Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts-Future Blues (2001)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 50% (D)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 24 hours Open
  2. Pushing The Sky
  3. Time To Know
  4. Clutch
  5. Musawe
  6. Yo Pumpkin Head
  7. Diggin’
  8. 3.14
  9. What Planet Is This
  10. 7 Minutes
  11. Fingers
  12. Powder
  13. Butterfly
  14. No Reply
  15. Dijurido
  16. Gotta Knock A Little Harder ft. Mai Yamane
  17. No Money
  18. Rain (Demo Version) ft. Mai Yamane

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Cooking.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I would’ve gone with a Cowboy Bebop still frame, but this is pretty good too.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Well yes because I must own everything Bebop.

Final Thoughts:

The Seatbelts are the 6th member of the Bebop, meaning that their music played such an important role in the anime series that they deserve a good chunk of the critical acclaim being poured on Cowboy Bebop. It’s crazy to think that a band that was created for a TV show has released multiple albums and even gone on tour. Future Blues is not their best release, when I think of Bebop none of these songs really come to mind, although it’s great fun at times (Yo Pumpkin Head, Diggin’ and What Planet Is This especially) it’s not their best release. I would gravitate towards their album Blue as having more of the classics, but Future Blues does have a few really good moments on it as well.

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Your Old Droog-Your Old Droog (2014)

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Quiet Storm Interlude
  2. Bad To The Bone
  3. Nutty Bars
  4. Loosey In The Store With Pennies
  5. Good Times
  6. Droog’s Anthem
  7. Gunsmoke Cologne
  8. U 47
  9. You Know What Time It Is
  10. Bye Outro
  11. Free Turkey
  12. Loosey In The Store With Pennies (Remix)
  13. On The News
  14.  Boofanickoregs
  15. The ’70s
  16. 48th Street
  17. Senseless Killin’
  18. Bad To The Bone (Remix)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some nasty dirty beats with some lazy sounding rap.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yep, it’s pretty straightforward, and I like it that way.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah for sure.

Final Thoughts:

I was actually really impressed by Your Old Droog it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Mixes anything from classic old school hip-hop, big band, improv jazz, to downtempo. It’s reminiscent of Nas and The Game but with a flow like MF Doom and a diverse range of instrumentals. I’m thoroughly impressed and any hip-hop heads should definitely tune into this album.

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