Mental Problems

A little thing about the ongoing porosity of German Electronic Music in Hip Hop and Electronica's fragile relationship with head-nodding beats and vocal samples. Featuring and partially inspired by acts from yesterdays woe-begotten promotional thrust.

Monoton - Ein Wort
Young Thug - Constantly Hatin’
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money
Dilla - B.B.E.
The Fearless Four - Rockin’ It
Asmus Tietchens - Litia
Ekoplekz - The Glorian Mode
Danny Brown - Detroit 187
Raymond Scott - Lightworks (Instrumental)
A$AP Rocky - Love live A$AP
Zomby - The Lie
Xylitol - Anomie<->Bonhomie
Future - Rotation
IX Tab - The Ministry of Ontological Security
Carl Craig - Elements


Tropical Virtual

Observers - Rich And Poor Dub
Earons - Land of Hunger
Parliament - The Placebo Syndrome
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Mr Softee
Dennis Brown - impossible
Terry Reid - Dean
Smokey Robinson - And I Don't Love You
Jimmy Cliff - Treat the Youths Right
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Cristina - You Rented A Space
Kanye West - Heartless
The Drifters - Saturday Night At The Movies
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos
Konono No1 - Yambadi Mama
Ginger Johnson - Jool Omo
The Congoes and Sun Araw - Jungle

Mix here.


The Southern Connection

There are many recent collections which pick up aspects of this continuum - Funky Reggae, Country Soul and Bayou Rock but I haven't heard one which covers the whole spectrum. I've been listening to a lot of Soul on Stax and out of Fame and it stuck me forcibly just how incredibly indebted Soul is to Country, so I thought I'd rise to the challenge.

I've not chosen any tracks to prove a musicological point - just tunes I love.

Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris - Love Lots of Lovin'
Otis Redding - That's How Strong My Love Is
The Fleets - Please Return To Me
Booker T and the MGs - Chinese Checkers
Dan Penn - Let Them Talk
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
The Meters - Dry Spell
The Upsetters - Black IPA
Derrick Harriott - Musical Madness
Toots and the Maytals - Sit Right Down
Garland Jeffries - Bound To Get Ahead Someday
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
Bobby Womack - Ruby Dean
Ruby Johnson - I'll Run Your Hurt Away
Wendy Rene - After Laughter
Al Green - Take Me To The River
Tony Joe White - Even Trolls Love Rock'n'Roll
Joe Ely - West Texas Waltz
Bobby Womack - Everything Is Beautiful
Mable John - Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born On The Bayou
Booker T and the MGs - Chicken Pox
Bobbie Gentry - Lousiana Man
Merle Haggard - Waiting For A Train
Bobby Charles - Street People
Chuck Brooks - Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
Jim Ford - Dr Handy
Larry Jon Wilson - Sheldon Church Yard
Jim Stafford - Swamp Witch
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Run Through The Jungle
Link Wray - Tail Dragger
Little Feat - Lafayette Railroad
Vernon Wray - Prison Song