“Listen to What You’re Missin'” takes you through four tracks of the week, giving you an updated look at what’s good. This week I dug up some old gems and up and comers with: DJ Nujabes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 88-Keys, and Fever Ray.
Nujabes is a Japanese producer and DJ, better known as Jun Seba (his alias is anagram of his real name). As a producer he use jazz and soul typically implementing the piano. Nujabes rarely plays live sets, and is noted for his distance from the public, as is evident of from his abstract album covers. “Sea of Clouds” is a cool, soulful track that could be a called jazz minus the drum pattern. The track highlights the melting pot of hip hop, as it’s not totally hip hop, jazz, or chill.
This track is by no means new (originally released in 2003). “Maps,” off of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut album Fever to Tell received significant airplay–I just wasn’t listening to the radio. With few lyrics lead singer Karen O softly sings “They don’t love you like I love” and I hope that it’s true. “Maps” is a softer track from the group’s typically more up tempo and gruff garage rock.
88-Keys the New York producer, released The Case of Adam, a concept album which served as prequel to the release of The Death of Adam that told the story of Adam being murdered in Harlem loft apartment. On The Case of Adam, 88-Keys reuses on each track a production style, beginning the song with the original sample, then manipulating (chopping, speeding up, etc.) the sample into a hip hop beat. “21 & Over,” features rapper Big Sean, a rising star, signed initially by Kanye, now on Def Island Jam. Big Sean has a few mixtapes out, but is his debut album is slotted to be out in 2009.
Upon first listening to Fever Ray it’s easy to hear the influence of her former group The Knife. Karin Dreijer swept the indie scene with her brother as Knife, and returned this year with her first solo-project. Her album has received mixed reviewed, but this remix by D Lissvik of her song “When I Grow Up,” is by far better than the original. This album is dreary, heavy, and achy, but with D Lissvik’s remix the guitar and flute lift the song into a nostalgic trip of youth similar to MGMT’s “Kids.”
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