Wednesday, October 30, 2013
There is another song I can't think of the title for, and googling has been to no avail, but the opening notes of this new song feel like there should be an "mmm shbop shbop" group vocal in the background a la that old ditty. "Every Night" has a timeless feel and I can't wait to hear more.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Not sure of the significance of the year 1968 for the folks in Submotion Orchestra, but I know it for the student riots of that year and the effect they had on future university architecture both here at the University of Manitoba and at University College Dublin where I previously studied. Those wide, low-slung concrete steps? Kinda awkward for the human gait, but perfect for tanks. Regardless of its providence, this song is quite nice.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I just discovered this cat last night thanks to a tip-off from Dan Fernandes of Sick Notes Radio when we were talking fresh producers out there. Was boppin' my head to his Beats x Beats album right from the top and immediately gave him a "Like" on Facebook. Then tonight I'm scrolling through my feed to discover he's dropped another ill beat. Get on this kid now before he hits the stratosphere because this is next level.
It's PLEDGE-O-RAMA time at UMFM (I encourage you to donate to help support the station I work at if you dig the music I post here - a lot of it passes across my desk at the station at which point I share it here) and I've been putting in some late nights manning the phones. I've been digging La Notte, the full-length by bird since the summer, but driving home at 3am each night, "The Whole World Knows" has become my low-key anthem. "No one can fuck with us now."
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
GMac probably looked the exact same in 1995 as he does in this video. The guy's an ageless wonder and a music-making machine. Don't sleep on his new record, due soon on Disintegration Records.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
My love for the Tru Thoughts label should be pretty apparent to anyone who follows Reductive Reviews on the regular. From longtime label stalwarts like Quantic to recent signings including UK rapper Ty and more, Tru Thoughts have a wide-ranging catalog unified by one thing: QUALITY. I have never met a TT release I didn't enjoy and there have been some that I truly love. If you're unfamiliar with the TT roster this is a brilliant entree to their stuff. The fine folks at Tru Thought have put together a 15-track compilation which you can check out on their Soundcloud account or get as a free download. If you've been sleeping on these folks, it's time to wake up.
I might be pretty biased since my wife & I are "M&M," but this Tei Shi track is pretty great. Love the pacing and the change of pace when the guitar line comes in around the 2 minute mark. Ethereal gets tossed around a lot, but what the heck, this is pretty ethereal.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I know not everyone's a big fan of Boardwalk Empire but I'm still enjoying the illegal actions in Atlantic City and the chicanery in Chicago. Moreso know that the folks behind the show have released an album called Sounds Of The Onyx [Chalky White's club, natch] with barrelhouse-era tunes reworked by the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Reductive Reviews favourite Tall Black Guy.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
OH. GOD. YES. Nidia Góngora - part of the fantastic group of musicians responsible for the Ondatropica album that came out on Soundway a little over a year ago, has teamed up with Will Holland, aka Quantic (he of the midas touch) for an amazing 7' that you can hear in its entirety below. Heck, you can even flip the record yourself.
The first great album of 2014. Seriously loving the cuts that Slakah the Beatchild has posted on the Bandcamp page for Soul Movement Vol. 2. If these are the sounds that didn't make the "album proper" I'm going to have to reserve a spot on next year's Polaris ballot. Mark your calendar for January 6th, 2014.
It is a brave band that tackles a song that D'Angelo absolutely owns. But Pattern Is Movement deliver a pretty solid take with just enough spin on the ball to keep it in the strike zone.