Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes


A mix for bike riding, working out, and smoking cigarettes on a porch.

I’ve always been a faithful man, ’til you came along

There’s something particularly heart-wrenching about the dilemma Lee Fields finds himself in on the eponymous opening track of Faithful Man, a title that given the album’s general tone towards relationships can easily be read as either hopeful or extremely ironic. Now when I say heart-wrenching, I by no means want to imply that Fields (or, just for academic clarity, his narrator) is sympathetic, rather it is the general scope of things that tauts the heart strings. When Fields tells his nameless paramour, “I’ve always been a faithful man, ’til you came along,” it’s already too late, we’re way past the event horizon of infidelity. But as the story unfolds, how faithful could Fields have ever really been? The repetition of that initial claim of innocence renders it impossible to discern whether Fields is really languishing in a first-time transgression or just trying to repeat a lie for so long that it becomes the truth. And while he admits that he’s never felt so guilty, the following assertion of having “never feet so good” doesn’t bode well for the future of our lascivious married man.

“Don’t you make me do wrong,” Fields powerlessly pleads, but he’s talking to himself really, not the seductress in front of him. The question is, can he ever listen?

Faithful Man, which from top to bottom is a spine-tingling block of vintage soul, drops March 13 via Truth & Soul Records.

Huh What and Where: Ta-Ku

While previous Huh What & Where artist Bahwee was more of a straight-up beat producer, with tiltneck tracks hovering around the 2 minute mark, Ta-Ku is more of an instrumental composer. His eleventh-hour celebrating album Latenyc is the product of a recent trip to New York and the eight tracks do not disappoint. Ta-Ku’s slow-burning, late night funk is the perfect music to come home to. Latenyc is staring out the metro into the glimmering lights of the subway tunnel on your way home, Latenyc is the car ride to a quick food pit-stop before bed, and Latenyc is that last smoke and drink of the night where you reminisce with your company of choice about what made that night just right.

SJP” is a smooth building instrumental that is just the right blend of mellow and upbeat. It’s perfect mood music for when you’re not at the club anymore, but you’re certainly not quite ready to call it quits. “Mahal” is a glitch-beat R&B joint featuring Chet Faker that burns like a Cuban cigar.

Check out the rest of Latenyc at the HW&W BandCamp, where the album can also be bought for $5.

All the sun that dam-funk shines

The purveyor of funk turns a spacey dub jam into a funk masterpiece.  This comes as part of the remix album that accompanies the excellent Peaking Lights 936.  

I’ll never fall in love again

Enjoy this prime opening cut from DeBarge’s 1982 classic, All This Love.

DeBarge – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again