liner notes from the future
It has been a good summer for albums, and we’re only halfway through it. To wit:
Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is a gorgeous, gorgeous album of utterly tragic hip-hop. The production, (with one or two annoying exceptions) is lush, acoustic magic, and the vocals are profoundly, profoundly depressing. As an indicator of what I mean by depressing, the two upbeat tunes are about cocaine and speed, repsectively. With that said, it remains a gorgeous album.
Cyne – Evolution Fight is less overwhemlingly sad, but also less varied in terms of backing tunes: Piano over samples breaks is pretty much the order of the day. This is by no means a bad thing, especialy where songs like ‘Arrow Of God’ are concerned…but a track or two that didn’t all have the same sounds would be nice.
Steinski – What Does It All Mean, of course, all sounds like Steinski. This is a mind-melting album: A first disc of the man’s legendary bootleg / mashup / mixes, including ‘Lesson 2’, ‘Lesson 3’, and ‘The Payoff Mix’ and then a second disc with his (mind-boggling) Solid Steel mix from 2002. Sample culture owes this man a huge debt of gratitude, and this music is why.
Baby Loves Hip-Hop Presents – The Dino 5. What happens when Prince Paul collects a bunch of hip-hop’s finest? They make a kid’s album. About dinosaurs. With tracks like ‘I May Be Big and Scary But I’m Really Pretty Nice’. Obviously. This is pure class – thanks to Terence for the tip.
Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians. My feelings on Mr. Reich are pretty well known. That is to say, I love this album.
Jesse Somfay – A Catch In The Voice. The next album by one of Canada’s finest techno people sounds like being lost in a forest with light tumbling through the trees. A deer may nuzzle your hand, and then leap away. Beautiful stuff.
Limbo – First Person is my pal Liam from deepest Saskatchewan. His first album is all psy-edged techno, detuned pads, gorgeous leads, and sly, snappy drums. Highlights are ‘I Like Turtles’ and ‘Flying Kites’, which sounds like every Minilogue track ever mixed into a single 10-minute joyride.