Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Vellocet

I know it's been a really long time since I've introduced you to something new or re-introduced you to something old. Sometimes life happens and it gets in the way of shit, my bad. I'll do my best to keep that from happening again. Hopefully this makes up for my being away. I felt it was my duty to bring you this cut from Breakage. It's called Vellocet and it's an instrumental piece that is crazy funky. The mid tempo groove is an undeniable head nodder and the beat is hard and crisp. It's off their 2015 album entitled When The Night Comes.

My two biggest beefs with this song is 1- it's not very long, I know it's over 4 minutes long but I want it to keep going and 2- it just ends. There's nothing at the end that even begins to mirror the majestical intro and that's a shame. I hate it when a song just stops, it's annoying but I digress. Vellocet is the kind of tune that would be perfect to hit the open road to.

If you like this cut then look into Stolen featuring Lily McKenzie. There's just something to that song that haunts me. Maybe it'll haunt you too.





Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Here

I know it's been awhile since I've posted here but I've been a tad busy, not to mention not hearing anything inspiring lately. That was until today when I came across this song by Alessia Cara entitled Here. It's a song that asks that age old question we've all asked ourselves at one time or another, "what in the hell am I doing here?" It's a great song that's a down tempo groover and Alessia's voice is the perfect accompaniment.

The vocal arrangement has a hip hop feel to it. Most pop songs have very few lyrics and those lyrics are usually repeated to the point where you want to shoot yourself in the head (Can't Feel My Face comes to mind). Alessia spits lyrics like Really I would rather be at home all by myself / Not in this room with people who don't even / Care about my well being / I don't dance, don't ask / I don't need a boyfriend / So you can go back / Please enjoy your party I'll be here. It's hard not to dig this cut by this new artist.

If you like this then check out her other cuts Outlaws and I'm Yours. They're catchy love songs and worthy of a listen. You're welcome.





Friday, July 24, 2015

I Can't Hear You

Allow me to introduce you to the seriously funky track by The Dead Weather entitled I Can't Hear You. This track will make you hear and feel it in more ways than one. Sadly at three minutes and thirty-five seconds it's way too short. You're going to want more of this nasty groove and funny stalker-ish lyrics. Thankfully their 2010 release Sea Of Cowards which I Can't Hear You is on is eleven cuts of some nasty groovy funk. And if you like this then check out their Hustle and Cuss track off the same album. I promise that you'll feel that one too. Enjoy...and you're welcome.










Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Brothers In Arms

To say I thoroughly enjoyed Mad Max: Fury Road would be akin to saying Mt. Everest is a pretty big fucking hill. I thought it was going to be a train wreck of a movie honestly but that's what I get for reading about it before seeing it for myself. It was amazing, and surprisingly what made it an even better experience was the score by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL. I wasn't impressed with his first solo effort 300: Rise of an Empire (he also worked with Hans Zimmer on the amazing Man of Steel score). So when I found out he was scoring Max I held my breath and dove in. Come to find out the water was epic.

My favorite piece off the score (and it wasn't easy picking a favorite) is the cut entitled Brother In Arms. It has everything you could want and need. It's a pulsing, pounding, driving piece with an unsuspecting emotional pull at it's center. When you least expect it the strings and the horns come in behind the relentless percussion and takes the song over, pushing it ever forward. When the drums come back the combination makes this song take flight. As it settles, giving you the impression the song is ending it rears up and smacks you in the face with the drums again. I fucking love this piece.

If you haven't seen Mad Max: Fury Road I have NO idea what you are waiting for but you are missing out on the best non-stop action film in decades. You are also missing out on some truly brilliant music. I wasn't a fan of Tom's after 300: Rise of an Empire, but I am one now. Take a listen and see why, and oh...break out your big boy speakers while you're at it. Enjoy, and you're welcome.





Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wet Dreamz

I have to admit that because hip hop lost me along the path somewhere, this talented young cat slipped past me. I'm catching up though and this song will ensure a loyal following from here on out. The young man is the artist known as J. Cole and the name of the song is Wet Dreamz and when I first heard it I couldn't help but smile. Reason being, it brought me back to the time in my life where I never did that before

Wet Dreamz is off J. Cole's 2014 studio release entitled 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it's a sweet little banger, showing J's versatility with subject matter that has been sorely lacking in hip hop. It also shows a vulnerable side to the young man that most rappers run from, and for that I say thank you. The story being told is of two classmates that fall for each other and the young lady would like to get intimate with her classmate who is afraid to admit he's a virgin. The lyrics are tight and the arrangement is perfection.

Hip hop needs more songs like these if it hopes to recapture is lost luster. Hip hop also needs more brave, intelligent, and skilled artists like J. Cole to bless the mic (lord knows there are enough bad ones out there). Thank you J for giving me hope that maybe hip hip is turning the corner and if you liked this song then definitely check out his Crooked Smile off his 2013 release Born Sinner. Enjoy!





Saturday, January 24, 2015

If I Die Tonight

I have been disappointed by hip hop these past number of years. It was an art form I grew up on but lately it's become an art form that I am ashamed of. It's not made me proud and it subsequently lost me as a fan and consumer. However, recently I came across this artist by the name of Lecrae and my hope was rekindled. I am not a Christian and anything that includes the words Christian and music, I run from but this song touched me...deeply.

Lecrae has a spiritual tone to his music, it's uplifting AND entertaining which is supposed to be impossible to do in today's music scene, especially hip hop. Yet Lecrae has and is doing that very thing. This tune is called If I Die Tonight and it's off his 2014 release, Church Clothes Vol. 2 and it's not only powerful in it's message, it also shows Lecrae's talents as a wordsmith.

I can't deny that I am a fan and while his message may not strike me like he'd probably like, at least he has me listening and that's a damn good start. If you like this song then check out his cuts Sell Out and Lost My Way off the same album, they won't disappoint you. Enjoy.