Saturday, 14 March 2015

Daydreamin' : Lupe Fiasco

The howling wind has cast the last of the wintry clouds beyond our shores and the lashing rain has washed the last of the winter blues away. My thermal vest is back in the drawer and my winter hat has been banished from my head at least until October. There's a definite feeling of spring in the air.

Today's robot song samples I Monster's Daydreaming in Blue, which in turn borrowed heavily from the 1969 song Daydream by the Belgian band Wallace Collection. Neither of those songs have anything to do with robots but they do evoke a strong feeling of spring and summer, but Lupe Fiasco's 2006 single Daydreamin' does have a robotic edge and in my tiny mind at least, evokes a feeling of spring too.

According to the interweb, Lupe Fiasco's Daydreamin' is a commentary on the state of hip-hip, but I've never been very good at deciphering lyrics so I'll just have to take Wiki's word for it. I like the use of the sample and the robot in the video, so here it is, Daydreamin' by Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Dancing Machine : The Jackson 5

It's been a while I know, and I'm sure my loyal readers have had a hole in their life the size of a robot song since the middle of January. But don't despair because its time to robo-boogie to The Jackson 5 and Dancing Machine. According to the internet, which I freely admit can be occasionally incorrect, the moonwalk was in fact invented by Chuck Berry in 1967. The chicken walk began to give his ageing spine a bit of jip so he developed the moonwalk as being an upright manoeuvre, it meant much less strain on the small of the back which helped keep his sciatica at bay whilst wooing audiences with his antics. Nothing to do with robots I know, but its a fascinating factoid none the less.

On with the music... it's the fabulously funktastic and teetering on tenuous Dancing Machine