In an effort to further explore the myriad and “Komplicated” musical tastes of the modern “post-Black” denizens of the world, we present Spin City, which will feature recommendations from some of the world’s finest DJs. Today we’re proud to present the musical musings of Brutha Gimel (also known as Gimel Hooper), a double threat who not only is well known for his skills on the wheels, but also as a spoken word artist of considerable renown and one of the co-founders of LA’s long-running venue Da Poetry Lounge. We now present Gimel’s favorites for this week …
Yep! This has got to be my most eclectic column to date. My ear is so multi-demensional. There’s something for everybody in here. Well, there are 5 different flavors. I would need about eleven to be all inclusive. However I did try to bridge the gap.
“Forget It” (Class Actress remix), Blood Orange
I start off with this Blood Orange to get your mind ready for the changes. Musically, this joint has that Euro 80s vibe to it with a somewhat R&B twist. It may have to grow on you but life is about growing. Right?
“Hot Thing,” Usher feat. A$AP Rocky
Now your boy Usher stay hitting us with flavor. Hot Thing was a no brainer for this week because of the bounce and easy to catch tone and message. Plus, the ladies love to have songs to dance to especially when the song addresses them. Hot thing! What’s up with it?
“Le Goudron,” YACHT
Now this one here. Whoa! I like the house music tone with the slight funk appeal. Overall, I dig the French tongue on the vocals. I can’t understand it but I like it. If you don’t think this song ain’t funky, you don’t know funk. Don’t use deodorant for three days then listen again. Haha!
“Big Hoops (Bigger the Better),” Nelly Furtado
Go head, Nelly! Show off your earrings. My fiance is a fan of big earrings and like Nelly she feels, “The bigger, the better”. As a man, I don’t get it but this jam knocks and I get that all day.
“We Love,” Ray Lavender
I felt like I had to round this weeks column out with a nice love ballad. I’ve heard Ray Lavender a few times before. “We Love” has a smooth R&B style that lovers like to ride to when thinking about that special someone. Face it, we all need love.
[Source: Brutha Gimel]