July 15th, 2016 by Ubikkidus

I’ve got a lot of respect for the blues, but don’t carry much in the arsenal.    The main reason is I’m a song guy, and a lot of the blues are based on one riff that keeps plowing throughout the song.   I do like it, and especially like it in a live setting but it doesn’t necessarily make it one of my playlists.

Which brings me to Fantastic Negrito.    I can listen to his material all day.  If you haven’t heard “Lost in a Crowd” or “An Honest Man”, click on the link above and below.

This to me, is blues, but they are well crafted songs as well, not just a jam. There are 3 things done great by the Fantastic One (can I call you that?):   1) Excellent soulful vocals with intensity–nothing casual here, 2)Nice riffs, and 3) my favorite- well written lyrics and the composition of a song.

This all sounds obvious like the ABC’s of making a great song, but it’s great to hear it in a blues setting.    Needless to say the Fantastic Negrito is in my playlists now.



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June 21st, 2016 by Ubikkidus

Assuming you’re reading this, please follow this experiment with me:

  1. Find a street to walk down, preferably one with a sidewalk.
  2. Walk at your normal pace, maybe a little faster.
  3. Put on “Born to Shine” by Big Grams (Collaboration of Phantogram and Outkast’s Big Boi)–this track also has El-P and Killer Mike aka Run the Jewels.
  4. At about the twentieth second, slow down your pace.  To be specific make sure you’re doing this by the time Killer Mike raps “I walk in Ric Flairin.  long fur coat wearing”.
  5. Soak it all in.

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