Below is the latest edition of our weekly feature, Stuck On Repeat. The premise is simple, we’ve asked all our contributors to submit one track and a brief write-up. The track can be new or it can be old, just whatever we could not stop listening to this week. These are the songs we’ve had Stuck On Repeat.
:: selected by: V :: Pet – What You Building?
Shortbus is a film that came out in 2006, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. It was the last great film in the lineage of young & free to be me in NYC titles that dominated the mid-to-late ’90s, through early ’00s indie cinema. Like RENT, Party Girl, and scores more, Shortbus dealt with the emotional challenges of trying to connect with others, and yourself, in a city where boundaries seemed non-existent. It had an incredible soundtrack to boot, filled with quirky, insecure folk pop that was the perfect extension of the film, and it’s one of less than five total retail CDs that I have hung onto. When I came across a band named Pet from Edinburgh last week by way of their single “What You Building?” my first thought was that they sound like Shortbus. Not a specific scene, or a song on the soundtrack, but the general feeling of having spent an evening in the salon in which the film takes place. This is easily one of my favorite tracks this year.
:: selected by: Moneyworth :: Danny Brown – Scrap Or Die
I know Danny Brown’s XXX isn’t news anymore (the free mixtape dropped about a month ago via Fool’s Gold, and pretty much everyone who likes good rap music loved it). But it took the weather getting a bit colder for me to really appreciate the Detroit loner’s noise-rap, especially two amazing and important songs nearly at the mixtape’s end—”Fields” and “Scrap or Die”. I could go on, but you’ve probably already heard about it, and I’d rather share this amazing piece from The Awl about Detroit, urban decay, and its debatable fetishization (and Danny Brown, too).
:: selected by: Jams Dean :: theWHOevers – Slow Walk
TheWHOevers are one of the few Chicago artists I have heard lately that really focus on something a lot of people don’t, and that’s intricate rhyming. I’m not a hater, but you know what I mean. Rap is flooded with party anthems, and I’m all for them, but rappers like theWHOevers are the kind of guys that made rap so intriguing to me when I was young. Dusty samples, mic-passing, simple drum loops, these kinds of things make basement hip-hop cool. “Slow Walk” is a nod to the good ol’ days, and rightfully so, these guys are full of the good ol’ days, and those days were good for a reason.
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