It’s Monday, time to get your blood pumping for the week with some new listens - or old. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as The Well-Played List features the most listened-to, jammed-out songs, albums and artists of the week as submitted by the CL Music Team along with a rotating crew of tastemakers — local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two; check the past several week’s worth here. Audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. Past editions here
. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? Tell us in the comments…
Blackalicious, Black Arrow (2002)
Love this second full-length from the Cali hip hop duo featuring rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. Intellectually clever lyrics flow over tight grooving production that samples anything from Harry Nilsson's "Arrow" in the bumpin' opening track "Introduction: Bow and Fire," to The Crusaders and Dolly Parton in soulful closer "Release." The guest list is strong and includes instrumentalists (Karl Denson on flute and sax), vocalists and rappers (Ben Harper, Zach de la Rocha, Lyrics Born), and a few sit-in producers (Cut Chemist, Questlove, DJ Shadow). It's the sort of disc you could put on repeat and just keep head-bobbing out to all day long.
Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (2014)
I got super excited about this when it dropped but have barely lukewarm feelings about it. It's like, modern electro Radiohead experimentation without the warmth or heart and with too much in the way of extended ambient interludes. At least Yorke's falsetto is its usual delicate bird wheeling over top of it all, even if it doesn't seem to be saying anything meaningful. Late night music, for sure, but maybe what you listen to if you are actually on your way to dreamland.
SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land (2014)
I need a new album to work out to and this latest from electro-dance producer SBTRKT appears to be a likely candidate. I've been addicted to first single "New Dorp. NEW YORK" — which features Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend — for a few weeks now, and it has already proven capable of inspiring after-hours dance parties. Several other cuts off the album are equally strong. Read Cody's review of Wonder Where We Land here
, and check out the video for the aforementioned track below along with the rest of this week's entries...