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PLAY BY PLAY – CHICAGO EDITION

In honour of my first ever visit to the Chi, here is a playlist of some of my favourite music birthed by people from this city.

Chicago sounds have always held a special place in my heart because there is a level of diversity in the stories which escape the confines of this city and enter our worlds which doesn’t seem to exist as notably anywhere else.

Chicago – Keep doing you, we love you.

The rest of you – Enjoy.

D x

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MUSIC TO… GET HAPPY TO

10 Songs for ya Thursday.

All of these make me DANCE! – I hope they do the same for you. ❤

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

RIP DILLA: A PLAYLIST

I know I’m nearly 2 weeks late for Dilla Day, but honestly every day is Dilla day to me. In honour of the man and the legacy, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite Jay Dee produced/assisted tracks.

I think it’s important not only to acknowledge humans who have become iconic, but also to constantly question what it is about them or their body of work that resonates so deeply with us to the point we would openly give them the title of ‘legendary’.

For me with J Dilla, it’s a lot of things – Firstly, the diversity of his sound, his undeniable technical skill, his ear for samples and talent for picking out microscopic portions of a song and cutting/restructuring them into a completely contrasting creation, and his vast knowledge and respect for what seemed like every genre of music.

Furthermore, I love how on the surface his music can seem so uncomplicated and simple, but on closer investigation we begin to understand his genius through the complex and intricate layers which have been mixed and fused seamlessly to make the beat sound modest – They say less is more, but Dilla did more and made it appear as less.

Lastly, and most pertinently, it is his uncanny ability to project emotion through music like no one else. It is almost disarming the way a Dilla track can make you feel within seconds of pressing play. Although it’s hard to articulate this quality, anyone who is a fan will know exactly what I mean, and this is the mystery and magic of Jay Dee.

Enjoy.

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PLAY BY PLAY – PART 5

The Anti-Hiphop Playlist

You know when, as much as you love something, constant exposure makes you absolutely sick of it? I’m having that moment with Hip Hop/Rap right now. So, in the spirit of “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” coupled with the fact that Melbourne weather is on crack and we’ve had a completely bleak and rainy week (S/O Summer!), I put together a mellow and lugubrious playlist of all things smooth, all things chill, all things vintage, and all things un-hiphop.

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Some of my favourite old and new hip hop to start your weekend right!

Special Mentions:

OutKast – Rosa Parks

This is one of the better known OutKast songs, and for good reason. Both Big Boi and Andre absolutely kill their verses with two completely unique flows that dance atop that blues-infused beat perfectly. The hook is fun, melodic, and so catchy that it will live on for generations to come. To top it all off, 3 stack’s verse so eloquently articulates the perils of being an artist and the constant pressure to produce something better than what you’ve given already. “Baby boy you only funky as your last cut.”

Onyx – Slam Harder

John Sebastian’s ‘Welcome Back’ is one of the most recognisable samples in hip hop – Everyone from AZ to Mase to T.I has used it to reintroduce themselves as the hottest around; But no one was as epic as Onyx. To go from a 70’s Folk sample into THAT beat is ridiculous. This song makes me stupid hype with lines like “that’s not a threat, it’s a promise”, “I’m like BIG’s 1st album, I’m ready to die”, and “that’s right muthaf*cker, ONYX FOR LIFE.” My big brother used to play this over and over when I was young and it was one of my favourites ever. The video is absolutely epic with Fredro Starr rapping on top of an ice cream truck in oversized FUBU. (Sidenote: Coincidentally, Vince Carter was my favourite basketball player around this time.)

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From fresh young artists on the come up, to seasoned underground legends who’ve been around decades, July and August saw me basking in some amazing new sounds. If you’ve ever been gracious enough to show me some of your favourite music, I honestly love and appreciate you. I don’t think I can stress enough how much joy it gives me to share the music I think is great with people around me. So on that note, don’t be a dick – If you hear something cool, tell your mates. 🙂

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This is what the month of June sounded like to me. Enjoy.

SPECIAL MENTIONS: 

Allan Kingdom ft Spooky Black– Wavey (Playlist Number 1)

Despite a confusing video in which he wanders through snow capped mountains wearing a durag & turtleneck, Spooky Black’s lingering presence and the quality of his sound help to prove he isn’t actually trolling the world. (Or if he is no one minds because he sounds damn good doing it.) His friend and fellow St Paul, Minnesota dweller, Allan Kingdom creates music with emotion and depth all while remaining playfully fresh. Together the two represent a very relevant new direction hip hop is heading and I’m not mad. The song is waaavy. “I know what I meant to ya. That’s why I’m getting so bent for ya.”

Sylvan Esso – Coffee (Playlist Number 4)

With a voice like syrup, Amelia Meath’s vocals drip so perfectly over the pulsating noises dreamt up by electronic beat maker, Nick Sanborn. Everything about this song skips, hops, and floats. I swear whenever I play it, at least 8 people ask what it is. Blissfully catchy and easily digested by one and all. Continue reading