Friday, January 28, 2011

Reggae Friday - Augustus Pablo Presents Rockers Story (1990)

This is a various artists compilation produced by Augustus Pablo. Enjoy!

1. 555 Crown Street
2. Take It Easy
3. Guide I Jah
4. Zambian Step
5. Think Twice
6. I'm Not Satisfied
7. Power of the Trinity
8. World Without Love
9. Freedom of Speech
10. The System
11. Struggle in Soweto
12. Pure Worries
13. Africa Must Be Free


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Eddie Hazel - Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs (1977)

Eddie Hazel is the lead guitarist for Funkadelic and is well known for his amazing 10 minute guitar solo at the beginning of Maggot Brain. This is his solo LP from '77 and its as every bit of funky it can be.

1. California Dreamin’
2. Frantic Moment
3. So Goes The Story
4. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
5. Physical Love
6. What About It?
7. California Dreamin’ (Reprise)
8. Smedley Smorganoff
9. Lampoc Boogie
10. From The Bottom Of My Soul
11. Unkut Funk


Friday, January 21, 2011

Reggae Friday - Prince Douglas - Dub Roots (198x)

Dub, Dubs and more Dub.

1. Jam Love Dub
2. Hard Times Dub
3. Let Me Love You
4. Tongue Shall Tell Dub
5. March Down Babylon Dub
6. Sunshine Dub
7. You And Me Dub
8. North Of The Border Dub
9. Tribesman Dub


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Tones - Dreamtalk (2008)

This is a chill hip hop album. Heavy on the bass and drums and light on the seriousness of the lyrics. If you have heard the Inverse album thats posted on the site, this album is very similar to it.

1. Get U High Pt. 1
2. From The Ground Up
3. The Movemeant
4. Invited Me
5. Turn Me On
6. Road Ahead
7. Fly Angel
8. Far Away
9. Beautiful
10. No More
11. Searching
12. Get U High Pt. 2
13. If You Could Change
14. Dreamtalk
15. Without You


Friday, January 14, 2011

Reggae Friday - Leroy Smart - Jah Loves Everyone (1978)

I really feel like shit today and don't feel like posting. So I am just taking this album from another website I use. Leroy Smart is the shit so enjoy.

Also I just noticed on the cover the blonde on the right definitely has her top down.

1. No Love For Jah
2. Have Got To Go
3. Life Is Not Easy
4. Jah Loves Everyone
5. Darling You're Mean To Me
6. It's Impossible
7. Maria
8. Mirror, Mirror
9. World Of Hatred
10. Judge No Man


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jazz Mix

This is a jazz mix from a west coast producer whom's label isn't very nice to bloggers.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Luck-One - True Theory Outtakes (2010)

This is a free mixtape in preparation for his debut LP due out in March. The skits at the end of the songs gets annoying but it rings true, can't wait to here his album.

1. Lions and Primates (Cuts by DJ Flip Flop) [prod. Sonny for Groove Cartel LLC]
2. Shine So Bright (Cuts by DJ Gen. Erik) [prod. Good Will for Good Will Beats]
3. Ribbon [prod. Terry Harris for New Ideah]
4. They Say [prod. Sir So Fresh for Epitomy Ent.]
5. Dream [prod. Nonstop for Keyboard Koke]
6. Move On (ft. Gen. Erik & Mic Crenshaw) [prod. Gen. Erik for Focused Noise Productions)
7. More [prod. T Mak]


Friday, January 7, 2011

Reggae Friday - Sugar Minott - Live Loving (1977)

Sugar Minott made amazing reggae music. I wish he was still alive.

1. Jahoviah
2. Hang On Natty
3. Change Your Ways
4. Give A Hand
5. Come On Home
6. A House Is Not A Home
7. Live Loving
8. Love Gonna Pack Up
9. Jah Almighty
10. Jah Jah Lead Us


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Willie Hutch - The Mack (1973)

Legendary soul artist Willie Hutch composed the soundtracks for several blaxploitation movies in the 70's but this is my favorite one. If you are an avid hip hop listener then you should be able to hear some of the samples that have been used (especially I Choose You). This album could also double as the sound track to a porno.

1. Vampin'
2. Theme Of The Mack
3. I Choose You
4. Mack's Stroll/The Getaway (Chase Scene)
5. Slick
6. Mack Man (Got To Get Over)
7. Mother's Theme (Mama)
8. Now That It's All Over
9. Brother's Gonna Work It Out


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Devin the Dude - Gotta Be Me (2010)

I get the feeling that this album got a little looked over when it dropped in November of 2010. But after many listens (and lots of smoking) I felt the need to post this. It is a typically very chill Devin album and is really relaxing to listen to.

1. It's Goin Down
2. Come & Go
3. I Like What U Do
4. Shut Up
5. Gotta Be Me
6. No Need to Call
7. Gimme Some
8. You So Real
9. They 10's
10. Jus Coolin
11. Ain't Goin Nowhere
12. When Will I Win?
13. F**kha'
14. I'm High


Monday, January 3, 2011

Zo! - Acctual Fiction (2002)

This is an instrumental album from Zo!. I am not sure where I bought this from but it is excellent early work from the acclaimed Detroit producer. Enjoy because I don't think you are gonna find this one any where else on the net.


Cormega - Born and Raised (2009)

Cormega came with an excellent album for 2009. Produced by legends and Cormega unleashes excellent lyrics over them. Great hip hop album.

1. Prelude (Feat. Marley Marl) - Intro (The 3rd Coming)
2. Girl
3. Love Your Family (Feat. Havoc)
4. Get It In (Feat. Lil' Fame)
5. The Other Side
6. Live And Learn
7. Make It Clear
8. Journey
9. Define Yourself (Feat. Tragedy Khadafi & Havoc)
10. What Did I Do
11. Dirty Game (Album Version)
12. One Purpose
13. Rapture
14. Mega Fresh X (Feat. Red Alert, PMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane)


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War ina Babylon (1976)

Kingston's "tribal war" between the two major political parties and their associated gangs and soundsystems inspired a lot of historically profound and universal music, but this record towers above all. Max Romeo's simplistic Rasta preachings of peace, love and justice border on silly and naïve, but his voice is incredibly endearing, and Scratch's production is practically flawless. Devoid of his stranger dub stylings found on records like Heart of the Congos, To Be A Lover or Love Thy Neighbour, all we have here is his greatest bouncy riddims, fiddled with just enough to perfectly compliment Romeo's righteous vocals. "Chase the Devil" entirely deserves its place in the highest echelons of the reggae canon, the title track is just as dread, and the rest is still gorgeous, if not quite as fierce. Not just the best reggae LP on Island, not just the greatest Scratch produced LP, not just one of the finest reggae records ever made: it's an absolute landmark in Western popular music.

Genres: Roots Reggae, Reggae

A1|One Step Forward|5:00
A2|Uptown Babies|4:55
A3|Chase the Devil|3:25
A4|War ina Babylon|4:50
B3|Tan and See|4:35
B4|Smokey Room|3:06
B5|Smile Out of Style|3:33



Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a extremely mesmerizing aural journey through some of Edgar Allan Poe's most renowned works. With the use of synthesizers, drums, guitar, and even a glockenspiel, Parsons' shivering effects make way for an eerie excursion into Poe's well-known classics. The instrumental "Dream Within a Dream" has Orson Welles narrating in front of this wispy collaboration of guitars and keyboards. The EMI vocoder is used throughout "The Raven" with the Westminster City School Boys Choir mixed in to add a distinct flair to its chamber-like sound. Parsons' expertise surrounds this album, from the slyness that prevails in "(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather" to the bodeful thumping of the drums that imitate a heartbeat on "The Tell-Tale Heart." "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a lengthy but dazzling array of musicianship that keeps the album's persona intact, while enabling the listener to submerge into its frightening atmosphere. Without any underlying theme to be pondered upon, Alan Parsons instead paints a vivid picture of one of the most alluring literary figures in history by musically reciting his most famous works in expert fashion.

Genres: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Modern Classical, Symphonic Rock

A1|A Dream Within a Dream (Instrumental)|4:13
A2|The Raven|3:57
A3|The Tell-Tale Heart|4:38
A4|The Cask of Amontillado|4:33
A5|(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether|4:20
B1|i. Prelude|7:02
B2|ii. Arrival|2:39
B3|iii. Intermezzo|1:00
B4|iv. Pavane|4:36
B5|v. Fall|0:51
B6|To One in Paradise|4:46



Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada (1999)

A low hum is the first thing heard. It's nearly an inaudible sound, like the opening of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Soon other instruments join and overlap: strings, guitar, and glockenspiel. For a while, the listener hovers in a mist feeling the musical waves ebb and flow, warning of impending danger. In these moments, uncertainty breeds and devours the weak, swallowing them whole. This is probably Mile End, the location alluded to in the liner notes of the Canadian ensemble GodSpeed You! Black Emperor's Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada. Mile End is described in detail, and the influence of this locale on the recording of the Slow Riot must have been immense. In fact, the best way to describe this album is as a direct result of Mile End's setting: the abandoned buildings, haunting forest, burned out railroad cars, and empty train tracks. All of these physical images pervade the tone of this album: they are its sadness, beauty, and anger. The darkness is there too. Once immersed in Mile End, it's near impossible to find your way out. The darkness limits your freedom, and at the same time hides you from the rest of the world. You are alone and it is both frightening and liberating. As for the music, there's really not much to say. If this description of Mile End appeals to you or intrigues you then it will be a worthwhile listen. "Moya," the album's first piece, is a lot like weathering a torrential downpour: torn between moments of uncertainty a final deluge occurs absorbing everything in its path. The second piece, "BBF3," is a history lesson set to music, a story of dysfunctional government, militias, and human rights. This one album spans the emotions of terror and delight in 30 minutes. The same feelings of fear and triumph found in Beethoven can be found here, and there is perhaps no better endorsement for such music.

Genres: Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Spoken Word, Chamber Music, Field Recordings




The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (1968)

Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America (with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer); and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single "Time of the Season," culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency was not much on the minds of the bandmembers. Odessey and Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their gigs decline as the hits stopped coming. The results are consistently pleasing, surprising, and challenging: "Hung Up on a Dream" and "Changes" are some of the most powerful psychedelic pop/rock ever heard out of England, with a solid rhythm section, a hot Mellotron sound, and chiming, hard guitar, as well as highly melodic piano. "Changes" also benefits from radiant singing. "This Will Be Our Year" makes use of trumpets (one of the very few instances of real overdubbing) in a manner reminiscent of "Penny Lane"; and then there's "Time of the Season," the most well-known song in their output and a white soul classic. Not all of the album is that inspired, but it's all consistently interesting and very good listening, and superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of The Beatles' best and Pink Floyd's early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, barely over 30 minutes, but even that's refreshing in an era where most musicians took their time making their point.

Genres: Psychedelic Pop, Baroque Pop, Sunshine Pop

A1|Care of Cell 44|3:59
A2|A Rose for Emily|2:21
A3|Maybe After He's Gone|2:38
A4|Beechwood Park|2:46
A5|Brief Candles|3:35
A6|Hung Up on a Dream|3:05
B2|I Want Her She Wants Me|2:53
B3|This Will Be Our Year|2:10
B4|Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)|2:52
B5|Friends of Mine|2:20
B6|Time of the Season|3:34



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