Slice & Soda

I like this recent band name trend involving two nouns separated by an ampersand: Wolf & Lamb, Tiger & Woods, and now Slice & Soda.  Turns out Slice & Soda is actually Para One (Frenchie) and San Serac (Masshole) working together to make songs for us to dance to. Para One is a pretty established remixer/producer, he’s responsible for producing TTC’s French rap albums and for one of Daft Punk’s most recognized remixes of “The Prime Time of Your Life”.  San Serac is no stranger either, he has 3 full length Nu Disco albums under his belt, is part of Morgan Geist’s Environ family, and has toured with the likes of Junior Boys, Shout Out Out Out Out, and Tiger City. I wonder why the duo didn’t call themselves San One or Para Sac. Either way, Slice & Soda’s sef-titled EP just came out on 6/20 off of Six Pack France. They have a limited run of 300 CD digipack + T-shirt bundles available here. Git ‘em quick!

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Check out our previous post on San Serac

Crush

Crush is the solo project of Tommy Gardner, Drummer of the band Beach Fossils from Brooklyn, NY. He recently released a 7 track EP for download for a measly $5 on his Bandcamp page. Get it! It’s a lovely sounding collection of bedroom recordings that are warm and textured. The guitar work is splendid and complementary to his vocals. Some songs do remind me of a strip down version of Wild Nothing while other tracks are a lot more upbeat and chipper. Favorite tracks: “I Need You” “Too Tired to Fight” “Through the Years”.

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Sissy Nobby

Earlier this year on February 23rd, bounce veteran Sissy Nobby posted a pretty jarring Youtube video that he was quitting the bounce game due to a conflated mix of young backstabbers, lovers and a general creative lull in his work.   He announced to his internet fanbase that he was privatizing all his videos, which have over 6,460,500 views, as well as deleting his Facebook and Twitter accounts.  He explained his discouragement further:

“I love all my fans.  No one understands what I’m going through, it’s just me – it all started by me and I got messed over by managers…I got messed over by everyone.  Fuck this game.  Fuck everything.  I hate this fucking life.”

I’m happy to say that he hasn’t done any of this. I was worried, I’ll be straight up with ya, that Nobby was gone and heading into some dark bayou abyss.  Losing New Orleans’ most prolific artist is the last thing the bounce game needs, especially after the horrific shooting deaths of the legendary Magnolia Shorty and comedian/MC Messy Mya in late 2010.  His latest 15-song release Suicidal Bounce references this dark period, but shows that Sissy Nobby cut those demons out of his life and is further developing a solo-sound shaped by modern R&B hooks, classic bounce riddims, and Sony Acid production techniques that position him as the most DIY cat in the game.

Most bounce artists in the Crescent City rely on epic DJ/producer Blaq and Mild, as well as some up-and-comers like Showboy CJ and J-Dogg, to churn out their club bangers. Nobby, whose given name is Terrell Gallo, does everything his own damn self and shows more lyrical and productive innovation with each new release.  On Suicidal Bounce, he covers themes previously explored in his work, like tales of hoes trying to impede on his sex life and how much hotter he is than others, all re-tightened with new formulas for constructing bounce hits that make the whole club shake.

Gallo maintains the organic “it all started by me” aspects of not only his audio and video production, but his promotion, marketing and distribution as well.  When I taught at a charter school in New Orleans, I had gotten in touch with Nobby’s “manager” via Myspace (remember Myspace??) to see if he could wish my students a Merry Christmas over the phone—and he happily obliged.  His number went straight to Nobby’s phone..  For the record, my students went nuts when he called, and were all like, “How u know about Nobby, Mr. Mason???”

The first single “Tha Factz” tells you straight up about dick, some divine phallus from the Calliope housing projects that drove Nobby to reflect long and hard: “He’s too big / he’s too wide / he out that Calliope / and he’s circumcised.”  Sexual themes dominate his work and it helps to have a little vocabulary lesson to totally feel it.  Take a look at this gem: I’m feelin some kinda way/ I’m in the mood for a Magnolia trade / She feelin’ some kinda way/ she in the mood for a Calliope trade.  Bounce is one of the most unique forms of music as it functions as a medium to map out space by referencing different neighborhoods and projects in each song.  Although the Magnolia and Calliope are only about a mile from each other (3 mins on Google maps!), they connote way different things in term of identity and style.

Traditionally “trade” has been a term used (mostly) by the African-American gay community in New Orleans to refer to a straight-appearing gay/bi male– one who likely does not reciprocate sexual favors.  His use of “She” in there applies as well because, in some rare turn, “trade” has been appropriated by women in New Orleans from the gay community to refer to a well put-together and certified hot boy.  These are sexually nebulous designations, which seem to be more prevalent in New Orleans, I think, than any other city I’ve been to or lived in.  Style, preference, and gender seem to be more experimental there that the affixed term of “sissy bounce” does not really capture.  And Nobby uses this space as lyrical fodder.

On “Really,” Nobby confronts these issues of creepin’ without borders by keeping them hoes in check.  He tells them straight:  While you hoes trying to get my trade / he wit me in my house, in my bed while we lay/ listen carefully, bitch, to the words I say / stay away from my boy or my gun will spray.  A fair warning to the haters, who are most likely in the audience, to let them know that they are just a part of his man’s past and Nobby’s “Bonny and Clyde” got no time for their jealous asses.  “Really” is layered over a version of Sade’s “Love is Stronger Than Pride” and is more lyrical and less chopped than the other jams on the CD, making it Nobby’s summer R&B hit.

R&B samples have always played a huge role in bounce (from DJ Poppa’s throwback rework of Dennis Edward’s “Don’t Look Any Further” and more recently Fly Boy Keno’s remix of Lloyd’s “Lay It Down”), but Nobby poaches from more recent and obscure R&B hits, including Tamia’s “Officially Missing You” and Miguel’s recent #1 single “Sure Thing,” to take a whole new direction in bounce composition.  For “Sure Thing Mixx,” he provides the rhythmic foundation for the song through one of the core bounce riddims from Derek B’s “Rock the Beat,” placed over the entirety of Miguel’s hit.   On top of that, he punches in slightly slowed-down vocal samples of Magnolia Shorty’s trademark calls and his own trademark “Sissy Nobby and I’m on your mind!” over the non-vocal parts.  These mixes are pretty standard in the New Orleans club scene, but Nobby shapes them to create a new style of R&B-infused bounce that
that show a level of maturity largely unseen in other bounce producers and DJs are still trying to sharpen.  Consider him alongside R. Stevie Moore and Dam-Funk in terms of production and DIY aesthetics than other producer/MCs.

The newer videos advertising his blowout July 4th birthday party show a slimmer Sissy with a more positive outlook for his career.  Suicidal Bounce listens like an album, so the stand-alone tracks here are somewhat removed from the overall context of the record. Still, they show that Nobby is taking the game in a whole new direction.  “Support Your Sissy,” as he says, and break bread by buying his CD over at CDBaby.

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Massimiliano Pagliara

A month or so ago I was luckily enough to receive an advanced copy of Massimiliano Pagliara’s new LP Focus for Infinity and it’s been on repeat in my iPod since. The album, released just two weeks ago on the excellent German label Live At Robert Johnson is an elegantly produced and arranged piece of modern synth disco and deep house. My favorites tracks are the post punk disco works As The Night Breathes and Order of Debt (a reinterpretation of PiL’s Order of Death (one of my all time favorite PiL tracks) and the epic deep, emotive house of Harmonize. Although I have my favorites I recommend experiencing the album as singular piece of work and listening to it from start to finish.

Video interview courtesy of Electronic Beats

Here are some “snippets” from the album:

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Massimiliano Pagliara- Harmonize

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Girls Names

Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland in the U.K. comes Girls Names. The three piece consists of  Cathal: Guitars/Vox, Neil: Drums and Claire: Bass. Girls Names’s band pronunciation bugs the shit out of me but at least their music doesn’t! The band makes up for it with their simple yet infectous pop songs. So much so that it caught the attention of two reputable labels, Captured Tracks and Slumberland both of which who have great talent on their rosters. They grabbed my attention when I heard their cover of the Twin Peaks theme song “Falling”. If the series were still on I’m pretty sure David Lynch would have loved to incorporate their music onto the show. At times their jangly guitars and monotonous vocals sound a bit like the Crystal Stilts and the Beat Happenings. There’s a mix of Surfy/60′s do wop in there for good measure. Check out the mp3s/videos below.

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The Hundred In The Hands | Ticket Giveaway

For those that haven’t heard yet Brooklyn based indie-pop duo The Hundred In The Hands will be gracing the stage in Wynwood district’s The Electric Pickle this Thursday night!  It’s kind of hard to believe but the band have really never ever been down to the greater Miami area. You’d think the hoards of young Miami locals who leave this city for the Williamsburgh area of Brooklyn would have sparked some interest in the bands desire to play our hood sooner. Well theres always a first time for anything and everything right?  THITH as they are sometimes referred to are very excited to be coming down and performing live for you so don’t let them down by playing the typical Miami game…

…”Oh doors open at 10pm, hmmm well I don’t want to be first to show up so maybe I’ll wait for Jared? But Jared gets out of work around 11:30ish, oh but thats cool the band wont go on until midnight. Damn now I have to wait for Susie cuz she wants to come”. See this is when you start to get sleepy and then that freshly packed bowl winks at you from your coffee table, and then. Then your all like, “eh maybe I’ll catch them the next time they come down here?”  This happens all to often in this great city… LES GO MIAMI!

THINGS YOU MAY HAVE NOT KNOWNcourtesy of  ’The Hundred In The Hands’:

1.  The first thing we want to do in Miami is get a Cuban sandwich and say hello to Dexter!

2.  Jacques Renault RULES!

3.  The New artists we are currently listening to now are  FACTORY FLOOR, MIDLIFE  &  ELECTRIC GUEST 

4.  The best thing about being in a band is making records and getting to go to new places (We’ve never been to Miami)!

5.  THITH on 2 Live Crew: The first time we heard 2 Live Crew it was blasting at a 12 year old girls birthday party.

 

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Ticket Giveaway:

10th person to email info@nightdrivemiami.com with the correct answer will receive 2 complimentary passes to tomorrows show so listen up!

From what THITH video shoot does the press photo used in this Thursday nights show flyer come from?

Be sure to leave your leave your full name when submitting you answers. See you guys Thursday!

 

THE  HUNDRED IN THE HANDS  (((LIVE)))  @ The Electric Pickle

Along with record players:

BENTON   LAURA of MIAMI   WILL RENUART   &   UCHI

Thursday June 23rd | Doors 10 pm | 18+

The Electric Pickle Co.

2826 North Miami Ave. 

Miami, FL 33127

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hundred In The Hands | Performing LIVE |

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Here’s a nice change from the usual dance floor boom boom. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a lo-fi psychedelic project from New Zealand/Portland (don’t ask me how that works). Their music sounds damn close to what our parents listened to in the 70s mixed with a dash of Ariel Pink.  I can’t find much info on them other than some cool videos and tour dates, but there has been some buzz about their new self-titled album, which drops today off of Fat Possum Records!

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Drrtyhaze

Two more disco-heads from Brooklyn, but these guys are pretty deep in it.  Drrtyhaze is the project name of DJ Doug Gomez and DJ Drilla.  Gomez holding down the resident position at the Play It Loud! party with fellow organizers Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area) and Henry Maldonado (Son of Sound, Native Underground[1][2]).  As Miami attempts to resuscitate its dance roots, this crew has been keeping its disco and house legacy alive and kicking up north.  They’ve released singles off Tirk Recordings and remixes on Under The Shade which I see as honorable badges.  Their style has a strong cosmic sound with fat synth leads and just enough experimentation to make it interesting and keep your feet moving.

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Ryan Evans

I hadn’t seen Ryan Evans in a while although he’s been kicking ass at the Vagabond and Bardot on a regular basis. It was such a pleasure running into him at the Junip show last Wednesday and catching up.  He told me all about his production endeavors and when I looked up what he was talking about the next day I was severely impressed. His soundcloud page is jam-packed with sick remixes along with an original or two.  Dude’s stuff is something to be proud of and I personally can’t wait for him to put out a full EP/ LP of his own. Go Ryan!

Givers – up up up (Ruen & Ryan Evans Remix)

Round Table knights – Say What (Ruen & Ryan Evans Remix)