Monday, October 20, 2008

New Big Quarters - "Good Look" (Prod. By Medium Zach)

Download: Big Quarters - "Good Look"

Taking advantage of the new online music business paradigm, Minneapolis hip-hop duo Big Quarters have been releasing 5 song EPs online directly to their fans, in a series titled...wait for it...Big Quarters Direct. So far, they've released two EPs, one for each month that they've been releasing them (starting in September).

BQ have also managed to release a little taste of each EP by releasing one track from them on their blog. Musically, the two tracks they've released so far ("Barter System" and "All Day Long") have been pretty similar: slightly downtempo hip-hop with a laidback flow driving the action. In terms of narrative, they couldn't be any more different, with "System" being a reflective slice-of-touring-band life, and "All Day Long" being a dark piece of fiction. So how does "Good Look", the released track from the Novemeber BQDirect edition, compare to the other two?

After starting with what sounds like a sample of King Khan and the Shrines, "Good Look" is definitely the most sonically aggressive of the tracks, as the garage-rock good vibes give way to a booming synth-bass, a sturdier drum beat than usual, and sonically manipulated group vocals like Lupe Fiasco's "Dumb it Down". The flows of both Medium Zach and Brandon Allday sound more fierce as well. "Good Look" gives the listener exactly that, insofar as its a duo stretching its creative boundaries and coming up with something interesting. But I think it's safe to say that the other tracks from BQDirect are better. Still, creative experimentation should always be encouraged.

Listen to "Good Look" at the top of the post.

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(Jonathan Graef)

(Jonathan Graef)

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