Fresh off blessing my ears with the awesome Black Milk and Jack White tunes “Brain” and “Royal Mega” (you better cop the 7″ while you still can!) my iTunes floated into a file titled “Gil Scott Heron Tribute” with an artist listed as Bluesteady Triptik. I was a little caught off guard but quickly subdued into submission via some supremely smoothed out beats.
BLUESTEADY TRIPTIK – GIL SCOTT HERON TRIBUTE by BLUESTEADY TRIPTIK
The European producer made this the day after the man’s passing. There are vocal snippets from Mr. Heron found throughout, but I’m not familiar enough with his catolog to know if all the sounds are also from his records.
Regardless of the source material, Bluesteady Triptik has a knack for funky sounds and real deep drums. You will find yourself floating through a cloud with these instrumentals, lost in a new aural dimension for the the fourteen minutes it plays.
On the other end of my hiphop diet we got the new leak from Starlito and Don Trip. Lito is a familiar variable around these parts, I’m just getting acquainted with Mr. Trip. This right here is pretty glorious though. A seven minute jack ‘n 4 beats style cypher between the two dubbed “Karate in the Garage.” With their collaborative record dropping at the end of the month it’s a great kick off.
And finally we got a new tune from Jneiro Jarel. His Fauna project from last year kept me listening but I fiend for music from this guy like I do for few other talents. With a repertoire rivaling Madlib and a seeming elusiveness similar to the masked villain, Jarel delivers his music in burts usually hitting the public with an array of projects. When the dust is settled he is no where to be found. I just played the Shape of Broad Minds the other night, it’s still just as funky and hard to decrypt. “It Lives On, Pt. 2″ is from those sessions, here is hoping it’s in anticipation of a new flurry of music.