December 08 Mix



Another year older, another year fatter, another 266 songs immortalized by getting on a Nordy Monthly Mix.  Here are the last 22 songs of 2008 for your listening pleasure.  

Good albums this month:

  • P Brothers – The Gas: Dirty, grimy NY street rap, courtesy of two dudes from Nottingham, England.  The only NY rap album I’ve liked all year [ed. note: forgot about Vordul’s Megagraphitti…oops].
  • Curumin – Japan Pop Show:  Have I mentioned before that I want to go to Brazil?  Well, until I make that happen, this album is the next best thing.
  • Paper Route Gangstaz – Fear and Loathing in Huntsvegas:  It’s a bit uneven (an uneven southern hip-hop album…shocking!), but the highlights are pretty sublime.  And the price (whatever you want to pay) is nice.
  • Clipse – Road to Til the Casket Drops:  It’s no We Got It For Cheap Vol. 2, but at least it restored my faith in the brothers Thornton after the utterly disappointing Re-Up Gang album.

As always, let me know if there’s anything good I missed this month.

1) Allen Toussaint – Last Train
Courtesy of the always fantastic Captain’s Crate. In fact, four of this month’s 22 songs were originally posted on Captain’s Crate.  Which begs the question, why are you reading my shitty blog when there are guys like Captain Planet and Murphy’s Law continually unearthing gems like this?

2) Quintron – The Boss Wants to Party With You
Oh how I miss the drunken corporate Christmas party.  Open bar, limited food, inappropriate behavior, broken careers…and endlessly entertaining.  

3) Toussaint McCall – Shimmy
An indomitable funk heater courtesy of the also always fantastic Soul Sides.

4) Curumin – Sambito
Seriously, if any of you have recommendations for more Brazilian music in this vein, I’m all ears.

5) Raphael Saadiq – Seven
I still need to listen to The Way I See It, despite the gushing praise heaped on it by ?uestlove.  I’ve never been a Raphael Saadiq fan before (just always seemed to polished and shiny for my liking) but this bonus track has piqued my interest.  Another O-Dub sure shot.

6) Dazz Band + Whitfield Brothers – Let It Whip (b.cause prowlin’ half-time rework)
Based on the song title, this is clearly some sort of remix, but I’m not going to pretend like I’m actually familiar with the original(s).  All I know is that the product is sparse and badass.  Kind of reminds me of “Walk On By.”

7) Mayer Hawthorne and The County – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
My favorite song of the month.  Why are so many awesome songs about breakups though?  As much as I’d like to, I can’t exactly play this at my wedding.

8) Spec Boogie (feat. Von Pea, Elucid, Cyren Young) – Calling Me
From the very solid Kid Gorgeous mixtape.  Someone tell me the original beat here…it’s killing me!

9) The Alchemist (feat. Evidence & Blu) – Therapy
After spending my Christmas break snowed-in a house with a 1-year old and a 2-year old, I, too, was wondering where do we go when we’re losing our minds.  The answer: the liquor cabinet!

10) J-Dawg (feat. Lil’ Keke) – Time
In 2005 Slim Thug was poised for a breakout.  In 2008, he’s dropping weed carier albums that nobody pays attention to outside of Houston.  It’s a shame because both of his Boss Hogg Outlawz albums are both easily as good as Already Platinum.

11) The P Brothers (ft. Boss Money) – Cold World
Modern blues music.

12) Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)
“Candyman, Candyman, spit me a dream / blow a chunk of the levee out and spit me a stream / knock a man house down and build a casin / a two thousand dollar government check from FEM”

13) Scarface (feat. Papa Rue) – High Powered
It seems like every year Scarface decides to un-retire…and I’m totally cool with that.

14) The P Brothers (feat. Milano) – Digital B-boy
Sounds like Mantronix updated for 2008.

15) Ruste Juxx (feat. Reek) – System on Blast
I had to check out Ruste’s (entirely decent) album Indestructible off the strength of last month’s “Get Up.”  

16) B.O.S.S. (feat. G-Side) – Real Good
Who has two thumbs and likes blow jobs?  This guy!

17) Clipse (feat. Ab-Liva) – Pop Champagne
“Pop Champagne” was pretty ubiquitous in December. But Re-Up Gang > Skull Gang any day of the week.

18) Ron Browz – Jumping Out The Window
So stupid, yet so awesome.  I’m a bit embarassed for loving this song so much, but talk to me in a couple of weeks when this song is still embedded in your head.  Merci de Pagette Music.

19) Big P.O.P.E. (feat. Wale) – Don’t Go (Diplo Remix)
I’d actually go out to clubs if they played shit like this.

20) Emerson – Sending Out My Love
Who wants to breakdance?  Not me…I’d hurt myself.  But a boy can dream.  Props to Chairman Mao for this one.

21) Barbara Mason – Another Man
Who’s Barbara Mason’s man sleeping with?  Another man!  Whoa.  Props (once again!) to Captain’s Crate.  You guys rule.

22) Kraak & Smaak (feat. Ben Westbeech) – Squeeze Me
Amazing song, and the video of the year?

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