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Did You Hear? Under Pressure

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New music! Sometimes old music. Music that we love!

As part of our series “America This is Quite Serious,” a song with some good things to remember in days like these:

…Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves…

Plus, just a really goddam great song.

-Michael Moats

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Did You Hear? Summer Friends

Chance the Rapper jumped onto the scene earlier this year by dropping the best verse on the best song of Kanye West’s latest release The Life of Pablo. That performance was the intro, as Chance says on the opening track of his new album (or mixtape… I think I’m too old to know the difference) Coloring Book.

The best track on Coloring Book might be “Summer Friends,” a soft-and-sweet trap beat (I think) that Chance bounces along on accompanied by someone who sounds exactly like Justin Vernon but apparently isn’t. At first listen, “Summer Friends” feels like a nostalgic look back at early days — “79th street was America then / Ice cream truck and the beauty supply / Blockbuster movies and Harold’s again” — and something good to have with you now that the weather is finally hot. But it’s all a set up for this: Continue reading

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Did You Hear? Really Love & produk 29 [101]

Here are a couple of tracks that are all about finding that pocket in a non-obvious way.

The first is organic soul music from D’Angelo and the Vanguards’ Black Messiah, recorded by musicians in the same place at the same time, all onto analog tape (you may remember an earlier post from these guys).

The second is manufactured with bleeps and blorps from the genius mind of Aphex Twin on his latest album Syro. For a deeply layered and satisfying listening experience, I can’t recommend either of these albums highly enough. Both go deeper and deeper, and both understand the importance of that pocket…

Brook Reeder

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Did You Hear? Adam Ben Ezra’s Upright Bass Solo

“And the Dog Gave No Fucks About the Man in the Hat.” That’s the title I would give to this song, anyway.

If this performance doesn’t draw you in, then I guess you just don’t like bass playin’ dog owners.

Brook Reeder

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Did You Hear? Hip Hop

What do we really know about DJ Jazzy Jeff?  My knowledge used to stop at the cartoon character of a man attached to the Fresh Prince in the ’90s. But as it turns out, he’s pretty legit. I saw him perform at a Fourth of July celebration in downtown Philly a couple years back. It was humid as hell, Boyz II Men were there, I was eating a cheesesteak and TastyKakes, and DJ Jazzy Jeff spun old-school funk and R&B for an hour or two… so it was pretty much the ultimate Philadelphia experience. I was amazed at how solid he was. No one else seemed to be all that surprised.

Check out the album of instrumentals he released in 2007 called The Return of the Magnificent–especially this really smooth track simply called “Hip Hop.” (Or try it with lyrics. Or hear the whole album.)

Brook Reeder

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Did You Hear? Mambo

New music! Sometimes old music. Music that we love!

In keeping with last week’s Latin theme… Yma Sumac was a prolific operatic soprano known for her 5+ octave range. She was not known, however, for her outlandish facial expressions, so that has been supplied here by a third party vendor. While the performance is technically a collaboration, I’m not sure Yma would have signed on for this one!

Brook Reeder

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