I'm not feeling particularly "magickal" this Monday. And in light of last week's events in Charleston, South Carolina I wanted to post something relevant. So this week we're forgoing the musical magick in favor of "Generally", a Hip-Hop cut dealing with the subject of racism through the lens of the narrators youthful love for 'The Dukes of Hazard', by stalwarts of the New York underground Juggaknots.
The narrator is none other than Breeze Brewin, one of the most skilled emcees to ever touch a mic who many casual Hip-Hop heads probably haven't heard of. Alongside his brother Buddy Slim and sister Queen Herawin as the Juggaknots, he's been releasing artful, and socially conscious, Hip-Hop since the mid-'90s. After a short stint with the WEA family of labels, which saw their debut album shelved, they broke big on the then burgeoning indie scene with "Clear Blue Skies", a song written from the perspective of a white son and father having a tense confrontation about interracial relationships, on the Fondle 'Em label. "Generally" mines similar territory, touching on the casual racism present in mainstream entertainment, in an equally clever and artistically satisfying manner.
On this week's episode El Keter and Emeyesi play a bunch of music, crack a bunch of jokes, and discuss homophobia, social media, racism, and the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina.
Yeah, the discussion gets a little serious, but we're just as serious about kicking the dope jams.
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1. Hot Chip "Burning Up"
2. Hoodboi "Shallow"
3. A$AP Rocky "Fine Whine" feat. Future, Joe Fox and M.I.A.
4. Stranger Cat "In the Wilderness"
5. Pony Bwoy "Creature Comforts"
6. Shlohmo "Slow Descent"
7. Prefuse 73 "See More Than Just Stars" feat. Helado Negro
8. Pyramid Vritra "Grey"
9. Ibeyi "Weatherman"
10. Nosaj Thing "Don't Mind Me" feat. Whoarai
11. Nite School Klick "Nice Nightmares (Eprom Remix)"
12. Young Fathers "Dare Me"
London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Archer, a.k.a. Slime, has delivered one of the smoothest R&B jams I've heard in a long while, despite his sorta icky alias.
Blending '80s Quiet Storm and Sophistipop influences, the moodiness of '90s Downtempo and Trip-Hop, Smooth-Jazz instrumentation, and a whole lot of sexy, "Hot Dog" is a classic but future-forward slow-jam.
Slime's debut LP 'Company' drops August 14th via Weird World Record Company.
Electronica, Indie Rock, ethnic percussion, and psychedelia collide in a way that recalls Gorillaz, White Flight, tUnE-yArDs, and the Flaming Lips on "New Mutation Boogie" from New York City's Invisible Familiars.
"New Mutation Boogie" is from the group's debut LP 'Disturbing Wildlife', which is out now via the Other Music Recording Company.
I'm really pushing the limits of the Monday Magick format with this week's entry, "Disco Devil" from legendary Reggae musician and producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. But appropriate or not I don't really give a fuck because I was feeling a Dub sort of way today and just wanted to hear the tune.
Songs about occult subject matter are almost unheard of within the Reggae genre. But if there was going to be one it would be musical madman Lee "Scratch" Perry who'd supply it. Known as the father of Dub, Perry is notorious for making outrageous, some might even say blasphemous, religious statements over the years. And while he's recorded several stunning Rastafarian anthems, not the least of which being Max Romeo's classic "I Chase the Devil", he's also been antagonistic towards the faith at times as well. So, its not really surprising that he'd remix the righteously indignant "I Chase the Devil" into the far more diabolical "Disco Devil". As occult-themed songs go it's rather tame while still celebrating the Luciferian spirit of rebellion.
After recording his most enduring work (with the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Heptones, Junior Murvin, The Congos, and others) in the early '70s Perry had a nervous breakdown. He burnt down the legendary Black Ark studio where he'd recorded so many hits and destroyed many of his master tapes. Thankfully he recovered, and after moving to Europe, has returned to recording music and touring.
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