Feb 232009

… it’s just that mainstream or big underground New York acts aren’t dominating the scene like they did in the eighties and nineties. And full lenghts from Raekwon, Saigon and Cormega doesn’t seem to be happening right at this moment.

Right at this moment, you need to check for rap music that makes you listen on repeat in other places.

BLVD ST is a good place to start, ’cause it’s all about southern hiphop, new and classic. If you, like me, until quite recently only knew about the biggest Southern names like Geto Boys, Outkast, Goodie Mod, it’s a mine of gold. If you don’t know about rappers like 6 Two, or K-Rino, or Attitude, or Marcus – get familiar.

Two songs that are on repeat these days:

Playboy Tre – Bleachers.
Attitude & Jackie Chain – Money.


This talk with Pimp C here… one of the best interviews I have ever read.


If you can take the language barrier: Brazilian rap.

Go find something with Rappin Hood, Sabotagem, MV Bill, or the mighty Racionais MC’s.

More has to be written about this at a later date.

Feb 232009

David Strauss: bekännaren och skriftställaren tillhör de minst omtalade av Nietzsches skrifter, men har en intressant öppning. Efter Tysklands seger över Frankrike 1871 ser författaren mycket klart faran i att tro att segern betyder en den tyska kulturens överlägsenhet. “Denna villfarelse (…) är i stånd att förvandla vår seger till ett fullständigt nederlag: till ett nederlag, ja ett utplånande av den tyska anden till förmån för det ‘tyska riket’.

N. gjorde helt rätt när han här skiljde mellan kulturen och militären, och på så sätt varnade för framtida totaliserande, nationalistiska tendenser som kom att smula sönder sunda bildningssträvanden och den tyska anden i stort – “Och vem vet om det då är något bevänt med den återstående tyska kroppen!”

Feb 152009

“Some D.J.’s get a chance to become producers and some even recording artest. I have been one of those D.J.’s who did it all baby just like that. My time D.J.ing and traveling the world mixing for everyone who never knew I was a D.J. and finding out how good a D.J. I am is really cool to see them go wild. When I mix “Planet Rock” backwards they all go bizerk.”

Egyptian Lover på Inkonst i Malmö!
Datum: 13/3 Tid: 23-03 Rum: Klubben Entré: 100:- (in-get förköp, kom i tid) Ålder: 20 år.

“I borrowed a few lines from other raps I wrote. It was so much fun in the studio I had to go back and record some more. I booked the time and grabbed my notebook of raps and went in to record my solo project “Beast Beats”. My mother and sister read the title of my song and said “You better not make that song, don’t play with the devil” So I went to the studio and changed my mind and programmed the beat to “Egypt Egypt” . I did not think this song was going to be a big hit, I just wanted a song to play at the dances I was D.J.ing at to say my name in it ( I was kinda vain).”

Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt (12” Original Mix) (yousendit) – tillsammans med Numbers och Simulationszeitalter ett av de fetaste electro-spåren någonsin.

Feb 152009

All Out Dubstep på Inkonst i Malmö 31 januari… insåg åtminstone att dubstep kan vara mer än grötig, monoton drum n’ bass med hälften så mycket snares. Riktigt bra.

Om det är All Out Dubstep-crewet som arrangerar så blir du inte besviken… rakt igenom proffesionellt… Stockholm, Uppsala, Malmö, även Köpenhamn och andra ställen…

Fick med mig en mycket fin promo-cd. Ladda ner den mixen och annat här.

Feb 102009

“Japanese artist So Inagawa has a very distinctive style, combining the clicky minimal side of house with melodic bass lines and synths. The release is packed full of catchy little hooks that are bound to get those booties shakin’ and keep those feet tapping.”

Smart move, dels eftersom straight upp sånt där click-house, Milles Plateaux-bögande bara är kass – det behövs varma synthar och funky bass för att det ska funka – och dels för att minimal house ibland är väl minimal även stilmässigt. Genren kan behöva lita påfyllning.

Tanka upp med So Inagawas Bake.

Feb 102009

DMX Krew and Cylob live sets… that’s a very good thing.

Of course, it’s all about supreme taste in electronic funk and acid. They know which classics you prefer better than yourself, plus they give you the news, in a tight, hot package.

Check here first. Then check this out.

Now it’s time for Ceephax Acid Crew live sets (click here and go to bottom of page). Be sure to stop by his homepage which has won many prestigious design awards.

Feb 052009

George A. Romero’s transplantation of the vampire myth into the grey urban seventies is the definite modern take on the genre, an update done discreetly and gently, with great eye for detail and a strong artistic vision. Lost Boys and Anne Rice aint got shit on this low budget masterpiece right here.

That our vampire in this one is an awkward, and seemingly a bit “slow”, red-headed teenage loner makes the story both pleasantly absurd and moving. Apart from the plot – which effortlessly sidesteps all the easy stereotypes, never letting you know where the movie is heading – the delicate camera and the groovy, tripped out soundtrack gives you a wonderful feel for the time and the bleak Pensylvanian neighbourhood where it was filmed, capturing both the broken beauty, the tideousness and the sleazy moralism of backwards urban life in the seventies.

Watching this just now got me thinking where I could get my hands on more of the sort, which is tricky. Martin is truly one of a kind. As far as my knowledge goes, Romero did not make any more films in this vein, and who else would be capable?

No fucking body.

Feb 042009

Sensationalism has its place. ANSWER Me! and the infamous Mondo film-series are examples when artists concentrate on the gory and extreme parts of reality without turning away, and do it with artistic rigour. That redeems them.

It is harder to forgive the sensationalism of a film like Send A Bullet, not only because the themes are randomly thrown together and distorted through a clueless North American, upper class-perspective, but firstly because the director literary gorges himself on all the sleaze and gore of Brazilian reality while at the same time making a grand display of holding his nose. Kind of a double standard going on here. “Oh, this is terrible! But let’s loop the industrial slaughter of frogs and kidnappers cutting off ears again since we were to lazy to film any relevant material.” Also, it resembles the Mondo-series not only in its random structure and obsession with violence and misery, but in that it does not mind staging scenes when reality just isn’t juicy enough. The kids playing kidnappers in the end? He instructed them to do that.

In Send A Bullet (a pointless film needs an equally pointless title) North Americans living in São Paulo complain that they have to ride around in the city in bulletproof cars and helicopters for fear of being robbed and kidnapped. Especially funny is the part where the interviewee mentions that his robber stopped by the sidewalk after taking his money and counting it, as if he were without fear of the law. Why not move back to your own country then, one asks oneself, preferably to Washington D.C., where the murder rate doubles that of São Paulo’s and the criminals surely are polite and professional?

Why not watch amazing documentaries about Brazil such as Ônibus 174 or Beyond Citizen Kane (torrent) (google video) instead?

“Please”, whispers director Jason Kohn, “‘Send A Bullet’ into my head before I make more lame ass documentaries!”

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