MAGIC MIX

hip hop . r'n'b . trap

WEEK STARTING 17 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition) by WHY?.
10th Anniversary Reissue, back in print for the first time in years. "I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, "Alopecia" not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists.

It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history. If the genre-agnosticism of WHY? is no longer novel, it’s still stunningly unique. Yoni Wolf has carved out a curious niche for himself. In the two decades he's spent releasing off-kilter hip-hop under the WHY? moniker--first as a solo act, and more recently as the frontman of a six-piece band--he's evolved in some sort of isolation, refining his sound while indie rock and hip-hop forked off around him. He's adored for it, too.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: Cloud coloured vinyl + 7" inc. Boards Of Canada / DNTEL remixes.

Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Big Dee

Presents Mental Illness

    Big Dee hails from Manchester and hits out hard at social issues including prison, drugs and mental illness. Orchestral stabs, heavy beats and Dee's smooth flow make this a top local hip-hop pick. 

    You'd think that following "Melodies Of Love" would be an impossible task. Not so, if you happen to be genius Brit-Funk pioneers John Rocca and Andy Stennett. On their more understated - yet, pound for pound, stronger - second record, Pink Rhythm stretched out to create a 4 track EP of richly melodic, exquisite beauty. In the process, they trumped their most well-known release.

    Cruising on a funk-fuelled journey from the swaggering title track, via the blue-eyed soul of "Trust Me", to the stabbing staccato synth heat of "More And More" and back again ("India" dub) this EP has ESSENTIAL seared onto its substantial grooves.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Dreamy, galactic, synth-ridden and surprisingly soulful killer funk 4-tracker for those who dig deeper. Perfect soundtrack for my Saturday night ride back from clubbing hard on my Delorean.


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