Some entertaining bits for you to listen to this weekend…
K-Def just recently teamed up with Damu’s Redefinition Records, and I couldn’t be happier because I just can’t get enough of this track, “Times Change.” Being around since the 90’s with people like Ghostface and Marley Marl, hopeful this is a good sign for more dopeness to come.
Next up, I stumbled upon a real cool record label that goes by the name, The Numero Group. Priding themselves on being devoted to dragging brilliant recordings, films, and photography out of unwarranted obscurity, founders Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley have unearthed more than 60 titles of LPs, CDs, cassettes, 45s, 12″s, and DVDs. Be sure to check them out.
Here’s a track I was feeling by Father’s Children called “Kohoutek,” named for a bright comet that appeared in the night sky in early 1973. Hailing from Washington DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood no less, this is one funky group.
Staying on the bass driven grooves, here’s a tasty helping of tunes from Thundercat. After starting out as the bass player for Suicidal Tendencies, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has been apart of all sorts of projects, working with The Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Flying Lotus (who also put together this mix) just to name a few. His debut album ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ drops Aug. 30th, so be sure to stay tuned. Until then, here’s Thundercat ‘Shenanigans Pt. 1’ mixed by Flying Lotus which can be found over at Brainfeeder.
Brainfeeder usually offers up some quality products with albums from artists like ones mentioned above along with some of my favorites like Ras_G and The Gas Lamp Killer. Here’s an interesting video from Dr. Strangeloop… a look into a “dystopian alternate universe where an AI-Deity has become imprisoned within its own Ego. It discovers a transcendental media living within an archaic laptop, which upon viewing, facilitates its spiritual evolution.” Fun stuff!
This also got me thinking about something I read on the back of an old Erroll Garner album, ‘That’s My Kick.’ In the words of jazz critic Michael Zwerin, “Immediacy and presence: Empathy and joy. The life hasn’t been programmed out of the human beings here, as it so often is in our “advanced” society, in favor of that glossy God Technology, which will soon program the life out of all of us if we are not careful.” It’s wild man, wyellllld.
And it’s that intersection of technology and nature that led me to the Portland, OR based hip-hop duo, Hives Inquiry Squad. I learned that one of the members, Gavin Theory, went through the same shit I did when he found out he had a tumor in his left leg. Although, I kept my leg with a titanium knee, Gavin lost his and now has a completely metal prosthesis. This hasn’t slowed them down at all though, and be sure to check out his rad ‘Metal Legged Mix.’