From: David Bassin (bassyd_at_pacbell.net)
Date: 2003-09-09 08:26:13
Here's some of the booty on tap for this evening:
Terry Hall & Mushtaq: The Hour Of Two Lights - The former front man for the Specials, Colourfield and Fun Boy 3 returns with Mushtaq, formerly of Fun-Da-Mental for a collaborative project that fuses hip-hop beats with Jewish and Arabic musical culture. They've brought together a diverse group of players that include a Mongolian throat singer, an Algerian rapper, a Syrian oud player, a Jewish clarinet player and to no one's surprise, Blur's Damon Albarn whose Honest Jon's label is fast becoming a source of fascinating new world music hybrids and reissued classics. The lyrics are political, the music difficult to classify and the result is completely engrossing.
Ty: Upwards - Ty's second album for Big Dada is a giant leap forward and is filled with memorable words and beats. A self-produced affair, Upwards features guest performances from Tony Allen, Bembe Segue, Michelle Escoffery and others and never bogs itself down with gangsta poses or misogynistic filler. This is a pure party album that's smart, snappy and may possibly turn some American heads around to Brit-style rapping, much of which has had difficulty in gaining acceptance on this side of the pond.
Boozoo Bajou Remixes - This is a super collection of Boozoo Bajou tracks remixed by the likes of Freeform Arkestra, Theivery Corp., Funky Lowlives, etc. and re-rubs they've done for others, like Truby Trio, Common & Mary J. Blige, Tosca and more. This disc is most spliff-worthy and seriously groovy.
Fez Dispenser: This Is Trip-Bop - Sound designer and SoCal resident Matt Thorne releases his second album under the Fez Dispenser alias and one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the music of many 'name' artists on higher profile labels. A five-time Grammy nominee, Thorne has composed soundtracks for animated features and TV, theme-park rides and MTV series, such as 'Road Rules' and 'Cribs.' ..Trip-Bop covers a lot of bases, but is centered around relaxed, jazzy grooves that frequently use some tasty vibes samples, creating a lounge-y atmosphere. Some additional darker melodies and more uptempo beats round out the disc, making for a sweet package overall. For now, you can buy Matt's albums at CDBaby.com, but hopefully one of the label honchos reading this will sign him to a proper deal.
On the singles front, I came home to a nice package from Nik Weston containing new EPs from Hird, Total Science and Similou, all of which I'm working my way through as I write this. There's also a cool 7" from Lemon Jelly and "Autumn Forest Song" from Scallymatic Orchestra that I'm diggin' the most.
That's it for this time - see you next week.
Ciao for now,
If you'd like to submit music for consideration on FreeFall, the mailing address is:
David Bassin / FreeFall
111 Laidley St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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FreeFall 162: 9.2.03
Erykah Badu - World Keeps Turnin' / Bump It - Worldwide Underground (Motown)
Big Sand - Hardkandy - Bedroom Communities 01 (Krystal)
Richard X - Freak Like Me - Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol.1 (EMI)
Atjazz - Mess Up - That Something (Irma)
Lalo Schifrin - Jaws - Black Widow (CTI)
The Rapture - I Need Your Love - Echoes (Mercury)
Alison David - Dreams Come True (Afronaught Mix) - 12" (white)
Jol - Think Tin - Moody Aow (April)
Ayro - Joy Of Love - ElectricLoveFunk (Omoa)
Backini - Ecoutez-moi - Threads (Lumenessence)
Ursula Rucker - What A Woman Must Do - Silver Or Lead (K7)
Apollo 9 - Busca Remix - City Of God Remixed (Crippled Dick Hot Wax)
Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (Boards Of Canada Mix) - From Left To Right (Lex)
Jon Kennedy - Surrenderism - Take My Drum To England (Grand Central)
Stark Reality - Thirty Days Hath September - Now (Stones Throw)
Phuturistix - Nu Dimension - Nu Dimension (Hospital)
London Elektricity - Fast Soul Music - Billion Dollar Gravy (Hospital)
DJ Rels - Diggin' In Brownswood - 12" (Stones Throw)
Tantan - Dopesontfunkae - 12" (Head To Toe)
2 Banks Of 4 - The Endless - 3 Street Worlds (Red Egyptian)
Freddie Hubbard - Neo Terra - Groovy Vol. 6 (Irma)
Lizz Wright - Salt - Salt (Verve)
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