To kick off the weekend, here’s an epic track courtesy of Tommy, former Rock DJ/Producer:
Dopesmoker is an hour-long album with a single track by seminal stoner drone metal band Sleep. It’s also a concept album that tells the story of the Weedians’ pilgrimage to the promised land of Jerusalem (the album title on some releases). There are four different album versions, all with this chorus: “Drop out of life with bong in hand / follow the smoke to the riff-filled land.”
Today’s track of the day is from Freeform DJ Isaac. Here’s what he has to say about this funky groove:
Inner Life is mostly known for “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (on which Brown is also a featured vocalist), but this other single by the band showcases a much slicker, zestier, more danceable side. And with the single reaching number 7 on the US Dance Billboard charts, it found substantial airtime in disco clubs in the late 70s and early 80s.
Today we’ve got a favorite cut of Streetbeat DJ Jamez Blutz:
Electronic remixes of rock tracks are rare and often consist of sampling a 4 bar vocal or lick and throwing it over a clearly pre-produced track. Frank Wiedemann breaks the mold with his interpretation of The Howling‘s brooding, melancholic song “Shortline.” Wiedemann takes a few original elements, slightly changes their melodies, and layers on a few new ones to shift the melancholic feel of the original to a sadness mitigated by hope.
Tuesday is Drift Day for TOTD, so here’s a cut from Svyat, Drift Producer:
What Our Man from Odessa (OFMO) has done is heresy. Brilliant heresy, but heresy nonetheless: one does not paste Balkan motifs onto electronica. But he did. Not just pasted it but morphed the two, all without erasing the meaning and elegance of either.
Interview by Svyat Nakonechny ’14, Continental Drift Producer
Svyat Nakonechny ’14 had a chance to chat with Balkan Beat Box’s Ori Kaplan as the group is getting ready to storm the stages and bring the party back to the United States. In light of their Chicago show later this month, we talked BBox’s most recent album “Give”, upcoming musical plans, and the boom of the international music scenes in New York City and Chicago. Here is a shortened version of this talk.