Chick Corea

Chick Corea: The Sound of Crystal Silence The news came through last month that jazz legend Chick Corea had passed away. Fronting his group Return To Forever, he did as much as anyone to codify the sound that would come to be called “fusion”, and alongside Herbie Hancock was one of the key jazz pianists … Continue reading Chick Corea

Dance The Parallax

Still on the beach, the tides still turning. Sun slowly sinks into the ocean, melting out across the horizon and into the cool blue waters of the Pacific as the disco pulse spirals off into the evening mist. Bouncing off the “mother sunspot of all time”, some strange connection separated by a gulf of twenty-odd … Continue reading Dance The Parallax

45 From The 70s

This list came about naturally enough a couple months back, when my sister-in-law Leah decided that she'd like to do a 'top 45 of the '70s' list for her 45th birthday. Although she's Gen X to the core, the 1970s were crucial in shaping her musical tastes — which roughly put center primarily on canyon, country, and … Continue reading 45 From The 70s

Tony Allen

Tony Allen: Backbeat of the Revolution Only three months on from the passing of Manu Dibango, and the great Tony Allen has gone on to join him in that in that great gig in the sky. He'd been on a roll ever since the turn of the century, making his mark anew on the current … Continue reading Tony Allen

Garden Grooves 007

Cresting into the dawning days of springtime, the last frost retreats into the shadows and the culling of the winter weeds. A towering stack of records nestled under the marquee, waiting in the cool of the morning shade, ready to accompany the landscape/ing as the lingering cold slowly recedes beneath the warm rays of the … Continue reading Garden Grooves 007

Schoolly D

DJ Code Money & Schoolly D Emerging from the ice-cold wastelands of the mid-1980s with partner-in-crime DJ Code Money on the wheels of steel, Schoolly D was larger than life. Spiking his rhymes with casual violence and more than a little criminal intent, he often gets the credit for inventing gangsta rap. Indeed, no less … Continue reading Schoolly D

25 From 91

In a similar spirit to last year, the list crew decided to put together a chart around a specific year. Last year was my call, so I chose 1997 for its pivotal significance in my own musical life (after all, it's the year I tripped and fell into the wonderful world of beats in the … Continue reading 25 From 91

Genaside II – Narra Mine

Genaside II Narra Mine/Sirens Of Acre Lane Hardcore Urban Music 1991 Genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me..." So begins the record, with a snatch of wordplay from Guru — taken from Gang Starr's Beyond Comprehension — retooled here as a rallying cry for the hardest crew in jungle. That this play of signifiers makes … Continue reading Genaside II – Narra Mine

Sun-Glazed Solina

ARP Solina String Ensemble A sound as indelible as the 303 or the electric guitar. While we're on the topic of gutbucket dancefloor funk, time well spent down at the red light disco, it's as good a time as any to sing the praises of that little magic box: the ARP Solina String Ensemble. Oftentimes … Continue reading Sun-Glazed Solina