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WEEK STARTING 24 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Born Again by Danger Mouse & Jemini.

Danger Mouse & Jemini

Born Again

    Remarkably This Soul And Funk Infused Hip-hop Tour De Force Arrives Two Decades After Its Creation And The Duo's Debut LP, 'Ghetto Pop Life' Which Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This Year.

    Enthused By The Response To 'Ghetto Pop Life', Soon After Danger Mouse And Jemini Began To Tour And To Write And Record 'Born Again'. Finally, Having Been Recorded Two Decades Ago And Indefinitely Shelved Until Now, 'Born Again' Will Finally Be Released To Coincide With The Twentieth Anniversary Of 'Ghetto Pop Life'.

    The Previously Unheard Record Retains Many Of The Elements Of Danger Mouse And Jemini's Debut; The Fun-loving, Shit-talking Innocence, But Also Adopts A Noticeably More Introspective And Confessional Tone. This Time, In Addition To Light-hearted Topics Such As Being An Incredible Artist ('Knuckle Sandwich II', 'Brooklyn Basquiat'), Living Large And Being A Magnet For Attention ('Me'), Jemini Also Delivers Highly personal And Occasionally Devastating Lyrics About Missed Opportunities And Redemption ('All I', 'Born Again'), His Time In Prison ('Locked Up') And Complicated Relationship With His Father ('Dear Poppa').

    His Effortless Free Flowing Cadence And Indelible Sing-song Delivery Elevate Each Track With A Melodic Infectiousness Whilst Danger Mouse Exhibits An Affinity For Resonant Instrumentals Built From Sampled Organ, Vibraphone, Or Guitar Loops And Infused With His Trademark Minor Key Magic. The Result Is A Classic, Timeless Hip Hop Record.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Modern musical polymath Danger Mouse revisits this lost project written and recorded some 20 years ago but never ever released! Isn't it both beguiling but frustrating when you hear of these artists that just have endless, top quality content just lying around waiting to be discovered. "Born Again" is a brilliantly soulful and funky hip-hop joint, retaining the producer's deliciously old school style and reminiscent in many ways of last year's "Cheat Codes" (with Black Thought").

    TRACK LISTING

    1. All I
    2. Locked Up
    3. Me
    4. Knuckle Sandwich II
    5. Born Again
    6. Brooklyn Bazquiat
    7. Walk The Walk
    8. Where You From
    9. Dear Poppa
    10. World Music

    Loyle Carner

    Hugo: Remagined - Live From The Royal Albert Hall

      Loyle Carner has Mercury and Brits nominations, NME Awards, global brand campaigns, and 2 top #3 albums! After performing at a SOLD-OUT Royal Albert Hall on his 29th birthday, the multi-talented artist is looking to make history once again with this release.

      TRACK LISTING

      Hate
      Plastic
      Georgetown (feat. John Agard)
      Polyfilla
      Desoleil (Brilliant Corners) (feat. Sampha)
      Homerton (feat. JNR Williams)
      Blood On My Nikes (feat. Wesley Joseph & Athian Akec)
      Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)
      Still
      Loose Ends (feat. Jordan Rakei)
      A Lasting Place
      Speed Of Plight
      The Cycle
      HGU
      Ottolenghi (feat. Jordan Rakei)

      Danger Mouse & Jemini

      Ghetto Pop Life - 2024 Reissue

        Originally released on Lex Records in 2003 it has been out of print for a number of years and is now being reissued to coincide with the release of Born Again. Featuring guest appearances from tha Liks , J- Zone , Prince Po , and the Pharcyde.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Born-A-MC
        2. Ghetto Pop Life (Intro)
        3. Ghetto Pop Life
        4. Omega Supreme (Who?!)
        5. What U Sittin On?
        6. The Only One
        7. Take Care Of Business
        8. That Brookyln Shit
        9. Yoo-Hoo!
        10. Copy Cats
        11. Don't Do Drugs
        12. Medieval
        13. Bush Boys
        14. Here We Go Again
        15. I'ma Doomee
        16. Knuckle Sandwhich

        Hometown Heroes (Brad Baloo X DJ Yoda X Edo G)

        Hometown Heroes

          Aiming to rescue the airwaves from run-of-the-mill rap and humdrum Hip-Hop, the Hometown Heroes crew swoops into view, bringing together audiovisual evangelist DJ Yoda, soundsystem shocker Brad Baloo of The Nextmen, and legendary rhyme supplier Edo G out of Boston for a funky fix of unashamed dad-hop.

          The holy trinity have dozens of classics under their belts covering Rap’s golden era to the present and ‘Hometown Heroes’ is another gem providing the sort of rewindable Hip-Hop that’s hella breezy, but still packing plenty of bluster beneath the surface.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A

          1. Advice
          2. The Process
          3. What You Wanna Do
          4. Do You Right
          5. Stand Still
          6. Talk About It

          Side B

          1. Advice Instrumental
          2. The Process Instrumental
          3. What You Wanna Do Instrumental
          4. Do You Right Instrumental
          5. Stand Still Instrumental
          6. Talk About It Instrumental

          Machinedrum

          3FOR82

            Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum reasserts his GOAT status with another brilliantly innovative album effortlessly traversing tempos and musical styles as only he can. “3FOR82” comprises 12 high-intensity, ruminative tracks that thread the needle between his past, present and future selves. His first studio album since 2020’s “A View of U”, “3FOR82” features an incredible cast of collaborators including Tinashe, Duckwrth, Mick Jenkins, Jesse Boykins III, KUČKA, AKTHESAVIOR, Tanerélle, deem spencer, Deniro Farrar and Topaz Jones.

            Between drum & bass, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, dazzling beat switches and a singular ear for sonics, Machinedrum adopts a rich, prismatic approach to collaboration, building on the uptempo vocal manipulations that won him acclaim in electronic communities, notably on 2011’s breakout LP Room(s) and 2013 opus Vapor City.

            Recommended if you like… Flume, Mura Masa, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Nia Archives


            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            A1. ORACLE (feat. Aja Monet)
            A2. RESPEK (feat. Topaz Jones & Ezri)
            A3. WEARY (feat. Mick Jenkins & Jesse Boykins III)
            A4. H0N3Y
            A5. HEAL (feat. AKTHESAVIOR & Deniro Farrar)
            A6. ILIKEU (feat. Duckwrth)
            Side B
            B1. U_WANT (feat. KUČKA)
            B2. BLESSD (feat. Deem Spencer)
            B3. RISE (feat. ROZET)
            B4. ZOOM (feat. Tinashe)
            B5. KILL_U (feat. Tanerélle)
            B6. GODOWN (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

            Tillla is 19 year old prodigal piano player Mateo Davis, a graduate of Purcell (Tirzah, Mica Levi, Jacob Collier) & a polymath musician, producer & mixer.

            Third Person is Tillla's debut EP, a 13 track sprawling opus the then-18-yr-old made alone in his bedroom on a modular synth and dodgy copy of Ableton. The musicianship, depth and technical creativity in this record really is something that should be noted.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Blue Shuttle
            A2. Adolescence
            A3. Bath Knows Love
            A4. Castle Cary
            B1. Alice In Wonderland
            B2. Frankenstein
            B3. Jooby’s Interlude
            B4. Litherland
            C1. I Owe It All To You
            C2. Dear Evan,
            C3. Luna
            D1. Booloo
            D2. Enigma


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