BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS | FREDDIE GIBBS AND MADLIB | JHENÉ AIKO | KARL HECTOR AND THE MALCOUNS | IBRAHIM MAALOUF
Hello again friends, freaks and fans of future-jazz.
In the week that a celebrity French chef announced he would sue the Michelin guide for claiming he uses cheddar in his cheese souffle, 45 RPM brings you five slices of only the finest new music.
Kicking us off with something sweet and not a little bit nutty are the Brooklyn Funk Essentials. That’s right, the gouda of the group comes in the form of their song Funk Ain’t Ova, which is equal parts classic licks and modern kicks and that’s why it’s your Charm Offensive.
Packing a punch, the stilton of our selection comes from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. The rapper / producer’s track Giannis hits hard with back-up from 45-favourite Anderson .Paak. That’s your Military Coup.
More holy than Swiss cheese and twice as spiritual is your Peaceful Protest choice this week. R&B singer Jhené Aiko channels her inner chi on Trigger Protection Mantra.
Your penultimate track is Orange Man from German psychedelic Kraut-rockers Karl Hector and the Malcouns. Like Edam, this piece sounds like it could have been made backwards (or upside down or standing on its head) and that’s why it’s your Guerilla Warfare selection.
Finally, your Quiet Riot this week comes from Middle-Eastern trumpeting maestro Ibrahim Maalouf. Like an excellent brie, his track S3NS is classy, creamy and soft in the middle.
So, if any of that whets your appetite, by all means, hear more here…
BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS: FUNK AIN’T OVA
FREDDIE GIBBS AND MADLIB: GIANNIS
JHENÉ AIKO: TRIGGER PROTECTION MANTRA
KARL HECTOR AND THE MALCOUNS: ORANGE MAN
IBRAHIM MAALOUF: S3NS
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –