Jay Electronica - A.P.I.D.T.A. This song, man...I've lost 5 people to Covid...most recently a dude I went to high school with...one year older than me, with 3 beautiful kids. It's probably not a healthy song for me to listen to, but...here I am, bumping it back to back to back, most days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxqvrWdZo8g
21. "Good stuff" In response to Reply # 1 Tue Oct-13-20 12:01 PM by Boogie Stimuli
>Jay Electronica - A.P.I.D.T.A. >This song, man...I've lost 5 people to Covid...most recently a >dude I went to high school with...one year older than me, with >3 beautiful kids. It's probably not a healthy song for me to >listen to, but...here I am, bumping it back to back to back, >most days. >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxqvrWdZo8g
Been thinking about the concept of toxic positivity lately, so I'm gonna say maybe it's exactly what you need. It's ok to go ahead and feel what you feel sometimes, brother. Sorry to hear about all those losses. Stay up, man.
23. "RE: 10 random artists & their songs that I'm playing a lot..." In response to Reply # 2
>Dinner Party "Sleepless Nights"
One of the better joints on the album
>Journey/Steve Perry "Foolish Heart" and "Separate Ways"
Classic. Type of stuff you have to hear in the background on a Stranger Things episode lol.
> >Emotional Oranges - "Personal"
Never heard of them, but this joint ain't bad.
>Lianne La Havas - "Weird Fishes" - I'm not up on Radiohead so >I'm not familiar with the original. But for some reason, this >song caught my ear. The whole album is fantastic though.
She's quite fantastic. Lovely voice and style. I do prefer the Radiohead original for capturing the mood of the song, but her gave it a nice sensual feel.
>Kaytranada & Durand Bernarr "Freefall"
Yo, I was wondering how I never heard this. Listened to a couple of songs from the album (immediately fell in love with "Midsection") and realized the single with Masego was so disappointed to me that I forgot all about the project. I missed out. There's some good stuff on here.
> >Spoon "Hot Thoughts" and "Can I Sit Next To You?"
Nice lil vintage sound they got.
>Stove God Cooks "Rolls Royce Brake Lights" - This album >feels like it should be out of my wheelhouse but I >can't stop listening to "Reasonable Drought."
I feel you. Samples like that can be addictive.
>Joell Ortiz "Reflection" - Another cat I feel is mad >underrated.
I fuck with this. My kinda vibe.
>Phonte "So Help Me God"
Can't really go wrong with Phonte spittin'.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "Until you get outta my way, I don't wanna hear what you say aye aye"
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UBS6MM05KdY Roosevelt - Montreal This is some synth pop magic. Not sure how I found this, it’s pretty old 2013 I believe but it just has everything I want in a synth pop song. Bass line is grooving and the hook is sharp. It’s my Friday 5pm drive home anthem.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KiuEFG0ZBd8 Dirty South - Goodie Mob My wife loves this group. We played this coming back from the inlaws a few weeks back. First time I heard it I thought they were saying Dirty Side... that beat tho. Hypnosis.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=95T7Au2Ko8A Pretty & Afraid - Jidenna This album is awesome. I wish he made a video album for this because it’s cinematic af. My kids love this album too because we play it nonstop. Whoever put me on to this album.. thank you. Wouldn’t have known about it if not for OKP.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2y85V8v8N8 Just to Get a Rep - Gangstarr Not sure what happened but I felt like listening to old Gangstarr albums. This song and video always stood out and was on repeat when I got the album. Lil’ Dap always pissed me off but also had me shook when I watched the video. Pretty sure it was shot in B&W which was dope.
Word. I remember the post you made about it. Beautiful indeed. Soothing.
>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UBS6MM05KdY >Roosevelt - Montreal >This is some synth pop magic. Not sure how I found this, >it’s pretty old 2013 I believe but it just has everything I >want in a synth pop song. Bass line is grooving and the hook >is sharp. It’s my Friday 5pm drive home anthem.
Very nice groove. I fux with it. Somewhat reminiscent of some of Bear In Heaven's stuff.
>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KiuEFG0ZBd8 >Dirty South - Goodie Mob >My wife loves this group. We played this coming back from the >inlaws a few weeks back. First time I heard it I thought they >were saying Dirty Side... that beat tho. Hypnosis.
True southern classic. One of my high school anthems. That whole album.
>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=95T7Au2Ko8A >Pretty & Afraid - Jidenna >This album is awesome. I wish he made a video album for this >because it’s cinematic af. My kids love this album too >because we play it nonstop. Whoever put me on to this album.. >thank you. Wouldn’t have known about it if not for OKP.
Thanks for reminding me to listen to this album. This is a really nice joint.
>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2y85V8v8N8 >Just to Get a Rep - Gangstarr >Not sure what happened but I felt like listening to old >Gangstarr albums. This song and video always stood out and was >on repeat when I got the album. Lil’ Dap always pissed me >off but also had me shook when I watched the video. Pretty >sure it was shot in B&W which was dope.
5. "Right now? Hard for me, but I'll throw out the first 10 that come to me." In response to Reply # 0 Tue Oct-06-20 02:42 PM by PROMO
these are "old" and "new" songs:
Smoke DZA - Dark Web GQ - Might As Well Kamaiyah - Oakland Nights Jack Gilinsky - Lose Somebody August Alsina - Rounds Swae Lee - Reality Check Disclosure f. Mick Jenkins - Who Knew? Jack Harlow - WARSAW SAINt JHN - McDonald's Rich Shad f. Skratch Bastid - Limoncello
...also, this list is bullshit cuz there's literally NO WAY i could pick my 10 faves right today because it changes hourly or based on how i'm feeling at the moment.
9. "Orion Sun - Coffee for Dinner takes top honors, followed by..." In response to Reply # 0 Tue Oct-06-20 07:10 PM by Nodima
The melody, the melancholy, all of it just really hits me and reminds me of so many past relationships that just kind of slipped into limbo for no discernable reason. The Weeknd reference is the heartbreaker rather than the banana peel slip.
Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper et al. - Sleepless Nights
Sort of like the Orion Sun song, this all hinges on a reference to an R&B song I love (in this case, a subtle nod to Usher) but also just really captures this feeling I have of wanting to be relaxed and content with where this moment in time is while constantly being reminded of how impossible that is. My actually favorite track from this is "Freeze Tag", but I came back to this song recently and it's the one I get most excited about right now.
Disclosure - Birthday (feat. Kehlani and Syd)
Struggling with a breakup I didn't want years after the fact, this song came across my radar right as a friend of mine who'd gotten married for insurance purposes right before quarantine to his girlfriend of over eight years was finalizing the paperwork to annul the marriage. If you've ever cared deeply for somebody and recognized that it wasn't working out, but still find yourself hoping they're doing alright time to time, this is a really fun expression of that idea.
Masego - Passport
This is always one of my favorite types of songs because it just sounds impossible to be sitting in the booth and decide, "yea, that's finished." This song stops and starts, lurches and lurks all over its three minute runtime. Sometimes Masego is rapping, sometimes he's in a high tenor, sometimes a low falsetto, sometimes the beat flirts with kicking into high gear and others its barely present.
Kevin Krauter - Pretty Boy
This song just hit me out of nowhere at the exact right time. It recalls the grungy, home recording aesthetic of Red House Painters but marries it to this very American Top 40 guitar line and vocal melody that brings the suburban teen in me bubbling back to the surface. There's nothing all that special about it, it just has a feel I wanted right now, and it makes a neat choice to start quiet and only get gradually louder but never truly noisy.
MICHELLE - THE BOTTOM
I could've put any number of MICHELLE tracks on this list, and often started to before deciding I really just needed to take it back to the source. Similar to something like Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools", this is totally a party banger, but on closer introspection this is a pretty sad song about a self-destructive girl trying to bring a potential love interest down with her, and not just implying that's the case but straight up saying, "I'm not afraid to see the bottom, 'cause I will - and I WILL." It's one of the more interesting juxtapositions of music to lyrics I've heard since, I dunno, New Order?
Arlo Parks - Sophie
I'd put this and Coffee for Dinner up as a one-two punch for how I've felt this whole summer. Kind of similar to "The Bottom", this is from the point of view of a young girl over medicated and under loved who sells that experience as cool, but Parks' arrangement lets you know she's aware this isn't a story with a happy ending. That doesn't mean it's a total downer of a song, though, with this nice little counter melody that lingers around like a rainbow hoping everything will get better eventually.
Crooked Still - Ecstasy (Instrumental Edit)
Owed completely to one of the penultimate scenes of this year's most divisive blockbuster video game, The Last of Us Part II, I'm as fascinated by the digging in the crates it must have taken to be aware of the album this track is from as its potency within the narrative of the game itself. I'm not entirely sure I'd be as hooked on it as I am if it weren't for that, but even on its own I can safely say it's one of the more engrossing banjo, cello and steel guitar instrumental cuts I've heard. For whatever that's worth!
Joy Crookes - Yah / Element (Medley)
Absolutely HILARIOUS. It's pretty as hell, so when the restaurant is bustling you can play it without fear people will fully pick up on what's going on, but when the place is dead it'll get the staff cracking up in laughter as we stack wine bottles and plot seating arrangements for the night. In a normal year, I'd have plenty of fond memories set to this jazzy take on Kendrick's "make it look sexy" anthem; as is, I'll be taking this one to the grave.
Blue Scholars - 50 Thousand Deep
If you don't remember these guys, they were part of that Rawkus 50 promotion back in the day, and this was from their sophomore album. They're Seattle natives and wound up embroiled in the World Bank protests in the late-2000s, and this song was their response - it opens with the first protests, stamped down by military police, moves into a motivation speech sort of mid-section and then returns for the final verse with the successful second round of protests.
If there's any song that completely, emphatically captures what it feels like to be a member of the labor/protest class in 2020, it's this random song most people don't know or remember from 2008. I kind of shrugged this album off as a pleasant, charming 7/10 back then at the start of my crit career. 12 years later, it's the strongest reminder of my privilege to listen to a song like this and nod moderately before shuffling into something from Wilt Chamberlain 2.5.
Chromatics- Touch Red Bjork & Broadsky Quartet- Hyperballed Weezer - Why Bother Killer7 Soundtrack- Blackburn SiR -John Redcorn Mates of State- Like You Crazy Chicano Batman- Magma Teezo Touchdown- Sucka Saves the Day-Daybreak Serengeti- BUtterflies
R.I.P. Loud But Wrong Guy Dec 29th 2009 - Dec 17th 2017
15. "RE: Can you make a list of 10 songs or less that you love the most RIGHT..." In response to Reply # 0
Conway - Jesus Khrysis. I mean, the title says it all. That beat KNOCKS and Conway is a monster.
Conway f/ Freddie Gibbs - Seen Everything abut Jesus. It’s like normal raw Conway polished up just enough to give it that appeal, with Gibbs coming in and destroying it like usual.
2Pac - To Live and Die in LA - I don’t know...I’m a Laker and Dodger fan. I guess their playoff runs got me thinking about Kobe a lot. And just the title alone..“To Live and Die in LA”...and Pac. Damn. What a song too.
Radiohead - Optimistic - Because BShelly posted about Kid A in the Lesson. And that’s my favorite on that amazing album.
L.E.G.A.C.Y. - Crouching Writer - Huge Justus League kick ever since LB came back. And Leg has a new album coming. And damn, was he nice and did 9th ever consistently lace him. All evident on this one.
Joe Scudda - Door To My Life - Like I said....ever since LB came back. They were just the best at putting out the most relatable music possible.
Dornik - Hang On. It’s not summer anymore, but this whole album is a damn EARWORM, and this might be the biggest one of all. What an album.
Prince - If I Was Your Girlfriend. I like this album ever more now that I can actually hear it! Most necessary remaster ever? If they put out 36 Chambers with some knock to it, but keep that dirty rawness, I’ll reconsider but for now Sign O the Times got it.
Alright, that’s what I got, and I’m not forcing it to get to an arbitrary number.
Ka - I Love (Mimi, Moms, Kev). Someone on my tl posted the video the other day. Hypnotic and beautiful.
The Emotions - Don't Ask My Neighbors
Love Unlimited - If You Want Me, Say It
Vybz Kartel - Any Weather. I never really 'got' Vybz before I heard this song. I think he's overrated, but he ripped this.
Kylie Minogue - Promises. I never thought that I'd be bumping Kylie's music. She'll always be Charlene from Neighbours to me, but that Body Language album had 4-5 good songs on there. This is one of them, produced by Kurtis Mantronik.
Milca - Le Monde. Hypnoz is my favourite Zouk producer.
Hot Cuisine - Who's Been Kissing You. Brit-funk from Sheffield (of all places). Some of the lyrics haven't aged well, but it's still a classic.
Anna Joyce - Nao Vales Nada. The song that introduced me to Kizomba almost ten years ago.
Light of the World - I'm So Happy.
Second Image - Life Is What You Make It. I've played this more than anything else. I like how it switches to reggae for the last third of the song.
19. "10 random songs...since its fall" In response to Reply # 0
Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake Saturday Sun - Nick Drake Orangefield - Van Morrison Gimme Yours - AZ Dead & Gone - M.O.P. Invocation - Common Lover, You Should’ve Come Over - Jeff Buckley Hell On Earth - Mobb Deep Urban Legend - Neil Young From Hank To Hendrix - Neil Young
20. "in no particular order" In response to Reply # 0
Everything But The Girl - Each and Every One * Heard this on one of Gilles Peterson's recent shows and the lyrics hit me right now. I ended up listening to their debut album and all this shit makes me want to go back to the early 90s and sit in some smoky lounge lmao
Marcos Valle - Estrelar * Heard on an old episode of Abstract Radio...I think Prince Paul was the guest host that week? Just a good, happy song
Alexander O'Neal - Criticize * Da GAWD. Hands down one of my favorite songs ever. Production, vocals, Lisa Keith killed the BGV. There's a concert of his from 1988 (?) and they stretch this song out like 15 minutes. I could watch it every day.
Kenny Bobien - I Shall Not Be Moved * Heard on one of Deon Cole's disco/house Sunday sets. He's on hiatus right now and I miss the shit outta those sets.
Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire * Also heard on a Deon Cole set. Added this to my workout playlist immediately.
Duval Timothy - Groundnut * Heard on a BBC show...I think Moses Sumney covering for Gilles? Duval Timothy is a monster....his music is perfect for me right now.
Prince - In A Large Room With No Light * The only 'new' track I really dug from the SOTT release. It's light, it's fun, kinda makes me wonder what a jazzier album before The Rainbow Children would have sounded like
I've been in the car so much less and even though I mainly listened to podcasts while driving, I know I'm listening to less music now too.
25. "This was harder than I thought it'd be" In response to Reply # 0
Khruangbin - Mr. White https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Hs3iVLjZ4 This just perfect for anything from cruising around to playing around the house. I've even listened to this at the gym. Such an all purpose meditative track for me.
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Blackman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq2lbzw7R4M This is under "instrumental" because I actually have the instrumental of the reprise on my list. That's not on Youtube tho. It's just a relaxing groove and I love the bass line.
Santigold - Banshee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6p20uxmOk The energy of this song is unmatched. It sounds like a huge hit, but it wasn't. I just love Santigold. "Until you get outta my way, I don't wanna hear what you say."
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Gatdamn (NPR Tiny Desk version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1alXHOMDBN4#t=2m4s This whole performance could be on my list. I've been listening to this particular song a lot lately tho. Freddie paints some very vivid pictures and the way his rhymes flow is just next to none.
Bryson Tiller - Sorry Not Sorry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3rfRSgKe4 First heard this in 2015 and haven't stopped playing it since. Timbo murdered the beat and Bryson went in with the "now I'm hot they all on me" energy.
Van Hunt - Hello, Goodbye (Live at WFUV) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xw7QfEW9DU The acoustic guitar here is so understated yet so funky. Lovely vocal performance as well. Always loved this song, but this is now my favorite version of it.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "Until you get outta my way, I don't wanna hear what you say aye aye"
I like to drive to the oldies Travel for work = listening to a lot of oldies
I’ve worked my way through Motown, Stax, etc... Venturing deeper into the Jazz Funk; Donald Byrd, Les McCann, etc... I really get a kick out of finding samples But these songs really stuck with me because they’re great songs I’ve learned that traditional jazz doesn’t hold my interest as much as the electric bass Gotta have that deep end, especially for the car.
30. "It would take me a while to identify ten, but here's a few." In response to Reply # 0
Bill Withers - Lovely Day..... This puts me in a good mood in the mornings, especially when I look at my wife and kids. It just helps me remember what's really important and what to focus on. And my 4yo loves to play it on the way to preschool.
Stevie Wonder - Love's in Need of Love Today...... This kinda sums up how I feel about the world right now. And again, helps me focus on what I need to direct my energy towards. I try to do my best to focus on loving others and being a positive force in this fucked up, extremely negative world we are living in.
The rest would most likely be reggae heavy with lots of Bob. He's been my gospel the past few months. The Uprising and Survival albums in particular. But I also get in hip hop moods and other genres/groups like the Grateful Dead and Moonchild etc based on mood and vibe. Really diggin the new Black Thought.
32. "I can't let summer go yet." In response to Reply # 0 Mon Oct-19-20 10:50 AM by phemom
...so everything is a bit more uptempo than it probably should.
01. Aluna/Rema/Kaytranda - The Recipe (I really want Kay to produce a project for a female singer. Aluna, Tinashe or Teedra Moses would be awesome.)
02. Big Sean - The Baddest (I'm in Detroit, so flipping the Godzilla sample is important.)
03. Alicia Keys/Sampha - 3 Hour Drive (pretty much anything Sampha is involved in gets some spin from me, but Keys sounds good here too.)
04. Armani Ceaser/Benny The Butcher - Drill A Rama (The song is super basic....but it gives me 2005 Big Mike mixtape vibes and I'm all about that.)
05. Sylvan Esso - Ferris Wheel (I miss being around people and having fun.)
06. MachineDrum - Ur2Yung (Instrumental horn barrage, the last minute of this song is GREAT imo)
07. Cleo Sol - Shine (One off from the SAULT singer, early morning, everything gonna be okay music.)
08. Busta Rhymes/Anderson .Paak - YUUUU (I'm expecting better on Busta's album, but this song sounded better when I spun it the second time...now it's in regular rotation)
09. Musica Per Commenti Sonori - ABBANDONO (I have a subscription to Rappcats, so I get all these songs I know nothing about. This is some brazilian Jazz from 1974). I'm gonna link it up so someone reading this might hit for them like it does for me.
Sea of joy - blind faith On & on - Gladys knight & the pips I could never repay your love - the spinners Silly love songs - wings I try - Angela bofill I want you around - snoh aalegra Nothing with out you - tanerelle Oct 33 - black pumas Dang - Mac miller RIP Gone - Alex Isley/jack dine