Producer, DJ and mashup artist Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) has joined forces with Philly rapper Freeway to release a new EP, Broken Ankles available exclusively at Datpiff. The EP is a departure from Girl Talk’s previous releases in that Gillis produces more traditional hip-hop beats, not mashups. He told James Montgomery of MTV News:
“I had the idea to do a mixtape with someone, but have it flow like one of my albums. I wanted to do a mixtape that was pretty different from your average mixtape. Every song is connected and there’s a very distinct beginning and end; it works as a whole,” Gillis explained. “It’s a continuous mix, but the songs can work as standalones. It’s a very colorful listen, too; there’s stuff that’s more obscure soul samples, there’s ’70s prog rock samples, there’s more modern samples; it jumps around. So it represents a lot of what we were doing together.”
The EP features contributions from Jadakiss on “I Can Hear Sweat,” Young Chris on “Tell Me Yeah,” and Waka Flocka Flame on “Tolerated.” That last song also features samples of “Rubber Car” by Enon and “Dreams” by Esther Phillips.
As for the samples, Gillis digs deep into the crates for sounds from Kansas (featured as the lead in to the bridge on “I Can Hear Sweat”), Cyndi Lauper, Lumidee, Mouse On Mars, Nine Inch Nails, Notorius B.I.G., The Temptations, Tubeway Army, and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Fans of Gillis and Philly Freezer have been treated to one of the best mixtapes of the year. Girl Talk plays at Firefly on Friday, June 20th.
Philly rapper Freeway and Girl Talk have released the first video and song from their forthcoming collaboration. “Tolerated” features special guest Waka Flacka Flame, and is from their Broken Ankles EP, available to download for free via DatPiff on April 8th. Freeway, known for his hard hitting rap style, has joined forces with Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) in what is a musical departure for Gillis’s usual mashup style of sampling.
There’s no shortage of gore, pranks, cakes smashed in people’s faces, people smashing chairs on each other, chest punches, crazy karate moves, eye ball poking, and limbs being torn from bodies. It’s how Girl Talk and Freeway “tolerate” all their haters, over an energetic, pulsing beat and Freeway’s hard hitting raps.
About the collaboration, Gillis told Pitchfork:
It was liberating and exciting working on a different style of material. I couldn’t stop. A bunch of the ideas were things I’ve been wanting to do for years… I’ve been a fan of Freeway since I first heard him on ’1-900-Hustler,’ and I just thought he was the perfect fit for what I had in mind. I wanted the album to be diverse, and I wanted someone who could maneuver around quick changes mid-song. Freeway is the rare rapper who sounds natural on all types of beats, ranging from cut-up soul to menacing synth-jams. His energy is unreal, and he’s able to keep up with any production… I wanted to work closer to traditional song structure compared to my last few albums, but still include some detailed sample splicing and change-ups when it felt appropriate. The overall structure is what I thought worked best with Freeway’s style… It’s always important to me to have an album that works as a whole; something that has a calculated flow to it, which is intended to be listened to front to back.
Below, watch “Tolerated.”
Girl Talk will perform at the Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 20th.
Autre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub. Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin. Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French. Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”
All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:
Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.
For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)
Friday, September 23rd
Cage The Elephant
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves
Saturday, September 24th
Foster The People
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
A limited number of Early Bird two-day passes ($90) and Early Bird two-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale now through Thursday, June 23rd, at 10 p.m. Use the code: POPPED (for two-day passes) and code: VIPPOPPED (for two-day VIP passes) at the Popped! wesbite or at Ticketmaster. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, a separate entrance, bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price two-day passes ($110) and two-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale this Friday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Popped! website and Ticketmaster. Charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street. (No service fees for cash purchases!)
According to Pitchfork, the Shins, Panda Bear, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, Cults, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Rakim are just some of the bands that are playing at the Popped! Music Festival on September 23rd and 24th here in Philly at FDR Park. No official word yet from the Popped! camp on this, however.
Did you miss the Girl Talk show in Philly a couple weeks ago (February 4th)? If you did (or even if you didn’t) you can watch the entire show from the Electric Factory in 3 minutes and eight seconds. The video below is a time lapse from 10:30am until 12:30am; how long it took to set up, sound check, perform, and break down the concert. Party on.
Photo by Christos Schizas
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Girl Talk + Penguin Prison at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Sun Airway + Celebration, Golden Ages, CSLSX, Savages at The Ox (7:30 p.m., $10); Langhorne Slim + Bobby Bare Jr., Frontier Ruckus at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Gang Of Four + Hollerado, Moon Women, DJ Robert Drake at Theatre Of The Living Arts (8:30 p.m.); Tapes ‘N Tapes + Oberhofer, Xylos at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); When I Was 12 + The Great Unknown, Conversations With Enemies, Safe Travels at The Ox (7:30 p.m., $10)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6
How could you possibly consider leaving the house for a night of live music when you can watch The Black-Eyed Peas perform on TV from the comfort of your own living room? The performance will occur during the Halftime Spectacular Bonanza of this year’s Football MegaMatch, which features two teams who aren’t the Philadelphia Eagles. (Really, that is all you need to know about the game.) However, if you’re not too busy Sunday afternoon waiting in line at the ACME to purchase the very last package of nacho chips (likely Baked Tostitos With A Hint Of Lime) in the greater Philadelphia area, we strongly urge you to consider going to the first Folkadelphia concert at Johnny Brenda’s, which features The Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones. (You can read our interview with Folkadelphia organizer Fred Knittel here.) The Spinning Leaves perform with Hezekiah Jones at 1 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the show are $7.