Monday, September 24, 2012

Bring That Beat Back, Volume 7

My Old Place Of Employment.

It's been a few months since I posted up one of these "monthly" mixes.  Sorry, I been running.  Here is Volume 7 of beetbak's soiree into current Pac Northwest hip hop.  I usually try to create a sense of continuity between tracks, but not this time.  This is mostly mid-tempo, melancholy, Fall-ish tracks, in anticipation of the half-year rainy gray misery we call winter out here.  There are also some uptempo tracks, some dope posse cuts, and some other tracks that don't quite fit the dominant vibe I was going for.  Continuity be damned, just sit back and listen.  Hunker down around your coffee cup, turn your collar up, and check out Black Stax, Dawhud, Nathan Wolf, Inkubiz, Kingdom Crumbs, and all the rest.  There are some rarities here, too!  

Track List:
1.Black Stax and Castro: Never Take Drugs
2. Narcotik: Narconomix09
3. Central Intelligence: Call It As I See It
4. Knox Family (Jerm Dee, Julie C. and DJ B-Girl): Make Music
5. The Building Project: Kings
6. Dawhud: One Two Yo!
7. Inkubiz: The One's (Paid My Dues)
8. Kasi Jack Gaffle: Willy And Jim
9. Nathan Wolf: Keep Off Beach feat. Graves, Sarx
10. Massiah: Forever Seattle feat. Tautua, Khingz, Nam, C4, Mic Flont, Krook
11. Kingdom Crumbs: The Mezzanine
12. Hollis Wong-Wear, Gabriel Teodros, Slay, Chev, OneTwo - As Often As Raindrops
13. BadAssYellowBoys: Two Sided Game
14. Tru-ID: 2 Cents feat. Ricky Pharoe
15. Mic Makers: Run It Down feat. Verse Omega
16. Kids With Guns (Suntonio Bandanaz and Jerm Dee): It's AP
17. Tay Sean, Mikey Nice and Jarv Dee: We Don't Sound Like Yall
18. Suntonio Bandanaz: Microphone Masters feat. ChanceOne, Dee1, Alter, Deps, Rajnii, Jerm
19. Hi-Life Soundsystem: Death Of The Block Party Remix feat. Katie Kate

Friday, September 14, 2012

Love Fights Back

Keepers of the Keys

This is a classic.  The first I had encountered of the Songodsuns was on the wonderfully nostalgic Connect The Dots compilation, featuring the dreamy, OD-produced 2Mex track "Galileo".  From that I assumed the Songods was a collab effort between OD and 2Mex, and so it was with some confusion that the next time I saw the name was on this 12" from a year or so later.  Here we have 2Mex, but instead of Omid we have the likeminded Nobody, and Dj Esp has crawled up out of the woodwork as well.  Since OD was my favorite producer at the time, I was initially a little disappointed to see he wasn't on the credits.  Still, being the dedicated fan of all things Blowed that I was, I shelled out the food money and bought this anyway - besides, 2Mex is dope, Nobody's dope, Esp is dope, so what could go wrong?
Nothing at all, except that I was low on frozen burritos that week.
The three songs here are perfect; in my opinion, among the very best that any of the players have ever created.  Nobody's murky, somnambulistic beats and psychedelic sonic textures are perfect for Esp's abstract scratching style, and 2Mex is a dirty hippy, so he fits too.  In fact, in all of the collaborations between him and Nobody I've always been aware of a kinship they share that ads strength to each others' art.  That is strong here.  "Love Fights Back" is presented in a new form from the OG version on the Unreleased Hits cdr from Afterlife, "Keeper of the Keys" utilizes (I think) a brillian HP Lovecraft sample, and Audible Angels is presented as a much different remix from the Visionaries version.  Instrumentals are also included.
So silly me, I thought this incarnation of the Songods was the definitive one, and I was again surprised to find their full-length featuring all kinds of collabs between 2Mex and others, not just Nobody and ESP.  I can't be sure, but I'm thinking the Songodsuns is a state of mind, and 2Mex surrounds himself with whomever fits into that particular state.  Check this out, before summer is gone.  To me it's a cornerstone in 2Mex's music, and to the golden age of LA underground.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Graves 33 Video, "Waiting For Never"


RIP Admiral Benbow Inn

Check out the brand-spanking new video from Graves 33.  Seriously real here.  Great hip hop in that filthy style.  Also, it's nice to see my old neighborhood get some videographical love.  Junction and Admiral reprezent!