Roc Marciano Pimpstrumentals Marci Enterprises Roc Marciano has been prolific as both MC and beatmaker over the last decade. Nearly an album a year under his own name as well as collaborations (DJ Muggs) and cameos. And of course those free mixtapes too.
From time to time I’ve made playlists for people – for events, for background-for-events – starting, probably, with filling iPods for friends but extending to virtual-DJing. Just recently I was asked to put together a couple of hours of music for a corporate event; the brief: background. That dreaded word – I’m sure the artists […]
J Dilla’s Donuts (33 1/3) Jordan Ferguson Bloomsbury Academic It’s sometimes worrying when a thoroughly modern album is approached as part of the 33 1/3 series. Maybe we’re more sympathetic with the passing of time, ready and open for nostalgia and of course, more simply, there’s more weight attached with the wait, the passing of […]
The Last Skeptik Thanks For Trying BBE/Border The BBE label has brought a lot of goodness into my life – maybe you feel the same way. Maybe you don’t. But it’s certainly not overstating things to say that Thanks For Trying by The Last Skeptik is not only among that goodness it’s the very best […]
DJ Shadow Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow Hip-O Records I’ve liked other things by DJ Shadow but when it comes down to it – it’s about Endtroducing… That is – rightly – the masterwork. The other albums don’t come close; in fact, album-wise it’s been diminishing returns. So I was not only apprehensive […]
DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice Getting Through Why Records American cut’n’paste hip-hop DJs – T-Rock & Squashy Nice – return, silly names and all, with their third album on a New Zealand label. I’ve never quite understood what that means or how it works or, um, why – but I thoroughly enjoyed their debut, Rock […]
Gaslamp Killer Breakthrough Brainfeeder William “Gaslamp Killer” Bensussen has been playing sets and releasing EPs for a few years but Breakthrough is his semi-ironically/semi-accurately named debut album. If you’ve enjoyed the music of Alphabethead (and if you haven’t – you should) then you might find something to like in Gaslamp Killer’s ever-so-slightly-similar approach. You could […]