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Music By Cavelight
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Which brings us to the debut album of our producer at large. Nothing here is as propulsive as "No Regrets", dancable as "11:35", or direct as "Daylight" (though initial printings came with a bonus disc of 5 Aesop Rock instrumentals along with it). But that isn't what Blockhead is focusing on - if he wanted to make an album of beats you could freestyle over so you could get a Def Jux deal, then he would have, but wisely decided against it. This is a slow, medatative, sorrowful album that is multilayered, multifaceted, and highly emotional.
Yet, Blockhead can still amaze. Take "Hello Popartz" - the opening track. Over a playful keyboard and child-like guitar, he layers on samples of kids saying "Wah! / Wah! / We lost the game because of Blockhead!" It takes a minute, and then you realize what the sample is from - the animated Charlie Brown cartoons. Lucy always used to call Charlie "Blockhead" when he screwed up. The sample use is glorious - smart, self-concious, and just damn witty.
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The album starts out with "Insomniac Olympics" - a track saturated with horns, thick drum beats, and vocalization that sounds exotic in origin. Once the pianos get added to the song, it becomes perfect. It manages to be both melancholy and radiant at the same time. Other tracks like "Sunday Seance", while also more morose in tone, stand apart from "Insomniac Olympics" in its own way. Once again, the vocalization on the track helps to fashion it into something magnificent. As you listen to it, it reminds you of something that you've heard on the soundtrack to a film. Given how much focus and cohesion there is to be found both in this track and many of the others, this sentiment isn't surprising. It fits an image so well that it takes little ease to fashion a movie scene to tie the song to.
"Music By Cavelight" is the type of album that you'll know whether you like or dislike after you listen to one of its tracks. Many of the tracks, while sounding different in construction, have a similar theme and feel throughout the recording. Blockhead's "Downtown Science" LP is different in this regard, yet manages to not live up to the expectations of quality that "Music by Cavelight" establishes for its listeners. "Music by Cavelight" most likely won't brighten your day. Nor is it malleable enough to accompany a wide spectrum of moods. But what it does do well is accompany one or two moods and intensify them to the point that the album becomes cathartic to listen to.
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One of the greatest instrumental hip hop albums ever. From Aesop rock and illogic frequent collaborator uncle Tony!Published 21 months ago by Mark Kotecki
Be advised... almost all music is subject to individual tastes.
You might find some of these songs campy because of high pitched female voice (a la nicki minaj in some... Read more
Two weeks ago I had never heard of Blockhead. I know, I know ... gimme a break, I'm old. I first heard the sound on NPR, so I tracked down the name of the song and hurried to... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Rene Mayo
Ninja Tune has always been a reliable label for new discoveries, and MUSIC BY CAVELIGHT, the debut from Blockhead, is no different. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by scoundrel
My Art Instructor suggested this CD on his website, so I bought it. Sounds great to paint by.Published on June 29, 2009 by Phillip Chwalinski
Blockhead makes decent hip-hop inflected instrumental beats which are a tad more creative than your standard productions, but do not rise to the level of production interest... Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by IRate
This downtempo is a relaxed party background groove with warp jams and quality backbeats. This reads like I know what I'm talking about - I read the liner notes and I'm in... Read morePublished on March 21, 2009 by Robert Burridge Studio
This is one of the best albums I have bought recently. The beats and mixes are top notch. It is now on the top of my play list and a must for my own collection. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by A. Towner
This cd is so good. The rythms are great. And yes, it is worth it.Published on April 5, 2008 by Judith Rich