Not To Miss is a monthly column dedicated to all things music related that might have fell through the cracks.
The Lay Low/Afrikan Sciences/Soundcloud
Eric Douglas Porter, who performs under the moniker of Afrikan Sciences, released a half-time mysterious wonder of a track recently on his SoundCloud page. It’s a building mix of haunting voices of the past with creeping millennial bleep dread that stays with you like a classic John Carpenter film. Afrikan Sciences himself says about the track, “Sometimes things around us can seem to move at lightning speed on the flip side there can be minimal movement maybe even stagnation,changes, unexpected turns, setbacks, delays, growth, new challenges all require fortitude, balance, and a willingness to continue the race no matter what pace.”
The Gospel of The God Spell/Ras G/Street Corner Music
Chopping and flipping gospel songs with divine hip-hop precision gives way to 12 heaters.
“The God Spell Beat tape just happened. I always make quick freestyle beats at work. I work at a “WrekaStow” so I’m always surrounded and listening to random records and after my Bluntch breaks. I would come in make a few quick joints on my SpaceProgram 303. And I just ran through the gospel section that round and in 2 weeks I had The Gospel Of The GodSpell.”-Ras G
Chase The Light/Soul Sugar/Gee Recordings
Chase The Light is a fusion of roots reggae, psychedelic soul, and funk grooves, showcasing heavy instrumentals and powerful songs. Guillaume “Gee” Metenier, the man behind Soul Sugar, has all the right touches on the Hammond B3 organ. With guests such as Dr. Lonnie Smith and Courtney John, Chase The Light is the “on time” summer selection.
Fulfilling all the hopes and expectations that dream pop could ever conjure up, this San Francisco band sounds like a veteran already.
Rob Milton is a music journalist and indie soul singer from Richmond, Va. Healer, a six-song EP produced by the multi-talented Georgia Anne Muldrow is a win for “the culture”.
Kristi Lomax/One Track Mind
Kristi Lomax is a native New Yorker (Jamaica, Queens) who now calls Los Angeles home. She’s a driving force in the soulful sound of the Los Angeles underground as host of the weekly music program, One Track Mind, heard on progressive radio station KPFK every Friday Night from 10PM-Midnight. Her adventurous mix of music earned her an L.A. Weekly Music Award Nomination for Best Radio Show and a feature in the electronic music magazine, XLR8R.
Her detailed, insightful, and well rounded tributes to Prince (episode #299) and David Mancuso (episode #319) are live in-time testaments to her vast knowledge (past, present and future) of dance music.
Jonwayne/Rap Album Two/Authors Recording Company
Jonwayne came out of retirement and released his most personal and complete album of his career. Rap Album Two, just released on 180 gm vinyl this month, is a concentrated 12-track musing on how your love for an art form can sometimes kill you. Either by the vices that erode your soul, liver, and psyche or annoying non-fans who address you as “bro” to garner an on the spot “rap” to impress a strangers date. If he chose to do so full-time, Jonwayne could be an assassin in the battle rap genre. But unless being prompted, his aim is to work out why one should stick to their art form while being broke. Like great artists, he prefers to attack ideas and concepts. Not people.
For the video “These Words are Everything,” you see him typing lyrics on an 1960s typewriter. One can assume this is a very quiet veiled reference to young Bob Dylan, who wrote a majority of his early catalogue on a typewriter because he identified with poets and authors while creating “stories.”