Shiftee’s Picks – Week 10

Boom! Two times DMC World Champion brings us his essential weekend tunes

What did I do last weekend?

The real question is what didn’t I do?  Here are some things I did NOT do last weekend: scuba dive, calligraphy, eat a nectarine, joust, discuss politics with Barack Obama, watch baseball, not drink English Breakfast Tea in London, meditate, run with the bulls, box a matador, switch to Geico, swindle a tourist, start saving for my future, not hit top 10 on the Beatport Dubstep charts, get a Mani Pedi, drink a soda, ride a moose, jump off a moving train…and shave. 

The Picks

Bombaman – Some Swell View
I’ve been rinsing Bombaman joints for a hot minute now even though his name is subliminally a call to violence: Bomb-a-man.  Personally I think it’s a little extreme to use a whole bomb on one guy.  Bombmen, Bombavillage, Bombyourenemies, etc. all seem more fitting albeit more devastating.  Better yet, how about Hugaman, Hugmen, Hugavillage, and Hugyourenemies as potential names?

Cadenza – The Darkest Hype (Phillip D Kick Mix)
Hat tip to Sleepyhead’s Soundcloud Favorites on this one.  This track is darkest hype as darkest hell!  Phillip D Kick flip’s Cadenza’s Lafayette Afro Rock Band sampling original into a dancefloor scorcher.  Smokey the Bear has nightmares about this track due to its propensity to start forest fires.

Clicks & Whistles – Neva Get Caught (Deathface Remix)
North Carolina homie remixes North Carolina homies.  Wild man, purveyor of all evil, & Magic The Gathering connoisseur Deathface drops the hammer on this banger.  I can see this tune being used as a transition tool from heavy to atmospheric and vice-versa by working with the breakdown. 

Crookers – Dushi
I don’t know what “Dushi” means, but I’d like to think it’s a replacement for the word “tushy.”  Let’s be honest, “tushy” has been dominating the ‘cute substitute for the word ass’ game for centuries now.  It’s time for a regime change.  Luckily for us, Crookers have provided the theme music for this linguistic revolution.  “Dushi” will make the club and your vocabulary go wild. 

Cubenx – Adrift at Sea
Being adrift at sea is no joke.  Literally tens of people die each year from sea-related drift incidents.  Of those killed, literally 0% were listening to this song at the time of their deaths.  It thus goes to show.  if you’re going to be adrift at sea, please listen to “Adrift at Sea.”  It might just save your life. 

Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
If you haven’t seen the video yet, do it.  Here’s the link: Don’t just sit there!  Click the link it!!!! Do it!  RIGHT NOW!!!!!  I’ll wait……………………………………………………………..

I’m going to go on record and say this is (and will be) the greatest dickhead video of all time.  Surrealism meets porno meets comedy in this unforgettable video.  Oh, and the song is dope too.

MoonDoctoR – You Can’t Do What Gangstaz Do (Booty Clap Mix)
Not a new song, but new to me so screw you!  Who am I Ally McBeal?  Unexpected, dirty, and driving drop into juke mayhem.  MoonDoctoR is definitely a producer to watch out for.  For goodness sake, the man is a doctor on the moon!  Music is child’s play compared to moon medicine. 

Pariah – Left Unsaid
In the words of my homie Lamin Fofana, Pariah’s Left Unsaid is a “slow burner.”  Indeed it’s the arrangement of the track as much as anything that captures my attention.  It builds and builds then builds some more, repeatedly increasing anticipation and tension. 

The Roots – Make My ft. Big Krit
Man, I love The Roots.  They’ve been one of my favorite hip hop groups since I first fell in love with hip hop.  This song reminds why.  A lovely song with passion and soul.  Both verses are on point and the instrumental outro is mesmerizing.  As Rakim said, “This is how it should be done.  This style is identical to none.”  My baby making music pick of the week. 

T.I. ft. Pharrell – Hear Ye, Hear Ye
More Hip Hop!  Always happy to hear a new hip hop song I enjoy.  The beat here is the killer.  Sometimes all you need is one awesome loop.  Really I could listen to it for hours.  That you’ve got T.I. and Pharrell rhyming on top is just bonus.  Really you could put my doorman and my grandma on this instrumental, and I’d still probably like the song. 

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