WHEN YOU’RE TOUCHING ME IT TAKES IT ALL AWAY

August 30, 2010

Put me into the category of people who had become a bit bored with the same drab, predictable plot lines in Entourage. Eric has nothing going on that’s worth putting on film, Johnny is borderline annoying, and Turtle couldn’t begin to dream about sleeping with this. One thing the show always had going for it, though, was its taste in music. The producers always seem to be on the cutting edge with solid music placement, from blasting Gnarls Barkley’s “Gone Daddy Gone” on the way to Vegas to M.I.A.’s “Space” as Vince skydives for the first time). Last night’s episode, which was tension-filled as usual, ended with a song that instantly struck me as familiar. I hopped on the series of tubes and found out that the song was put together by none other than Nas and Damian Marley, entitled “Patience.” The song, off the duo’s new collaboration Distant Relatives, is halfway decent, but the sample is what really caught my ear. I knew, again, that I had heard it before. Back to the tubes I went, and discovered that it was “Sabali,” the gorgeous song from Amadou & Mariam. Still, that didn’t satisfy my thirst. I scoured my iTunes for about twenty minutes before it finally clicked. THEO. LONDON. GREY. X. SAGE.

It was like an orgasm except this time the girl didn’t laugh and ask if that was it it was in song form. Enjoy both the Nas/Damian version, as well as Theo’s retake.

MP3: Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Patience”
MP3: Theophilus London – “GREY X SAGE”

Love,
Zack

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All Things Go March Mixtape

March 29, 2010


March is a transitional month. Spring hasn’t quite yet arrived, as warm sunny days are peppered amongst the chilly mornings and windy afternoons. College spring breaks transition students from knowledge-seeking scholars to tuned out lazy bums. Lastly, March represents my transition from year to year, and this year I moved from 21 to 22 years of age (on March 4th, it’s not too late to get me something!), which marks my first of many absolutely irrelevant birthday.

What does this have to do with the March Mixtape? Not much, to be honest, I just wanted to sound profound. The mix is a blend of introverted, self-reflective folk and somber, nostalgic indie rock. Established artists like Built to Spill, The Helio Sequence, and Atlas Sound anchor the mixtape while fresh-faced artists Freelance Whales, Coeur de Pirate, and Local Natives chip in beautifully crafted pop. Faded Paper Figures make their second appearance (see: November Mixtape), but their unique blend of Death Cab-esque self-pitying lyricism with Fujiya and & Miyagi’s too-cool-for-school rhythms and vocalization. Theo London gives us a little taste of his brand of new school hip hop, somewhat in the vein of KiD CuDi, though that comparison is slightly unfair. All in all, the March Mixtape captures the essence of the month: partly comforting and cozy, partly refreshing and hopeful. Enjoy.

.ZIP: All Things Go March Mixtape [mediafire]

MP3: 01: Freelance Whales – “Generator ^ 2nd Floor”
MP3: 02: Built to Spill – “Else”
MP3: 03: Chief – “Far Away”
MP3: 04: Local Natives – “Airplanes”
MP3: 05: Vampire Weekend – “Taxi Cab”
MP3: 06: Coeur de Pirate – “Printemps”
MP3: 07: Faded Paper Figures – “North by North”
MP3: 08: Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
MP3: 09: Atlas Sound – “Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)”
MP3: 10: The Helio Sequence – “Hallelujah”

Love,
Zack


Uh Oh, Please Tell Me When to Go

August 24, 2009

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Theophilus London is a Neon Gold discovery, and as much as it angers me to admit that Derek may have found the next big MC (who else samples Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, and Bjork?), I must give credit where credit is most definitely due. The Brooklyn-based London drops pop-culture references almost as frequently as ATG-fave Wale and his impeccable style and music sense (usage of the aforementioned samples, and remixes of Solange, The Very Best, and Amadou & Mariam) is apparent on both of his mixtapes; JAM! and This Charming Mixtape. Everything about this guy, from his name to his obsession with old cameras to his trailblazing beats, screams success. Check out his remix of The Very Best’s “Warm Heart of Africa”, as well as his retake on Solanges “Sandcastles”, which gets my vote as the best hip-hop song of 2009.

MP3: The Very Best (ft. Ezra Koenig) – “Warm Heart of Africa (Theophilus London Remix)
MP3: Theophilus London – “Sand Castles Black X Blue”

Expect big things from Theo in late 2009/2010.

Love,
Zack