1. Cam’ron – My Job
Though I’ve never heard of Cam’ron, apparently he has been around for a while. He’s associated himself with Mase, Notorious B.I.G., and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. His first single was “Pull It”, which earned airplay in May of 1998. “My Job” conveys the life of a regular full time jobber, which is a departure to the usual thug life representation. It’s somewhat refreshing.
2. Cornelius – Drop
The cough in the middle of the song along with the sound effects of the water make my body feel like I need air. Drop is off of the album “Point”. He uses a lot of sounds from nature as well as electronic sounds in his music. Cornelius was ranked at number 43 in a list of Japan’s top 100 musicians by HMV.
3. Machesa Traditional Group – Rarichama
“Rarichama” is an upbeat song that begs you to clap in time with it. They are from Botswana and won Best Traditional Artist or Group in the 2003 Kora All African Music Awards.
4. Starlight Mints – Zoomba
Their voices are almost comical in this song. It’s one of those songs that grabbed my attention and just kept me wondering what I would hear next. The Starlight Mints are an indie band that was formed in Oklahoma in the 90′s.
5. The Field – The More that I do (Foals Remix)
The Field is a Swedish minimalist techno group. I personally like music that I don’t have to think too much about to enjoy from time to time. This is definitely one of those tracks.
6. Tommy Sparks – She’s Got me Dancing
Reminiscent of disco, “she’s got me dancing” is a song that will make you want to get up and move your body. It’s got a simple, straightforward beat coupled with an entourage of synthesized effects in the background. It ended so abruptly that it left me wanting more.