Reflex Reaction: Halloween

I want your reaction, here. Leave a comment and for any/all of the songs, write your reaction to the song – keep it brief! (5-15 words, extra points if you hit exactly 10) After a few days, I’m going to publish the most evocative/impressive/amusing comments here. Be sure to leave your name!
Ready?

Up close, Mr Angry is on the left and Mrs Calm is on the right — move back six feet and they switch places!
UPDATE! The best reactions follow:

dub // vocal jazzy reggae
Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie – Midnight Marauders

  • Boyz II Men for the tight striped sweater and black-rimmed glasses set.~Ratrick
  • Rising from the “Dust”, vocal soul soars inna dub stylee.~Captain Planet
  • It sounds suspiciously like the kind of music I used to play on the recorder in sixth grade.~Aarika
  • broken beat // afro-beat
    Bugz In The Attic f. Wunmi – Zombie (Part One)

  • Like when Joe samples Pharcyde’s “Passing me by” in his craptacular “Stutter”. Femi: show these children how it is done.~Ian Shaughnessy
  • Frenetic Fela update – the master would be proud. Broken grooves for broken politics.~David R
  • Fela Kuti sans testicles, chopped up Scott Herren-style.~Ratrick
  • vocal downtempo // electronica
    Coldcut – Autumn Leaves (Irresistible Force Remix)

  • Got violins? (let me throw up for a second…)~Séverine
  • this joint is what, like 10+yrs old! reminds me of spacing out in chill out rooms at raves as a teen.~Marco
  • that rare beast – an electronic rehashing of a jazz standard that actually works.~Jez
  • cuban // son
    Barbarito Torres – La Calabaza (The Pumpkin)

  • Rolled R’s and Spanish guitars, move your feet, ha cha!~Katie
  • compare it to the others – a great demonstration of the superiority and emotiveness of real instruments over electronic wizardry.~Jez
  • Roasted pumpkin stuffed with cumin-dusted free range chicken breast, wild rice, and grilled zucchini, drizzled with a garlicky-jalapeno mojo.~Ratrick
  • 26 Responses to “Reflex Reaction: Halloween”

    1. Roomate #2 :

      zombies arent that fun, they want to eat brain matter

    2. The Red Hot Jazz Archive :

      I played them all once and quickly deleted them all.

    3. welfy :

      YOU PEOPLE are like the only people I have ever known who actually knew of Barbarito Torres. I bought that cd back in high school and fell in love with it. Very haunting.

    4. Séverine :

      Midnight Marauders: Starts chilled, appreciate good musicians while wanting them to stop emulating Extreme meets Seal!!!

      Zombie: Cool beats… Still, are they going to jump on me? I’m scared! And it’s only part 1? AAAAHH

      Autumn Leaves: Got violins? (let me throw up for a second…)

      Torres: Ahhh, finally something good! If only I would practice my spanish I could even understand what they say…

      Hey by the way, loved Hanne Hukkelberg! thanks for the tips, you rock!!!!

    5. Aarika :

      Joe Dukie and DJ Fitchie: It sounds suspiciously like the kind of music I used to play on the recorder in sixth grade.

      Coldcut: Enya Megamix Plus.

      Barbarito Torres: Why can’t I dance like they do in La Bamba? This song would make sense if I could dance like THAT.

    6. Garrincha :

      the Midnight Marauders track did it : I’m now in an excellent mood and I’m cleaning my place while dancing & humming at the same time …

    7. Anonymous :

      Coldcut is a murder.

    8. David R. :

      Bugz: Frenetic Fela update – the master would be proud. Broken grooves for broken politics.

      Midnight Marauders: Love the intro horns. Great crooners, solid groove. No complaints here.

    9. Captain Planet :

      Joe Dukie- Rising from the “Dust”, vocal soul soars inna dub stylee.

      Wunmi- Future Funk dancefloor filler, digital syncopation to make Fela proud.

      Coldcut- This cut is cold, surprising letdown from Mr. Beats himself.

      Barbarito- little bit cheesy for my tastes, but gotta respect legends.

    10. Moka :

      Joe Dukie – Vocals are awful but music makes fine “calaca” movement.
      Wunmi – This is scarier than the monster bash.
      Coldcut – Electronical trees are cheesier than we thought.
      Barbarito – The tastiest pumpkin harvest song I’ve ever heard.

    11. Katie :

      Joe Dukie and DJ Fitchie: Hypnotic arpeggios, wearily seductive vocals – maybe they should be the 10pm marauders (12).

      Bugz in the Attic f. Wunmi: Most upbeat zombies I’ve ever heard. Great but could use some spooky tips from Jacko (15).

      Coldcut: Other-wordly if your other world is sleep. Surprisingly good to code to (13).

      Barbarito: Rolled R’s and Spanish guitars, move your feet, ha cha! (10 – huzzah!)

    12. Ian Shaughnessy :

      “Midnight Mauraders” – Fucking fantastic. Opens with the ephemeral warmth of Norweigen pop, the raggae beat drops in, and a smile appears on my face.

      “Zombie” – Like when Joe samples Pharcyde’s “Passing me by” in his craptacular “Stutter”. Femi: show these children how it is done.

      “Autumn Leaves” – I think I’d enjoy it alot more if I was stoned out of my gourd. I haven’t felt Coldcut since Atomic Moog 2000.

      “La Calabaza” – Barbitos Torres, always a good choice.

    13. Satisfied '75 :

      zen. smackdab. elated. floating. mephistoples. viola frenzy.

    14. Anonymous :

      I love Midnight Marauders. Best mp3s I’ve found on this site since Rocky Marsiano.

    15. Hannah :

      You seem unfamiliar – Joe Dukie and Fitchie are part of the group Fat Freddys Drop. It’s Aotearoa Roots.

      In fact, Midnight Marauders is a Fat Freddys track.

      They are FUCKING FANTASTIC. I can’t express how much I love them. LOVE. It’s rad to see them up and about on the audio blogs.

      I reccomend the purchase of their latest album ‘Based on a True Story’. http://www.amplifier.co.nz has mp3s availible and the drops latest video for the ‘wandering eye’ track.

      chur for the kiwi music.

    16. Marco :

      Man, people sure love to get their hate on…

      but – midnight marauders was… dissappointing, especially when compared to fat freddy’s bluey.

      Zombi – bugz kick it everytime. off-kilter beats keep me groovin’.

      coldcut – this joint is what, like 10+yrs old! reminds me of spacing out in chill out rooms at raves as a teen.

    17. steph g :

      coldcut: if i were ever able to climb inside the movie hackers and make love to jonny lee miller [or angelina jolie] this would be the soundtrack.

    18. Anonymous :

      Midnight Marauders: Intriguing intro, but the rest of the song sounds like a first-time songwriting attempt to me.

      -piiing

    19. Ratrick :

      Midnight Marauders: Boyz II Men for the tight striped sweater and black-rimmed glasses set.

      Zombie: Fela Kuti sans testicles, chopped up Scott Herren-style.

      Autumn Leaves: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…… Do something! Wait, what was that? Oh, nothing…..

      Torres: Roasted pumpkin stuffed with cumin-dusted free range chicken breast, wild rice, and grilled zucchini, drizzled with a garlicky-jalapeno mojo.

    20. G-Dub :

      Barbarito rocks! He makes me happy when I’m sad….BEEP!

    21. Jez :

      Midnight Marauders: mournful yet soothing – simple but captivating.

      Zombie: the less said the better – suffice to say, I am not a fan.

      Coldcut: that rare beast – an electronic rehashing of a jazz standard that actually works.

      Torres: compare it to the others – a great demonstration of the superiority and emotiveness of real instruments over electronic wizardry.

    22. MT :

      JD & DJF – everything is right about this.

      Bugz – lame like country music.

      Coldcut – heavy sadness and lame vocals make this suck.

      BT – makes life feel good.

    23. Anonymous :

      jd & djf: a bit sentimental, but cool, like good blue eyed soul
      Bugz: contrived
      coldcut: disappointing, thought first it would grow on me, but no. they drink to much latte, nowadys
      bt: lovely
      An De

    24. Anonymous :

      Autumn Leaves: The melody softly emerges as soft as late fall breeze. Deep chill.

    25. Anonymous :

      about cold cut, If anybody likes post rock/shoegazer type. Warning it’s slow, very slow. But beautiful. It’s like a serene cold winter day.

      Two Sides Of Myself by Tarantel

      http://www.temporaryresidence.com/bands/tarentel.php

    26. Sourdust :

      Zombie? Quick march. Out of here. I bought the original in Lagos and it kicks ass. This version sucks really badly.

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