What have I been listening to lately? I’ve been having a lot of fun with Malibu!
Little Brother, the North Carolina trio of Phonte, Big Pooh and 9th Wonder were something of a revelation when they appeared on the scene in the early 2000s, heralded by many to be the torchbearers for meaningful hip-hop, the “little brother” to legendary groups from the past like A Tribe Called Quest.
Time for a little soul.
On the first listen, you might think that the Bay Area group Monophonics is some fabled lost group from the 1960s, their record an ultra-rare groove found in the collection of only the most knowledgeable and hip crate-digger.
Oh, I’ve loved this one for a long while.
Icebird is (was?) the collaboration between producer RJD2 and singer Aaron Livingston (now known as Son Little), both solid musicians in their respective genres, with RJ gaining attention for his evocative, mostly-instrumental sounds and Livingston going from a guest spot on a track with The Roots to gaining traction for his solo efforts in his hometown of Philadelphia.