The DJanuary 21, 2010
This is an actual email conversation between me and my buddy Marv in Detroit:
Marv: I don’t know if you’re familiar with this site or not, but I find it useful, especially when I’m picking out music to own:
thinman: Thanks man. I’m always looking for original artists of samples. This site has a way to go tho: they don’t even have Khali in their database, nor do they have Elzhi‘s Turn Cold. I’m dying to find the original.
Marv: I think its a fairly new site, so cut ’em a little slack. You can always send a request to them and ask! I’m sure they’ll dig it up for ya. Who’s Elzhi btw?
thinman: He’s from The D. From Slum Village.
Marv: I’ll have to look up some of his tunes. Where’s Slum Village? That’s not an area I’m familiar with.
I thought he was kidding. He wasn’t.
Probably because they’re more famous in Europe than their hometown. Ain’t that always the way?
MP3: Slum Village- Fall In Love (2000)
I still don’t know the sample:
MP3: Elzhi- Transitional Joint (from 2009 LP The Preface)
Dwele is one of my favorite neo-soul artists who also happens to be from Detroit. Neo soul is basically R&B that you don’t hear on the radio and only enjoyed by those over 30. Dwele collaborates with Slum Village often:
MP3: Dwele- Hold On (from 2003’s Subject LP)
And what would a post about Detroit be without a taking another look at a great old trainwreck of a viral video? Try not to listen too closely cuz you’ll be humming this one for weeks:
Completely unrelated, but I have to post before I forget:
The Ruby Suns new Album on Sub Pop in March, not from Detroit but New Zealand visiting Philly on March 25 @ KFN: