Osheaga, more than Day 1 and Day 2, makes me to think of that common mantra about quality over quantity. There were too many must-see artists playing at the same time, which required too many early and unwanted departures mid-performance to check out other groups playing across the grounds. But I'll be honest and admit there are bigger problems and criticisms I could have faced and articulated, like the porto-potty line ups for instance, or I dunno, being bored. I couldn't help but laugh this morning when I got a voice message from another Osheaga-attending friend two days after he left it, calling from the media tent to ask if I had any "tips on what to do - how to stay un-bored." If only I could have banked even a slice of his worries. I was running around like a rag doll with my head chopped off all weekend, just to keep up with the cluster fuck of artists the organizers had billed. Looking back over my Sunday experience in particular, I'm left wishing I had drawn straws and fully immersed myself in a few sets rather than skipping fleetingly across sound worlds like they're mere lily pads in a pond. Less is more, jah? For yesterday's Day 2 coverage I talked about how the best advantage of mega-concerts is that they offer a little bit of a thrill (and education) for music voyeurs of all stripes, so if you're a hard nose hip-hop fan and are wondering why I cover Baths and Crystal Castles here, please check out that article to get more of a grip on why. Or, you can click directly below to dig some unreal pics c/o moi, Pat Beaudry, and Nick Leger.
If you follow the stuff I post here at The CUS, you know how I feel about Jamie xx. Not only does the guy have technical command over his craft (anyone who's messed with a DAW should know what I'm talking about), but he has impeccable taste. In other words, he makes the kind of stuff I couldn't shrug off if I tried-- his forthcoming Gil Scott-Heron remix LP a case in point. I've already pre-ordered the limited edition vinyl. If you know what's good for you, you should too.
Back to the point, it's great news in my books, that Drake feels the same way as I about this London-based dial turner (he recently said "Jamie is probably one of the msot exciting producers I've ever heard"), and publically announced that he will be teaming up with Jamie xx for his next record (Young Money Records), set to drop this spring. I. Can't. Wait.
The insistent first single "NY Is Killing Me" from Jamie xx's forthcoming Gil Scott Heron remix album We're New here is easily one of my favorite remixes of 2010. There's something dark and creepy about Jamie's sample based melody intertwined with Gil's pleas "Lord Have Mercy on Me", which comes off in Jamie's surveillance tape video counterpart remarkably well. iTunes doesn't usually get my buck if I know I'm going to be picking up the entire album anyway, but this was an exception. I couldn't wait until February 22nd. That's the date We're New Here will drop in all forms, including a vinyl box set with the full album on a pink heavyweight vinyl, the instrumental version on a green heavyweight vinyl, CDs of both the album and instrumental album, and two limited edition photographic prints. And here's what's kicking me in the ass: it's only 25 pounds and comes with a free mp3 of "NY is killing me" when you pre-order it. Props: FDR.