Hello music lovers.
It’s been a few weeks since we had our last music recommendation post. Sorry but it’s been super busy here at hippy HQ with new stock, festivals and some long hours. I thought I would get back into showing you guys some more great music recommendations this week though.
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Nina Simone, Sinnerman, Pastel Blues, 1965
Nina Simone was one of the greats.
Born in 1933 in North Carolina Nina rose to fame with her debut album in 1958 (Little Girl Blue).
Nina had many hits during her main recording period between 1958 – 1975 however there were a few that really stuck out to me, Sinnerman is one of those songs.
This 10 minute track takes you through a range of her vocal ability and has some pretty funky music to boot including some simple yet standout piano solos.
Reggae, Dub, Jazz
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Blackbird from the Album Blackbird 2013
I came across these guys at the beginning of 2016.
I have already mentioned them in one of my earlier music blogs.
They are seriously the best thing I have heard this year.
Their music is just so good damn freaking funky.
Reggae dub beats served on a bed of jazz with lyrics that just work so well.
The lead singer has a fantastic voice and the sounds these guys have come up with is great so warm summer days or cold winter night to warm you up. If you haven’t heard of Fat Freddy’s before then you are missing out.
Woody Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd, Dust Bowl Ballards, 1940
Woody Guthrie is arguably the greatest folk singer song writer of the century.
Bob Dylan was heavily influenced by Woody Guthrie and did in fact do a cover of this song.
This song is based on the American bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd who was active in the 1930’s.
Woody often wrote about things that he felt passionate including many political and traditional songs.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tamacun, From their self titled album Rodrigo y Gabriela, 2006
Heavily influenced by nuevo flamenco, rock, and heavy metal this Mexican duo perform mainly using the classical guitar.
I saw these guys at symphony hall in Birmingham last year and they were mind blowing.
One of their biggest influences has always been heavy metal, they were in a metal band before forming the duo and so you can hear heavy metal riffs coming through as they play their way through their beautiful guitar duets.
Hip Hop, Trip Hop
DJ Shadow, Endtroducing (Album) 1996
DJ Shadow was one artist I listened heavily during my smoking years.
Well known for his skill at manipulating samples. He uses samples from all walks of musical life including jazz, experimental, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He is a master at taking pieces of music that were little heard of and reworking them into parts of his songs. Nowadays DJ Shadow does not use as many samples as he first did on this first album, however this is in my opinion the album that really makes him stand out as a artist and was the album that really made him stand out from the crowd.
The Prodigy, Break & Enter, Music For the Jilted Generation, 1993
The Prodigy were one of the first dance acts I really got into.
When this album came out I was 12 years old, it took me a couple more years to hear of these guys but before I knew it I was hooked. Nothing came close to the music these guys were producing. Their first album ‘Experience’ would take you back to the days of the first illegal raves in early 90’s and ‘Music For the Jilted Generation’ took it one step further by bringing hard beats and non commercial dance music to the masses. You need some nice bass to listen to this.
All Them Witches, Our Mother Electricity, 2012
All Them Witches are an American neo-psychedelic blues-rock band who were formed in 2012 in Nashville.
These guys are influenced by the 60’s and 70’s like Black Sabbath , Led Zeppelin , Mountain, their debut album is a hum dinger producing some very bluesy riffs creating a swamp blues meets heavy psych. We often like looking at a bands roots instead of jumping to their most recent work. This is usually because you’ll really find what the band wanted to play in the first album (before money or pressure force them to change their sound). This is their first album and we think it’s pretty cool.
Please note all music videos posted are show as recommendations of great music that I have grown up with and think other people will appreciate, please show your support for these bands by purchasing their music, music can only ever grow if we show our support