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Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

20 06 2011

Listened: Monday May 9

I always knew of Curtis Mayfield as a person, but I wasn’t familiar with his music at all until a few years ago when I saw SuperFly on BET (it was a double feature with Blacula). The film itself was edited for TV in a truly bonkers way – because it’s about a cocaine dealer, all the cocaine use was openly shown, since the story wouldn’t make any sense otherwise, but any marijuana use or sexual content was blurred out. This was a major distraction throughout.

I immediately appreciated the music, though, and it was anything but a distraction – it fit right in. I bought the deluxe version of the album immediately after I saw it. Despite some of the glorification of the drug and thug life throughout the film, the lyrics of the songs actually speak directly against glorifying drugs, thugs, the ghetto, and does a good job explaining a lot of the hopelessness that makes people want to glorify them.

Strange that such a low budget movie had such an amazing soundtrack; I expect that it’s a large part of the reason it did so well.

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A Band Of Bees – Sunshine Hit Me

20 06 2011

Listened: Friday May 6

I don’t even remember buying Sunshine Hit Me, though I’m pretty sure it was a cheap used CD. I assume I did so because it was released back when Astralwerks were really on their game and were releasing tons of varied, awesome stuff (see KOC, Audio Bullys, Basement Jaxx).

I really hadn’t listened to it until now. It definitely fits into their aesthetic of that time. It’s a mix of jazz, electronica, and rock and all are catchy. Nothing struck my fancy intensely, but it’s enjoyable for sure. I love the lucha-mask-like cover.





Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant

20 06 2011

Listened: Friday May 6

Despite being released earlier, I only discovered Sun Giant after loving Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut. The songs on Sun Giant are as amazingly good as any on the debut album. Robin Pecknold’s voice tugs at your heart and pleases your ears like no one else’s. EPs aren’t always worth buying unless you’re a superfan, but Sun Giant will make you one, if you aren’t already.