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Blockhead: The Music Scene

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    New York hip hop producer Tony Simon aka Blockhead returns with his third and best instrumental album for Ninja Tune.

    Blockhead has long made beautiful, emotive music based around the hip hop template, but on "The Music Scene" he elevates his craft to another level. Tony puts it down to the use of Ableton, which means that rather than working from "one basic beat and building off it" (the standard hip hop model), he has begun stringing together multiple beats and weaving them together into increasingly complex, surprising and satisfying pieces of music. As he himself puts it, "I made each song a little more of a musical journey than anything I have ever done before."

    Blockhead's ambition to "tell stories without words" is evident from opener "It's Raining Clouds" onwards. The tune starts off as classic downtempo and ends up almost drum and bass, the music having changed and fallen away, echoing back through itself and feeding into previous themes at least three times. It's an epic in an album of epics.

    At the heart of the record is the remarkable "The Daily Routine" - an exploration of drug addiction (based around a found recording of drug addicts arguing), Blockhead says "it's pretty much the creepiest song I've ever made." "Four Walls," meanwhile aims a musical broadside at the current vogue for autotune. "Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer" is huge ambient space rock hip hop. "The Prettiest Seaslug" is Bahia-beat on opium. "Tricky Turtle" begins as afro-blaxpoitation, turns into a voodoo orgy and ends somewherte in the Middle East. "Farewell Spaceman" starts off sounding like an outtake from "Bewitched" and ends as an ecstatic, chugging flight off into the stars.

    While "The Music Scene" represents a development in Blockhead's work, he still holds true to his basic beliefs about music and rhythm. When not working on his new album he has been providing production for Aesop Rock, DJ Signify, Joanna Erdos and many more, plus remixes for Yameen and Chin Chin, amonst others. Whereas the music scene is "a bastardized version of something that was already watered down," Blockhead's "The Music Scene," like his career as a whole, is "the opposite of that." By re-working, chopping and melding samples, by blending them together, Blockhead restores rather than dilutes their purity.

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    1. It's Raining Clouds
    Producers: Blockhead
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    2. The Music Scene
    Producers: Blockhead
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    3. Only Sequences Change
    Producers: Blockhead
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    4. Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer?
    Producers: Blockhead
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    5. Attack The Doctor
    Producers: Blockhead
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    6. The Prettiest Sea Slug
    Producers: Blockhead
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    7. The Daily Routine
    Producers: Blockhead
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    8. Tricky Turtle
    Producers: Blockhead
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    9. Four Walls
    Producers: Blockhead
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    10. Pity Party
    Producers: Blockhead
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    11. Hell Camp
    Producers: Blockhead; DJ Signify
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    12. Farewell Spaceman
    Producers: Blockhead
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    Total Comments: 14
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/2/2013 2:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 25.135.254)
    Location: Poland
    Comment: 5 stars for this album it's greateast blockhead's work!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/8/2010 12:57:00 AM; Partial IP: 54.192.153)
    Location: .
    Comment: buy a copy before it's too late. blockhead never lets the listener down!
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/11/2010 10:26:00 AM; Partial IP: 245.82.195)
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Comment: Love Blockhead. Have given this whole album repeated listens and have to say this is the most boring Blockhead material I have ever heard. Still nothing that pops out.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/30/2010 2:52:00 PM; Partial IP: .106.45.20)
    Location: SF
    Comment: Great album. Great sounds. Can easily listen to this over and over. A must buy for hip-hop fans ans blockhead fans.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/18/2010 11:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 16.115.103)
    Location: finland
    Comment: damn this album might be even better than music by cavelight
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/18/2010 11:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 37.113.227)
    Location: Mountains
    Comment: Great solid album. I liked Uncle Tony a tiny bit better, but I'll never be caught without either. Go spend for it.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/16/2010 12:49:00 AM; Partial IP: .243.46.26)
    Location: Dirty South
    Comment: This is good. Put you in a good space. Not to hard, but not gay like Cage's last album. A solid addition to any Hip-Hop collection.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/16/2010 12:28:00 AM; Partial IP: .243.46.26)
    Location: Dirty South
    Comment: This is good. Put you in a good space. Not to hard, but not gay like Cage's last album. A solid addition to any Hip-Hop collection.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/15/2010 1:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 185.88.249)
    Location: poland
    Comment: man,it is his fourth album... :P
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/13/2010 8:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 130.183.22)
    Location: Buena Vista, Georgia
    Comment: Nice!Blockhead has always done an excellent for Aesop Rock.It's not surprising that you've brought out an instrumental album.5 Stars,yea yea,yea!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/12/2010 3:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 6.50.44.73)
    Location: Finland
    Comment: Refreshing beats. Only few beats that are not up to speed. "It's Raining Clouds", "Attack The Doctor" and "Tricky Turtle" are the best tracks in my opinion.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/10/2010 3:28:00 PM; Partial IP: .44.53.130)
    Location: Akron, OH
    Comment: can't wait to hear this one....
    Name: (Posted: 11/2/2009 10:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 08.146.243)
    Location: New JERZ
    Comment: This album is Fucking amazing.
    Name: (Posted: 10/27/2009 10:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 123.250.20)
    Location: south korea now
    Comment: music by cavelight pushed me through many a morning at 6am mowing fairways on a golf course in VA... im sure this one will provide the same audible pleasure.
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