November and December start to become the feel good months of music. Whether it’s the season change or year end, I start to pay particular attention to the sounds around me. A bit of listening as opposed to hearing. Here’s My Jams.
Miike Snow colabing with Run The Jeweles on “Heart Is Full” is all over my November. A teaser for Miike Snow’s third album due next year, it just reeks of my 2013 SF debauchery with a thuggish twist that welcome the move back to LA this year. It never hurts that the music video (sans Run The Jeweles) brings the Blade Runner/Pris imagery into the mix.
Thundercat’s Them Changes is my jam, grabbing my attention with the Isley Brothers “Footsteps in the dark” drum break. Thundercat and Flying Lotus continue the brink of heartbreak over liquid funk grooves.
TV Girl 2014’s Pantyhose reminds me of The Go! Team without the LoFi sound I always found distracting, while maintaining an off kilter feel good vibe.
Octive Minds’s Tap Dance collab with Chance The Rapper hits my “epic build” music funnybone. Chance never fails to bring the charm but the real star here is Chilly Gonzales key tickling over Boys Noize production. Another 2014 jam. Hey I never said these holy shits where timely.
But Disclosure’s Nocturnal is pretty timely and hopfully timeless. Everyone’s gushing over Magnets, Lordes colaboration on this album. Don’t sleep on this deep end opening track with The Weeknd maning the mic. The track grabs you and refuses to let go. In fact, it reminded me a lot of…
2001’s Dubtribe Sound System’s Do It Now. I said I was a sucker for epic builds. That doesn’t omit epic deconstructions”. This one is a meditative eb and flow classic I’ve put back into rotation this month.
As I mentioned previously, I’ve been obsessed with BadBadNotGood this month and has been my go to for instrumental work music. But when work is done, I usher in the additional swagger with Soul Soul, their collaboration with Ghostface Killah. It’s Ennio Moriconne making love to Portishead while Tarantino films.
On that note, we enter the deep end of deep house with tracks from Jon Hopkins and Klasmos. Balancing dirty bass and melodic piano riffs. Drift away ya’ll.