It’s the first day of Spring. But, ironically it’s dark outside and pouring with rain. However, it is Spring! And I’m in the upside down part of the world; a world that features much new, ironic music. Like Japanese named two-pieces that are actually English three pieces; American sounding Swedes; Mexican sounding Americans; church organ playing heathens; and a girl called Patience who sings with ADHD. They and more can be read about here and previewed here.
Vast Aire – You Know (You Like It)
Vast Aire is a New York MC and one half of Cannibal Ox. He may also be the former leader of the Lost Boys from Hook... He’s had plenty to do with El-P and the Def Jux label which should instantly give you an idea of his likely style. El-Producto himself produced for Cannibal Ox’s debut album, but Deuces Wilde features a range of producers led by Melodious Monk and also featuring wicked beats by Aspect One and You Know which comes from across the Atlantic from French producer Le Parasite – and it’s my call for best beat on the album.
Aire’s real name is Theodore Arrington and the rhymes he brings are equally wordy. Every track is thick with metaphor and New York City swagger. Even when he raps about insecurities and self-doubt he sounds confident, which is on the regular, as Deuces Wilde contains a nice balance of party content and life’s reflections. Maybe a bit pretentious, but can you enjoy a rapper who isn’t?
Bomb the Bass – Butterfingers (feat. Fujiya & Miyagi)
Over 20 years ago Bomb the Bass - real name Tim Simenon - was a part of the DJ movement that was first being pioneered in the UK. Simenon has been DJing and producing since the days before The Chemical Brothers were even thinking about calling themselves the Dust Brothers. For twenty years he has influenced and followed the sounds of electronic music in the UK and had hits with Beat Dis, Winter in July and the awesome Bug Powder Dust. More recently, however, Bomb the Bass has gone back to its roots of stripped down, synth heavy tunes with trademark walloping bass. Future Chaos was started in late 2006 and is finally being released later in September this year. Butterfingers is a perfect display of Simenon’s new old sound. It, and it’s delightfully cute filmclip both show off the minimoog style that produced Future Chaos. The record features several guest vocalists, and on Butterfingers it’s the laidback ponderings of Fujiya & Miyagi who wax over the slowly pulsating beats.
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