Why is it, a-void readers, that our fellow 9-5ers take very little convincing to go for mid-week drinks despite the near-guaranteed hangover and wallet-damage; but when I try to get them to check out new musicï¿½such as Galapagos at The Drake a couple weeks agoï¿½they come up with the flimsiest of excuses? Not that the organizers didnï¿½t fully pack the place. I just didnï¿½t hardly know anyone there. It boggles the mind.
My favourite moment, out of a wealth of great moments, was when Shlohmo (pictured above looking like a wizard) asked the assembled onlookers if we liked Waka Flocka Flame? Muted cheers. Each of the performers I saw found their setsï¿½ sweet spot (TOKiMONSTA melted my brain. Next time bring merch!), but the crowd were fickle enough that I may have been the only one loving Shlomoï¿½s crunktastic “Pretty Boy Swag” remix. Dammit people, youï¿½re the adventurous onesï¿½all we are saying is give Gucci Mane (and Zaytoven and Drumma Boy) a chance.
Young Jeezyï¿½s new single “Ballinï¿½” works well as remedial listeningï¿½itï¿½s technically brand new, but the hailstorm of hi-hats and the church bells tolling murrrderrrr will get you up to speed on Jeezyï¿½s M.O. faster than he can say Yeaaa-aaaah. Which really isnï¿½t very fast. Warning, though: if you donï¿½t know Lil Wayne, donï¿½t start here. Youï¿½d come away thinking he was a poor manï¿½s Rick Ross. [LINK]
I am all up in Shigetoï¿½s fanclub as you may have noticed from my recent mix (AHEM), so I was already paying-what-I-wanted for his collab with ambient dude Heathered Pearls before the beat even kicked in. Both menï¿½s sonic signatures are all up in “Porcelain,” though the two styles gel better than expected; the clattering beat is as confounding as the ambient drone is soothing, though the sudden shifts in mood keep it perpetually on the edge of toppling over. This is active listening music, so donï¿½t sleep. [LINK] (via 92bpm).
Six things that crossed my mind within moments of seeing that these juke/footwork legends took a gig in New York:
1. Fuck! I should have gone to New York;
2. Or I could try to see them in Chicago;
3. I wonder how much it costs to book DJ Rashad?;
4. Juke tracks, even ones with as much rubbery intangible funk as Rashadï¿½s “Loud Pakk,” are only ever as good as their sample; 5. Which explains why the other three tracks you can download at this link are average, while “Loud Pakk” is just the kind of thing that will give you a seizure, and once youï¿½re done convulsing youï¿½ll just put it on again.
6. And thatï¿½s before the 2-minute mark, when a tech-y synth comes in and just Wrecks. Mother. Fucking. Shop. [LINK]
I was lucky enough to be introduced to XI at the Galapagos gig, and lo and behold he got profiled on Spinner without my involvement. I would be annoyed if Tabassum Siddiqui didnï¿½t do such a fine job. Cop his tune “Medicate,” which balances three competing styles at once: the bass pressure of dubstep, the effervescent hi-hats of garage and the almost G-funk-like melody floating through on the Moog-esque synth lead. *TILT*.ï¿½ [LINK]
Cop this nine-minute extended mix of “Deny This” from Mark E and tell me whether itï¿½s brilliant, a good way for DJs to take a bathroom break, or both. [LINK]