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… And The World Laughs With You

Flying Lotus feat. Thom Yorke – …And the World Laughs With You

My empty words of last week aout trying my hardest to get my numbers of posts in April up towards my average of 4 or 5 a month clearly came to nothing and poor old April 2010 is now set to forever languish with a mere (1) next to it on the archive bar of shotwithsound. Oh well, I blame Hong Kong – and being stuck there for a week with o way to upload shots or sounds to blog about.

The good news is that not posting last week gave me enough time to listen to the new Flying Lotus album, including his much vaunted collaboration with Thom Yorke, and work out a photo taken during the afore-mentioned, ash-induced stranding in Asia’s Global City, to fit alongside it on here. If, as everyone keeps writing, this is the future sound of hip hop, leaving the bling and the blame behind, then what better accompaniment than the sight of the future tearing towards in all its neon and glass glory?

Cosmogramma is FlyLo’s third album, his second for Warp, and despite not being officially released until tomorrow in the UK and Tuesday in the States, is now available to download on iTunes (link below). ¬†Building on the instrumental hip hop style he really started develop with his Warp debut Los Angeles, it is more influenced by some of his label mates’ work – particularly Boards of Canada, Plaid and

… And The World Laughs With You is reminiscent of Yorke’s 2007 collaboration with Modeselektor, The White Flash and Harrowdown Hill from his solo album The Eraser. It’s a shuffling, paranoid-sounding track that owes more to click house and glitch pop than any recent hip hop record I can remember: a ticking, popping bounce past half heard lyrics and half seen places.

If you’re reading this before May 3rd, you can pre-order the album from Amazon here and apparently download it from Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Kick, Push

Kick, Push

Lupe Fiasco – Kick, Push

As it says in the info on the side bar about this blog, the first photos I started taking seriously were of skateboarders when I was in my teens. I started taking pictures because I found I was better at that than I was at the actual skateboarding, and unsurprisingly more than ten years later, I’m only doing one of them still.

The skate photos led to me taking an A-level in Photography just as the art form was moving from standard SLR cameras to digital ones, but I was a little early to learn too much about digital techniques at that point. It did however give me a grounding in the technical side of it all. These days I very rarely find myself taking skate photos, not really knowing anyone who still skates, but last year in Madrid, a group of guys with boards caught my eye and I took a few photos.

This one is far and away my favourite, not necessarily for the composition or the trick, but I love the way the two boarders behind the guy in the air are entirely ignoring him, even he seems detached as he casually listens to his iPod while riding, in fact the only person who seems to be paying full attention is the lady in the background, entranced by this topless, skinny kid and his skills – my only regret about the photo is that you can’t have two things which are thirty foot apart in focus, because I would love to be able to better see her expression – is it longing, lustful, fascinated, fearful? I suspect more fascinated than anything else, but who knows.

To accompany the photo, my favourite song about skateboarding for many years, Lupe Fiasco’s Kick Push, from his first album Food & Liquor. The track is a very old skool hip hop sounding, positive distillation of the life of a teenage skater which takes me right back to the day. Plus any track that manages to make a love story about skating and finding new spots is pretty damn cool if you ask me!

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shotwithsound is a blog about the music I love, with occasional forays into my photography, and other things that catch my eye.

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