Friday, 18 May 2007

Intervallum 42 - The True Virtuoso

Louis Armstrong - The Love Songs

Louis was probably the most famous black man in the world in the 50's, a title he lost to Muhammad Ali by the late 60's. But unlike Ali, Armstrong became a celebrity by making people feel good, rather than by challenging them politically, religiously and physically. It is hard to imagine listening to this CD for 54 minutes and not being happier than when one started.

01 Im Confessin that I Love You 03:23
02 Everybody Loves My Baby 02:35
03 I Cant Give You Anything But Love 03:33
04 All of Me 03:02
05 On the Sentimental Side 02:25
06 Honeysuckle Rose 03:57
07 Baby Wont You Please Come Here 03:20
08 Aint Misbehavin 03:17
09 I Want A Little Girl 03:02
10 My Sweet Hunk Otrash 03:04
11 Something Tells Me 02:32
12 Baby Dont You Cry 02:56
13 Keepin Out of Mischief Now 03:37
14 Cherry 02:50
15 Body and Soul 03:21
16 Our Monday Date 02:29
17 Endie 02:52
18 I Never Knew 02:46

Chillout !

Intervallum 41 - Throw Your Hands Up

Skill Mega - Normal Magic

Skill Mega were formed early in 2004 when London based rappers Reps and Dan Fresh (of Brighton's legendary Lost Souls, Janomi records) began working on a project with Bournemouth DJ Rod Dixon for the fledgling label Cryogenics (Double D Dagger, The IRS , Usmaan) alongside producer Peepin' Tom. A chance encounter between Rod and Polish Super producer OSTR in a Bournemouth record shop culminated in a collaboration on Cryogenincs -Bitter Blocker EP which also featured Lost Souls emcees Uncle Dickie and Witchdocter Wise and jazz singer Amanda Stevens. A short tour of Poland and numerous UK dates soon followed and Skill Mega spent the following year cultivating new songs for their debut album, occasionally playing out in Poland and popping up for a quick cameo alongside Tame One on OSTR's critically acclaimed '7' album. By the tail end of 2006 Skill Mega's debut Album 'Normal Magic' was finally finished, incorporating the talents of the three main Megas alongside Uncle Dickie, Witchdocter Wise, Amanda Stevens and Zebra Traffic's rising star Rup the Cnut. The release date in Poland is May 16th 2007.

1. Normal Magic
2. Throw Your Hands Up feat Rup
3. Don’t Look Down
4. Skill Mega Disco feat. Amanda Stevens
5. Let Me Down
6. RodMega
7. Breathe In (No Boundaries)
8. Lateshift
9. My Spot feat. Amanda Stevens
10. Giving Up the World
11. Gardening (remix)

Chillout !

Monday, 7 May 2007

Intervallum 40 - Throwback To The Olden Days Of Emceeing

Substantial - To This Union A Sun Was Born

Substantial is another emcee who has definitely paid his dues - from teaming up with Pack FM to open for Heltah Skeltah and Slick Rick, to winning various emcee battle tournaments, to featuring on the “Game Over 2″ compilation alongside such luminaries as KRS, Kane, and Masta Ace - its plain to see that he has put in a lot of hard work. He’s also followed in the footsteps of UK emcee Funky DL, by being one of the few rappers to successfully forge a name for himself in Japan. In fact, this very album outsold albums from Ja-Rule, DMX, Jermaine Dupri, Faith Evans and Angie Stone last year in the far east, and now, with the imminent US release of “To This Union…”, Substantial is hoping to finally break into the home market…

1 Intro (1:15)
2 Substance (3:57)
3 Cim (3:26)
4 More Than A Game (3:53)
5 Somebody Stole My Shit (3:08)
6 If I Was Your Mic (5:08)
7 Home Sweet Home (3:48)
8 Kalitwutchawon2 (3:16)
9 Be People (4:08)
10 Love Song (4:12)
11 Bananas (3:14)
12 Remembering Dave (3:55)
13 Ain't No Happy Endings (9:04)
14 If I Was Your Mic (DJ Kiyo Remix) (5:07)

Chillout !

Intervallum 39 - It Takes You To A Different Place

Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain

You might expect the debut album from a woman who has collaborated extensively with Tricky and Orbital to be both wondrous and strange--and you'd be right to. What you might not expect is the depth of Alison Goldfrapp's beguiling, distracting 21st-century noir visions on Felt Mountain. She and her fellow composer Will Gregory can mix in Brechtian cabaret; classical instrumentation; left-of-field electronics; decadent, Gainsbourg-style French pop; and the odd piece of whistling on just one track ("Felt Mountain"). "Oompa Radar" almost reaches Tom Waits heights of infamy, the way familiar instruments come together in such a simultaneously comforting and alienating style. The baroque "Paper Bag," meanwhile, uncannily recalls Joe Meek's toy-town visions of 1960s grandeur. All this and a seductive vocal to die for.

1. Lovely Head
2. Paper Bag
3. Human
4. Pilots
5. Deer Stop
6. Felt Mountain
7. Oompa Radar
8. Utopia
9. Horse Tears

Chillout !

Intervallum 38 - Mix Of Styles

Dub Incorporation - Diversite

Dub Incorporation is a reggae band from Saint-Étienne, France together since 1997. They combine a range of styles, including dancehall, dub, ska and even rap and hip-hop. Their music is also influences by African and Arab music with their songs being sung in a mixture of French, English, Arabic and Kabyle.

1. My Freestyle
2. Visions
3. Life feat Tiken Jah
4. Rude Boy
5. Murderer
6. Holy Mount
7. Galérer
8. L'échiquier
9. I'n'I Soldier
10. Ecran Total
11. Diversité
12. See Di Youth

Chillout !

Friday, 4 May 2007

Intervallum 37 - It's Logical To Be A Psycho

Necro - I Need Drugs

This album was the first Psycho+Logical Records album, so I wasn't expecting it to be as good as his other stuff, because he wouldn't have had as much money making this album, so I thought the production would have been a bit sloppy, but the production is excellent. More people need to start recognizing Necro. Necro is a genious when it comes to beats and his lyrics are smart and witty, yet violent. I highly recommend this album to any fans of underground hip hop.

1. The Most Sadistic
2. Hoe Blow
3. I Need Drugs
4. Your Fucking Head Split
5. Your Dead
6. Get on Your Knees
7. Rugged Shit
8. I'm Sick of You
9. Cockroaches
10. Fuck You to the Track
11. Burn the Groove to Death (Nail 'Em to the Cross)
12. Underground
13. S.T.D.
14. WKCR 89.9 Freestyle 4/20/2000
15. Wnyu 89.1 X-Mas Freestyle 12/23/1999
16. Wnyu 89.1 Freestyle 5/10/2000

Chillout !