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Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman

20 06 2010

Listened: Friday June 18

  • Despite being a long time Underworld fan, Dubnobasswithmyheadman was the last album of theirs I acquired – odd because it’s the first album Karl Hyde and Rick Smith released as Underworld (though they had released 2 prior albums as Freur).
  • I enjoy it, but it’s definitely on the upswing of their evolution to the smashing Underworld years, since they aren’t to “smashing” yet. This album is quite mellow and almost hushed compared to their later style. It’s only on the singles like Dirty Epic/Cowgirl where they present some remixes that help me understand how they got to the Beaucoup Fish Underworld era.
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Gaudi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali

20 06 2010

Listened: Thursday June 17

I remember Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan being a big thing amongst cutting edge rockers (e.g. Pearl Jam) back when I was in high school. Despite being someone open to world music and such, I really hadn’t ever listened to him until quite recently, when I heard about Dub Qawwali on NPR. I get it now; indeed he was a great singer.

Gaudi (who I had never heard of until the story either) is an Italian electronic music artist who decided to mix early NFAK recordings with electronic reggae/dub music. At one point he uses a recognizable part of a Kraftwerk song as the backing instrumentation. All this on paper sounds slightly odd, but works really well in practice. You could conceivably listen to this during the more active parts of a yoga class, but it’s not so slow and mellow that it puts me to sleep as I work. It’s good for those times when I need to be productive, but I’m coming down from a very busy period to a more regular level of work.





The Whitest Boy Alive – Dreams

20 06 2010

Listened: Thursday June 17

The Whitest Boy Alive is the latest band from Erlend Øye of Kings of Convenience. Where KOC are more acoustic and harmony based, the Whitest Boy Alive is very cool, groovy, and mellow. Almost jazzy.

I love Erlend – onstage he has the most understated charisma ever. Probably because he is Norwegian; I think it’s a Scandinavian thing. He’s very deadpan and soft spoken, but hilarious and ironic (and completely without malice). He is a great musician and songwriter as well, but I would pay to watch him read the phone book, because I am sure the commentary would be great.