Yea, I log into MySpace more than once a day; what? Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a dude dressed up as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since I had the time, I clicked on it. It happened to be a video by Ontario-bred MC Shad. Who? Hell if I knew and still don’t, but his video is rather fresh and the song isn’t half bad either. It’s scary how spot on his rendition of the 90’s intro of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is. Best hip-hop song of the year? Or is it because I can relate to the theme? I dunno….
Everyone’s favorite preppy four-piece—-the love to hate Vampire Weekend—-outta Brooklyn decided to cover the ’87 single “Everywhere” from London’s Fleetwood Mac. Like usual, I wasn’t familiar with the original, so if I had to choose, I’d opt for VW’s rendition. Their usual spark and groove are built into this one. Get your jangle on below….
Just like you hopefully stumbled here to discover some new music, I uncover new finds when I spin the occasional DJ mix; Radio 1’s Essential Mix is usually my go to these days. After encountering Justice’s Essential Mix from early last summer, (still won’t let this one go) I also found the simple, yet essential site: New Mixes.com.
Let me apologize in advance if you watch that Sex & the City rip-off on NBC and already know “The Bomb”. I have faith in our readers though; they wouldn’t dare. There is no doubt music used today in shows and commercials is on another level compared to even a few years ago. I mean, have you seen this one?
Bitter:Sweet out of our favorite area–Los Angeles brings the loungey goods in a sexual tone on their second full-length LP Drama. Listening to this, I place myself in a 30’s like club with an ensemble of musicians onstage warming up before the female frontwoman unveils her goods and graces the stage. Shit, I’m probably wearing a zoot suit. Shana Halligan’s vocals begin in a somber tone that make you think you’re on the phone with a 900 number, as they slowly begin to buildup until she erupts with ecstasy. Rarely do I sing along with female vocals for obvious reason, but I find myself trying to imitate this energy (No shame) when bouncing along to this track. Under these vocals, the music is organically multi-layered in a way to make you get up and jive along to this little diddy.
I’ve had it up to here–Listening to a small segment of people trying to put down America. America is the greatest land on Earth and we ought to be proud of what we have. I’m proud of America; I’m proud of our people; and I’m going to prove it. We’re American and damn proud of it.
And then the industrial meets electro beat kicks in! Dink, a 5-piece from Kent, Ohio used that above banter to kick off their 1995 one hit wonder, “Green Mind”. If you were a fan of the 90s industrial scene with the likes of KMFDM, Ministry, and of course Reznor’s group, you most likely knew of the song and maybe even owned the album. And if not, Dink got enough radio play on local alternative stations and Subterranean‘s older brother, 120 Minutes to get the word out. (Great 120 Minutes performance here) For someone who was more a fan of alternative music, this track was unique–with its electronic effects, torrential drum hits, swooping bassline, and rapidfire vocals.
If I were to compile a singles playlist with tracks from the 90’s that make people get up, “Green Mind” would rank high. There seems to be infinite energy from start to finish. I always used to think of White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” when I played the goodness below.
Even though “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” is nine years old, it still hits as hard as it did when it first appeared on Surrender from The Chemical Brothers. It builds; it descends; it bounces. And with only repeating a few simple phrases–Here we go! I can close my eyes for a second and picture a 90’sesque rave scene out of the movie Go or some other drug induced situation you may have been a part of. And now the point of this post….
I stumbled upon a remix by none other than Soulwax. The Dewaele brothers put a light spin on it– in their own Belgium club style way. The 2nd half is where it begins to heat up.
Update: The Chemical Brothers are hosting it on their website now as part of a promotion for their upcoming record. Hit it up here.
Yea, I was initially turned onto this Brighton, England group because of the Karate Kid reference. But after hearing Fujiya & Miyagi‘s “Collarbone”from their 2006 LP Transparent Things, I realized they had more than a crane kick and spelled their name with an I. They laid down the funk, inserted bubbly synths, and made me do more than want to tap my foot to their dancey beat.
Consider me excited to hear their soon to be released new record-Lightbulbs. (Has it leaked?) Spin the lead single, “Knickerbocker” in video format and realize they are definitely not tarnishing the name Miyagi. R.I.P., Sensei…