Yesterday we brought you DJ Format’s five favourite songs from 2005, and for the sake of synchronicity, now’s the turn of his trusted accomplice MC Abdominal, who selects his own favourites from the same era. Dig in below, and don’t forget that DJ Format & Abdominal will kick off their three week Reunion tour on Thursday in Manchester.
Edan – Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
Well, Edan can basically do no wrong in my books, and this whole album (Beauty and the Beat) is a verifiable classic, so it’s hard to pick just one track from it. But I always come back to this one, as it’s got his trademark psych-hop sound happening, but is also just a straight up banging rap tune at the same time (peep those drums son!). Add in the KRS-approved ‘edutainment’ element of Edan schooling newbs on the greats of rap, and you’ve got the recipe for my number one pick from 2005.
Slum Village – 1.2
This is already a pretty slamming track, even before Elzhi’s last verse kicks in at the 2:45 mark and obliterates everything in life; the beat’s raw, the rappers are holding it down, the scratches sound tight, etc. BUT WHEN ELZHI’S LAST VERSE KICKS IN?? Forget about it. Dude just absolutely murks it with the double (or is it triple?) time rhyming. I was training for a half-marathon at the time and this track was the lead off tune on my race playlist, to give you an indication of its hypeness levels.
DangerDoom – A.T.H.F.
You’ve got the legend, Carl Brutananadilewski from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, bigging up REO Speedwagon in the intro, followed by possibly the best rap about a cartoon in the history of both raps and cartoons, by the Metal Faced Villain himself, MF DOOM…I mean c’mon, what’s not to like?! Also, the bass drop at the 0:49 mark gets me pumped up every time!
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have to Wait For You?
Sharon Jones is a pint-sized unstoppable force, and when she smashes into the immovable object that is the band known as the Dap-Kings, the resulting funky explosions can power small villages. This whole album (Naturally) is great, but I love how this song gradually builds: it starts with some seriously funky drums, followed by the horn section, which then starts trading bars with some lovely guitar noodling. Finally, once that’s all established, Ms. Jones steps in and knocks it out of the park with her, as always, supremely soulful vocals.
Quasimoto – Tomorrow Never Knows
The label Format was signed to at the time, PIAS, had the UK license for all of Stones Throw’s catalogue. So before all of our UK tours, I’d hit the London office & pillage a bunch of albums to listen to on the road. I grabbed Quasimoto’s second album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, while on one of these raids. This particular song is fairly trippy and reflective, and was something I loved to put on in the headphones after our shows, to help the adrenaline subside, as I sat upstairs at the front of the bus and watched the English countryside fly by in the darkness.
DJ Format & Abdominal begin their three week Reunion tour on Thursday in Manchester. Full info here.