We asked Cameron Stallones of Sun Araw and Matthew David of matthewdavid to pick us out some nuclear youtubes in honor of their ecstatic-annihilation session at the Smell tonight. They’ll be playing with Dam-Funk‘s live band Mazter Blazter—one of the heaviest things in this city and most of this hemisphere—and Stones Throw’s new samples-and-scuzz dude Vex Ruffin.
OUTKAST “PLAYER’S BALL”
Growing up in Atlanta, Outkast ruled. This is arguably the definitive early-to-mid ’90s hip-hop anthem of the Southern United States. A new sound of the south is born from this album. I know every word to this song. (MD)
SONNY SHARROCK (LIVE IN PRAGUE 1990)
Winner of a long competition in which there was an attempt made to locate the most potent posi-shred of all time. In retrospect, its silly to think anyone else was considered. (CS)
SHAI “IF I EVER FALL IN LOVE” (A CAPELLA)
Really very much into this genre as of late. Noticing some parallels between downtempo productions of today, but still there is something captured during this particular time of produced R&B musics that has not crossed into mainstream radio-friendly music since. The original version’s beat is bass heavy, and even psychedelic, but this a capella shows off an important essence of early ’90s R&B groups. (MD)
HENRY FLYNT “MISSIONARY STEW”
Walter de Maria, it turns out, can do more than fail to attract lightning. Gentleman can play some drums! Flynt is foundational for me—“You Are my Everlovin'” is one of my favorite pieces of recorded music—but these recordings had eluded me until recently. Time to get stewed. (CS)
OSCAR McCLURE “AUGUSTING”
My favorite drummer. Unidentifiable rawness. A fusion of jazz and hip-hop, I’d say—equal to A Tribe Called Quest or the Roots, yet translated through this lens is something truly of its own. Recorded entirely to a Boss SP-303 sampler. (MD)
DAVID HYKES AND THE HARMONIC CHOIR “ARC DESCENTS”
Found this record recently, and did not expect the full flowering that budded from my speakers. This has guided some serious bleary 2am living room excursions. (CS)
SUN ARAW AND MATTHEWDAVID WITH MAZTER BLAZTER AND VEX RUFFIN ON THUR., MAY 5, AT THE SMELL, 247 S. MAIN ST., DOWNTOWN. 9 PM / $5 / ALL AGES. THESMELL.ORG.