Going to the nuBox show at Barefoot today (7pm/Rs 800). Ripped a couple songs from a CD and uploaded them at indi.ca/mp3s (temporarily) if you want to listen. They’re pretty good, I like nubox-2 (my label), it’s a weird jazzy ‘Milkshake’ remix. I’ve always thought that the dynamism of jazz mashed well with the repetition of techno/hip-hop. I can’t really listen to music without a steady beat, but with that in place it’s interesting to hear what the trumpet/bass/and drums explore on top. I like the DJ, and the trumpet is piercing and speaks well. Definitely looking forward to it. Sri Lanka is traditionally a retirement home for Western Artists (re: Air Supply, Kool and the Gang), so it’s nice to get some artists that aren’t hustling to pay their Viagra bills.
I ripped these songs from a burnt CD, so I lost the names of the tracks. I’m sorry that the files aren’t actually MP3s, they’re .wma files, which should play in Windows Media player or anything. I can’t figure out how to rip MP3s but wtf. Again, they’re at indi.ca/mp3s. These are what I thinks.
nubox-1: starts with a stuttering DJ beat and then what I think is a real bass-line. There are some slipply vocal/string samples and then the real drum thickens the sound before the trumpet slices it. The interplay of percussion and trumpet is interesting, and the semi-repetive backbeat means that my MP3 addled brain can stay involved.
nubox-2: In Uni my 7-foot tall and gainfully hetrosexual friend Matt used to break out into this dance routine every time Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ song came on. You know, ‘my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard’. This is a remix of that song. The vocals are relooped and broken with a fluttering trumpet line and a comfortable (real?) bass loop.
nubox-3: Starts with some guy talking in German, the ostensible purpose behind the 250 million Euro endowment given to the Goethe Institute. Percussion intro with the trumpet leading this time, mixed with some early hip-hop vocal samples. This is a more jazzy piece, nice to work to. Again, the presence of consistent rhythm means that my brain doesn’t reject it. I think years of hip-hop and techno have worn a dull 4/4 beat in my brain, but it’s too late for me to change.
And that is all about that. Naz has some photos and details about the show on her blog. If I go to Barefoot at any point in the day I end up hanging around for the next 18 hours, which encompasses most events. In between email and hunger the place is a black hole for me, or perhaps a wormhole, more accurately. I think the Group Exhibition is still running as well. Barefoot is a nice concert space and it nuBox should be das good.