One of my favorite styles of music has to be hip-hop combined with old timey beats/folksy/bluesy beats.
While more well known examples include Parov Stelar and Proleter, one of my favorites has to be L’Orange, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee (somehow no articles have his actual name). L’Orange brings his own style to the genre generally known as noir hip-hop, although he prefers to call it noir-influenced instead.
My current favorite album is The City Under the City, L’Orange’s first LP released with Kansas rapper Stik Figa. Dusty Speakers sets an incredible precedent as the opening track with its driving bassline punctuated by bursts of spoken word and sounds reminiscent of crackling record players. Spoken word is featured prominently on the album, used to transition between verses and to set the mood before a track begins.
World of Monsters layers a stuttering melody behind a sharply aggressive beat supported by traditional band instruments. TCUtC evokes a sense of the underground rap scene in general, creating dark moods that make you feel like you’re walking down a dark, rainy alleyway in a noir film. Definitely one of the most unique sounds to give a listen.
Today’s Beatles pick is almost entirely for the sake of a clever title. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is one of their most carefree songs, as well as what many consider a poor attempt at early reggae. It’s fun to play, it’s fun to sing, it’s silly, it’s dumb, and it’s the perfect way to brighten up a bad day.