Last night American hip hop band Antipop Consortium performed at the Scala in London. After their break in 2003, when the members worked on their solo projects, the band continued its activity in 2007. And now they’ve released a new album called Fluorescent Black.
As a resultthey are touring all around the world presenting their new job. Last night’s show was a really good one. The four members of the band combined all those skills that made them well-known: glitchy and electronic music, combined conciousness and abstract lyrics, and amazing rapping skills. But also a strong attitude up in stage.
The band style doesn’t fit with the normal prototype of a hip hop band; they play midi instruments and perform live electronic music taking structures and styles from jazz, and pop, though they’re called Antipop Consortium. They not only rap but also sing, recite, slam, and like to make noise.
From time to time, and as a break, they stopped rapping and played with their instruments, doing a sort of electronica jam session, something rarely seen in hip hop concerts, but much appreciated by the audience.
The venue was full of people and all of them seemed they’ve enjoyed themselves pretty much at the end. The highest moments of the night were when they played Ghost Lawns and Volcano.
It was definitely a great show but also a different one to add to my list of gigs.
Today has been released the new Matisyahu‘s album called Light. As the name suggests, this new album is characterized by being much more positive in terms of music and singing but also on lyrics, than his previous albums.
Although Matisyahu’s message has always been positive, ‘Light’ seems to be even more humanistic. He features some hip hop and beatboxing, some rapping, some dancehall, dub, soul and ska.
Time will tell if this album is as great as ‘Youth’, which had a huge success. But surely, after a first listen, ‘Light’ is one album that makes a difference in the market and that will be listned by lots of people, whether they’re jew, christians, muslims, rastafarians or agnostics.
Hip-hop superstar Nas and reggae artist Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley are about to release a surprising and expected album under the name of Distant Relatives.
The main topic of the album lyrics and sound is going to be Africa indeed. They have worked together during a few months on creating a sound that dosen’t fit under the rap label but it doesn’t under the reggae label either. It is a mixture of both of them with a very strong influence of traditional African music.
The necessity of change and revolution, and to express to their listeners a positive message has made this two musicians join their strength in order to create music that says something to the world. And that is something rarely seen in mainstream artists nowadays. Therefore it makes their music much more valuable.
While we wait to the album to be released, let’s listen a song that is without a doubt the prequel of the album. Road to Zion is a Damian Marley song where they collaborated together, and you can tell the result is really good.
Wanna listen me rappin’?
Here’s the new videoclip from Fermin Muguruza’s album Asthmatic Lion. The song, with the same name, features myself rapping a few rhymes. You can read them translated into English below.
The video has been created and directed by Moro & Kuka, two multimedia artists from New York and Madrid. It’s a colourful piece that mixes urban elements with hip-hop, lots of graffiti, skateboarding and rastafarian references. Enjoy it.
Asthmatic Lion Rap, by Comandante X:
“A WORLD UNITED BY THE SOUND SYSTEM
EYES MEET, JOY AND PAIN
TRAVELS WITH A TASTE OF EBONY, LIKE KAPUSCINSKI
NEW YORK, JAPAN, PARIS, TEXAS, NATASSJA KINSKI.
BORDERS NO LONGER EXIST
ASIDE FROM THOSE THAT YOU DRAW IN YOUR MIND
HIGH SPEED BRAINS, LIKE ALI JUMPING THE ROPE
ESCAPE FROM JAIL WITH ROARS OF RAGE
ENTER INTO THE KITCHEN, GET IN THE ZONE
DANCE, APPEASE YOUR ANGER, ORGANIZE A PARTY
DIVERSION IS THE WEAPON THAT WILL OPEN THE DOORS
MICROPHONE IS TURNED ON, MULTISOUND CHANNEL
BETWEEN THE GROOVES OF THE VINYL, LOOKING FOR GOLD
WE SING FREE, WITH OPEN HEARTS
THE LION IS ALERT, ALWAYS ON THE PROWL
WITH LOVE AND HATE; IT’S MATHEMATICAL
LISTEN TO FERMIN MUGURUZA
LISTEN TO THE ASTHMATIC LION”
That’s the new sound which is already breaking the neck of the headbangers.
A mix of hip-hop, favela funk, electronic sounds, and African beats. It´s called Kuduro (hard ass) and comes from Angola. Also it’s got a special break dance mixed with African aboriginal dancing.
The band it’s called Buraka Som Sistema and they’re from Portugal, Angola, Brazil and the UK.
Pay attention to it. “This is for the people of the sun, and it’s comming back again.”