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I (Alexey, not Dmitry) play bass in a band called Monkey Sea.

And here’s the latest recorded jam session:

Enjoy if you can.

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Mahavishnu Orchestra Rap Cover

I was listening to some rap the other day (I was feeling pretty experimental), when I came across this cover of You Know You Know by Blahzay Blahzay on their album Blah Blah Blah. This was the first track of the album, so it hit me really hard — I couldn’t believe what I’m hearing.

Have a listen, have a good laugh!

Original:

My feelings are mixed. Take the background away, and you will be left with nothing. On the other hand, you can see this as a tribute, and perhaps I would be listening to more rap if there were more stuff like this around. Sadly, other songs by Blahzay Blahzay don’t have any backing melodies that I would recognise.

One of my friends has a hobby of searching for melodies that got sampled for hip-hop songs. I think now I can understand the joy of doing that.

Attila — Attila: The Worst Rock Album in History

AttilaAttila (album)
★★

Are you prepared for the worst rock album ever, also known as “Psychedelic Bullshit”? Or so they say it is, yet gaining the title of the worst rock album in history is already an achievement in itself.

The band only consisted of a duo: a drummer and a pianist — Billy Joel! That’s right, it’s him. They seemed to have this idea, perceived as dubious by many critics, that the only way a pianist could compete in the new age of hard rock was to run the piano through tremendous amounts of distortion and overdrive.

But if you disregard the noise that the piano produces, the tracks on the album itself are pretty nice, especially this one. I wonder how they would sound if they were performed by a complete band, with a separate guitarist, pianist and bassist.

Eric Clapton — Eric Clapton (album)

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton (album)
★★★★

Eric Clapton had a long history on guitar before he released his first, eponymous solo album in 1970. Until this point he had played with all sorts of blues-rock based groups such as The YardbirdsAll-Stars, The Bluesbreakers, The Powerhouse, and, most notably — with Cream and the supergroup Blind Faith.

In this album, however, Eric shifts his focus towards pop, and sadly so. This album does feature a couple of nice songs like After Midnight and, of course, Let it Rain, but the rest of the songs are pretty much tasteless, and fail to excite the mind of those who are more deeply accustomed with music. Eric‘s tremendous potential as a blues guitarist stays unrealised.

Why 4 stars out of five then? For one, the pop songs, in spite of lacking colour, are performed with quality and precision. But the main reason lies in the amazing outtakes, that were probably contrasting with the overall pop sound! Blues in “A” is a 10-minute jam that surpasses the level of all the other songs on the album, and Clapton comes to present his talent in an environment where he can do it the best way. Teasin’, which was made in collaboration with King Curtis, lasts only for 2 minutes, but is just as enjoyable, whereas the original version of Let it Rain, called She Rides, gives new perspective to the well known hit.

Eric Clapton — Blues in “A”

Eric Clapton — She Rides