Look out! P&B is throwing you a curve ball! This week I'm kicking it off with a band that is neither hip-hop nor form Nashville, but should be of interesting to every soul-loving cat and kitten that reads this column. (That's all of you, right? I just can't fathom how one could read a hip-hop column and not love soul music.) Anyway, Chicago's No. 1 soul outfit The Right Now is rolling into town tomorrow, and I expect to see all of you out there. Look, I even killed some trees to remind every body:
Huzzah! We’ve been waiting for The Right Now to come back for a hot minute, and finally the day has come! This Chicago outfit is one of our absolute favorite bands to emerge from the soul revival of the past decade, and their new album Gets Over You is one of our favorites of the year. Produced by Orgone’s Sergio Rios — one of our other favorite soul-revival crews — Gets Over You’s got all the right tones to make it “authentic,” and all the energy and swing that make soul music all-caps LEGIT. The songs get stuck in your head, the grooves get stuck in your rump, and from beginning to end Gets Over You hits all the sweet spots — the horns, the breakbeats, the soul-stirring vocals of Stefanie Berecz. This, ladies and gentleman, is sweet soul satisfaction. —SEAN L. MALONEY
And I'm not the only violating the stricture of genre to make sure TRN get their shine — Chicago Reader, um, readers just voted them the best blues band in The Windy City. I mean, they beat Buddy Guy and they don't even play blues, fer cryin' out loud. And since I'm all in my bully pulpit, I'm going to insist that some of the producers and remixers in the crowd grab this album and have a go at it — it's a goldmine of potential samples and inspiration. Let me repeat, this is one of my favorite albums of the year, hands down.
And now party people, let's move it right along to more party and bullshit ...
* Shows! We gots 'em by the boatload! This weekend we've got The Right Now at Mercy, Kidsmeal Review — which is free and will be filled with vodka — at Exit/In and The Boom Bap with DJ Motherfuckin' Scratch! Oh look, there I am killing trees again:
Boy howdy, this is a bit of badass news! DJ Scratch, for those unaware, is one of the greatest DJs of hip-hop’s golden era, one of the pioneers who propelled the art of turntablism into, well, the realm of art. For years he worked with legendary EPMD — and frankly, it doesn’t get more legendary in hip-hop than EPMD — developing tricks and techniques that form the bedrock of the DJ styles we all know and love. He’s also spent a wee bit o’ time in the studio, producing tracks on some of the best underground hip-hop records of all time, including The Roots’ Phrenology, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, and Method Man and Redman’s Blackout! Also, the dude can rock a party like it’s going out of style — which it is actually, since kids these days don’t want a DJ. They seem to prefer a playlist wrapped in an elaborate laser show with robots that do the dancing and play the music. Stupid kids. —SEAN L. MALONEY
And The Boom Bap kids have an announcement they're going to make on Saturday. I can't tell you what the announcement involves, except to say that it's maybe the best news a P&Ber could ever ask for. Well, if The Boom Bap could bring Jam Master Jay back from the dead, that would probably top it, but I know that's asking a lot.
But the shows don't stop there! Rittz and Burn One — two P&B regulars despite the fact that they don't actually live here — are coming through 12th & Porter on July 2, Tech N9ne is at Marathon on July 4, and Atmosphere is coming to Marathon with Blueprint and Rare Groove. Plus, if you missed the announcement, Ledisi and Eric Benet are playing the Cream's Sounds Like Summer series at Marathon. (We expect you to name every baby you make after that show after one of your favorite Creamsters. This time next year I wanna see a whole pack of little baby Goldgers running around.) And last but certainly not least, Ducko McFli is doing his mixtape release party at The High Watt on July 7 — but I'm guessing that you already knew that. Oh, and Strange Arrange is going down on July 12 as part of NAMM. Damn, it's gonna be a busy month.
* An because nobody can stop this dude's hustle, Dee Goodz drops another mixtape on ya! It's actually a sequel to his very first mixtape, but the progress this dude has made in the past three years pretty much puts it in a league of its own. You've already seen "Bros Over Hoes" and "Underground Queens" show up on this here webpage, and if you dug those you're gonna dig this tape. Dee's flow is getting smoother, he's beats are getting smoother and he's really killin' this rap game right now.
* Starlito's back at it with a new video for "WTF" from his stellar Mental WARfare. If you're not listening to Lito, you're missing out on the best damn local rap around. Though, if you live in my neighborhood, you probably already know it by heart. Hell, the other day I finished watching this video only to hear the neighborhood skater kids bumping "Chill" while kick-flipping the hell out of our cul-de-sac. Honestly, I probably hear Starlito more than any single other artist when I'm just out and about in my 'hood. It's crazy like that.
* Looks like our man Ducko had enough while he was out on Drake's Club Paradise tour to cut a freestyle and shoot some video while he was up in New York. His new tape drops on the July 7, and I'll have the whole nuty, eacky adventure story in that week's paper.
Did I miss anything? I dunno. Fuck it, it's Friday. Holla at your boy or email music[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.