - “Can You Get to That” (Maggot Brain, 1971)
I heard the Sleigh Bells sample of this song before I heard the original, and I’m
EDIT: sorry, this is what happens
EDIT: …when I’m too busy swanning about London to finish writing a post! I’ve been listening to Maggot Brain a lot while swanning ;) I’ll come back and fix this later for the sake of clean archives :)
Song of the Day #343
Katy Perry - “Roar” (Prism, 2013)
I’m very much someone who is critical of consumerist, corporate music. HOWEVER these kinds of songs are made by people who are theoretically the best at what they do. The immediate feel-good pop music effect this has is undeniable, but there’s something problematic about that feeling. To paraphrase an on-point observation by Theodor Adorno, pop songs are advertisements for themselves. It’s interesting how these types of feelings conflict or comply with my feelings about something which might produce a similar feeling , like an uplifting indiepop song or an earcandy bass drop, if the way the songs are made has more artistic integrity. So, i like this song a lot but there’s not much point in me writing about how good it is.
Song of the Day #342
Denseland - “Scrape It (Up)” (Chunk, 2010)
I have no idea what this is or where I found it but it sounded amazing to me when I couldn’t get to sleep at 4am last night - it was so dark I couldn’t see my hands in front of my face and I was absolutely wide awake, listening to this strange, strange record. At first it felt like Denseland were scrambling up what I thought I knew about minimal techno but in approaching microhouse-type soundcraft I think they go even deeper into dissociating sound signifiers from signified. It’s like a musical tabula rasa.
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