Thursday, May 29, 2008
I don't mind admitting to you that I still enjoy getting cool free stuff in the mail. Doing this music blog shiz day in and day out has jaded me to a slight degree, but not enough so much that I can't get excited about opening my mailbox and finding a nifty 45" in there. The 45" in this case is the high quality, two-song vinyl I was sent by Toronto production duo Mr. Quibble.
I mean, this little record is really quite lovely, it made me want to dig out my turntable and set it up just so I could play it. Luckily the production maestros behind Mr. Quibble, Echo and Fresh Kils, were kind enough to spare me the hassle that would involve by including a code with the album to access mp3 versions of the two songs from their website. I know Ack has received a record like this before, and I have to say, it really is a smart way to market yourself.
But lest you think I'm writing about monsieur Quibble strictly on the basis of the sweet freebie they sent me, think again (this mean you Kroeganator, so you can forget sending me the vinyl for "You Remind Me Of A Photograph" or whatever the ass your latest hit is called). I heard the Quibble a few months ago on Brockway Biggs' Future Canada Rapstars compilation, and their cut Windseeker was easily one of my favorite songs on the album.
In fact, it was one of the two songs I chose to post from the album, and listening to it again now I remember why I liked it so much. It's a real funky head-nodder of a track, fusing a thick bassline with classic organ, scratched in horns, and a female, 70's soul-sounding vocal sample - it's pretty hard to resist. The second song on the 45", Odyssey is a bit slower paced, but is also very funky in a kind of hypnotic way. It also has some very nice scratched horns, but uses what sounds like a keyboard-played bassline as its core. It's good stuff.
I'm very excited to hear a Mr. Quibble full-length, which is not something I find myself thinking too often about instrumental artists these days. Echo and Kils certainly know how to make ear-pleasing music, but they also know when to change things up mid-song to keep the listeners attention. So, if I might indulge in a bit of super-smooth segue, I would have say Mr. Quibble is worth some of your attention.