King Garbage

Essential Wax with King Garbage

I can argue that there’s too much music in this world. It would be hyperbole, no doubt. However, in the Discogs Database, as I write these words there are over 21,500 master releases in 2017. That’s a lot of music. I’m stating this to thank the internet.

Internet, thank you for randomly providing me with an undiscovered gem and one of my favorite records of the year, King Garbage‘s ‘Make It Sweat‘ nearly 3 months after it was released on Styles Upon Styles.

If you’re unfamiliar with King Garbage, the duo, Zach Cooper and Vic DiMotsis weave vibes from D’Angelo, James Blake, SOHN, RY X. ‘Make It Sweat’ throws some dirt and disarray all over what I can only describe as one of the most interestingly arranged records I’ve heard this year. Shit is thick with twists, turns, and bastardizations of what “soul” music can be.

As soon as I pulled ‘Make It Sweat’ off my turntable, I reached out to Zach and Vic to ask them to do Essential Wax. Lucky for us they obliged, and their five picks didn’t surprise me… of course D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo‘ made a list!

Seriously, add King Garbage’s full-length, ‘Make It Sweat’ to your collection today… you’re welcome. ProTip: Use the googles and find their cover of Taylor Dayne’s ‘Tell It To My Heart.’

Check out King Garbage’s five favorite records that have inspired them:

King Garbage Favorite Records: They Just Don't Makim Like Us Anymore - The Alegre All Stars

1. The Alegre All StarsThey Just Don’t Makim Like Us Anymore

Ooof! Classic NYC shit. Eternal party vibe. This is one of several records by Charlie Palmieri’s unstoppable Alegre All Stars. Charlie is an NYC legend, the guy’s got a street named after him for cryin’ out loud! Not only is this one a real barn burner, but it’s hilarious.
Lotsa goofy banter and hollerin’, a true testament to how tight and joyous this band was.

King Garbage Favorite Records: Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 - Sam Cooke

2. Sam CookeLive at the Harlem Square Club 1963

Sam sizzles two tons of bacon onstage in this high flying, utterly electrifying, and sweat defining sonic soul jousting session. The band rocks so hard. It’s beautiful to hear Sammy rockin’ so hard. Rock n Roll, like you never heard before. Don’t fight it, feel it, baby.

King Garbage Favorite Records: Voodoo - D'Angelo

3. D’AngeloVoodoo

1. Our musical palette cleanser
3. H2O
Desert island shit right here. It’s difficult to state the importance of this record for us. Please listen. Regularly.

King Garbage Favorite Records: King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo

4. Augustus PabloKing Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown

This record appeared very early on in my life. Came in and out of focus, but now I can see it as pivotal to my development as a rhythm section musician. Amazing basslines. Unreal pocket. Fluid arrangements. Undeniable vibe.

King Garbage Favorite Records: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast

5. OutkastSouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik

This album is a beer in the shower. You step out thinking, “Why don’t I do this more often?”
Later Outkast records are more animated, genre-bending, auditorily neon… But this one is so focussed on a specific kind of sound and they just NAIL IT. NAILED IT, GUYS. Plus they were like 19 when they made this. What the fuck were we doin’ when we were 19?

Check out King Garbage’s catalog and snag that wax!

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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Discogs. Prior to joining Discogs in 2017, Jeffrey founded the boutique music PR firm Crash Avenue in 2004.

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