On an Instrumental Kick
I’ve been going through a refreshing musical shift with the switching and revamping of electronics in my life. For one, an ongoing challenge had been the sync’ing of music on my work desktop, work laptop and home desktop. I’m no longer with my former company, since the turn of the year, so this self-fulfilling task is also no longer. A temporary void did come with the parting of some awesome playlists I had going! Of course I’ve got all of my tunes backed up. Many of. With change comes the recombining and exploring of life’s many (*turntable scratching*) soundtracks.
Two, a month before traveling abroad, the upgrading of my iPhone to iOS5 “blessed” me with some mishaps like losing ~1.5 years building of my favorite duck-duck-goose circle tracks. You know those timeless set of tracks that cater to any mood you may be in? Yup, those. Checked off “Back up and clear ~5,000 photos from phone” on the to-do list while at it (personal attachment that kept me from upgrading to iOS5 because of memory). And three, a last minute laptop purchase came with trip prep. Otherwise, it would have been a dragging, risky and odd journey for my ~4 year old, 27 inch iMac that houses mp3s from my Napster/LimeWire days. So I’m sitting here, a month later, with my new laptop, refreshed iPhone, a handful of design/photo files transferred over from my handicapped desktop many miles away and a small hard drive of my digital life in reach if needed.
Not to mention, after settling in foreign lands, Spotify gave me notice of having to upgrade to premium in order to access my account (Pandora was a no-go from day one). No denying Spotify withdrawal was tough at first. Maybe I’ll go premium later. Content with my circumstances for the time being.
All in all, I feel so much lighter and contained.
This has helped with my new year’s resolution of exploring more instrumental-heavy tunes. I’ve kept from transferring majority of my mp3s onto the new laptop. The month of February, the month of Nujabes and J Dilla’s birth/death anniversaries (RIP) was a perfect transition (especially after playing out a whole lot of Whitney, RIP). I’ve got Nujabes tunes for dayyys! A friend of mine, Furgersen7 (F7) has been dropping a lot of awesome instrumentals filled with fresh sound, nostalgic samples and Dilla inspired beats that I’ve been on for a while. And I’ve come across more instrumental candy while getting lost in the world of SoundCloud. Put Tabla Beat Science on the list, who I discovered in 2007 when visiting India. Zakir Hussain too, who I’ve been exposed to since childhood. My love for tabla grew after seeing him live, twice, for the Masters of Percussion tours! He is genius. I’ve recently been introduced to Cinematic Orchestra and Philip Glass, by Londoner Duane, while out here too. Add Dntel, Ian Friday, SBTRKT, Gorillaz, Elevation Theory, Fela Kuti, Telepopmusik and there you have sound bites of my past few months. Less instrumental but in rotation: Nneka (her latest Unplugged session in Nairobi is mesmerizing), this Mariah house mix, Janelle Monae, Gary Clark Jr., M.I.A., Little Dragon, Miguel, Beres Hammond, Sid Sriram, MJ, Amy Winehouse, Theophilus London and different artists of 2012’s SXSW.
MY CHERI AMOUR snippet!
Favorite back-to-back has to be: Talib Kweli’s ‘Hot Thing’ to Stevie Wonder’s ‘My Cheri Amour (Jeff Sucker’s blend)’ to Common’s ‘I Want You’ to Musiq Soulchild’s ‘For the Night’.
DeBarge- I Like It
Mos Def- Brown Sugar
Steve Winwood- Higher Love
Method Man- Release Yo’ Delf
Jagged Edge- Where the Party at?
Mick Boogie + DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime p2:
The summer justtt got better!
Thanks Undrcrwn = )