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Luck-One is an emcee from Portland, Oregon whose upcoming full-length True Theory is one of the most anticipated releases in NW hiphop, which is also starting to build an international buzz.
Earlier this summer I wrote a piece here for the Portland Mercury, and today I was blessed with a link to a brand new track in my inbox – not from the upcoming album, but from the outtakes that didn’t make the cut.
Not that I wasn’t psyched before, but if this is just an outtake, I expect great things on the horizon for this young artist with seemingly limitless potential. But don’t take my word for it, check it yourself.
While we’re at it, here’s some more good stuff from Manchester: the peeps at development have done a wicked interview with DJ Spinna, who is playing their fourth birthday bash alongside Osunlade this weekend (at Sound Control).
Exclusively (yeah, that’s right), we’re quoting some of the best bits here. For your fix of phonic tonic, head back to their blog.
Nice1 deep cats!
You recorded the hip hop album ‘Sonic Smash’ last year, which was fantastic. How much of your time in the studio is devoted to Hip Hop these days?
It’s hard to balance the two but I would say I’m doing more dance records these days as it pays the bills and there’s also less politics involved in that scene. I also enjoy the end result much more, from the studio straight to the dance floor. With hip hop it’s just not the same.
Hip hop has changed a lot over the last few years with a very different sound making it through to the mainstream, what are your thoughts on the genre right now?
As for the mainstream it’s pretty bad, not much innovation there. I’ve always remained underground because of this. With that said I feel like the realness is dead in the mainstream world. There’s still good hip hop out here but most of it remains underground as usual. I miss the early 90’s when quality hip hop like Gangstar or Tribe were mainstream. Those days are over. The genre has made too much money and the soul is gone.
J Dilla or Michael Jackson?
No comparison. Two different kinds of legends for their own reasons. Michael being the greatest entertainer of all time and J Dilla being the most innovative and progressive thinking producer of this generation. There will never be icons like these again in this lifetime.
Your style always seems to cover a lot of genres, from Stevie Wonder to Sade through to Hip Hop to Techno etc……. what music don’t you like?
I don’t like Death Metal, makes me want to slit my wrist and it gives me a stomach ache.
Tell us about Stevie and what he means to you?
Stevie is the ultimate humanitarian artist. His music reflects love and peace, and his voice is golden. But in the 70’s he was super funky and his production was innovative and way ahead of it’s time for that era. If you listen closely to some of his recordings you can hear everything from the talk box, to Hare Krishna choirs, apregiating moogs, sick drum programming and sampling before the general listener knew what these things were. The water drops instead of finger snaps on “Overjoyed” for example, who thinks of this? And that was 1986!
New York seems to have lost a lot of record stores over the last few years, where are your favorite digging spots in your home town and what is the most treasured 12″ in your vast and highly respected collection?
My two favourite spots to dig are Academy Records and Big City Records. One of my most treasured 12″‘s is Stevie Wonder’s As. It was only legitimately pressed as a German Motown Promo with a picture sleeve. It was never commercially released as a 12″ in the States or any where else in the world and it’s stupid rare and expensive.
Tell us something we probably don’t know about you…
I am a home body. Don’t go out much these days. I’m not impressed by much and I prefer to be home working or chilling with the fam. Sometimes my wife has to give me a swift kick in the butt (figuratively speaking) to get out and live a little.
Remember Dave Chapelle’s sketch about the Tupac track that came out after he died, yet still had modern day references in it? People bumping and grinding in the club while the DJ’s playing ‘I Wrote This Song A Long Time Ago’? Real funny business.
It’s so accurate in portraying how the music industry churns out posthumously released records to make a quick earner – this month: ‘Valley of Neptunes’ by Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix was 27 when he died, having released three studio albums and one live LP up until then. At least five albums of unreleased material come out since his death in 1970 and yet another one is added to the list. Quite a few of the songs are cover versions and on some, the sound quality is so bad it’s not even worth it. It makes you think: there probably was a reason why this creative genius didn’t want to release it at the time…
Anyway, I’m still waiting for that collabo track featuring Jimi, ODB, B.I.G. and maybe Barry White, Michael Jackson or Teddy Pendergrass doing some vocals on the chorus. Add a little Kurt Cobain or Jeff Buckley in there to give it cross-over appeal. It would most definitely would sound a bit strange, but worth it.
I’ll leave you with this thought: what would be your favourite line-up of deceased musicians?
Yes, it’s been half a year since Beat Bungalow first opened its doors to vinyl lovers, hip hop fans and music freaks the world over – and boy, what an exciting ride it’s been so far. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading the posts as much as I have writing them. Please keep comments and feedback coming, the philosophy hasn’t changed: it’s your bungalow, you can do whatever you like.
I know it’s not the time to pop open the bubbly just yet, but let’s put some Nas on in the background and take a trip down memory lane: since September, we’ve had chats & interviews with Tranqill, Suff Daddy, The Herbaliser, Paul White and tight_face.
Vinyl addicts Supafly Records gave a lodown on what’s happening in Portugal, Zimbabwean MC Kuda talked African politics & music and DJs Paul Pre and Supreme dropped by with crates full of wax goodies. More recently we hooked up with producer Handycat from Oslo, Washington DC’s DTMD, Diamond District and Oddisee (full interview & podcasts still in the works) and got an insight from Mr Thaione Davis from Chicago (one of my personal favourites on here).
You can still listen to J-Live and Woody Madera on the podcasts over on mixcloud. In the coming months, there will be more interesting people, records and videos passing through these doors. In the mean time, tell your friends, tell your mother – everyone’s invited.
If you’re a DJ, vinyl fanatic or recording artist, or even want to write on here, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – always looking forward to new sounds. buddah bless.
Here’s the original L.O.U. video.
You might remember the piece I posted last year about the ‘Homegrown’ UK Hip Hop exhibition, which kicked off in autumn. Well, here’s a little clip about it with views of some old school cover art, Hijack and many more.
The exhibition runs til next month at Urbis in Manchester.