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The Spot Check. We get artists from around the world to open up the masses of music stored away on their hard drives, have five tracks selected at random, and then attempt to explain away any embarrassing tracks that might have found their way into the selection. Pass or fail? Well, thats your call.
Things are taking off here at The 273, and we’ve got another international guest to open themselves up to praise or ridicule depending on what their shuffle button brings up.
J57 is a producer whose group Brown Bag Allstars have been on a steady rise this year, and up until its close this month, was one of the people holding it down behind the counter at that Hip Hop mecca, Fat Beats New York. So, without further ado, lets hand you over to the man himself. J57, this is a random spot check. Show us what you’ve got:
1./ Madlib – Track 9 (Medicine Show No.2- Flight To Brazil: Brazilian Funk, Psych, and Jazz)
Madlib is one of my favorite producers of all time and has been since I started making beats. This track is actually not one of his beats – it’s a blend of a few Brazillian Jazz tracks from his Medicine Show series. I think this is something I could see Madlib or someone else sampling in the future..but either way, this music is straight up dope.
2. Elzhi – Save Ya ft/ T3 (Euro Pass)
I think it’s pretty random that my shuffle went to one of my favorite Elzhi tracks and not one of the embarrassing pop guilty pleasure tracks in my iTunes. But hell, I’m not mad at that. I remember the summer this Euro Pass project dropped, I had this particular song on repeat in Fat Beats and every time I played it, a different customer asked what it was. Good times.
3. Brian Bennett – Thug (Black Dynamite OST)
I’m not going to lie…this song is awesome. You can’t really go wrong with the Black Dynamite soundtrack, it just makes feel like you’re in the 70’s..even if you were born in the 80’s, like myself. I strongly recommend purchasing this soundtrack. Every song is good.
4. Jon Brion – Didn’t Think It Would Turn Out Bad – (I Heart Huckabees OST)
I’ve never seen the movie, I Heart Huckabees, and I don’t really love this song, but I’m a huge Jon Brion fan, so I have just about everything he’s ever released. I’ve been a big fan since Kanye’s Late Registration dropped back in August 2005, and I found out Jon Brion was the mastermind behind that classic album. Dude’s a genius. I wish I could be him. That is all.
5. Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love (Greatest Hits)
Great song right here. Weirdly enough it reminds me of being a little kid and staying home sick from school. I don’t know, maybe it was played on the radio while my Mom drove me to the Doctor’s on a sick day? I really have no clue, but in my twisted brain it reminds me of that. I have issues.
Big shouts out to J57 for going in on this feature. Now its up to you to vote on whether he cops a pass or a fail. Voting is at the bottom of the page.
J57’s new LP Digital Society is out now. You can cop that by clicking on the LP cover below.