Friday, 8 July 2011

Babyface appreciation + (random)

Little John - Clarks Booty

One of, if not the, original Clarks tune. Booty = boot. You'll recognise the riddim track from

Beyoncé - Best Thing I Never Had

I rate this tune highly. As people that follow me on Twitter will know, I'm a ballad man. Written by Babyface, who is am elite songwriter

What happened to the motive set in "Nasty Girl" by Destiny's Child?

Out the window like "Independent Woman" to "Cater 2 U"? iJoke, iJoke.

I've decided I'm turning this into a Babyface appreciation post. He's a ballad Gad

Boyz II Men - End of the Road

Tevin Campbell - Always In My Heart

Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop Song)

Mary J Blige - Not Gon' Cry

I fully expect I may have forgotten your favourite one or a massive one. Those were the first that sprung to mind.

Very random post, but that's me. Soz

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Chase The Sample: Wiz Khalifa - "Still Blazing"

I'm fiddling about with the "Sample" title until one sticks.

In a bit of a reggae mood right now, so trawling YouTube to accompany my ears whilst in a meeting. Weed rapper Wiz Khalifa "Still Blazing" taken from the popular mixtape, Kush & OJ, that enhanced his fanbase.

Is inspired by the sample from Italian reggae superstar Alborosie's song of the same name on album Soul Pirate released in 2008.

That's all for today. Ta

Dropping Songs, son

Long time followers of this blog will know I mentioned Daley as one of my "Looking Forward To Hearing In 2010" alongside J Cole, Chino, Devlin and Maverick Sabre. Chino went on to have a top selling dancehall album in Japan plus one of the most toured artists. You'll probably know the rest. If not, Mav Sabre got signed, released a popular EP and new single "Let Me Go" out soon. Same for J. Cole - album out this year (finally).

All that together with Daley's having a reasonably quiet year apart from the Gorrilaz "Doncamatic", I was a year premature on 60%. Fat lot of good that is. Messed up my 2011 one 'cos I had to carry them over. I've added Ed Sheeran and I-Octane though.

Daley's releasing a mixtape 'Those Who Wait' next month. First release is this lovely soulful jam "Game Over". A soulful jam that doesn't patronise or bore the listener. Sounds like a beat Floetry had in their heyday. His vocals are smooth. I chuckled at the opening line.

SBTRKT - Wildfire

One of those songs I've heard about on radio, nodded my head to but never knew who it's by. Coincidentally, SBTRKT is a name I've seen around and not known who they were. Never connected the two until the other day.

"SBTRKT (pronounced 'Subtract') is the most recent thing I’ve heard that has made me feel this way – and for that, he gets this week. The man behind the trademark tribal mask is Aaron James, who began his journey at the infamous east London club 'Plastic People' – which houses bassy, sweat-filled raves, and is often hailed as one of the early homes of dubstep (and some of the worst toilets everrr). SBTRKT has since remixed everything from Mode Selector to M.I.A." according to MTV Wrap Up

SBTRKT - Wildfire by keithkelly

Drake remixed it

Ed Sheeran - Small Bump

I've been banging on about this song to everyone. Genuinely one of the best written songs I've heard in a while. "One of the best" doesn't mean best 3, or best 5, it's just one of the best X 'cos I can't tell you right now. Basically, it blows me away every time I hear it.

It's about pregnancy with a twist at the end.

Dennis Bovell - Jazterpiece

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

More tune's I'm feeling

AKS - House Called Home

Both the tune and video go all the way in. UK rapper AKS A subject people such as myself can relate to.

Opens with that (prick) Enoch Powell's politically controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech, AKS questions whether England is home.

I-Octane - Mi Sorry

Mi nah stop shout about this artist. He is one of the most consistent and versatile artists right now. Sings, deejay (raps) and combines the two depending on the riddim. Always with a conscious message.

He proclaims "No boy can't give me no gun to buss like they don't have a finger too" - which if you don't get it means he will not let a gang leader get him to kill anyone when they're capable of doing it themselves. You can bookmark it in an anti-gun tune.

This features on the Don Corleon produced Broken Hearts riddim. Other fave cuts include Professor, Wayne Marshall, Pressure, Richie Spice. Generally a solid riddim.

I-Octane - Nah Wash (Too Licky Licky)

Just for contrast, another sick new tune by Octane. This one buns out all the people that bow down to next man. On a dancehall flex though. Listen to how man ride the riddim with conscious.

Christopher Martin - Bus A Juice

Bit of a crass title, but don't let that take away from the message in the song is good. Chris encourages youths to "Buss a Juice/ Get a youth/ Nuh take life, make life."

Pioneer ft. Egypt - Stronger

"In The Morning" is still one of those tracks that I'm annoyed didn't chart in the top 40 UK singles. I'm not sure if this one is of that caliber, but who cares? The song is big.

Got that '90s soulful house vibe with Egypt producing an anthem. Really good quality song I think music lovers of all ages will appreciate.

(If I've blogged this already, I apologise. If not, I don't know why I haven't.)

P Square - No One Like You

I hear these songs in the clubs, but because I rarely understand any of the lyrics I don't know names or anything. There's a particular song I'm after, so I'm just sourcing all the bait songs in clubs until I find it. Anyway, I stumbled across this one yesterday. Don't go and tell me "Oh, this is old" I know it's old. Cha man.

Some African's don't call this afrobeats because it isn't like Fela and the back in the days songs. One of my best bredrins is Ghanaian, he hates these songs. Only one he like is Olaje. But this is such a sweet delicate tune. Makes me wanna ask for a front-to-front danss wid a fine byootiful gehl. Ah ah! Eh heh!

Oh yeah, I had a random thought yesterday. America has drug rap by the likes of Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, so I wondered "Does Nigeria have a 419 (fraud) equivalent?" Well, I tweeted "Hip hop has drug rap, does Nigeria have rap about ballin' off sending emails + other 419 scams? English speaking"." My twitter people them told me "Yahooze". Once again, I don't care if I'm late on it. I'm a British-born Jamaican. Mi nuh follow dem ting deh. Oh.

Yahoo, Yahoo is connected to fraud

"Everyday I'm scammin' 'em"

Monday, 4 July 2011

Big Pun "Still Not A Player" sample

I'm one of those people that loves tracing back samples, then hearing what else that band recorded. Good way of discovering old music. I can honestly say I'm rarely surprised by popular songs that contain samples after reading album credits all these years. (click here for previous findings.)

At my aunts listening to the radio when this song came on

Brenda Russell "A Little Bit Of Love"

Wonderful composition. Nothing beats live instrumentation coupled with sweet female vocals on a sunny day/

I immediately recognised the "Still Not A Player" Big Pun ft. Joe

But I swear 0:52-0:56 has a similar chord progression to Mariah Carey ft. Snoop Dogg "Cry Baby"

I hadn't heard of Brenda Russell, so did a little research and found out she originally wrote and recorded "Get Here" in 1988. It only managed to peak at number 37 on the US r&b charts

Covered by Oleta Adams in 1991 and became an international hit

This is why I love tracing samples. Get some interesting trivial knowledge.

Friday, 1 July 2011

RIP Dennis Brown

12years since his passing in physical, but not vocal and lyrical. I doubt most non-reggae fans under the age of 25 will really know how great this man is. i'm talking British born from Jamaican grandparentage. You know this generation doesn't really have much knowledge of home culture. Any sense of culture they would have had got buy out by America via American TV programs.

I'mma drop a couple tunes from the Crown Prince of Reggae

Have You Ever - Sly & Robbie went in with this. Basspeare's bassline is hypnotic. As always. Wicked lyrics too.


Promised Land - Live in Crystal Palace, (outskirts of) London (with your CR postcode)

(Before the aforementioned got their culture bought out)

To The Foundation - possibly my favourite. The Sly & Robbie link up is too much