If you are surrounded by something for so long, after a period of time that something starts to have an effect on you. After growing up playing in backing bands and touring with people like Parliament and Raphael Saadiq and spending years listening to Saints (their words, not mine) like Luther Vandross, Prince, and D’Angelo, It’s no wonder you can hear the smooth soul, funk, and R&B influences on Inc‘s debut album, No World.
Although, there’s a sort of darker, more…or rather, differently intimate overarching emotion throughout these sounds. You don’t hear the brightness found in much of their influences; but the rhythm, grooves, and the low end are still there.
Wait till it starts getting dark and you’re alone, or if you happen to be boo luvin’ throw some of these jams on. They’re smooth.
I know I wanted to share these gentlemen’s music with you all a while ago but I, for some reason, did not. The-Drum are the duo of Brandon and Jeremiah. Hailing from Chicago they evoke that same “future R ‘n’ B” sound of fellow Chicago-ans Supreme Cuts (who I also love and feel both groups need to team-up for some sort of collaboration). They take a lot of samples from 90′s and popular slow jams and rework them into their very own sexy goodness.
They have a lot of good sounds I’d like to share, but most recently the duo released a digital split with another Chicago resident, Sich Mang (who has cool stuff too). For fear of trying to say too much about non-relavant things and share too much music at once, I’ll hit you with this new neu and just one other track from the boys. You’ll have to uncover the rest on one of your online archeological digs.
Damn this is smooth! Coming by means of Montreal-based Independent Record Label InfiniteMachine, this 3 track EP release from Bwana drips, glides, and 2-steps all around my eardrums. Cool vocal samples and nice beats for ya feets.
A while ago I ordered this Supreme Cuts “Trouble” 10″ EP from Small Plates Records. It took so long to finally get to my house that I forgot why I ordered it in the first place. Other than the sweet cover art (to the right) and the fact that the record is pink (which is cool), I couldn’t remember any actual sounds I had heard from the group.
Then I threw it on my turntable and remembered exactly why. This EP embodies the smooth and sexy future R&B post-dubstep sounds that have been floating around lately (Think James Blake meets The Weeknd *without the singing..maybe?). I know people give all these new named genres a kind of bad wrap but I’ve just been really into these progressive futuristic takes on existing styles of music. Trouble is definitely a smooth sounding night time record, lots of cool sample cuts, good beats, and smooth synth lines. Really all around enjoyable.
The 10″ came with a digital download so you all can check em out for yourself. (I really dig Side B “Fools” and “Issues“)