Five Songs, 1/12/2018
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Five Songs, 1/12/2018

Excellent set today.

Recloose, "Permutations"

There's something called "Detroit techno" that I only kind of vaguely understand, beyond knowing that Detroit is a city, and techno is a type of electronic music. I mean, there's a Wikipedia page for it and all, but what does that tell you? Not much. Anyway, Recloose supposedly fits into this genre, for whatever that's worth. To my ears, this combination of relatively minimalist beat, video game bloops, and slowly building melody is great fun.

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge, "Revenge is Sweet"

And we're back to Twelve Reasons to Die, and it still rules.

Rufus Thomas, "The World Is Round"

Rufus Thomas, along with his daughter Carla, was one of the early Stax stars, who helped carry the label to prominence. Reading a little bit on him, he turns out also to have invented the Funky Chicken. So, that's cool.

SNFU, "Plastic Surgery Kept Her Beautiful"

Hey, been a little while since we've had any Canadian punk. Here, we've got a track from ...And No One Else Wanted To Play, their debut album and a slab of pure hardcore.

Run the Jewels, "36" Chain"

It occurs to me that I didn't really introduce Run the Jewels last time. It's a duo of El-P, long time fixture in the underground rap scene, teaming up with Killer Mike, veteran MC from the Dirty South originally associated with Outkast. After El-P produced Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music, they decided to keep working together. And the three albums (and counting, hopefully!) they've made together under as Run the Jewels have been magnificent, and get the highest Five Songs recommendation.

Joshua Buergel
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