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.’
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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.
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.
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?