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octobre 14, 2010

Five Alarm Funk – Anything Is Possible

Origine du Groupe : Canada

Style : Funk , Fusion , Alternative Rock , Ska , Afro , Instrumental

Sortie : 2010

Composé de 11 membres, ce groupe afro/funk nous livre ici un album IRRESITIBLE !!

Amateurs de James Brown (surtout) et de Santana (aussi), vous devez absolument vous le procurer.

Une seule chose à dire : jugez par vous même, c’est tout du long comme ça  !!

par momo1951


1. Infernal Monologue

2. Zenith Escalator

3. Titan

4. Demons Be Gone

5. Brother Egypt

6. Payday

7. Cave Of The Gypsy Troll

8. Soft Six

9. Doctor Child

10. Broadway

11. Interlude

12. UK-47

13. Uncle Meatball

14. Face Riot



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octobre 14, 2010

Amanda Ray – Mirrored Images

Origine du Groupe : U.K , North America

Style : Electro, Trip Hop , Alternative

Sortie : 2007

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« How many black electro sci-fi chicks do you got going on out there? » asks Atlanta-based ambient singer/songwriter Amanda Ray. « I want to be the first. »

Truth be told, the number of black female artists in America that stray from the current pop-music formula that pairs hip hop beats with R&B vocals and boy-crazy lyrics can seem depressingly
low. But Amanda admits her style is always a little different. « I hate writing from one perspective, » she says, « I want people to grow. Anytime I write, even if it’s a love song, it’s with a
different twist. »

Amanda’s debut album Mirrored Images is chock full of « different twists. » With a deliberate progression that drops the listener off in various far off fantasies, her voice sounds like that of a
flickering pixie blowing into your ear, one syllable at time. Her appreciation for electronica came during her college years where she started devouring records from underground trip hop and
experimental musicians in Europe, particularly the UK. She decided she had to go there. « I started listening to Mono, Lamb, Bjork, Tricky, Goldie and definately a lot of Portishead and because a
lot of those groups came from the UK that naturally made me want to go. I talked my professors into letting me do an independent research in London…I felt like I needed to be there in order to
break into the genre. »

She was disappointed to learn that kids in the UK were listing to the same pop music that saturated top 40 lists in the States. After a six-month stay in London and a few recordings she headed
back to Atlanta to finish her 2001 EP, « What’s On Your Mind. » Self-promoted, with the help of her local Tower Records, the EP was a big local success, even reaching the hands of an NBC producer
who featured one of the tracks on the Today Show.

Fast foward a few years, to a major move from the ATL to NYC to work with Brooklyn-based production team Super Buddha and a month-long hospital stay due to scar tissue from a previous surgery
that almost stopped production altogether, and we have Ray’s first full-length album, Mirrored Images. She’s not trying to break down any musical walls with this record, she says, but she does
want to show the world that it can’t pigeonhole this black female artist. « It’s been hard because there’s no other black women out there for me to follow, » she says. « I had no blueprint. But I
had a vision about who Amanda Ray is and I stuck to it. »


Tracklist :

01. Ripple Junction 05:13

02. Body Of Gold 04:59

03. Chicken 04:33

04. Hang On 05:44

05. Must Be Love 05:47

06. Mirrored Images 04:51

07. Stronger 05:44

08. Torn 04:46

09. When You’re Gone 05:20

10. Wounded 05:08



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octobre 14, 2010

Roots Manuva Meets Wrong Tom – Duppy writer

Origine du Groupe : U.K

Style : Rap Fusion , Dub , Electro Dub

Sortie : 2010

Figure de proue de l’écurie Big Dada, la division hip-hop de Ninja Tune, Roots Manuva lâche un nouvel album, deux ans après Slime & Reason. Alors que l’aura du pape anglo-jamaïcain du rap
british semble peu à peu s’essouffler, Rodney Smith signe avec Duppy Writer une collaboration avec le DJ et producteur reggae Wrong Tom. Ce dernier, notamment remixeur et tour DJ pour le goupe
d’indie rock Hard-Fi, avait auparavant livré une version dub du single Buff Nuff, et fourni le cd bonus qui accompagnait Slime & Reason.

Wong Tom se voit aujourd’hui confier un album entier. Le Londonien s’approprie une poignée de titres issus de la discographie entière du sieur Manuva, qu’il réarrange pour en offrir des versions
reggae dub. Certaines variantes développent l’aspect roots (The World Is Mine et Motion 5000 deviennent Worl’ A Mine et Moition 82), tandis que d’autres virent au digi-dub, rappelant souvent les
sons vintages du collectif Jahtari (Proper Tings Juggled, Chin Up, Rebuff, relecture – fatiguante – de Buff Nuff). L’objectif du projet était de faire oublier que certains des morceaux dataient
de plus de 10 ans, et de fondre l’ensemble avec cohérence sous une patine d’origine jamaïcaine. Pari qui ne réussit qu’à moitié. On trouve dans Duppy Writer quelques très bonnes choses.
L’introductif Butterfly Crab Walk, au skank engageant, diffuse de bonnes vagues ensoleillées, Worl’ A Mine renoue efficacement avec des ascendances caribéennes, et Jah Warriors, l’inédit du
disque, s’affiche comme la meilleure réussite. Mais par la suite, les divagations du dub digital de Wrong Tom perdent en originalité, le flow de Roots Manuva ne suffisant pas à capter l’intérêt.
La deuxième partie du disque décroit cruellement en qualité, le beats s’empêtrent dans des boucles trop répétitives, et on se voit zapper avec agacement certaines pistes.

Si la collaboration de Roots Manuva avec Wrong Tom demeure crédible et débouche sur quelques succès, Duppy Writer peine à convaincre dans sa globalité. Il est probable que les fans de la première
heure sortent déçus de cette nouvelle fournée. D’autant plus qu’elle n’en est pas vraiment une.

par Manolito


Tracklist :

01. Butterfly Crab Walk

02. Chin Up

03. Duppy Writer (Skit)

04. Worl’ A Mine

05. Big Tings Redone

06. Jah Warriors

07. Proper Tings Juggled

08. Dutty Rut

09. Dub Decay

10. Lick Up Ya Foot

11. Rebuff

12. Son of Bodda

13. Motion 82


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octobre 14, 2010

El-Creepo! – El-Creepo!

Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Alternative , Alternative Rock , Experimental

Sortie : 2009

From the demented mind of Todd Smith comes a catchy, twisted, and thoroughly entertaining record. For the uninitiated, Todd Smith was the frontman and head songwriter of now defunct Dog Fashion
Disco and it’s reincarnation, Polkadot Cadaver. Both bands known for their genre bending and catchy metal jams, Smith manages to take his unique ear for music and apply it in a whole new way.

Focusing mostly on a more mellow style, El-Creepo! takes what you expect and tosses it out the window. Smith, wanting to make a more acoustic centered record, wrote an odd but cohesive mix of
offbeat songs. Here you’ll find anything from a loungy country tune to 80’s synth pop to hammock-style mandolin fun. Every track offers something new and is a total treat to listen to. Do not be
mistaken, the songs are not weird for the sake of weird, but they are eccentric and still very listenable.

Smith handles a majority of the instrumentation, whether it be live guitar or bass, or digital instruments like synths and drums. Any live drums are taken by ex-DFD’s John Ensminger. Songs like
« Pitchfork » demonstrate his prowess around a kit, with perfectly placed accents and impressive fills. The production side off the album is also superb. Even with the variety of styles, you’ll
find everything sounds clean and in place.

Handling all of the singing, Smith’s voice ranges from deceptively sweet to deranged. Any kindness of the vocals is usually offset by the dark lyrics. Listening to the opening track, « Lazy
Tiger, » one might not readily guess that the easy-going mandolin groove is a song about being stalked by a killer. Or the unassuming acoustic strumming of « Spaceneedle » hides lyrics about the
morbidly beautiful side of doing heroin. A personal favorite is from the track « Witch Hunt » which describes the memoirs of a Jonestown massacre survivor. « What do they want from me/a deathbed
confession or a heartfelt apology/lets pass the Kool-Aid/strictnine and strawberry/it’s a Jonestown holiday/ all the kids are in their graves. » For the most part these lyrics are clever and well
written and not done so much for shock value as they are for a twisted sense of humor.

While, as I previously stated, the main focus of the album is a more mellow and acoustic style, El-Creepo! kicks it up a few notches when it has to. « The Art of Bullfighting » slowly builds to a
maniacal outro that could leave your head spinning. « Hitman, » which is apt to garner plenty of Mike Patton comparisons, is a face-paced hard rock jam. The synth pop groove of « Hot Little Temper »
is bound to have people dancing in their cars.

In closing, El-Creepo! is an extremely well collection of unique but entertaining songs. Some people may be put off by the subject matter of the lyrics, but others are going to find the songs
here surprisingly catchy and fun. Those who weren’t fans of DFD or PC can expect something totally different. It’s worth a listen to anyone as you are bound to find something you’ll like.

by Detective Dan


Tracklist :

1.     « Lazy Tiger »        

2.     « Witch Hunt »        

3.     « Orange Peel Sunrise »        

4.     « Easy Killer »        

5.     « Skeleton Horse »        

6.     « The Art Of Bullfighting »        

7.     « El-Creepo! »        

8.     « Hitman »        

9.     « Hot Little Temper »        

10.     « Bachanalian Desert Heathens »        

11.     « Pitchfork »        

12.     « Space Needle »        

13.     « Bloody Mary »


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octobre 14, 2010

John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!

Origine du Groupe : North America

Style : Soul , R&B , Blues , Jazz , Rap Fusion , Alternative

Sortie : 2010

Inspired by the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and the nostalgia that it brought on for a time when urban communities were active in the civil rights movement, soul-singer John Legend and
hip-hop luminaries The Roots got together to record a track reminiscent of the music from that time (the ’60s and ’70s). The result was a full-length album, which basically plays like a hits
anthology of classic soul, funk and reggae music.

Starting of strong with the hard-hitting “Hard Times,” originally recorded by Baby Huey, an obscure, single-album artist whose legacy still lives mostly in hip hop samples (everyone from A Tribe
Called Quest to Ice Cube and the Wu-Tang have sampled him). For the most part this track plays closely to the original, which is a good thing, but a verse from the Roots’ MC Black Thought builds
on that and brings it into the contemporary.

From there, the rest of the album runs the gauntlet, from Donny Hathaway (“Little Ghetto Boy”), Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (“Wake up Everybody”), Erni Hines (“Our Generation”) Marvin Gaye
(“Wholly, holy” ), Nina Simone (“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” ) and James Kirkland (“Hang on in There”) – another artist who is highly praised and sampled in the hip hop world. In
fact, as much as the album pays homage to a certain period of music, it can also be seen as a thank-you to all the great, sometimes obscure artists that hip hop producers and MCs, after
tirelessly digging through crates of vinyl, have resurfaced and relied on for their catchy hooks.

A concern I originally had was that Legend’s voice would be too smooth, too polished and crooner-y to sing gritty protest music, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the one track that isn’t
a cover, “Shine.” It definitely stands out, because next to the covers, it sounds just like a John Legend song. (Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on what you think of Legend’s music.)

But for those who don’t like Legend’s music, the range of his voice on the rest of the album will pleasantly surprise you, especially on the stand out track, Bill Wither’s “I Can’t Write
Left-Handed,” a poignant story about an injured vet coming home from the Vietnam War. Legend’s raspy, gospel-worthy voice here transplants the listener right back to 1973 when the original was
first recorded (video for both versions below. Cue Withers up at 1:56 and Legend up at 0:54 for a duet), and while no one can come close to Withers, Legend and the Roots come close here.

Whether you have a penchant for classic soul music, or the genius of the Roots, or just want an introduction into some of the music you would find in Questlove’s extensive vinyl collection, this
album is a must buy. The only thing that’s missing and would really make this album stand out would be to include an accompanying disc of all the originals.



Tracklist :

1. Compared to What

2. Hard Times

3. Little Ghetto Boy

4. Wake Up Everybody feat. Common and Melanie Fiona

5. Our Generation

6. Love the Way It Should Be

7. Hang On in There

8. I Can’t Write Left Handed

9. Wholy Holy

10. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

11. Shine

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