Soundsystem Soul

I quietly observe standing in my space... daydreaming. I've been rolling through the Heights on a wave of rugged roots 'n future in the afterglow of the Mezzanine XXI show, not only Mezzanine itself but surrounding Massive Attack records and the productions of the greater Bristol scene, shearing into a sound often termed soundsystem soul. … Continue reading Soundsystem Soul

Mezzanine XXI

Massive Attack: 3D, Daddy G and Mushroom Vowles Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch Massive Attack on their Mezzanine XXI tour with my man Snakes, bringing it all back home with those trip hop vibes from the days of wayback. This tour marks the 21st anniversary of the group's monumental third album Mezzanine, … Continue reading Mezzanine XXI

Garden Grooves 005

This episode of Garden Grooves actually dates back a little bit, to the great dawn-of-summer tilling of the fields, when we were getting the Parallax Gardens back in good standing in that space between the rushes. Rather than one or two marathon sessions, this was more often than not spread out into one or two … Continue reading Garden Grooves 005

British Invasion 25

Ah yes, the United Kingdom. The British Invasion 25 originated from a themed event put together by Sari and Kayli, where we indulged in a smorgasbord of British cuisine and shared lists of our favorite records from the ongoing British Invasion. Rather than limiting the list to the timespan of the first British Invasion (put … Continue reading British Invasion 25

Bomb The Bass – Clear

Bomb The Bass Clear 4th & Broadway 1995 I think it's time to discuss the philosophy of hip hop blues as it relates to Terminal Vibration. Prime trip hop, in other words. Aside from Tricky's debut, I can think of no record that embodies this outlook more than Bomb The Bass' third album, Clear. Squaring … Continue reading Bomb The Bass – Clear

Terminal Vibration: On A Ragga Trip

Baaaaaaabylooooon faaaaaaaalllllllll! Like the Island Disco bonus round, here's another brace of records that fell through the cracks in the Terminal Vibration schema. In truth, they probably wouldn't have if Chapter One hadn't been a placeholder. This might have found a spot between the Imperial Slates chapter — which this bonus round runs perpendicular to — and the Edge … Continue reading Terminal Vibration: On A Ragga Trip

Garden Grooves 004

In the final crisp days of winter, we descended upon the weeds that had begun to take over the Gardens, encroaching on anything and everything the way only winter weeds can do. Veering from trip hop into soul/techno/jazz and then finally rock 'n roll, the soundtrack set the pace for the long project of bringing … Continue reading Garden Grooves 004

Timbaland

The godfather of machine soul In the lingering afterglow of the New Year's Eve 25 From 97 list, I've spent a couple weeks immersed in the fun house, hall-of-mirrors world of Timbaland (a place I'm always down to dwell). After all, '97 was the year during which the producer reigned supreme from behind the controls, … Continue reading Timbaland

Students Of The Future

The Bay.. The Bowl... The Universe This time of year — when late autumn begins giving way to the dawning chill of winter — often takes me back to the year 2001, when I spent my days going to community college out in Grossmont and shelving books at the Clairemont Library to make a little money. Then, I'd spend … Continue reading Students Of The Future