Beauty and the Best

Oct 2012

Method Man/Freddie Gibbs/Streetlife - Built For This Review

From the soundtrack for the upcoming kung fu flick
The Man with the Iron Fists comes this funky new track by Streetlife, Freddie Gibbs and Method Man. I know what you're thinking "a member of the Wu Tang Clan collaborating on an Asian themed project?" It's unprecedented, yes, but hear me out. They're really good at it.

"Built For This" combines the sounds of both eastern and western live instrumentals with the gritty lyrics these artists are known for, turning it into another great tune that just makes you want to pull your arms in and start bobbing your head.

The video splices in clips of the movie along with clips of Method, Gibbs & Street doing what they do best. So check it out and if you like what you see/hear then be sure to watch out for other tracks from the official soundtrack being produced by fellow Wu Tang alumni the RZA, as well as the movie itself being released to theaters on November 2, 2012.

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REWORK: Philip Glass Remixed Review

In the days of iTunes where music comes a la carte, it isn't often that albums are something made to be enjoyed as a whole anymore. Instead, it often feels like producers come up with one or two catchy tunes and the rest is just filler. And with so much out there, who wants to put in the time to listen to just one album anyway? I'm usually already bored of what I heard a whole eighty minutes ago but this is an exception.

"REWORK: Philip Glass Remixed" is a collaboration by many of today's top artists to create a tribute for one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Philip Glass has been working for decades creating minimalist cyclical beats but also operas and even soundtracks which have earned him academy award nominations. REWORK celebrates his 75th birthday by reworking some of his tunes into completely new sounds that can change entirely from track to track.

In this album you'll hear types of musical genres including but not limited to glitch, house, ambient, classical, chillwave, synth pop and instrumental hip hop. There's something for everyone to enjoy and for someone who enjoys everything it's something else. It's something eclectic and wonderful.

The tracks can be purchased individually if you feel you're only into certain types over others. But the whole album is 
here for you to stream, free of charge so I encourage all of you to give the whole thing a listen, you might be surprised and definitely never bored.  If you prefer the real thing however, I'm sorry it won't be available on 8-track but it is getting physical releases on October 23, 2012 for both CD and LP formats which can be pre-ordered now from its official website.

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LV - Ultando Lwaka [ft. Ruffest] Review

If you think that Die Antwoord is good South African music then you're missing the point. As much as I enjoy some of their tracks, they are a parody and one that then became a parody of themselves.  They're like a ghetto version of Aqua now. 

The real sounds of South Africa are coming from artists like LV. His music has synth, it has soul and maybe most importantly, it has bass. All of which you can hear in the single "Ultando Lwaka" from his August 2012 album "Sebenza".  

Drawing influence from the cultural mosaic that is South Africa, this new track combines the sounds of grime with its own local flavor. Keeping that in mind, this one is not in English, so if you're really into lyricists then I hope you're also multilingual.

The video itself is nothing you haven't seen before. Ruffest MCs over interspersed clips of the dance floor and his bedroom but that doesn't take away from the tune at all. So check it out and if you like the sound of LV then it, as well as the rest of the album can be purchased digitally,

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