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y’all scared

i’m a huge fan of outkast‘s aquemini. have i mentioned that here before? i know i certainly wrote a big post about how great atliens is, but it’s always between those two as to which is my favourite outkast album. the internet was all a flurry a few months ago when atlanta’s creative loafing posted an interview with the key players involved about the making of this album, which holds a lofty position in most fan’s hearts. in another retrospective and respectful nod towards the importance of this work, the rub’s dj ayres has put together a mix called pimp trick gangsta click, and if you don’t get the title, well, you’re probably the type who skips those skits you always find on 90s rap albums.
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back in the zone again

after a few days in manchester i came home and went straight out to sidetracked in the chocolate bar. guests included jevan neilan, frankie grimes and sean redahan, with myself taking things home. i’ve played sidetracked loads now, but never as late as this. it was mainly a fun set with a bit of cheese thrown in for good measure. something good can work went down like a treat, and people leaving other rooms seemed to enjoy a bit of outkast. while i was away i picked up a load of good music and happened upon some brilliant ads, headlines and general observations. more on those later.

Zero 7 – Destiny (Photek Remix)
Kraftwerk – Numbers (Jake Simon Acid Edit)
FC Kahuna – Glitterball
Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning (Cut Copy Remix)
Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
DJ Gant-Man – I Juke That Girl From The Back
Teddy Pendergrass – You Can’t Hide From Yourself
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Baby Can’t Stop
Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metric Remix)
Friendly Fires vs Aeroplane vs Flight Facilities – I Crave Paris
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone Extended Remix)
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Holy Ghost! – Hold On
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)
Daft Punk – Digital Love
OutKast – Ms Jackson

lusty beats

awwwwww yeah. more solid bump. damn. their run of absolutely ace releases continues with meroz’s lust/trump/grit ep. all three tracks are exciting disco house jams, conjuring the ghost of thomas bangalter as the SB boys put it. they’ve got that repetitive-but-not-irritating thing down, replaying simple samples and layering them with nice licks and varying percussion, synths and
themes. we’ve even got some explosions to enjoy on lust and grit. what’s really cool is that in trump there’s this distorted raekwon sample, where he’s talking about “spine-tingling, bust-yo-shit-open beats” – exactly what we have here – that comes from the into to skew it on the bar-b on aquemini, or should i say the outro to rosa parks, which i played last night. how and ever… then we have the dark and pumping gingy & bordello remix of lust, moody and housey, and with these mad stabs which recall that monstrous chems remix of fatboy slim. you can hear a clip below, as well as grabbing a 192 dl of trump.

really doe, you need to pick up the release at beatport, iTunes and turntable lab. pleasure and pressure 2 is ridin’ dirty at number FIVE in the all-time charts on ttl, let’s get this up there too people. solid bump, running tings in oh-10…

Meroz – Trump (192 Free Download) by Solid Bump Records

Meroz – Lust (Gingy & Bordello Remix) *CLIP* by Solid Bump Records

superman high

i be on it all night, man I be on it all day

thursday album revisit

outkastatliens

i had intended giving dj shadow‘s 2006 effort the outsider a re-evaluation, but i flicked through it and couldn’t bear to listen to it all, it just doesn’t work. so instead i’ve found myself playing outkast‘s second album, 1996’s atliens. i discovered this album in 2003 – the earlier outkast albums were on sale in hmv ahead of the release of speakerboxxx/the love below, and i was flush from my first stint as an office lackey. this really impressed me from the first listen, little things like “but in the middle we stay calm we just drop [explosion]” and that weird intro with bizarre french mumblings.

i had actually heard the title track on a tape given to me by a teen from decatur of all places, who stayed in my house when we acted as a host family for a visiting high school band back in 1997. i didn’t really remember anything bar the chorus, but at the time i mistook the line “if you like fish and grits” for “if your life is a bitch”… at last i was enlightened. the album is a bizarre combination of space-age beats and traditional rhymes, as the duo flip between the materialistic trappings of new-found stardom and confusion and disillusionment with a world that seems alien to them, as they are of course the atliens of the album’s title. these two guys are just different from everyone else, rappers and laypeople alike. i think big boi’s verse on mainstream sums it up really:

Everybody’s a player, rubbing them Kangols on their head
Thinking its all about your clothes, n*gger it’s all about yourself,
The way you feel about your life, the times that you done shared with your friends and family

i should say something about elevators (me & you), which has always been the standout track for me. andré’s verse is pretty significant – it exclaims that while these guys are very much different, their life is much like everyone else’s:

Got stopped at the mall the other day,
heard a call from the other way
That I just came from, some n*gga was sayin somethin
Talkin’ bout “Hey man, you remember me from school?”
Naw not really but he kept smilin’ like a clown,
facial expression lookin’ silly
And he kept askin’ me, what kind of car you drive, I know you paid
I know y’all got beaucoup of hoes
from all them songs that y’all done made And I replied
that I had been goin’ through tha same thing that he had
True I got more fans than the average man
but not enough loot to last me
to the end of the week,
I live by the beat like you live check to check [sic]
If you don’t move yo’ foot then I don’t eat,
so we like neck to neck
Yes we done come a long way like them Slim ass cigarettes
from Virginia, this ain’t gon stop so we just gonna continue

while elevators is the standout, i must also mention millennium, which really moves me just because of the mournful little guitar lick and andré’s “uh-uh” bassline. and of course, his own words on the passage of time add to the elegiac nature of the song:

Me and everything around me, is unstable like Chernobyl
Ready to go at any moment, jumpin’ like a pogo stick
Life never lived up to my expectations, so I accept the patience
Expect the worse but now I’m pacin’, back and forth
Inside I’m melting like water on wicked witches
A monster truck done came and ran over my picket fences
I had the best of life in my clinches
but monkey wrenches was thrown
Like chairs kings sit on, my prayers seem too long
I fall asleep before the endin’, don’t even get to say Amen
I hope He understand I be on bended knees
At times, I think I’m crazy, then I say forget it
Or maybe it’s the devil infiltrating and like Riddick Bowe
I’ve been fighting this since them foetus days
I count from one to twenty, when I’m through, repeat the phrase
It’s just a phase, it’s gon’ all pass, but that gets old too
I’m weakening like a deacon doin’ dirt, What am I supposed to do?

and of course – the artwork! a bizarre cartoon featuring an l.a. reid android, outkast with superpowers and characters dressed like tusken raiders. it really has to be seen to be believed. in centuries to come, when people look at late 20th/early 21st century rap and hip-hop, and then they see outkast, even in the mid-90s, photographed sitting in wicker baskets holding their “chillun,” and listed as having powers like “see through bull shit” and “able to summon holographic black lion,” they’ll see that this duo really was from another planet.

OutKast – Mainstream
OutKast – Elevators (Me & You)
OutKast – Millennium

massive choons, innit

1 Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi
2 Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why
3 Ed Hustle – Best Western
4 Boy 8-Bit – Baltic Pine (Original Mix)
5 Consequence – Whatever U Want (ft Kanye West & John Legend)
6 Atlas Sound – Walkabout (ft Noah Lennox)
7 Vitalic – Disco Song (Docipede Remix)
8 Beastie Boys – Too Many MCs (ft Nas)
9 Out Hud – Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
10 OutKast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious (Carl Mo Remix)