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Music post #4 – a folky hip hop album

The Uncluded - a duet

2013 album which is destined to go under the radar, well worth a listen.

I was bored one evening and listening to internet radio station Dandelion Radio (link:  http://www.dandelionradio.com/), the internet radio station that, as it says, is inspired by legendary late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel.  A lot of the music was not really stuff that I liked, but there was the occasional track that made me want to investigate the artist further, and one of those tracks was by The Uncluded.

I was intrigued by the relaxing, sweet sound of the track, as well as the familiar female vocalist, Kimya Dawson, whose work was featured heavily in the wonderful film Juno.  For the first youtube link of this post, here’s a song from that film that was covered by Dawson, but originally was recorded in 1977 by Barry Louis Polisar, and that is the version you can click on below:

If you want to listen to the Kimya Dawson cover of that song, you can find it on youtube.

So Kimya Dawson is one member of The Uncluded, and the other member is Ian Bavitz, who has acheived a lot of success recording hiphop under the name Aesop Rock, releasing albums on Big Dada records in the UK.  So, then, The Uncluded takes a little bit of guitar-y singing and mixes it with rap and beats.  Their album grows on you each time you listen to it, with catchiness and poignant lyrics.  Here is a great track from The Uncluded’s debut LP, Hokey Fright, released in 2013 (WARNING – mild swearing):

And congratulations to Marion Bartoli, my favourite tennis player, on a wonderful career and winning Wimbledon!  I’m a little sad she’s retired.

M Bartoli wins Wimbledon!
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  • The Juno soundtrack was fantastic. Kimya is a revelation. Thanks for the review

  • The first song is amazing, that’s for no doubt. As for the second, the guy sings too fast which makes it sound like he’s just talking. Thanks for the review, the first song was worth my time completly.

  • Big fan of Aesop Rock here, when Kimya was featured on his last album (skelethon) i really liked her feature since her voice fitted the song perfectly, then they both united forces and released this album, can’t say it’s perfect, but it is awesome, although i don’t listen to it much, it’s worth a listen!

  • Wow, this is really different than a lot of stuff I normally listen to. I have heard some of the juno soundtrack before and did enjoy it very much,. I have never heard of the people in the second video. It was different – I don’t know how I feel about it yet. I would love to hear more of their stuff – will have to take a look for it 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to something new 🙂

  • kimya is a well trained vocalist. I would like to know her voice training coach. lol.

  • I watched this video and I was impressed. This song is something unusual and a new style.

  • Aesop Rock is the king of underground rap! Great rapper, amazing lyricists, vocabulary unmatched. His flow can get off at times, but he’s still really good. I like the cultural fusion, really cool and great to hear. Dope!!

  • The first song would be tolerable, were it not for the mans voice who is singing it. Dreadful, as the English say, f—ing terrible as an American may put it. Thank you for your time.

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      March 10, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Sorry you didn’t like it. I guess the whole of the film Juno is a love-it-or-hate-it thing. I am guessing you won’t like Juno. Many thanks for your comment anyway.

  • I just found your blog and am loving it. I had no idea that song was a cover. I like folk music and am always ready to expand my repertoire. Thanks!

  • Before the music even kicked in on the first video I was sold. This is the kind of music that I love: honest but without the cynicism that too often creeps into much popular music today. I will definitely check out the remake. Rhymes that fit analogies? Yes, please. Hoppy, poppy beats? Yes, yes, yes! Thank you so much for this.

  • I really like the song, but their vocals are so very different that I feel like I’m listening to two songs playing at once. His rap is well written, with great rhyme structure and he paints a picture with his words. Her song is sweetly nostalgic and her voice is lovely. The whole song is enjoyable, and the video is sweet, but I wish there was just a little something bridging the difference between their vocal styles. It teeters on the edge of discordance.

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      June 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      That’s an interesting viewpoint, I think you can tell immediately from listening to it that it’s never going to be a top hit in the charts, it’s just a little bit to weird. There is also the problem of white rappers, not many white rappers have the confidence to pull it off with the authenticity of Eminem or Vanilla Ice. Thanks for your comment!

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