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, Joining resident turntablist DJ Jedi, 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. After missing his second slot, we now present Gimel's favorites for this week …
This week I have chosen an eclectic mix of music for my selections. What can I say? I get a lot of music and have a wide range of taste. Plus, sometimes I like to introduce your ear palette to some new flavors. With that being said, here they are:
"Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)," Lana Del Ray
This is from my euro funk/house collection. Not that I produced it, but I am a fan of The Eurythmics and this joint reminds me of Annie Lennox with it's bouncy synthesizers and its less is more soul vocals. Does that make sense? It does to me. Haha.
"Loud Mouth (Hooray for the Earth Remix)," Wise Blood
Take a minute and think of Justin Timberlake slightly rocked out with an experimental edge and an attitude. You got it? Now you have an idea of what wise blood sounds like on this track. You can dance to or kinda wild out with a reinvented slam movement either way this song puts the "fun" in "funky." I found a YouTube link but not of this version, so I'm not posting it.
"Rigamortis (remix)," Kendrick Lamar feat. Busta Rhymes
Man! You ever hear a rapper going off on a beat so cold that you pause in amazement? That's what happened to me on this joint. Not because I've never heard anyone rhyme this fierce but because I didn't expect it from this artist. There are times Kendrick is rhyming and I wonder where he is taking the time to breathe. The song features Busta and of course we've come to expect this type of performance from him and he didn't let us down. (also featured in this week's free MP3 downloads column)
"Super Cold," Lupe Fiasco
From his latest mixtape Friend of The People, Lupe delivers with a sizzling lyrical bomb. Sometimes I love when emcees find that beat which allows them to just go in and get (excuse my language) butt cheeks open. That's just how ill this song is, on some gripping the grain, ride around the city, beaming, slow motion type ish. (also featured in this week's free MP3 downloads column)
"Shibuya Station," Nicolay with The Hot at Nights
This is taken from Shibuya Session EP. Nicolay is from the Foreign Exchange family of dope musicians and this EP gives me the feeling of a modern age Kind Of Blue and we all love Miles and nem. Right? Here's a link to the website, where the download is available.
This week's schedule:<
- Tuesday night: Da Poetry Lounge, 544 N Fairfax Boulevard, 9-midnight, $5 Admission
- Wednesday: Employee of the Week at The Dime, 442 N Fairfax, 9-2AM, Free Admission
- Friday: Ascot Fitzgerald at The Millennium Biltmore on 5th & Grand, Free Admission
Barring unforeseen challenges, Brutha Gimel's Spin City should be waiting for you, right here on Komplicated.com, every Tuesday afternoon.
[Source: Brutha Gimel]