I was pretty blown away by Allston, Mass. Pajama People when I heard their I Like Your Rugs EP this this morning.
First- the songs are fantastic…haunting yet uplifting while hitting all their marks dipping and swerving like they were reading your mind. The EP flips between male and female vocal leads. Handmedown touches on pop moments a la Ariel Pink and late 70’s AM while female fronted mid-tempo Human and Getaway have a Widowspeak/Mazzy Star thing happening and may just be the true gems of this EP.
Second- the sound…damn. As a mixer and lover of the sounds of records for the mixing alone, this is one of the coolest sounding lo-fi records I have heard in a while. The closest thing to compare it to would be the Unknown Mortal Orchestrastuff with a dash of Coco Rosie. Bedroom-y but luxurious.
“The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down 2.0” by The J. Arthur Keenes Band, a brilliant song from the chiptune phenom’s new album that he “finally finished and mixed and everything.” The artist says he’ll release it soon, and that he put this joint out to “maybe remind people [he] still exists”. How could we have ever forgotten?
If the rest of the project sounds anything like this (or anything like his Pamplemousse EP), it is going to be off the god damn chain.
In preparation for Quik’s Book of David album (no leak yet!), and after reading the Vibe piece where he breaks down the highlights of his catalog, I’ve been pumping a lot of his old material (even the stuff w/ Shaq. Ha!). One of my favorites is from the basically unknown compilation the Konnectid Project Vol. 1, which dropped in the summer of 2000. I was heavy into the Quiksta that summer as he was red hot with Balance & Options and the joint with Erick Sermon and Xzibit. I copped this compilation off GP for probably $19.99 at the local Sam Goody, even though the cover looked like shit and I really had no idea what it was. Hey Quik was on most of it and Xzibit was on a song! Anyway, the comp wasn’t too bad, a lot of bangers and some duds, but this joint in particular brings me back to sunny summer days in between college semesters. Such a beautiful record. Suga Free gets all the way off.