Review: Los Angeles-based Ras G, a contemporary of Flying Lotus, has long sounded like a refugee from another planet; a kind of electronic devotee of Sun Ra with his head firmly in the cosmos. Despite being called Back on the Planet, this latest full-length excursion is every bit as out-there and intergalactic as previous releases. For the most part, it sounds like it was beamed down from the far reaches of the universe, offering an unusual blend of alien electronics, acid-fried jazz, other-wordly ambience, twisted African rhythms and hip-hop beats from another dimension. It's inventive, unusual and constantly entertaining. Ras G is a genuine one-off, and Back on the Planet proves that conclusively.
Show You The Way (feat Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
Walk On By (feat Kendrick Lamar)
Jameel's Space Ride
Where I'm Going
Drink Dat (feat Wiz Khalifa)
I Am Crazy
The Turn Down (feat Pharell)
Review: Flying Lotus collaborator Thundercat make a big impression with his last album, 2013's superb Apocalypse. Hopes are naturally high, then, for this belated follow-up. Presented as a seamless blend of standalone tracks and intermingling interludes, Drunk is a thrill-a-minute, mix tape style trip through the multi-instrumentalist and beat-maker's various inspirations (think skewed hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, left of centre electronica, and so on), all of which have been fused and mutated to fit his unique musical perspective. His standing within the leftfield hip-hop community has resulted in an impressive roster of guest stars, with Kendrick Lamarr, blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Fly-Lo (of course) and jazz man Kamasi Washington all lending a hand.
Show You The Way (feat Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) (3:35)
Walk On By (feat Kendrick Lamar) (3:22)
Jameel's Space Ride (1:11)
Friend Zone (3:12)
Them Changes (3:05)
Where I'm Going (2:04)
Drink Dat (feat Wiz Khalifa) (3:41)
I Am Crazy (0:26)
The Turn Down (feat Pharell) (2:29)
Review: Flying Lotus collaborator Thundercat returns to Brainfeeder with his first full album since 2013's superb Apocalypse. Presented over four coloured pieces of 10" vinyl, Drunk is a thrill-a-minute, mix-tape style trip through the multi-instrumentalist and beat-maker's various inspirations (think skewed hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk, left-of-centre electronica, and so on), all of which have been fused and mutated to fit his unique musical perspective. His high standing within the leffield hip-hop community has allowed Thundercat to snag some impressive guest stars, too, including Kendrick Lamarr, blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Pharell and jazz man Kamasi Washington. Old pal Fly-Lo also lends a hand.
Where The Giants Roam/Field Of The Nephilim (2:44)
Review: The third album from Brainfeeder soul man Thundercat gets the coloured vinyl treatment. His haziest, softest and most consistent set so far, his falsetto dulcets wrap around a whirlwind of styles that are tailor made for vinyl. Sloping and sliding into each other all the way, from the slippery wah-wah guitar disco of "Them Changes" to the Plantlife-style funk of "Lone Wolf & Club" to the trippy ambience of "That Moment", we're gradually moved slowly, softly and sweetly throughout.
Show You The Way (feat Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins - Chopnotslop remix)
Where I'm Going (Chopnotslop remix)
Tokyo (Chopnotslop remix)
Uh Uh (Chopnotslop remix)
Inferno (Chopnotslop remix)
Them Changes (Chopnotslop remix)
I Am Crazy (Chopnotslop remix)
3AM (Chopnotslop remix)
Jethro (Chopnotslop remix)
The Turn Down (feat Pharrell - Chopnotslop remix)
Walk On By (feat Kendrick Lamar - Chopnotslop remix)
Day & Night (Chopnotslop remix)
A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite II) (Chopnotslop remix)
Jameel's Space Ride (Chopnotslop remix)
Captain Stupido (Chopnotslop remix)
Friend Zone (Chopnotslop remix)
Bus In These Streets (Chopnotslop remix)
DUI (Chopnotslop remix)
Blackkk (Chopnotslop remix)
Drunk (Chopnotslop remix)
Review: Under the Chopstars alias, DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C have become famous for delivering pitched-down, chopped-and-screwed versions of albums by Drake and Little Dragon, amongst others. Now the Houston duo has given Thundercat's brilliant 2017 set Drunk the same treatment, and it may well be their finest work to date. Their method was simple: radically slow down each of the album tracks, add their own production touches and re-cast the notoriously eclectic album as a blazed, loved-up journey through smooth soul and '70s style "quiet storm" R&B. It's a relatively radical departure - in the case of some tracks, at the very least - but works magnificently well. Remarkably, it's almost as good as Thundercat's original - and that's saying something.
Review: Already out in the ether since the summer, Kamasi's sprawling three-part jazz opus finally sees the light of vinyl day. Presented on heavyweight vinyl with his striking signature artwork, its delivery befits the album's rave reviews on its original arrival. Highlights, in case you haven't heard it yet, are the awe-inspiring switch from fusion to swing on "The Next Step" the album's overall sparing inclusion of vocal that make "The Rhythm Changes" really stand out and sparkle and the attention to detail on the narrative structure on reprise notes such as "Re Run Home". A must-have for any jazz/Brainfeeder fan.
Review: On the cover of his first album for a decade, saxophonist Kamasi Washington stares intently out, the universe stretching out to infinity behind him. You see, Washington is something of a Sun Ra acolyte, and there's something of the great man's spiritual, psychedelic and far-sighted feel about The Epic. Rooted in a loose, soulful and occasionally riotous blend of spiritual jazz, it more than lives up to its' name, stretching across three themed CDs. While Washington's tenor sax offers a focal point throughout, it's merely part of a greater ensemble effort - Sun Ra Arkestra style - that helps The Epic fly by in a flurry of loose-limbed drums, rubbery double bass, hammered-out pianos and intoxicating vocals.