Here’s the first listen from the intriguing new supergroup made up of Dangermouse and Daniele Luppi. This duo team up with celebrated Grammy Award recipient Norah Jones for this eloquent track entitled “Black.”
Dangermouse & Daniele Lupi – Black Featuring Norah Jones
Another heat rock from TV On The Radio. Nine Types Of Light drops 4/12/2011
TV on the Radio – Second Song
Dear Africa feat. Les Nubians
by Blitz The Ambassador
A blindingly bright clarity drives Blitz the Ambassador. With a spot-on sense of flow, he name-checks Basquiat and Lumumba, evokes lovelorn sighs on Accra buses, émigré alienation, history’s shadows. All set to swirls of brass, distorted guitars, and the crackle and pop of old amplifiers. With a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based MC, composer, and producer unleashes psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes on Native Sun (Jakarta Records; May 6, 2011). The album was sparked in Accra yet forged in the African diaspora.
First single, ‘Dear Africa'(produced by Optiks & Blitz the Ambassador) opens with Blitz narrating a letter to ‘Momma Africa’: ‘Dear Africa, it’s just me, your son.’ Featuring sleek Francophone sirens Les Nubians on the chorus (their ‘Nu Revolution’ is out April 19th), the song is at once an ode to her beauty and history, honest first-hand narrative, roll call of her capital cities and a call for change. Laced with slinky sax, blaring horn lines, west African guitar licks and booming 808s, the song packs a prolific call to the world in under five minutes.
“It’s easy to throw a bunch of elements together, but you have to find points where they intersect,” Blitz explains. “You have to create something so that you can’t tell where the hip hop begins and where the Afrobeat ends, and where highlife stops and future beats start. You have to create a world of equal parts.”
“Native Sun the album is a journey backwards, back through hip hop, the Caribbean soundsystem culture that preceded it, back to its African roots, with the final kora,” notes Blitz. “The film looks forward, to what could be. Both are about the longing for home we feel in the diaspora, and about letting go of old notions and embracing new ideas. The sound in itself speaks to that.”
Elucid “My Blank Verse” (prod. by Small Pro): On the low, Elucid and Small Pro have a lot of material on the horizon, together and separately. This track just got passed over to me Sunday night for my rockthedub five year anniversary compilation, FiF, which drops on Thursday, March the 31st. It brings the best bits of both MCs – crisp beats and poignant rhymes. I was speaking to Small Pro earlier this evening, and he’s got an album and a mixtape on the way – both should be out before the Fall. Elucid has this track and 2 others (3 if you count a refix Nappy did) on FiF, as well as two EPs (produced by Von Pea and Aeon, respectively), his Save Yourself album and other projects on the way, including the Concrete Sound System noodlings. I’m glad to have been featuring these cats during RTD’s first five, and hope to continue seeing their creativity flow. For now, check out some blank verses.
ELUCID – My Blank Verse