Music

READER BEST OF 2011: JConda

by Winston "Stone" Ford

  Name: JConda
Location: Atlanta
Website: http://www.bqxmusic.com/

SBTRKT – SBTRKT

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It’s very difficult to find “electronic” music that is honest, emotional and not overly formulaic. That’s why I love the official debut release from SBTRKT. True, there are the familiar ‘post dub-step’ (you guys and your labels…) trappings of skittering beats and heavy bass drops, but all that plays second fiddle to cleverly written songs and strong vocal performances. And, of course, anything involving Yukimi Nagano is guaranteed “FIRE”, as the kids say these days…

Lianne La Havas – Lost & Found EP

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If I could ever fall in love with someone solely based on their voice, it would be Lianne La Havas. Hearing her forces me to close my eyes and drink in each nuance. Her songwriting is honest and clever without trying too hard. You get the feeling that the way she sings is the way she speaks in daily life. Everything about her is beautiful.

Saturn Never Sleeps – Yesterday’s Machine

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I’ve wanted to like King Britt’s music for a number of years. Really. I dig his thought process and have listened to all of his projects and DJ mixes. Although he seems to be a well connected and really cool dude, from a musical standpoint, I couldn’t get down. That is until he joined forces with vocalist/graphic artist Rucyl and released Yesterday’s Machine. Britt’s production is full of subtle detail – he seem to be a true king of soulful electronica and Rucyl’s vocal delivery is hypnotic. This is one of those “yo, who’s that??” albums to break out during dinner parties.

J*Davey – New Designer Drug

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J*Davey doing what only they can do and what they do best. Electro/punk/soul/electronica, haha…yeah, that’s it. Jack pulls the listener right in with the first track, “Listen”, a crazy realistic emotional plea from a strong woman who’s walking the fine line between strength and vulnerability. From then on you’re on the ride that ends too soon when the album closes.

The Roots – Undun

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The reviews of The Roots “Undun” album kill me. We expect so much from these guys while we let everyone else get away with audio murder. Forget what you heard, this album is beautiful. It’s so far beyond hip-hop. I commend The Roots for continuing to explore the musical potential of the art-form. This is music that can’t be made by a teenager in his bedroom with FLStudio (not that there’s anything wrong with that…I like fruityloops). But this sound is mature, both in musical context and content. Maybe one day everyone’ll catch up to what these guys have known all along. Then they’ll label it “post hip-hop”  ;-)


  • http://twitter.com/StellasKid Ian

    Have the reviews for Undun not been good??!

  • Jonathan Conda

    @Ian not necessarily that…they just weren’t as good as I think they should’ve been…and I’m mostly referring to the outlets that claim to be “it”…Pitchfork, SPIN along with the common internet banter I’ve been picking up (<–run on sentence) A lot of critique on Black Thoughts consistent flow…etc.

  • Stone

    To be honest, I listened to Undun. Couldn’t get into it. I appreciated more when I took the whole concept into perspective but as an album it never really touched me. The album itself is good, and I have no fault on the Roots or its’s flow, but as far as repeat spins, I haven’t touched it since I copped it. 

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