Photo by Elliot Holbrow
Boston’s Doctor Jeep first grabbed our attention via “Dem Hoes”, his ghetto house meets smooth jazz collaboration with Astro Nautico boss Obey City. Simply put, the track made repeating the phrase “do you love them hoes?” somewhat acceptable (emphasis on somewhat) in public. We haven’t heard from the good Doctor in quite a while, but this remix of Chaos In The CBD’s “Pale Moonlight” has him coming back with a vengeance. Jeep flips the mellow, piano-driven original into an aggressive garage number mounted on on a tumultuous bassline. Instead of being the focal point of the song, the original’s poppy vocals become another instrument in a procession of shuffling percussion, the increasingly funky bassline and what sounds like some sort of warped brass instrument. Stream below and look out for Chaos In The CBD’s Never Ending EP on December 17 via Youngunz.
Can we talk about Steven Ellison for a moment? Just take a few minutes out of this lovely Sunday afternoon to recognize what the man stands for and what he represents in the 2012 music landscape. This little piece probably won’t include anything that hasn’t been said, but it’s so worth reiterating it, especially this week. As Flying Lotus, Steven Ellison has produced some of the most divergent, thought provoking and challenging
electronic music of the past 20 or so years. Since his arrival, Mr. Ellison has essentially put Los Angeles’ instrumental hip hop movement, known by most as the “beat scene”, on his back, pushing it into international waters. Despite being the figurehead of this movement, touring incessantly and heading a hugely successful label, he is still the very best at what he does. Furthermore, he seems to genuinely enjoy making music, meeting fans and performing. If you’ve ever seen a Flying Lotus set, you know what I’m talking about. That ear-to-ear smile is just impossible not to replicate. That’s why it isn’t even remotely surprising that Ellison devised and followed through on the Captain Murphy project. Ok, his above-average rapping ability is a little surprising, but the fact that he would release a free album featuring a menagerie of the best MC’s and producers in hip hop shouldn’t be. So before getting to the rest of this week’s sounds, can we all take a moment to thank Steven Ellison? He deserves that much from us.