Jahari “Walk With Me”, Cassette Rip From ‘Situation Sessions’
It’s been a while, I know. Many things have knocked the blog down a few notches on my priority list — however my listening habits remained consistent over the weeks I haven’t posted a thing. I spent a lot of time riding back & forth in my car equipped with cassette player that has gotten more action than it has ever had recently. The PPU-released Situations Sessions has lived there for some time.
The Situations Sessions is a tape of basement recordings made in the 80’s by Army vet/my favorite funk-man Dwight Sykes & fellow Detroit musicians known collectively as Jahari. I bought it off of the strength of its preview PPU released two months ago — and it has become my favorite cassette release of the year so far. There’s many highlights: The show-starting, upbeat "Fire & Desire", the love-yearning "One Night Stand”, the trance-like "Mystical Lady" the heart-broken ending "That I Need" — and of course my still-remaining favorite "Walk With Me" (my feelings about it remain the same just as the first time I heard it). I’ve never posted a song twice before, so this counts as the first one getting the special treatment. As a mentioned before, the versions of the songs on the cassette are slightly different than previous versions Dwight shared before, more raw — you can feel it sink in as each song plays. Most of my time listening to Walk With Me reenacting the drummer’s (Hank McCall?) patterns with my imaginary drum set.
What you’re hearing right now is a cassette rip of “Walk With Me” provided my me. It’s all I’m willing to share, to hear the rest of these lo-fi gems you’ll have to get a copy of Situations Sessions here via PPU. You can check out some other goodies such as alternate versions of songs that are featured the cassette below.
(Photo: Dwight Sykes & Jahari, scanned by me)
(Photo: Situations Sessions liner notes, scanned by me)
(mp3: Jahari “Mystical Lady”, via Dwight Sykes’ YouTube page)
(mp3: Jahari “One Night Stand”, via Dwight Sykes’ YouTube page)
12:17 pm |
February 24 2014
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dil withers "passé"
As soon as you open your eyes , you stretch your arms as far as they can you go. You then yawn & take a moment to gather yourself. The smell of breakfast that hits your nose is the indicates where you are — at home. You begin to recall of the plans you’ve thought of before dozing off, oh yes, hoping for the rest of the day will be as relaxed as the lush instrumentation of dil withers …
dil just gets it man, he just gets it.
2:31 pm |
January 29 2014
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AN INTERVIEW WITH OHBLIV
There’s a handful of key players that are guiding today’s Internet-backed beat scene. One that I personally think we’ll be listening to and talking about for years to come is Bradford Caudle, you may know him better as Ohbliv — a Richmond-based producer who makes comfort music for the soul. As I mentioned before in the introduction of my Favorites Of ‘13 list, Ohbliv is definitely one of my favorite producers doing it right now — not only sonically, but for his open-mindedness & music knowledge as well. He was nice enough to answer the few questions I’ve conjured up during my times of listening to his music that I wanted to ask and what’s below happens to be the result of them …
"My brain, the 404 & vinyl" — that’s the answer you’ve responded with when asked about your setup you use, and that was a few years ago. As of right now you’re many beattapes/albums deep within the game. Are you going with the same routine? I was wondering if you ever experienced times when you heard something on YouTube and having the itch to hook your sampler to your laptop, and give it a go. You’ve shared your thoughts on ‘Tube digging/crate-digging once before & you seem to be fond of the good old-fashioned way of record-shopping.
Yeah I remember that answer, haha. That’s still my stance for the most part, but between all the dumb movies, historical lectures, songs I listen to I can’t help but grab something. To keep it a stack, I think these days, you kinda gotta with the way these new folks are chopping YouTube, mp3’s…crazy sources. It kinda saddens me its like that but times change. I came up strictly vinyl but I’m not spending 50 plus for the same record a kid just downloaded from a blog or whatever.
(Video: Ohbliv digging with David Straange (KVZE) & Tuamie)
In a recent interview, your pal Knxwledge mentioned that when he creates his beats, he attempts to make them "unrappable" as possible. As a fan of instrumentals, I can understand that there are times when I like for a beat to just ride vocal-free. I consider a huge majority of your beats to be indeed “rappable”. Is there a code of conduct that you have when it comes to people hopping on your beats?
Putting instrumental music out these days, you’re taking a risk because rappers are hungry. You simply can’t stop these dudes, I’ve encountered some snake business but for the most part just don’t be wack, and don’t front like we built and I did a track for you. I’d much rather if you do use a track to say “instrumental by…” instead of “produced” cuz I didn’t produce it for you. It’s cool some think that my beats are “rappable” I freestyle to my shit too, so why not, just don’t be a vulture about it.
(mp3: Ohbliv “Whistling Well”)
I have a habit of once I really getting really involved with something, like your music for instance, I have to go all out to make sure that I can hear everything I possibly can. So, when it came to finding out about your previous group Score One For The Little Guy a few months ago, I just had to grab everything I could scrape up. I ended up finding a decent amount of songs and I was excited to get a chance to hear you on the mic. You were nice man, was their a reason for your transition from rapping/producing to just producing? And also, do those tracks contain some your earliest production you’ve let out?
Wow, thanks man. Haha, yeah that was majority my beats, I also worked with a musician by the name of Bryce McCormick and a rapper named Corey Mclemore at the time. I was making beats on the low, but my focus was rapping at the time. Truly what made me transition was just lack of drive to be “the rapper” out in front being “that guy”, you know? We had a bit of local success, but through it all, I was getting deeper into the beats, until finally I decided I wanted to speak through the beats. Yeah there’s some old tunes floating around on iTunes or some torrent site now. I dunno, that was like another life in the past haha.
(Video: Ohbliv & Corey in the lab, 2009)
Every now & again I see you thought-provoking info-graphics regarding the mind & energy within self. I find them informative, could an you go into detail about how those things apply to your life and music — and do you have any recommended books/articles I should check out regarding those topics. I usually see what you share and try to stem off from that, but no luck so far.
First and foremost, I know nothing, I just try to abide by universal law as much as possible in my life. There is so much information out there about anything you want to know. If you seek you shall find, that’s real.
(mp3: Ohbliv “Devotional 1”)
When did become familiar with vaporwave, my first taste of it happened to be this year & I have to say it’s home to many of my favorite songs/albums that came out recently. (Ohbliv’s vaporwave alias Dark Twaine has occupied much space on here for great reasons.) Hearing you as Dark Twaine was crazy as first, I don’t know of many hip-hop producers toying with it as much as you — what drew to it?
I first heard Holograms by 骨架的 (soundcpu) in 2011, and this was before it was “vaporwave”. To me it was just slowed down sample based music, so the aesthetic was/is pleasing to me. I had been using similar techniques due to being a fan of chopped and screwed music since the early 2000’s. It wasn’t until I noticed it had become this “vaporwave” thing that it clicked with me.
(mp3: DarkTwaine_ “Silky Mystique”)
2013 is going down for me as the year that I mended my relationship with the Richmond music scene. Most of everything contemporary that I listen to has roots from there — artists like yourself, DJ Harrison, Ahnnu, David Straange(KVZE), Gordy Michael, Lil Ugly Mane & Tuamie … the variety of sounds is what gets me. Can you give a little insight on what it’s like to create music there and being around a wide spectrum of talent?
Being from VA, we are in the middle of the East Coast. Being from Richmond, we are in the middle of the state, so we gather many influences, from NY to ATL, then also the West Coast, we are sponges for all of that. It’s also a big, small city. We are able to connect and build with one another yet there is enough space for us to get into our own vibes.
Care to give the names of some current labels/artists you’re feeling right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of DJ Harrison, Knx., Brrd, Mndsgn, Ahnnu, Akeedro, Iman Omari, Moruf, Sir Froderick, Quelle Chris, Cavalier, Nick F., Michael Millions & Roc Marciano — and labels like Paxico, Leaving, HW&W & Stones Throw stay in the mix. It’s a good time for progressive good music.
(mp3: Ohbliv “LuvPoem” aka my favorite thing he’s ever made …)
Any details on future projects coming up you’re willing to share?
More DirteeSoulHop and some weird shit.
Thanks for sharing your time Brad, I appreciate it.
Thank you man, I appreciate it! Much love to all Htp.
1:50 pm |
January 20 2014
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Reflections Of Time Featuring Padro “Ride Your Pony Girl”
… doesn’t stem from an album named Sweet, Romantic And Sexy for nothing.Straight 70’s private press funk by the not-so-well known Reflections Of Time. This one was brought to my attention months ago by Jason Elbogen’s vinyl-based, free-form radio show on WMFU, a place where almost anything you can imagine was played on the air. I sadly caught on to Jason’s run near it’s end, but the gems I had to chance to hear sure make up for it. Many archived podcasts are still up, have a look for yourself at what I mean by “anything”.
You can download "Ride Your Pony Girl" here.
12:34 pm |
January 13 2014
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Top$ “Donald Glover”
"… trying my hardest not to breathe in the incoming, never-ending flow of dust, it seems like its only intention is to meet my face. My fingers continue to pluck at the stack of vinyl set before me. I know almost everything in this crate, to see if anything new has made it in. And just like that, I see one that sticks out in the bunch. Some jazz by a pianist I never heard about. It’s a little banged up, some questionable smudges here & there — right up my alley."
Some dirty loopage from Top$' Games tape. An upcoming split tape featuring him and rapper/producer JOHN DOPE is coming soon to DIRTY TAPES.
12:12 pm |
January 11 2014
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Dwight Sykes & Jahari ‘Situations Cassette’
Just as I predicted, Peoples Potential Unlimited properly releases 80’s recordings by my favorite funk-man of recent memory Dwight Sykes & his band Jahari on cassette. You may remember me spazzing out about my favorite song of theirs “Walk With Me” last year, well multiply that times 100 — the tape is now available along with snippet previews, and there are just excellent. The version of “Walk With Me” provided on the tape is a more rougher than the previous one Dwight shared on YouTube, actually all of the8 cuts were kept in their raw, fuzzy glory — just the way I like it. You can purchase a cassette & download the snippets here.
2:42 pm |
January 4 2014
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Durlin Lurt “Gimme 5”
I’m currently in the middle of doing my homework on Him Jenson — a brain-melting beat tape of somewhat legendary status inspired by The Muppets/Sesame St. puppeteer Jim Jenson by the quiet Durlin Lurt/Oscar McClure. It’s turning six this year, but it could be mistaken as something that could’ve been made today. The tape still holds on to its reputation as yet another respected example of what those little samplers are capable of doing among the well-aware (meaning message-board members & followers of the L.A.’s beatscene).
Personally I sense twisted vibes from it almost to the point of being unsettling, but like a enjoyable unsettling (if that makes sense) that lures me in. "Gimme 5" stands out to me — a nostalgic-for-some, educational soul tune with noisy, rattling drums from hell, I’m all for it.
I suggest being a good sport & having your own experience if you haven’t already with it. You can download the whole tape here.
10:33 am |
January 3 2014
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Tyler Brimley “Snow Day (excerpt)”
Imagine being snowed in within the Californian mountains with a lot of time on your hands. Tyler actually experienced this earlier within the month, and transferred his free time to a small batch of beats he decided to call Snow Day of course — and this particular part is what I find to be so calming.
You can download the whole tape in full here.
3:35 pm |
December 30 2013
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My Favorite Albums & Songs Of 2013
This post wasn’t intended to happen at first. I’d shared my favorite things that were released this year, meaning things I couldn’t stop listening/coming back to throughout the year, right here & here as a consensus — the catch was that I had to narrow my personal list down to ten songs & albums each. To avoid margins of error, I decided to help make such a list by using the following summaries located below to aid me in my choices. I wasn’t up for publishing a end year list for It Caught My Ear originally, my newfound logic as of now is that if something lands on here, there’s it is indeed a close favorite of mine. Well, since the deed was already done to some extent and I had put some thought into what I chose as music that has helped me throughout 2013. — I’d might as well share what I the final result came out to be. (P.S. A majority of what’s here hails from the vibrant Richmond VA music scene & multiple Leaving Records releases, both forces that I thought were amazing for the whole 365. The albums/songs listed here aren’t in any particular order.)
Again, thanks for the people who take time to check out this little site from time to time.
Albums (pictured above from left to right):
Ohbliv - Outsider Soul
"… pretty much solidified why I ‘Bliv is my favorite producer right now, I can recall many times wishing there was some sort of surgery involving having my pulse being replaced by his drums — listening to Outsider Soul is closer than I can ever get to that I guess.”
Ahnnu - World Music
“I don’t think I as much time to meditate within a year than in 2013. World Music was the album accompanying me through several relaxing loops making for a much-needed escape.
James Matthew - untitled album
"The samples that James’ chooses just talk to me, Iand what he’s able to do with them — I find it to be pleasant. Each time I listen to untitled album, it’s like another song takes a lead as my most favorite ….”
DJ Harrison - DJ Harrison & Friends: Polytoned
“I was really digging Devonne’s output this year, especially this album. It’s literally an all feel-good, RVA affair orchestrated by one genuine multi-talented dude.”
Knxwledge - Anthology
“I actually bought this cassette on a gamble, I wasn’t that familiar with Knx. at the time, so a compilation of handpicked 50+ songs from his catalogue spanning from ‘09-‘13 didn’t seem like a bad place to start. Once purchased, the mp3 was sent to e-mail and then the schooling began early on why he was revered as the “bandcamp king of the beat scene”, a title that I learned that wasn’t far-fetched for him.”
Tuamie - Masta Killa
“Tuamie has the “dirty sound” DOWN PAT, no joke. I can’t remember a time when my head wasn’t bobbing throughout this tape, whenever I hear his signature “Aw sh*t/T-U-A-M-I-E”, I just know it’s about to go down— whenever I wanted to hear that straight raw this year, I played some Tuamie.”
Thundercat - Apocalypse
“… was a great pick me up that had fit every mood I felt this year, it didn’t which one, you name it — a great ode to a lost friend.”
Tyler Brimley - Summer
”None of the beats on Summer weren’t overdone, it has a nice concept, & all what it took was few minutes of my time to digest, so accessible — it doesn’t get any simpler than this, simplicity done right.”
Lord Byron - Dark Arts Vol. 2
“ … up-and-coming rappers weren’t my focus this year, but Byron was an huge exception for me. The guy is gifted, but what seems to gets me is that he talks the talk, but he can certainly back it up with no problem …”
Dakim - DDUST REGOS
“I caught onto this one late around early December, I couldn’t find the time to mention how I felt about this one when I originally came it contact with it, but I’ll leave you with a little summary — will have something a little bit more formal in store for it soon & here’s what I’m willing to give away for now: Wow, wow … mindblowing … wow.”
Songs (no particular order):
Saint Pepsi “feel**”
Brrd “youth group”
lee (asano+ryuhei) “sundown”
Madlib “Ups and Downs”
Abhi & Dijon “Horses”
Cities Aviv “URL IRL”
DJ Harrison “My Frainds”
Knxwledge - “strtdfrmthebttm [ TWRK]”
1:46 pm |
December 26 2013
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The Deceptions “Of All The Hearts”
Before pressing play, take in a deep big breath, hold it while clicking play, exhale at five seconds. The sound you’ve just experienced was heaven’s gates opening up. That’s a pretty epic thing to say about about one song that appeared on one of the only two 7” a short-lived 70’s band released. I think those few seconds could’ve been Madlib’s “a-ha moment”. Yes, I am still in Madlib mode — been doing a little revisiting lately and I noticed I never looked up the source to Blu’s “Jesus” before. I always enjoyed the instrumental & just kept it at that level of admiration. Talk about missing out big time.
I put this on & forget what worries are, that is how crucial this single song is for me. *Sigh*, I can’t get over it, I may never get over it. You can download it here.
(Photo, mp3 & more info about The Deceptions: via)
12:16 pm |
December 23 2013
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