I’m back with another post to give you readers some insight as to what gets burn in my iTunes library. Keep in mind that I was swamped this week by promo CD’s (my mailman hates me now), links to beat tapes (Comcast hates me now) and writing my latest “25 More Producers…” list (you can hate me now) therefore my top 5 might be a tad surprising to most. Enough of this, let’s get to the point:
1. Mabanua-Piece In My Mind”
This track off Japanese musician/beatmaker Mabanua’s 2008 opus “Done Already” was easily the most played song in my iTunes this week. I believe I had it on repeat for a full stretch of 30 minutes once while I was writing some of my producer profiles. His profile ended up being the final one of my 25. If you haven’t heard this album yet FIND IT. You won’t be disappointed.
2. Jackhigh “Airspace”
Jackhigh’s “Interplanetary Thoughts” is another excellent instrumental album that just recently became available. I’m looking forward to the Jackhigh & Teebs collaboraion as well. It’s becoming more and more obvious that I’m a serious beathead, huh? The USB flash drives that litter my coffee table and the Firewire external USB drive I keep in close proximity to my laptop are testament to this fact.
3. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee “East”
This project was highly anticipated and it didn’t disappoint. I do wish that Bei Bei & Shawn Lee’s project were an LP instead of an EP but I’ll take what I can get for now. Most people I know gravitate to the Floating Points remix of the Georgia Anne Muldrow track but my jawn is far and away “East”. I’ve played this song a fair amount during my writing breaks.
4. Melanie Fiona “It Kills Me”
I’m reviewing Melanie Fiona’s new album “The Bridge” that dropped on November 10th tomorrow and this was the offering that spoke to me the most. I enjoyed the album overall but I’ve heard Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq and Candy Payne completely body the throwback sound in recent years so it’s just a good, solid overall effort to me. My full review will come this weekend via “What’s New In Dart’s iPod” as I may sleep for 12 hours when I finally do knock out sometime tonight.
5. Little Dragon “Runabout”
I wasn’t that enthused with Little Dragon changing their sound & aesthetic completely on “Machine Dream”. I usually put two songs on repeat when I do play this album, “Runabout” and “Swimming“. Other than those two jawns I typically don’t rewind anything, opting instead to play the debut album. This track edged out some other instrumentals and a couple of selections from the new Georgia Anne Muldrow & J.J. Brown albums. I just got the new Rakim album and I didn’t hear anything that would potentially make this list sad to say. Dammit!