The Block is Hot

Greetings y’all. This is Jeff Weiss, you might remember me from such blogs as The Passion of the Weiss, and my lesser known work on the True Secrets of the Pirates of the Carribbean blog and my work curating the Drew Carey fan-page (take that Bob Barker). I’ll be filling in here for the next few days while Kevin traipses and/or gallivants through New York City. I hope you enjoy my ramblings

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Last week, Blockhead dropped another very strong effort, Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, his third album of hip-hop instrumentals. Like its predecessors, Music By Cavelight and Downtown Science, UTCB is mostly wordless, save for the occasional inserted patch of cinematic dialogue. Blockhead once said that judging from the more spooky, brooding tone of his first two records, people think he sits in his room in the dark, lighting candles and burning incense.

In that vein, UTCB is a lighter affair than his previous efforts, more airy and organic, filled with patches of bright, twinkling keys and jazzy horn samples. At times it feels like a cross between the recent Black Moth Super Rainbow record crossed with RJD2’s Deadringer. If you like guys like Madlib, Wax Tailor, or RJD2, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this record and checking out the rest of his discography.

Buy Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book

MP3: Blockhead-“The Strain” (left-click)
MP3: Blockhead-“Grape Nuts and Chalk Sauce” (left-click)

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