Uncommon music criticized by the common man. (Or, exercises in futility masquerading as critical thought.)

Saturday, March 05, 2005

So, I went a bit nuts yesterday over at Turntable Lab. While not the hugest haul at a whopping five discs, it does represent my biggest purchase of 2005 so far. The damage done:

Greg Caz/Sean Marquand Brazilian Beat: Baile Funk 2 - I was lured in by the description. Besides, there's more to Brazilian music than Gil/Gilberto/Os Mutantes, right?

Cosmo Baker & DJ Eleven I'm Rick James, Bitch! - Sadly, I have no Rick James in my collection already. This is sort of the next best thing. Songs written, produced, or performed by the Superfreak himself, deftly mixed by Cosmo Baker & DJ Eleven. It also has fantastic cover art. The stickiest of the icky.

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Product Placement - Another album by these two constructed almost entirely out of 45s, following the near-mythic Brainfreeze album (also available at the Lab). That album is so great I had to snap this one up.

DJ Spinbad 80s Mix Part 2 - I'm not the biggest 80s music fan, but I love a good album full of blends (or, in hipster-speak, "mashups"), a love inspired by the works of Z-Trip. Speaking of...

Z-Trip Live in L.A. - One of the masters of the blend and my personal favorite. Uneasy Listening Vol. 1, an album he did with DJ P, is a fantastic album, and represents what he does best: seamless blends of incongruous parts (Madonna with Newcleus? Metallica with Midnight Oil? Cyndi Lauper transitioning smoothly into Ratt? Fuck yeah!), all while keeping the party rocking. No flashy tricks (though not completely absent of them) to derail the jams, just track after track of quality booty-moving music. I expect this album to be nothing less.