2012 was an interesting year for Holly and me. We learned we’d become parents, due date late January 2013. Our son’s name is Cove, he now is the proud owner of years of collecting music, and a few choice instruments. My first album came out under Nomadic Firs, which had so many weird, and exciting moments. With those two big items I give you this random list, which is a collection of Artists I heard getting played over and over again in our house. These are some of the folks that took me out of my own creations, and allowed me to just be a fan of music again. Something I honestly misplaced, and the reason I do this site. So cheers to all of you for making this last year fun for us, we appreciate it.
Jaaska (FKA Nite Moves)
A Tree For Climbing
The Through and Through
ChromadaData released the Arival EP this week and its filled with “Afro Futurism.” Ian Jones love for hip hop and the essence of soul are typically at the heart of all his tunes. The extra flavor that keeps me interested is the continuations of an experimentation throughout. While he keeps things pretty well on the same points, his loops remind me of the under the sea ride, except this one is for the really cool fish.It helps to have your own sound, something unique to your music, and his keys are the things riding over the samples and beat, which essentially separate CD from the rest. Seriously though, bring your goggles and some flippers, this whole EP is riddled with bubbles, star fish, and the costume imagination mermaid that finds you whirling the underbelly of an Alice in Wonderland sea ride. The new album is only 3 bucks on his bandcamp page, I picked it up this morning, I suggest you put down the granola snacks and do the same.
~ Ryan Boos
Just a piece of dope works here on all counts. The B role movie samples out of some Ed Wood escape from Mars 10,000 shite. Then there’s the flow, shades of Slick Rick, Kool Keith, which are two of my favorite MCs, just got into the sack together for this one. The beats are thick, the samples are on so much point, they’ll stab yo ass in the eye. The lyrics on “Brother From Another Planet” are of course right in the pocket. Confident with the shoulder shrug of a kid who knows his style is stupid good (look at the image). Yeah, he’s from another planet, clearly. “Take Off” is filled with lovely globility, with the flute/string bit. The bass line is enough to notice and subtle enough to be smooth as ____! And then there’s “Kung Fu” with so much funk and soul it would make Super Fly stop and dance with a pimp.
~ Ryan Boos