Back on a Balance

The latest album by the Minneapolis hip hop group Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold, seems to mark a fine maturation for the pioneers of suburbia rap. This is not so much due to it being radically different from their earlier work, but rather because it refines some of the…

Natasja under Kreativ Bogføring

Dansk Folkepartis tilegnelse af Natasjas humanistiske opråb til det danske folk, “Gi’ Mig Danmark Tilbage”, i deres seneste annoncekampagne, er ikke blot udtryk for en usmagelig mangel på respekt for den afdøde protestsangerindes eftermæle, men for to centrale karakteristika ved den propagandastrategi både Folkepartiet og regeringen med succes har benyttet sig af i deres kamp…

Cyd Charisse RIP

One of the greatest sensual dancers of the Hollywood musical has passed away. Indelible in Singin’ in the Rain, where she appears in just one scene — the deliciously surreal dream sequence set piece of the movie — and irresistible in The Bandwagon where she weaves silver screen magic with Fred Astaire (see exhibit A…

Hype: Big Hungry Joe

The Danish bluegrass band Big Hungry Joe — amongst whose members you find cartoonists Jesper Deleuran and Tobias Enevoldsen — have just dropped their first album: Hillbilly Hayride! Listen to some of the new tunes and order the record here. Also, check out their MySpace and their official webpage. Oh, they’re apparently on iTunes too……

Hype: It’s a Jamboree!

Check out this massive roots, ska, rocksteady, calypso, reggae and dub haven. It is a fantastic resource for anyone even remotely interested in these genres, and in good music in general. One Love spread through the internet. Biggup! This has been your pick of the week. Highest recommendation.

Camu Tao RIP

Columbus, Ohio-based MC Tero Smith, alias Camu Tao, has passed away after a three-year battle with lung cancer, reports his long-time collaborator El-P of Definitive Jux Records. In his press release, he writes: “To those who knew Tero, he was an almost uncategorizable force of nature. Wild, hilarious, proud, loving, tough, outspoken, spontaneous and brilliant.…

Hype: Majors

Majors is a new Danish supergroup delivering traditional, well-crafted boom-bap hip hop in spades. In consists of former DMC Champion DJ Noize, DJ and producer extraordinaire Static, as well as the MCs NatILL, J-Spliff and the hottest new talent on the block, Negash Ali. Their album is out, you can check out their first video…