Sunday, 24 May 2009

Skull & XBones

WOW! A post deletion. I guess I'm really earning my stripes now. A recap will follow soon.*

In the meantime...

This will never leave my heart.


Monday, 18 May 2009

Golden Amazons Redux

Back by no demand at all...the offending post from last week minus the offense.

Rich Harrison, the man behind "Crazy In Love" and the best Usher song Usher never released may have seemed a bit quiet of late, but he has in fact been busy toiling away in his factory crafting some very nice things for his in-house harem, Richgirl, another group who alongside The Dream's Vanity 6 fantasy incarnate, Electrik Red and the T-Pain affiliated Sophia Fresh are making me feel pretty good about girl groups this year.

Following on from Bun-B assisted "24", one of the great singles that never was in 2008, and the glitch-snap fire of "Honeycomb", their new cut "He Aint Wit Me Now Tho" is probably their finest effort yet, Harrison continuing to prove he's far more than a one trick pony as he moves further and further away from the digital go-go sound he perfected so many years ago. Singing with the kind of high register urgency we haven't heard done this well since Natasha and Darkchild created their "So Sick" masterpiece (La Roux take note, and fuck off), deranged piano banging and Valkyrie war strings buzz-saw back and forth giving way to sporadic bursts of 90s R&B goo while the girls all holler like Beyonce fem-bots. All this wealth of girl group goodness just makes me miss Bella all the more which is a little bittersweet really. Gone, but not forgotten.

From one girl band to a lady who against the odds managed to survive one, LeToya Luckett is gearing up to release her second solo album Lady Love after a surprisingly successful debut which featured the old skool cream of "Torn", a tune which officially made for one of the best chopped and screwed Fuck Action reinterpretations ever. It was all about those ancient sounding never-ending moans. Coming back with a far more up-tempo sound, "She Aint Got Shit On Me" finds producer Darkchild in the big synth zone he always operates best in, pummeling the euroclub keys over some elasticated spacejam beats and clockwork drumwork, whilst Ms Luckett whips herself into a green eyed frenzy.

She Aint Got Shit On Me - LeToya

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Dubs Up

Apologies for the lack of updates, but technology (i.e. laptops) will inevitably always fail us. Anywho, I'm back.

Snoop Dogg is a rapper I can take or leave, but my God, when his songs hit they hit hard like your on a collision course with a wall of charging titanium rhinos. Since the vocoderised Florida cream of "Sexual Eruption" things have been a tad quiet, a situation his new song "Millionaire" rectifies in significantly abrupt style. Following on from Lil' Wayne's twisted experimentations with dubstep on last year's supremely weird "Yes", "Millionaire" sees the Dogg go straight to the source and team up with British dubstep duo Chase & Status to create a claustrophobic, monolithic beast of a banger that drags a Bollywood influenced vocal underwater and then proceeds to bury and crush it's sinewy grooves under dense waves of reverbing bass distortion whilst Snoop groans and bellows like the uprising of Mecha-Jeezy the destructor. In fact after this and "Yes" the only thing that would make things better would be if Jeezy jumped on one of these dubstep styled tracks. Just imagine...

Snoop Dogg Millionaire - Snoop Dogg Feat. Tanvi Shah

Another season, another localised hip hop mutation. This time coming straight out of L.A., jerkin. Based around a dance movement, of course, kids harking back to the 80s skate and graffiti culture that was once so intrinsic to hip hop wear colourful t shirts and skinny jeans and "jerk" to the minimal sounds of the slightly slowed down hyphy tracks being made by a small group of Cali artists, all fidgeting beats and finger snaps and endearingly bad tin-can vocal recordings. It's deceptively simple, but addictive like jitter bugs under the skin.

This is the anthem...

New Boyz - You're A Jerk (Rapidshare Link)

And these girls should hook up with Electrik Red immediately and become this millennium's En Vogue/Salt N' Pepa feist-fest.

Pink Dollaz - Never Hungry (Rapidshare Link)