Thursday, November 25, 2010
Something Old With The New... (Something Else! for Wtnr Radio.com 10/21/2010)
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Starting as always with the "Something Else Intro" we immediately head off into a couple of vintage tracks, first Tangerine Dream's title track from their 80s album Exit. This track was re-worked for the soundtrack to Risky Business, becoming "No Future (Get Off The Babysitter.)" Push Button Objects' "Lockligger" follows with a bit of "glitch hop" from the 90s. I originally purchased this on a 12" single from the label Schematic, who were championing one of the "alternative" sounds coming out of Florida, the more well-known counterparts being DJ Icey's breakbeat scene and of course, Miami Bass. DJ Vadim was originally known for making music that my friends and I derisively called "slug hop," because it was painfully slow and kind of weird. Apparently the last few years he's changed up a bit and become a bit more accessible and danceable. "Yea Man They Listening" is the latest evidence that artists are subject to change... Easy Star All-Stars are a favorite with me and I can't seem to get enough of "Money (Alchemist Mix)" from Dubber Side of the Moon. Giant Step is a great source of music for me and Freedom Hill's "Kisses Louder" is one where I have to give credit where it is due. I love tunes that really nail a mood, even if that mood isn't easy to explain--you'll understand when you hear it. Up next another favorite artist, Quincy Jones. I've been hearing Mr. Jones' music since I was very young and have always admired his work. "Soul Bossa Nostra" feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7, & Rudy Currence is actually a remake of one of Quincy's own classics, "Soul Bossa Nova"--also now known as the theme from the Austin Powers movies. I must admit that as someone who wasn't a fan of that film series I was actually quite annoyed that "Soul Bossa Nova" became so closely identified with it and I felt I had to stop playing the tune because of the association. This remake not only allows me to play a song I really dug, but updates it in a way that isn't cheesy... The Roots get much play on my show and for me "Adrenaline" is already in line to become a new Philly classic track. Keeping it hiphop for a minute, Manchester's Grand Central Recordings turned me on to great music like Aim's "True To Hip Hop (Instrumental.)" Moving a bit in a southern direction, Brighton has been figuring larger in my current favorite UK cities for music, with Tru Thoughts and associates showing up in my playlists. Sara Mitra isn't on Tru Thoughts, but the same person who hips me to new music on that label sent me this wonderful EP that includes "The Old Country." It's vocal jazz that is both fresh and straightforward at the same time. No electronics or sonic tweaking here--just good music.
Heading back to the classic realm, next up is MC Solaar with "Noveau Western," a favorite 90s track from France featuring a Serge Gainsbourg sample ("Bonnie & Clyde.") If you don't already know, Los Chicos Altos is a project I do with my friend Maxey Blaze. I occasionally will feature some of our work on the show and "Zamba Malató" is something we recently were working on. Max has really been enjoying music from Peru and this is a cover of an Afro-Peruvian song by Nicómedes Santa Cruz. In the past it was also covered by Susana Baca, a famous singer from Peru. I don't think people tend to use the term "New Age Music" anymore to describe stuff that's merely mellow or chilled out. It seems to be more used now for music that is truly related to the New Age Movement. The closing track is one that was on a popular label many years ago when "New Age Music" was still a bit more vague, Windham Hill. Although I'm not real crazy about the rest of the album, this tune has always stuck with me--"Raffles In Rio" by Mark Isham. Mark is mostly making film soundtracks now, but from time to time he will play some jazz music--I think just to keep us from forgetting he can.
Enjoy and see you soon!