Last week I introduced this feature, unsure if it was something I wanted to keep. After reviewing it’s traffic stats at the end of last week, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this feature every Monday from now on. Today, things are a little different. One of the remixes I included is actually just an alternate version (The Good Times Are Killing Me), and another isn’t an artist remixed, but and artist remixing (Scarecrow). That’s the nice thing about working with artists who are also producers; their back catalog is so damn big, that it’s never hard to find a suitable song to post. I’d more or less forgotten that El-P had remixed Becks Scarecrow until I started working on this post; after all, Guerolito isn’t exactly the type of record that gets heavy rotation from me. But, El-P’s is definitely one of the standout remixes on that album. It’s still Beck’s Scarecrow, but it has El-P’s harsh edge going for it too. The result is a pretty damn good song.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but El-P’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is definitely an album that grows on you over time. While the second half is almost immediately likable, the first half is filled with El-P’s signature harsh production, making it a little prickly to listen to at first. While I don’t think it’s the right way to start an album, and I doubt I ever will, that harsh first half has really grown on me; El-P’s rhymes are downright amazing in it. As a person who normally goes for the beat first, and the lyrics later, I think that’s why I wasn’t too fond of the first tracks at first; the beats are hidden in them, almost completely destroyed layers beneath El-P’s rhymes. I don’t expect you to like this track when you first hear, but after a little while, I think you may come to love it.
I may not show, but I love me some hip-hop. So when I heard about El-P’s new album a few months ago, I was about as happy as I could get. It’s songs like these that make me sure that my joy wasn’t unwarranted. My favorite song has a certain Orwellian charm to it. Not only is the beat killer, the samples perfect, and the raps smooth, but the story is amazing; it’s what makes the song a masterpiece. A sample line? “She’s the first to kiss me without crying”
Habeas Corpses tells the story of Lee, a prison guard from an apocalyptic future. In this particular prison, the prisoners are regularly assassinated and raped; however, the protagonist of this story finds himself deeply attracted to a prisoner (#247290Z). He escapes with her, and attempts to evade the authorities. In the end . . . well, I won’t ruin it for you. All you need to know is that this track is stunning.