I know, I know – I missed one. As in ‘totally missed’ rather than ‘was a day late’. The only excuse I have is that I managed to leave my laptop charger was in the Midlands, whilst my laptop was in Bristol, with the two only being reunited on New Years Eve which to be honest was when I was more interested in attempting to drink my own bodyweight in booze. I succeeded in this mission so well, that the next couple of days were a bit ropey and low an behold a week was missed
Well, now the grovelling is over let’s get involved shall we?
First up this week is everyones favourite albino black Muslim MC – OK, it’s not the longest list, but the out and out bowse of it has to be Brother Ali. I first heard of this guys on his album The Undisputed Truth (seriously check Uncle Sam, Goddamn and Walkin’ Away and tell me this guys isn’t a brilliant lyricist). It feels like it’s been an age since he released anything, so Writers Block is the perfect name for this one.
Check the Mr Miyagi beard Ali is rocking in the video as well!
Next tune is a new release from those highly talented chaps over at Booty Fruit, which I heard for the first time on Funkanomics mix that got me through Tuesday morning. Put Up or Shut Up lifts a vocal from one of my favourite West Coast hip-hop crews – People Under The Stairs and whacks it over what sounds like a Cab Calloway lick. Big up El Bomba and Hidden Riddim for this one!
Last up this week is a quality little chilled almost-house chugger from Sounddiggers, respun by Aussie boy Tom Drummond. A sweet little sax line gives it a thoroughly jazzy groove, which is only augmented by the general-background-bar-chatter vocal as copyrighted by any early noughties track which found its way onto a Ministry of Sound. My Revolution isn’t exactly my standard blog fare, but somehow seems to be hitting the spot today …