Friday, May 20, 2005

Funky Friday With Nobody And Everything Else

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Here's a bit of low key funkiness from one-man (Elvin Estela) band Nobody. His new LP on Plug Research is called And Everything Else. Featuring collaborations with Prefuse 73, Mia Doi Todd, rapper Xololanxinco and a few others, it fits into the leftfield, backpacker folktronica hip hop thing (enough genres in there for you?). The difference here is the addition of sunny, west coast pop flavor and a hefty dose of psychedelia. Wake Up And Smell The Millenium is definitely on the funkier side of things with it's big breakbeats. It also rocks the hell out of some harpsichord riffs which not too many hip hop tracks do - I'm all for more harpsichord. The more psychedelic pop side of Nobody is well represented by the great cover of the Flaming Lips track What Is The Light? (taken from their own psychedelic pop masterpiece The Soft Bulletin). Voiced by Chris Gunst and Farmer Dave Scher from Beachwood Sparks, it's a beauty of a cover that still manages to get a little funky with it's beats. I bought this without having heard anything by Nobody before and have been very pleased with it's lush, sleepy head nodding goodness. A big thumbs up.

2 comments:

Big Black Afro said...

I like the both songs you posted, but I have to admit that I'm partial to his older stuff. If you haven't already, you might want to check out "Shades of Orange" on Nobody's Soulmates LP. It features 2Mex and has the same lyrics as another great song that one of 2Mex's groups (Of Mexican Descent) recorded---"Despues de la Vida". It's more hip-hop than folktronica, and makes you feel less like you're coming down off an acid trip while listening to early 90s Primal Scream. Peace and hair grease...

Michael said...

"...coming down off an acid trip while listening to early 90s Primal Scream."

Sounds pretty interesting when you put it like that! I'll have to keep an eye out for that record...