Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!
We asked Patrick to bring in his favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me" - The Austrailian DJ collective/electronic music group dropped their sophomore album Wildflower earlier this year, off which I shared the vibe out "Colours," in an earlier buzz session, after a 16 year wait from when their groundbreaking debut Since I Left You came out in 2000..
"Because I'm Me" is the album's defacto opening track, and it's almost entirely focused around one amazing calssic 70s soul sample, the track "Want Ads" by the Honey Cones, a record that has been the secret weapon of DJs for years, and while I thought it had been used more often, "Because I'm Me" is actually the biggest song it's ever been featured on. The way the Avalanches use it is just really impressive, and then they stack the deck by featuring canonical Bronx hip-hop duo Camp Lo who have made a career of sounding cool as heck over 70s soul beats...they just slide on to the track and spit gorgeous verses completly locked in with the beat...it's a thing to behold.
Joey Purp, Cornerstore - The centerpiece from Joey Purp's insanely impressive iidrops mixtape he dropped this summer--arugably my favorite hip-hop release of the year--which is just this almost novel, headspinning, nostalgiac, tragic, and relevant, about a life living in the west side of Chicago, one of the most violent, impoverished inner city areas in the country. Joey's verse is almost stream of consciousness and gets more and more desperate and strained as the verse goes on, almost losing his breath, his compatriot Saba, another chicago native, also mirrors Joey's verse spitting off fragmented memories of living in an area where gun violence is an every day obstacle, drug dealing/gang membership is the major means of employment, and you gotta do what you gotta do to get off the block.