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It seems almost unfair to write about Abdu Ali's latest release after only a week. This is the sort of shit people will be writing dissertations about in 20 years. The density of sound and ideas is staggering. There's a lot to unpack. Listening to MONGO is like injecting bell hooks directly into your brain. Listening to MONGO is like spending a night inside Miles Davis' trumpet. Listening to Mongo is like suspending time in a computer crash. It's also not like those things…Continue
Not sure if it’s the fur coat or what but Rickstar EP ‘Funkafied Suave’ gives me several shades of funktastic 1970s pimps. The blistering album is an interesting blend hip-hop and late-Motown-inspired funk. Filled to the brim with in-your-face instrumentation, like the confrontational drums that open ‘Heart Strings’ and the bold horn section on ‘Get Up If You’re Bad’ feat. Sinse. Rickstar’s enthusiasm, showmanship, and pure talent shines brightly, song after song, where he,…Continue
Today's premiere comes from Lawrence Lindell, an experimental artist out of L.A. His brand new single ‘Melanin Battle’ is an ambient, synth-driven soundscape that builds and builds as if Lindell was performing before your eyes, a row of loop pedals at his feet. There’s a subtle tone of the theatric that creeps in as the track builds, suggesting a little bit of suspense and adrenaline. "I created Melanin Battle as a score to a few thoughts I was having in my head," Lindell…Continue
Chino Moreno of Deftones and BAD BRAINS guitarist Dr. Know, drummer Mackie Jayson, and Crosses’ bassist Chuck Doom and jazz keyboardist John Medeski join forces as new supergroup project called Saudade. Their first single, also called ‘Saudade’, is a brooding quiet storm that rumbles into thunderous intensity. It’s not totally clear which direction the project wants to go in, but this sure is a cool start.
Members of BAD BRAINS will be playing alongside members…