Five can’t miss tracks from the Pacific Northwest.
Urnack Sun Ra (feat. Julian Priester)
Seattle jazz legend Julian Priester, who played trombone with John Coltrane, Max Roach and Sun Ra, and taught at Cornish for 32 years, is facing huge medical bills and acute financial stress. Get familiar now if you aren’t already. If the record shop you’re browsing in doesn’t have his solo masterpiece Love, Love (1974), buy Sun Ra’s “Angels and Demons At Play” and peep Priester on “Urnack” from 1956—a swinging, big-band song for better times.
Leaning Mess Hausu
Feel as gray and stepped-on as a sidewalk? Let Reed College band Hausu wash over you like a rainbow oil spill. “Leaning Mess” is brainy/brawny/beautiful ’90s-style rock, from first album, Total, out in June.
Seattle DJ/producer DJAO makes dubby electronic music for listening to on headphones while you lean against the wall of the bus on your way to work. In that sleepy state, the watery “One” might make you feel like you’re melting. Good morning!
Choppin Paper Up Lil B (prod. by Keyboard Kid)
A bolt of lightning connects Federal Way to the Bay Area. How else to explain the continually electric relationship between Keyboard Kid and Cali rapper Lil B? “Choppin Paper Up” is a cloudy gem from B’s recent mixtape P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug).
In These Walls (remix) Chocolate Chuck
Chocolate Chuck digitally chops samples of existing music into smooth, oddly shaped grooves. You can call it hip-hop. I call it slept-on. “In These Walls” is about sex (sorry to ruin the surprise of the entendre) and bumps excellently.
Pictured above: DJAO. Photo by Patti Miller.