Song of the Day: Blockhead – Duke of Hazzard

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Duke of Hazzard by Blockhead from the 2007 album Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book on Ninja Tune.

Blockhead – Duke of Hazzard (MP3)

Blockhead, born Anthony Simon, began writing raps back in the early-to-mid 90s, eventually making beats instead of spitting rhymes. Not much of a techie, Blockhead is still using the same sampler he picked up circa ’94. Apparently it works well enough to make beats for his foremost cohort, Aesop Rock, as well as other indie hip-hop MCs like Murs, Atmosphere’s Slug, Mike Ladd and others. Based in Manhattan, Blockhead is also a founding member of a hip-hop/comedy group that goes by Party Fun Action Committee and is associated with the Def Jux label. On Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, a primarily instrumental affair, Blockhead playfully — and effortlessly — shifts between rump-shaking renditions of jazz, funk and electro grooves. Dukes of Hazzard however, also throws in some crazy blues guitar soloing and one of the few examples of scratching in these tracks. No matter which way you spin it, this is a really fun album and the culmination of a lot of hard work with little recognition to show for it. Cozy up to his MySpace page after eyeing this video for The Art of Walking off of 2006’s Downtown Science:

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