Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I know it's a few days late, but what the heck, eh? It's a short album
A few years ago, in a particularly Belle & Sebastian-obsessed stage, back in the days when I read all their posts on their website, (yes, it was before RR) I read that they liked the band Felt. So I downloaded a few tracks. Turns out it was the wrong Felt. The Felt I downloaded was a sort of joke collaboration between a pair of underground hip hopsters. Well, I've come across the tracks a few times in my iTunes library, and I've always liked them. One of the fellows was MURS and I've always had the name in the back of my mind to investigate further. The other day the LastFM-bot suggested that I might like him, so I read up a bit, listened a bit, and got this album.
He's known for his self-deprecating, piercingly intelligent lyrics, and a story-telling style. (these are all quotes, but I can't remember where they're from). This album is entirely produced by 9th Wonder, who uses languid, soul-saturated productions that borrow from the seamless early '70s sounds of groups like the Chi-lites and the Delfonics. (also a quote)
Anyway, I'd listened a few times, and I like it. I think it works as an album of the week, because it's only over the course of the whole album that his personality comes through (the first few songs sounded more boastful than self-deprecating to me, but it makes sense when you've heard more, I think.)
I wasn't going to post a hip hop album as album of the week, because I thought it would exclude too many 'Spillers, but I read that he worked with Aesop Rock and Cannibal Ox, and I know a few 'Spillers are fans; I looked back and saw that Blimpy had actually posted a track of MURS' on the 'Spill at one point; and I know there are a lot of fans of Soul out there, so I thought it might appeal to a few people.
It's dangerously close to RR, so in order to save space in Dropbox, I'm just providing a link to the album on spotify. But if anybody wants me to drop it, just for the day, let me know.