Peace...In all honesty it has been a crazy, confusing and hectic week no make that year, 2016 has been so freaking unkind to the entertainment industry and the World in general...but like I always do I manage to find solace in good music and often make compilations that I enjoy listening to while riding the train/bus in the morning and in the evening or doing chores or just zoning out...
Just like the last one or for any other compilation that you find on my blog, I sincerely hope you find something new and enjoy the ride as much as I do. RIP Sharon Jones.
1-Cisco Cisco-Jazzy Nights (Andres Vegas Stripped Mix) 2-Lump-Rain 3-Larse-Taboche 4-Scott Diaz-Vinyl Love (Original Mix) 5-Viken Arman-A White Shadow 6-Pin-Right Time (Northern Zone Remix) 7-Mage-Summer In The City 8-Mitekiss-Chasing 9-Kasper, SATL & Lurch-Sky Turns Black 10-ODD - Making Moves (Original Mix) 11-David Hasert - Heart & Soul (Original Mix) 12-Bert H & High N Sick - Escape 13-LowXY-Forsaken 14-Vacant-High Rise 15-Bonobo-Kerela
It's an album with a smorgasbord of talented musicians and artists (Andre 3000, Jack White,Elton John, Anderson Paak and Busta Rhymes)along with a few others, the album sets off on a classic sounding Tribe vibe with "The Space Program" and hearing Tip and Phife trade verses and Jarobi going for broke was just pure enjoyment...that track along with "The Donald" (featuring a gruff sounding Busta Rhymes), "Solid Wall of Sound" (featuring Elton John) which is actually hard to describe but I personally think it works on all levels and "We The People" with it's fat and loud Black Sabbath drums, Q-Tip abusing the m.i.c. with lyrics of consciousness and truth are definite highlights.
"Whateva Will Be" again sounds like 90's Tribe but with a modern twist, "Dis Generation" (with an aggressive Busta Rhymes) could easily make radio, but radio is far more interested in playing and supporting cookie cutter trash made by ignorant idiots that have no business being in the industry and while I'm not huge on the Andre 3000 feature on "Kids" it isn't the worst track on the album, no that honour goes to the "The Killing Season"...that one should have been left off the album.
Kanye's hook was just awful and I wasn't feeling Talib on this one, he wasn't wack I just...I don't know...it didn't move me at all.
The somber and very heartfelt and honest ode to their fallen comrade Phife can be found on "Lost Somebody" but in all honesty this track confuses me, why does it break into silence at 4:19? yes I get that it was to showcase Jack White but the chorus cuts off abruptly...and seems a bit odd.
"Ego" is another dope sure-shot as is "Moving Backwards" (with Anderson Paak) but "Conrad Tokyo" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) "Mobius are fairly average fare.
I would say that this is overall a better album than The Love Movement and as a long time fan I am still quite impressed with this album, despite the missteps.
Edit: The poppy "Enough" is actually a delicious slice of soulful Tip and is a complete ear worm with lush production.
1-Nas-It Ain't Hard To Tell (Remix) 2-Organized Konfusion ft Large Professor-Stress (Remix) 3-Scotty D-Got Ya Heads Boppin (Laquan Mix) 4-Craig Mack-Flava In Ya Ear (Easy Mo Mix) 5-Shyheim-One's 4 Da Money (Mad Dollarz Radio Remix) 6-Kirk-Down Low (Remix) 7-Ahmad-Back In The Day (Remix) 8-Extra Prolific-Brown Sugar (Remix) 9-The Nonce-Mix Tapes (81st Street Subliminal Remix) 10-Da Youngstas-Hip Hop Ride (Mellow Remix) 11-Ice Cube-What Can I Do (East Side Remix) 12-Lords Of The Underground-Tic Toc (Remix) 13-Casual-Later On (Casual's Low Down Remix) 14-Keith Murray-The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Green-Eyed Remix - Radio Version) 15-Tha Alkaholiks-Mary Jane (Remix)
*Volume 5 (The '90 Edition will be up in the near future)
2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 3 ('93 Edition) 1-Masta Ace Incorporated-Saturday Night Live (LA Jay Remix) 2-Yaggu Front-Left Field ('Step To This' Remix) 3-Rumpletilskinz-Is It Alright (Remix) 4-Trends Of Culture-Valley Of The Skinz (Jes Wes Remix) 5-De La Soul-Ego Trippin' (Part Two) (LA Jay Remix) 6-Digital Underground-The Return Of The Crazy One (Lean Butter-Bean Remix) 7-Volume 10-Pistolgrip-Pump (UK Jazz Mix) 8-Original Flavor -All That (Hard Beats Remix) 9-Mobb Deep-Peer Pressure (The Large Professor Remix) 10-Rakim-Heat It Up (One For The Bronx Remix) 11-Mesanjarz Of Funk-Keep It Flowin' (Remix) 12-Ghetto Philharmonic-Don't Bite The Concept (Underground Mix) 13-YZ-The Return (Remix) 14-Sham &The Professor-So-Low-1st (Remix) 15-Da King & I-Tears (Darp Vibe (Radio Edit)