I’m human. Believe it or not, the pinnacle of dickhead that is I am prone to fucking up. I can only pump out one horrible 500 word review every now and then, and as such, have missed out on some pretty incredible records. Other sites offer up the #content, sure, but I feel bad that I haven’t been able to personally deliver a small, spelling-error-stuffed, profanity-laden review of some amazing records that I think others should hear about. For some reason or other, I never posted about them at their time of release, and I’m genuinely bummed that I didn’t offer my two cents whilst the iron was hot, or whatever the phrase is. So, basically, here’s the good stuff that I missed that you shouldn’t:
What I’m about to show you will implode your mind.
‘Monkey Bee’ comes from the musical/opera ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’, which is an adaptation of a 16th Century Chinese novel. And the whole thing is scored by no-one other than Britpop king Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame. Yes, this is a real thing, and yes, the normal reaction is to simultaneously shit your pants whilst unleashing a squealing so ungodly, that banshees tell you to shut the fuck up.
‘Monkey Bee’ gets the Nosaj Thing treatment, and goes under the knife to be resurrected as a glitchy, minimalist kung fu master that definitely shows off some Eastern flavour. I feel like a Buddhist just from listening through it once. A very cool song originally, that’s gotten a similarly cool re-invention.