And by others I mean artists including; Flying Lotus, Bilal, Rebekah Raff, Aloe Blacc, Thundercat and my favorite drummer, Chris Dave. This album was recorded live in Los Angeles on July 23rd and released in August. I’m very jealous of anyone who attended this concert because it was a free with all of these amazing artists collaborating for an entire night. The album only consists of 3 songs from the night, but more tracks (“Tea Leaf Dancers” being one of them) can be found on YouTube. The album can be streamed here off of the bandcamp page. Drips/take notice is basically a 14 minute jam sesh where we see solos from Ferguson, Thundercat and some more great drum work from Chris Dave.
Ayee. You know when a song just perfectly encapsulates your mood?Just try and keep the fat grin off your face. You know it’s creeping up. Just try. The sight Aloe playing with his daughter across sun-drenched Southern California is too perfect. This is the type of music that makes you wonder why there is war, violence and poverty in the world. Thank the sun gods for this and have a great Monday.
Imagine this situation: one of the most vaunted trip-hop producers of all time hooks up with over a dozen of the most talented artists in contemporary hip hop to create a 41 track album that is set to be released on what might be the most celebrated independent hip hop label of the past 15 years. Sounds like a wonderful dream, but it can’t be reality, can it? Well it is 2012 and crazier things have happened. Yesterday, word that Geoff Barrow of Portishead is producing a new hip hop album under the moniker Fuzzface (along with Portishead’s sound engineer, 7STU7 and DJ Katalyst) spread around the internet like wildfire. Like that little tidbit wasn’t enough, news that the album will be released on Stones Throw and that it will feature the likes of Guilty Simpson, MED, Jonwayne, Aloe Blacc, Fat Kat and Dead Prez was leaked. The trio is producing the album under the name Quakers and the album will be released sometime during the month of March. Hopefully tracks from the massive endeavor will begin to leak in the near future as we wait for the albums arrival. Check out the full track list after the jump and be on the lookout for more Barrow material.
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The Boulder, CO duo of Dominic Lalli (Production/Sax) and Jeremy Salken (Drums) first caught my attention in early 2011 after listening to their sophomore effort, A Place Behind The Moon. Taking traditional dubstep and drum and bass sounds (Dominic considers Flux Pavillion, Pendulum, and Bar 9 as influences) and infusing saxophone and live drums, the duo has managed to attract the wildly differing rave and jam band crowds in droves.
Ranging from straight-up dubstep (“The World Is Yours”), to hip hop remixes (“Get Em High”), to tracks with a focus on extended sax solos (“Rise and Shine”), the duo has managed to operate in an impressive range of genres, all while maintaining their signature sound. While I always liked Big G’s albums and EPs, it wasn’t until I saw them open for Bassnectar at the Hollywood Palladium in September that they truly reached obsession status. Effortlessly transitioning between older and newer tracks with incredible energy, Dom and Jeremy whipped the crowd into a frenzy, culminating in an out of nowhere remix of Flux Pavillion and Doctor P’s anthem “Louder,” complete with one of Dom’s mesmerizing sax solos and Jeremy’s frenzied drumming.
After spending 2011 touring with the likes of Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and STS9, and rocking numerous festivals, the duo finally appears to be garnering the attention they deserve, and are set to release their third album, Nocturnal, in just two days on January 11. One of many up and coming electronic acts coming out of Colorado, Big G is an incredible talent, has limitless potential and is poised to have a huge 2012.
Download: Big Gigantic – The World Is Yours
Download: Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar (Big Gigantic Remix) (Save As)
Download: Big Gigantic – Fire It Up