Breakbeat Manalishi

“The Soft Parade has now begun.” In the long, cool wash into the century's turn, the tides shifted and the futurist obsessions flipped to the retro rollercoaster, the valoriziation of the vintage. Suddenly, the old was new again, and nothing was cooler. It's tempting to lay it all at the feet of sampladelia: with everyone … Continue reading Breakbeat Manalishi

Daft Punk

Daft Punk: The Dons of French Disco Just the other day, the rumors began circulating that Daft Punk had parted ways, and shortly after it was confirmed. I guess I'd always assumed that they would just go on forever, two robots unfurling wave after wave of digital disco into perpetuity. They'd certainly been a reliable … Continue reading Daft Punk

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

Van Halen

If there was one band that served as the axis on which seventies hard rock gave way to eighties heavy metal, it was Van Halen. Arriving on the scene just as many of metal's first wave giants were running out of steam, their flashy, glamorous sound set the stage for the next decade of rock … Continue reading Van Halen

Garden Grooves 008

With the sun hanging like heavy metal fruit in the afternoon sky, there’s no question that summer has finally arrived. With the dawning of summer’s heat, the time has come for planting new shoots into the desert tropical, fractal rows of banana trees, palms, ferns, and cacti playing off one another from north to southwest … Continue reading Garden Grooves 008

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

Garden Grooves 006

The latest episode of Garden Grooves takes us through the late summer into autumn and right up to the present day, with a selection of records that melt into the sun setting earlier with every passing day... Kemet Crew Champion Jungle Sound Kemet 1995 If memory serves, it all started with some general lawn care … Continue reading Garden Grooves 006