Hip-hop emcee Shad of London, Ontario was born in Kenya of Rwandan heritage. In “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins),” Shad pays tribute to his family and immigrant heritage. Even if it’s from Canada, this track seems appropriate for Thanksgiving weekend.
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In my pseudo-hipster way, I tend to post songs by Icelandic bands and by bands with an afrobeat sound, so why not do both? Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band is from Iceland and they do play an African jazz/funk fusion style as you can hear on this track ”Ethiópían”
What are you listening to this week? Post it in the comments and perhaps it will be my Song of the Week next week.
This is one of those weeks where just one song is not jumping out at me as THE song of the week, but there are a handful of contenders, so I’m just going to throw out a grab bag of songs of the week. No commonalities here other than I would probably like these songs for their titles alone.
“Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” – RJD2
This track by Philadelphia-based producer RJD2 is a great sonic piece of instrumental electronica/hip-hop.
“Melding of the Minds” – Deltron 3030 (featuring Zach De La Rocha)
I was already drawn to the sound of this track which is reminiscent of 90′s era political rap at it’s most ardent, but the guest appearance of Rage Against the Machine’s Zach De Lo Rocha put it over the top.
“Poem Found in the Pocket of an Amazon” – My Bubba
Mellow out now with My Bubba, an Icelandic/Swedish folk duo, whose quirky slow tunes remind me of Jolie Holland
What are you listening to this week? The floor is open.
With two saxophones and drummer, Moon Hooch bring their scorching dance tunes from the New York City subway to the surface with “Number 9″.
What has your toes tapping this week? Let me know in the comments.
The London-based “post-industrial” duo makes electronic noise you can dance to on the track “Turn It Up” from their eponymous debut album. These instructions are easy to follow.
How are you getting your groove on this week?
The legendary DC indie/punk band The Dismemberment Plan have reunited after a 10-year separation and have a new album Uncanney Valley. The first track released “Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer” is an upbeat power pop song with sobering lyrics.
This week’s song “Don’t Wait,” is by Rhode Island-born Stockholm-raised sing Mapei (and who can resist a Rhode Island/Sweden connection). I learned of the song through NPR’s All Song’s Considered. Mapei describes her music as “21st-century gospel or doo-wop.”
The electronic duo from London, Mount Kimbie, create a sonorous world on their track “Made to Stray.”
KEXP describes the song as follows:
“Made To Stray” is a twisting and turning five minutes of electronic music that thrives on restlessness as it whirrs through. After three-and-a-half minutes of subtly tense buildup, the duo’s vocals show up, but low in the mix, as if they were pieces of the machine rather than the lead component. When they hit the titular refrain clearly in the song’s intro, they’re gone as fast as they came, onto another path.
What is your song of the week? Let me know in the comments!