Posts from 2004

ILS

Thursday, October 7th, 2004 by Paul Irish

nu-skool breaks // hip hop // drum ‘n bass

Mind-stimulating dance music. ILS, aka Ilian Walker, was picked up by breakbeat godfather Adam Freeland after the promo Idiots Behind The Wheel hit Adam’s ears. The sound that he heard was something new: instead of an targeting the hard body-moving breaks and drum machine sounds of standard breakbeat, “ILS succeeded in bringing a deeper, jazzier, more intelligent flavour to the genre without losing its trademark punch.”[BBC Collective] The following tracks are off his latest release, Soul Trader.
This breakbeat’s got an organic, natural feel that gets your body and mind into the groove.

ILS – No Soul
ILS – Prohibition

Joe Cuba

Monday, October 4th, 2004 by Paul Irish

french minimalist pop

Cute playful bounce. For all the people I’ve shared Mathieu with, “cute” is the most used descriptor upon first listen. It was definitely his fragrant and clean sound that first attracted me to him. His American fans affectionately call him “Booger” and he’s collaborated with Yann Tiersen (composer of Amelie). That’s reason enough.
Boogaerts wields a unique pallete of sounds to create these simple and likable tunes. Listen in.

Mathieu Boogaerts – Sens
Mathieu Boogaerts – Ou

Mathieu Boogaerts

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004 by Paul Irish

french minimalist pop

Cute playful bounce. For all the people I’ve shared Mathieu with, “cute” is the most used descriptor upon first listen. It was definitely his fragrant and clean sound that first attracted me to him. His American fans affectionately call him “Booger” and he’s collaborated with Yann Tiersen (composer of Amelie). That’s reason enough.
Boogaerts wields a unique pallete of sounds to create these simple and likable tunes. Listen in.

Mathieu Boogaerts – Sens
Mathieu Boogaerts – Ou

Edwin Starr

Thursday, September 30th, 2004 by Paul Irish

motown soul // northern soul

The music from Motown was the only stuff that could speak your soul and to your dancing feet. We all know Edwin from his classic protest song “War”, so much that Jackie Chan quotes it. Great song; this one’s even better. He recorded it a year earlier in 1969. The driving percussion feels like bullets shot at your toes (dance, sucka!) and the hard baritone sax and horns grab your shoulders into a solid groove. It’s a classic inescapable tune that got a little too forgotten. Revive it.
Throw down for a hot funky soul-filled number. Grab the big beat remix if ya feelin’ it.

Edwin Starr – 25 Miles
The 3 Amigos – 25 Miles 2001

Llorca

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 by Paul Irish

acid jazz // deep house // jazz house

Uptempo jazz action that you’re not quite sure whether to strip to or dance to, this music leaves you with a smile. The production is so clean, many suggest they’re the next St. Germain, but I think Llorca has a bit more sex in their vibe — similar to the sounds of Aquanote and the Naked Music label.
It’s hot and sunny. You’re naked and on the beach of Key Largo. You hear some music in the distance… (This is the good naked, don’t worry.)

Llorca – Lights Behind Windows
Llorca – Indigo Blues (With Nicole Graham)

Venus Hum

Monday, September 27th, 2004 by Paul Irish

dance // dream-pop

Bright musical texture. Screen door sundae. Who ever knew this sound could come out of Nashville? But that’s where the scorching voice of vocalist Annette Strean found its musical soapbox. It’s Strean’s vocality that drives the dubby bassline and synth-rich harmonies; first she sounds like Allison (of) Goldfrapp, then Lady Miss Kier of Deee-lite, then Yaz, and then you swear it’s Bj√∂rk in disguise.
Hear this voice belt out like it’s summer on Mercury.

Venus Hum – Soul Sloshing

The Cinematic Orchestra

Saturday, September 25th, 2004 by Paul Irish

vocal jazz downtempo // film soundtrack chill

Luscious full sound. The Cinematic Orchestra creates music that is unmistakably jazz; it assuages the listener into a feeling of utter contentment. British multi-instrumentalist and composter Jason Swinscoe created the group and has led it to repeated successes. After the release of their first album, Motion, they were asked to perform at the Directors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony for Stanley Kubrick. Just last year, they were asked to compose a score for the 1927 ground-breaking silent film, Man With a Movie Camera. Below, “All That You Give” features Fontella Bass of “Rescue Me” fame, but now in a entirely different context.
Take up a seat on your sofa, and chill to this mellow motion with soul.

Cinematic Orchestra – All That You Give (with Fontella Bass)
Cinematic Orchestra – Horizon
A video clip of the rescored Man With a Movie Camera

Bahamadia

Friday, September 24th, 2004 by Paul Irish

dropped out hip hop // dub hop

Icy spicy quiet sizzlin’. You know this song. At least, you’ve heard it sampled before. Bahamadia, the philly princess, emerged as the protege of Gang Starr’s Guru, and dropped this single on the hip hop world. I picked up this remix from Jazzanova’s new Mixing record. (hot shit) This sexy little track has appeared in some quality hip hop grooves before. I’d love to tell you what, but I seriously have no idea. I need you all to help me out on this one.
What was this moist ‘n drippy soul-filled hip hop song sampled in?

Bahamadia – uknowhowwedo (Ski Remix)

C-Mon & Kypski

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 by Paul Irish

jazzy funky breakbeat // big beat

Funky sample heaven. C-Mon and Kypski is a German Dutch (thanks, guys!) group that throw together incredible constructions of samples and breakbeats into some very accessible and groovalicious tunes. From their website: “Their energy – containing musical ancestors such as jazz, hip hop, soul, funk and more – is definitely exploring new territories while staying continuously dynamic.” I like that. And damn it, I like this song: “Shittybum” (featured earlier on Waxy) would blow me away by itself, but it’s completely overshadowed by the coolest music video ever. Wait up for the Space Invaders sequence. It’s badassss.

Spike Jones, watcho’self. This music video is one of the freshest bits of musical/video artistry I’ve seen.

C-Mon & Kypski – Shittybum


C-Mon & Kypski’s website

Red Astaire

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 by Paul Irish

bossa soul // funky jazzy-ness

Ass grabbin’ bassline. Catchy catchy rhythm. First, a vocal sample jumps out at you; it’s caught and carried by a fresh little xylophone loop. The vocals come in and the sizzlin’ groove gets your feet movin across the floor. Just after the minute mark, the bass slides in and supports this hot track. Wait up for the hip hop interlude with Redman and Method, because it’ll set you alight.
It’s a modest little tune that gets an indelible hold on your dancin’ body. This track has got flava’. Drink it up.

Red Astaire – Follow Me