Talkin’ All That Jazz (Dim’s Radio Edit) – Stetsasonic

Today I have short story for you.

The year is 2013. I’m at Secret Garden Party. It’s about 4am. The night is beginning to wind down. But as we wander past a nondescript stretch tent, some music drifts over to us. Intrigued, we wander in. The DJ is playing a massive hip-hop set. The tent is packed. The crowd is locked in. The energy is huge. One track in particular brings it to a peak. Shazam? Useless. And so begins the search for “The Flute Based Hip-hop Banger”.

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Alas, I faced dead end after dead end in the hunt. Until last week when I came across this:

Full disclaimer, I’m not actually sure this is the one, but I’m going to act like it is because it’s been 7 years now.

Modal Soul – Nujabes

*GUEST POST*

Nujabes is my go to escapism music. His floating, uplifting beats interspersed with punchy guest lyrics take you away. He’s attributed with having had a big influence on the Tokyo hip-hop scene – he ran a couple of record shops and was a prolific producer and performer before his untimely death in 2010 – and his material sounds as good now as it did a decade ago. Modal Soul showcases the range of his production and collaboration, and is truly timeless stuff. Tanoshii.

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Message from Harry: like what you hear? You can find Nujabes and tonnes more of my favourite rap on this playlist called, Favourite Rap.

Wax Tailor

Every Sunday I bring you something a little more downtempo to ease you back into the world.

Two albums today from French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût). He has a signature downtempo sound, with heavy use of looped samples from Hitchcockian classic films, but he also produces a couple of throwback hip-hop gems. These albums will take you on a buzzy, hypnotic, confusing journey through time and space. Yep.

Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco

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Not Lupe’s most famous, but my favourite. Kick, Push is a lovable little rap track about finding love on a skateboard. “Just a rebel looking for a place to be.” Aren’t we all Lupe. Aren’t we all.

The album is Food & Liquor, check it out if you like what you hear.

2000 – Grand Puba

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Some more old-skool rap coming at ya. 2000 is Grand Puba’s 2nd album, confusingly released in 1995. Smooth vibes. My picks from the album are Back Stabbers and I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are). If you recognise the latter, it’s probably because you played Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.

Shout out to Guy Perkins for the heads-up.

Graduation – Kanye West

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So much crap has been written by and about Kanye that it can be a little hard to remember why anyone should care. This album and the two before it are the answer. The man is a talent. This is a throwback to a classic 2007 album. Champion. The Glory. Flashing Lights. Homecoming. If these tracks don’t deposit you firmly in your happy late noughties happy place then there’s something wrong with you.

P.S. I know he’s really a goatee man, but Christ have you ever tried to find 30 artists with moustaches. Genuinely difficult. Can’t wait for December – got some great new music for y’all

Don’t Sweat the Technique – Eric B. & Rakim

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Some old school rap you say? Sure. 80s New York rap royalty, the DJ/MC pairing know how to tear it up. A cool double bass riff, some funky looped brass and Rakim’s bars is what this track is all about.

They managed 4 albums over 5 years before they broke up to pursue solo careers. But what a 5 years that must have been.

Drawn (Feat. Little Dragon) – De La Soul

Hands down one of my favourite tracks from the past few years. Drawn is a beautiful collab between Little Dragon and hip-hop royalty De La Soul. It’s delicate, it’s strong, it’s brilliant. My only criticism is that it doesn’t go on for long enough.

Little Dragon is playing alongside Harvey Sutherland at Printworks this Friday. Cannot. Wait.

P.S. the image is taken from the video. It’s a good one. Watch it here