Saturday, February 26, 2005

Lean Back In A Ragga Style

Now it's safe to consider all Indian influence rinsed, it's Arabic music's turn for a ghetto makeover. Following Terror Squad's Lean Back – perhaps one of the only true hip-hop bangers of 2004 – dancehall butted in with last year's Middle East riddim. However, for the time being at least, Ward 21 production team Andre "Suku" Gray and Kunley McCarthy's fantastic Irob has stolen the last word. The instrumental version is a joy in itself and as its ersatz Moroccan flutes and strings whirl like dervishes through the framework of pounding, half-step beats, you could be forgiven for thinking you're listening to one of DJ/rupture's Nettle releases. Check any of the voicings, though, and it's clear this is straight outta JA...

Lady Musgrave – Ward 21

Friday, February 18, 2005

Just For U

Been a bit quiet lately, what with horrible news hitting blogworld (friend, supporter and inspiration to many of us, Nick Kilroy was buried today – rest in peace, mate) and a huge amount of work, but Breaking Ranks is back. Now, I've never been much of an Ashanti fan; always thought her a perfect example of form over content (probably not entirely unrelated to the fact that it's pretty damned tough to find a picture of her with clothes on). But Only U, her new single, has knocked me for six—a massive, boombasstic guitar lick, sparkling programming and a great vocal... what more do you want, really? I'm not going to post the original because you should all own it by now, anyway, so here's a wicked reggaeton refix. Enjoy.

Only U (Reggaeton Remix) – Ashanti