Thursday, June 2, 2011


Parisian Goldfish

Sleepy Dinosaur

Songs of The Day

GNG BNG: I think the bass sound on this is pretty sweet, it's got this heavy feel to it, but it still feels light against the rest of the groove.  Another cool bollywood feel, and I dig it.  I like that this beat isn't cluttered; it's simple yet it still gets you groovin.  But wait a minute - switch up!  When I first heard this, I thought the track had changed, but nope, same tune.  It reminds me of something you'd hear in the background of some futuristic racing game (and I hear FlyLo is a fan of the video games, so I'm not in the least surprised).  Whatever, I dig racing games, and I dig the switch up.  Cool.

Parisian Goldfish: This is the fastest groove yet, but I dig it because that makes it different.  Cool percussion.  It's not my favorite melodically (kind of generic) but I still like the sound of the samples going on.  The chord changes in the B section are much cooler in my opinion, I wish they'd been that the whole song.  Still a decent tune.  Sweet name too.

Sleepy Dinosaur:  I would consider this track the most standard "electronic" so far.  There's a whole lotta shit goin on, and as per usual, I can't really decipher it.  I think it's mainly due to the fact that there are too many things to try and focus on.  I think it's a tad cluttered, I could've done without some things.  I do really dig the keys part that comes in towards the end though, very cool.  It brings a nice splash of jazz to the track (it coulda used some more).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Comet Course

dig the latin feel

Golden Diva

solid groove.



Songs of The Day

Comet Course:  This is my favorite song of the day.  It's got a cool latin feel to it that makes me wanna dance.  It's interesting how FlyLo is able to make these super electronic, alien beats, while incorporating standard grooves and feels - it's a cool combo and he does it well.  Something about the more legato melody reminds me of the stuff you hear in spas, but with all of the samples, it actually works well with the groove.  Cool tune.

Orbit 405/Golden Diva:  This is actually two individual tracks, but "Orbit 405" is only 45 seconds, so I thought I'd just group them together.  Especially since "Orbit 405" makes me say "Beam me up, Scotty" and "Golden Diva" makes me feel like I just boarded an alien space station.  I really like this track.  It's simple, yet has all of the cool alien elements, and the samples all work really well together.  It's also got a light, happy feel that kind of juxtaposes the groove... I don't know how to really describe it, but it makes me feel cool.  Solid.

Riot:  This song feels like a riot.  Nobody's gettin killed, but it's a riot nonetheless.  I dig the guitar (?) sample going on that has a Indian feel to it, it's got a cool tone to it.  There are a lot of textures going on on this track, it's very much not about the melody, and I find that interesting.  Melody is one of the most important parts of a track, and it's interesting how FlyLo can still survive without one.  Now, I know that's the laugh off of "Thriller" (yay! something I can identify!) and that segways into a much different feel.  Kind of threw me off actually, but once it gets into it, I dig it.  I guess the riot evolved.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


nice intro

Breathe . Something/Stellar Star

sweet track

Beginners Falafel




some dirty percussion on this one.

Songs of The Day

Brainfeeder:  This was a good way to start the album.  This track (which is also the name of his record company he signed my brother to) is mellow, low key, and short.  It's got an intro feel to it, simply on build alone, and I like that.  Cool synth sounds, and I really dig the old, raspy effect it's got laid on top of everything.  Definitely weird, but I think I can get into it...

Breathe . Something/Stellar Star:  I really dig this beat.  I don't know if it's the chords going on, or the sounds of the chords, or all the other random shit going on in the background, but I dig it.  It's got a happier feel that I dig.  Pretty sweet when the bass drops (I can't wait to crank this in my car).  Nice B section, it's got a gritter feel to it, and all that changed were the chords.  This track actually reminds me a lot of my brother, which is probably why I dig it.  Solid.

Beginners Falafel:  What I'm liking about this album so far is how each track builds of the previous.  They're all connected, and all very similar, but they've all got their own flavor to them.  This one is much more alien-like than the past two, and that's something I can get down with.  It's a little difficult describing what goes on in this one, so check it out yoself.

Camel:  This has got a grittier/darker feel than the previous tracks, and I really like it.  The combination of samples going on here is pretty sweet.  IF ONLY I KNEW WHAT THE FUCK THEY WERE!  So difficult.  Regardless, it's got a dirty basement feel to it that I dig.  It gets a little lighter towards the end, but it works well for the motion of the tune. 

Melt!:  Ok, the percussion on this is dirrrrrrty!  Really cool latin feel to it that just makes me wanna drop it.  Then this whole bollywood-type feel comes in, and it sounds so good with the percussion.  Mmm... now I wanna boogie!  This might be my favorite groove - wish it was longer!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Album Factoids

Los Angeles

Released: June 10, 2008
Genre: Electronic
Label: Warp Records
Producers: Flying Lotus, Matthew David, The Gasslamp Killer, Samiyam, Byron the Aquarius

Week 35: Flying Lotus

So, I think it's about time I listen to Flying Lotus, and for a couple of reasons.  First, I've been hearing his name for a couple of years now, and with a lot of buzz.  Second, this was actually one of the recommended albums by my friend, Linden (that's right, found the suggestion book).  Third, and most important, he just signed my brother, Taylor, to his Brainfeeder label, (click on his name to check out his stuff!!!) so I feel somewhat morally obligated to take a listen.  My boys were playing his stuff the last couple weeks of school, so I've gotten a little preview, but now it's time to dive in.  I really don't know how I'm going to feel about it, because the couple of times I've tried to take a listen, I couldn't get into it, it was a little too electronic for my taste, but that's exactly why I started this blog - to listen to things I wouldn't normally.  Here goes nothin!

This Weeks Album...

time for some electronica, yes?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Final Grade: B+

This is a solid album.  Bill's got soul like no other, and it really shines in this album.  There are a couple classics on here (namely "Use Me" and "Lean On Me") and I think they help make the album.  The grooves are fairly similar, which is one thing I loved and hated about the album.  They're so solid that I really shouldn't mind, but I just wish it would switch up a little at times.  I guess the similarities also help make the album cohesive so... I can't really hate.  Love the classical and funk elements that get splashed in every once and a while - very cool.  Solid.