Saturday, October 31, 2009

New Yorke

The Twilight New Moon soundtrack is interesting.
The drum kick on Thom Yorke's "Hearing Damage" smashes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Billy Vera & The Beaters

I've seen and heard many incarnations of this song. Michael Buble actually does a cover of it on his new album. I don't think Buble's version does the original much justice because his vocals just doesn't fit with how this song should be sung. It just doesn't have that soulful bottom to it.

As far as love songs go, "At This Moment" is one of my all time favorites. The live performance is really what I enjoy hearing the most because Billy Vera's vocals express the sentiment of the song so perfectly. Again, I've seen him perform this song many times and he always delivers.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Diamond District

Oddissee talks production.

By the way, Diamond District's In Da Ruff is extra-spectacular...

And the bonus cut they dish out for the official retail release is beautiful. I'm saying, Oddissee is one of my favorite beatsmiths doing it right now.


Speaking of tracks:

Clipses' "Popular Demand (Popeyes)" is bananananas! Pharrell is no chump when it comes to programming those drums. Throw Cam on the track aaaannnddd...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In The Music

In The Music
is not available in the U.S. yet although the U.K. has had it since mid-September. I haven't had a chance to sit down with it yet but the title track isn't bad.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ghostface is for the ladies!

I really thought this album was going to be terrible. It's not that I mind Ghostface doing R&B tracks coupled with contemporary R&B artists, but the thought of an entire album of them made me want to throw up. And hearing a couple of leaks from the album didn't necessarily help. But the two songs I heard prior to listening to the whole album didn't tell the whole story because I'm liking what the Wizard of Poetry has to offer. I mean, Ghost did say that he was going to do an all R&B album dedicated to the ladies and he definitely followed through. And it doesn't entirely suck either. As a matter of fact, it's vintage Ghostface material here and it's on display in typical Ironman vernacular fashion, if that makes any sense.

Lyrics-wise, Ghost is always going to deliver and that's not what I was really worried about when I first heard he was going through with this. I was more worried about the tracks, the beats, the producers. Most of the producers on this are unfamiliar to me save maybe Sean C & LV (who Ghost has worked with before and who produced some tracks for Jay-Z's American Gangster). Otherwise, never heard of Skymark ("Stay"), Clyde & Harry ("Forever"), Anthony Acid ("She's A Killah"). But the tracks work and, as far as R&B production go, are solid.

Here are couple that really work:

"Let's Stop Playin" feat. John Legend
"Paragraphs of Love" feat. Vaughn Anthony & Estelle