Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Music Talk
Reload this Page >

Blockhead - Downtown Science

Music Talk Discuss music in all its forms: CD, MP3, DVD-A, SACD and of course live

Blockhead - Downtown Science

Old 11-07-05, 11:00 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 852
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Blockhead - Downtown Science

Any other blockhead fans on here ??

Last years release "Music by Cavelight" was one of the biggest hidden gems of the year. I knew he produced a few cuts for Aespo Rock, but "Music by Cavelight" seemed like it came from nowhere, and totally impressed me. I think the album put him on the map amongst the elite hip-hop instrumentalists (a la DJ Shadow, RJD2, etc.). His beats have a certain "atmosphere", that totally draws you in.

the Hipsopsite.com review was spot on:

"Whether listening to Blockhead's Music....in a smoke filled room, during a lonely drive in the evening rain, while gettin' it on with your lady, or while slowly murdering someone, it's a superb soundtrack that plays solidly throughout."

Needless to say I was pretty excited when I heard he was releasing another album this month; "Downtown Science" on the ninja tune label. Being only a year and change since "Music....", I was worried he never had enough time in the lab to cook-up another classic.

After a few listens, "Downtown Science" doesn't capture the magic of "Music By Cavelight", however its still a solid 4 out of 5 stars. The begining and end of the album is as tight as ever. Some of the cuts in the middle are marginal though, as we goes agaisnt his usually darker tone, and uses some up-beat type of samples (almost swing). Maybe these cuts will grow on me, but for right now they are fast forward material.

Anyways....this guys still continues to impress. Both of his albums are solid and consistent. Any other fans out there ???
Old 11-07-05, 12:21 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
dadaluholla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wilmington, OH
Posts: 5,491
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
I wonder if there is a reason he named this album after an obscure early 90s rap group.
Old 11-07-05, 01:53 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 852
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dadaluholla
I wonder if there is a reason he named this album after an obscure early 90s rap group.
Wondered that myself. I always wondered what happened to Downtown Science. Their debut was ahead of its time and still holds up well today. I heard Bosco Money dropped a solo album years afterwards, but they pretty much fell off the face of the earth.
Old 11-07-05, 02:15 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
dadaluholla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wilmington, OH
Posts: 5,491
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Yeah, I haven't heard Radioactive in years. They were on Def Jam weren't they? I might have to track down a copy.

Anyway, in regards to Blockhead, I always enjoyed his beats but I'm not sure I could listen to a full instrumental album. Very few have ever been able to hold my attention long enough unless it was just on as background music. Well aside from maybe Shadow's endroducing or that avalanches cd.
Old 11-07-05, 04:27 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,847
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Music by Cavelight is excellent so I'll definitely check this out.
Old 02-19-08, 11:18 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Peoples Republik of Kalifornia
Posts: 3,382
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I am a new "fan". Was getting my hair cut the other day and a song was playing, so I asked what it was. It was Sunday Seance. I went to download Blockhead, and find the tracks I've downloaded excellent. Very impressed! I'll be downloading as much as I can get my hands on. My kind of music.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.