Monday, October 12, 2009

Mocky featuring GZA - "Birds of a Feather"

All this talking about racism at the moment has got me in a somewhat edgy mood of late, so I'm going to take a break by telling you how much I love this cute, quirky new song by Mocky and GZA.

Yeah that's right, GZA (aka The Genius) of the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the alltime great MCs. It's not often that you get to use the phrase "cute and quirky" in a sentence describing Wu-Tang members, but this track is unusual. It's a strange blend of hip-hop with dainty, kitsch retro pop. But it works.

Of course, it's a remix. I don't like the original quite as much - the verse is not as nice as the chorus and I think the rap gives it an extra edge - but it's still cool. Here's the original performed live:

Mocky himself is a pretty interesting cat. Canadian-born of Somali and English heritage (his real name is Domenic Salole), he resides in Germany, from where he has co-written and produced stuff for Jamie Liddell and Feist. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays keys, drums, bass and guitar. It's hard to describe his music, as it takes in everything from electronica, funk, jazz, pop and R&B.

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