...1983-2006" PITCHFORK 8.7!! Steinski has produced a variety of tracks & this Illegal Art retrospective collects everything from his hip-hop narrative about the Kennedy assassination to the 1998 remix of Afrika Bambaataa's Jazz with Double Dee. Besides the completist archive, the release will also includes the critically acclaimed Nothing To Fear: A Rough Mix, an hour-long mashup that was produced for Solid Steel/BBC London, described by Salon as, the closest thing to a masterpiece the genre has yet produced and perhaps the most obvious precursor (along with The Lessons) to Girl Talk's Night Ripper.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Express Rising’s basic modus operandi consists of graceful, iridescent organ loops and extended drum breaks, the latter possibly lifted from his vast collection of 45’s. Comparisons to DJ Shadow are unavoidable, but while Davis’ songs often spiral out of control, Carfagna prefers to let the needle glide unfettered along the groove. Quaaludal tangents provide flavor, but never at the expense of mood. At their blandest, the beats are soporific, but at their best, they can be absolutely hypnotizing.
Much of Express Rising rings with melancholy, or at the very least, nostalgia. To say Carfagna is a student of the game is an understatement, and his lonesome piano on “Keys to Be” and languid procession on “Capsize” reveal a man lost in admiration of those who’ve come before. One of the wonders of instrumental hip hop is its ability to usurp machismo’s methodology and turn it into a venue for sensitivity and reflection. In that vein, portions of Express Rising are downright overwhelming. “Cardinal, Fly How?” is one such occasion.
While the BPMs never escalate past 90, Carfagna does cut a few rugs on Express Rising. “Comfortable With Failure” and “Dead Mall” ride funky backbeats that toy with syncopation before returning to the ‘one’ without fail. “Neighborhood (Gentrified)” is a remix of the album’s opener, complete with an Indian mode and the meanest break on the album – a blissful syncopated world of bass drum, snare and high-hat that thankfully continues into the ether long after accompanying loops have faded away.
Express Rising’s relative sedateness is a significant departure from the electric funk of Chains’ favorites like “I Believe I Found Myself Today” or “Fuck the Police”, but this shift in dynamics and rhetoric only furthers Memphix’s mercurial mystique. No longer just notorious, the Memphix crew have demonstrated with Express Rising they can take also solace in serenity
By Otis Hart
Given the recent inspiration of summer being upon us teachers and long overdue for sharing some recent favorites I made a mix for all you to enjoy!
Slowly – Max Sedgley
Dancers In Creed – Sketchie
One Day – DJ Alibi
Samba International – DJ Alibi
The Instigator – Romanowski
Scratch’s Skank Pt. 2 – E’s E
Your Dancing Feet Are Always On My Couch – DJ Platurn
Kick It – Sleeve & Lowman
Sqezy Soul – Bushy
On Your Feet – Captain Planet
Roll Call – Random Heroes
Canciones Modernas Medley – Zavala
On The Ceiling – Dolphin Boy
Shake It Loose – Dolphin Boy
Available on vinyl through Fieldwerk Records.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I hosted a party called Don't Stop at Amnesia for almost 6 years. After deejaying there the other week I was reminded that I had made some mixes to promote the party. They are pretty eclectic, but are definitely fun and worth taking a listen to. So here you go...enjoy!!!!!!
Recently a string of events (going to Amoeba Berkeley and talking to an employee about hip hop) led me to purchase this colorful album and eventually get put on to her art skills (http://iloveyeti.com/).
If you don't know our friend Neila she is an amazing artist, musician and human being. This is her best work to date and super limited. She was recently diagnosed with vocal cord cancer and had to undergo surgery. Hence, this is her LAST ALBUM with her real voice. LIMITED EDITION COLOR VINYL
Production by Rezult, feat. dj handprints,& dj skid
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