warm night
by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Abigail Lapell - "Self-Sympathy". Girl and guitar, sure, but really it's a bare and windy street, clumps of cloud falling from the sky, landing on the dry pavement. The wind blows the little packets of fog around; they collect by storm-drains, in the grafitti-smeared entrances to tenements. A raw ache that's been wined and dined, enlisted for use by a sweet voice. Lapell's guitar-work isn't anything special, but there's beauty indeed in the smoke that flows from her lungs, the way her words disperse storms, set the sky to gently falling. Like a sort of Sandy Denny, Natalie Merchant or Beth Orton, but Abigail lacks the twinkly eyes; instead, round dark things. She's from Montreal and this is from her EP. She has a new album I haven't heard. [buy direct from her]

Nas vs The Knife - "You Take My Nas Away (Barbaro edit)". Via Martin comes a superb mash-up from Barbaro, a Stockholm dj. Nas makes belligerent rhymes over the The Knife's high heaving electro-pop. (The Knife is a Swedish group and Fluxblog golden-boy.) Everything fits together like a chalk jigsaw-puzzle, glittery blackcopper left on your fingers. A steel drum leaves a wistful mark, girls sing like a disconnected Greek chorus. Nas hates the game, hates the game, hates the game... But we play on.


Over at Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again, Keith's posted an outstanding song called "The Ratatat remix of Dizzee Rascal's 'Fix Up Look Sharp'". I refer to it as such because it's in that elite class of remixes; it recreates the song as something altogether new, a full-fleshed beginning-middle-and-end. Gone are the barren ghetto whoops, replaced with a wheeze of synths and the flickerflash beats of a predicted nostalgia. Instead of standing solidly over the production, Dizzee's drowning a bit in it, a victim of circumstance, swallowed up like one little kid in an enormous brushed metal city.

#644 is a brilliant new musicblog with mp3 updates, written by my friend (and StG commenteer), Andrew. He's my go-to man for smart hip-hop, downtempo electronica, and Edinburgh pop. Better still, he's funny. (Yes!) And he's off to a great start with thinky criticism-and-accolade posts on Aidan Moffatt (he doesn't like), Grandmaster Flash and Roots Manuva (he does), and Blue States (he wishes they had been hit by a bus, after Nothing Changes and before The Soundings). Do visit..

Posted by Sean at July 6, 2004 1:59 AM

As your go-to man for this kind of thing, I feel I should inform you that Nas is in no way smart. :-)

Posted by Andrew at July 6, 2004 8:17 PM

well with that comment I feel you should look to a new person for your hip hop. What exactly is "smart" hip hop?

Posted by esco at July 7, 2004 12:43 AM

The above was just a playful way of saying I didn't like it, for no particular reason other than my own personal idiosyncracies. Listening to it again, I suppose it's more that jaundiced melody that I dislike; but, gosh!, I am I tired of hearing about 'da streetz'.

I'm not entirely sure what Sean means by 'smart' hip-hop; to me, it suggests more varied sounds, beats that are occasionally toned down, and/or lyrics that are more thoughtful, wide-ranging, and, well, lyrical. Think Quannum, Ugly Duckling, KRS-One, the Pharcyde, The Beastie Boys, De La Soul, etc., etc.

Posted by Andrew at July 7, 2004 7:38 AM


I followed the link to #644, went on 'Pop Life' and ended @ www.thefourelements.net, where the webmaster, DJ4Joy, publishes his work.
Those are powerful mixes that sound like the soundtrack of the 70's. Africa Bombata, Kraftwerk, James Brown and so on. It's funky & pretty enjoyable.
(direct link : http://4elms.straightup.no/content/view/12/72/)


Posted by Ronan at July 9, 2004 7:58 AM

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