BAD BRAINS - "I AGAINST I"



Bad Brains are a hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk.

They are also an adept reggae band, while later recordings featured elements of other genres like funk, heavy metal, hip-hop and soul.

I against I is a track taken from their 1986 album of the same name. The album, in addition to their hardcore punk and reggae sound, introduced a heavy metal/funk hybrid sound that would in subsequent years be emulated by many other popular bands.

Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their past material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers.

Since 1998, the lineup consists of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson.
SUGAR MINOTT - "REVELATION"



Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott was a Jamaican reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began working with local sound systems (groups of disc jockeys and MCs) before he reached his teens. After a stint as a selector with the Sound of Silence Keytone outfit, picking records for the sound system and "toasting" (chanting) over them, Minott teamed up with Derrick Howard and Tony Tuff to form the African Brothers, which gave him his first experience as a singer.

With a successful career where he had hits in the 70s and 80s, Minott helped pioneer dancehall in the late 70s when he started recording new vocals over previously recorded 60s instrumentals.

Along with starting his own record label, Black Roots, Minott started a youth program aimed at offering downtrodden kids a way out of their struggles via music. He helped artists such as Tenor Saw and Junior Reid get their start.

Sugar Minott died on 10 July 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica.
DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY - "LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE"



Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was a Hip Hop band formed inthe early 90's. The band consisted of Michael Franti and Rono Tse .

Their debut album, Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, received critical and underground acclaim upon its release in 1992, but was never commercially successful. Franti's lyrics address a wide range of issues, from Mass Media bias and abuse on "Television, the Drug of the Nation" to racial equality on "Socio-Genetic Experiment", in large part inspired by his own childhood, and Homophobia, in the song "Language of Violence".

They were the first band I ever saw live back in1992 and I still rate this album as one my Greatest of all time. Franti went on to form Spearhead after Hiphoprisy split but his current work doesn't live up to this album

The album was listed in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".
WOODS - "BLOOD DRIES DARKER"



Blood Dries Darker is taken from Brooklyn band Woods' album At Echo Lake.

The simple and sweet melodies and fragile vocals are mixed with haunted backing noises and walls of sounds feedback to create a sound that has one foot decidedly in the past and one foot in the noisey, arty future.

The band are creating a sound that not many other bands are attempting and creating it at a very high level. Hopefully their classic rock meets noise sound will catch on and people will come to find what a great record At Echo Lake really is.
BROKEN BELLS - "THE HIGH ROAD"



Broken Bells are a band that hail from th US.

I was introduced to Broken Bells by a friend and have to say that the debut album is amazing. Not very often you can put on a new album and listen to it from start to finish and rate every song .

The band formed roughly in Seprember 2009 and consists of Danger Mouse - Better known as one half of Gnarls Barkley, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z and The Gorillaz, and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Oregonian indie rock band The Shins.
THE STONE ROSES - "I WANNA BE ADORED"



The Stone Roses are still to this day one of my favourite bands of all time. Formed in Manchester in 1984 they were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

I Wanna Be Adored is the opening track to their debut album. The song in my opinion has one of the best opening bass lines and although the song is over 23 years old, it still sounds fresh today.

When played live at the height of The Roses' career, during their ecstacy fuelled gigs, Ian Brown once described the intention of the tune to those watching - The intention was for the bass drum to hit the stomach, snare drum for the head and the hi-hat for the shoulders.

Since the split of The Roses - Ian Brown has occasionally played the song live in his solo sets. He opened up with the tune at Glastonbury 2005 to mass applause, and Mani has regularly made guest appearances at Ian Brown's gigs playing bass to the tune.

If you haven't had a chance to listen to their debut album I would highly recommend it.
BADLY DRAWN BOY - "PISSIN' IN THE WIND"



Damon Gough AKA Badly Drawn Boy is a Mercury Prize British singer/songwriter. Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the show Sam and his Magic Ball, which he saw on TV at a party in Trafford, Manchester in 1995.

His debut album "Hour of the Bewilderbeast" which was released in 2000 is what won him his Mercury Prize. It is still considered as his defining work.
SOUTH - "BROKEN HEAD PART 2"



South were a British band who formed in 1998. Consisting of Joel Cadbury, Brett Shaw, and Jamie McDonald. Each member, a multi-instrumentalist who shared duties on guitars, bass, percussion, keyboards.

They were signed to James Lavelle's Mo' Wax label and were mentored by ex-Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown. South worked along side UNKLE releasing tracks for the soundtrack to Sexy Beast as well as remixes for the likes of artists including Ian Brown himself.

The bands first album - From Here On In is a pleasure to listen to. A well underrated album. Parts of the album wouldn't be out of place on DJ Shadow's Endtroducing. This track Broken Head 2 is taken from the debut.

The band split up in 2009. I believe Joel Cadbury still works and performs alongside James Lavelle and UNKLE.
THE BEASTIE BOYS - "JIMMY JAMES"



What better way to start this music section off with a classic from The Beastie Boys. Still one of my all time favourite bands, and this tune is probably the one which means the most to me.

I did a post a while back on The Beastie Boys so won't go too indepth here. Feel free to search the blog archives if you happened to miss it.

Jimmy James though is a classic - described as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, the song features several samples from Hendrix which initially didn't get clearance from The Hendrix Estate. Determined to keep the song on Check Your Head, the band re-recorded "Jimmy James" using samples that sounded like the Hendrix ones.

So just sit back, max and relax and turn up your speakers and enjoy. If you aren't that familiar with the tune, hopefully after a few listens it will become one of your favourites too.