Friday, May 05, 2006

Capo di tutti capi

Partly thanks to his lablemates Kid Casanova (see below) I have been encountering the music of Akira the Don a lot recently. He is not unfamiliar to the world of blog - not least because he himself is a fervent blogger and vocal supporter of filesharing, who makes huge chunks of his output freely available to the world.

His mixtapes are legendary - ATD12 has just been released - and most of my exposure has been to these free downloads up to now, so I was very pleasantly surprised to hear more original tracks by him on the recent Something in Construction sampler and the Camden Crawl compilation.

And what stands out is the contrast between his genial rapping style and the brutal, intelligent to-the-pointness of his lyrics, most of which are wry dagger blows aimed at the heart of the global economic system and the political status quo that goes hand in hand with it. Unsurprisingly, the record business does not get off lightly.

So I was pleased to see Something in Construction have put the entire sampler online to download here, including two fabulous Akira tracks:
Bankers (mp3)
"Put your fingers in the corners of your mouth, say Bankers"
Jerusalem (mp3) (with Bravecaptain)

Don't miss the rest of the sampler though, it's class from start to finish.


heather said...

Okay, so I am here to see exactly who is my co-conspirator in the top spot for the Blogger's Paradise World Cup bacchanalia! I am pleased to see that my competition appears to have some knowledge of italiano? Very good! Thanks for the tip on Afterhours too. If they are as good as you say they are, I am obligated to make a post about them as well, to atone for my sins of posting Jovanotti and other questionable italian pop.


Keep up the good predictions!

Jim el Buho said...

OMG I had no idea I was doing well in the Fantasy Footie thing! I shall go and have a look now :D