Blktop Project / Concrete Jungle
Album: Concrete Jungle   Collection:General
Artist:Blktop Project   Added:Aug 2016
Label:Vehicle Toogood  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-08-15 Pull Date: 2016-10-17
Week Ending: Oct 16 Oct 9 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 21
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 13, 2016: DSD
Strut And Swagger
4. Sep 03, 2016: Narnia
Stick And Move
2. Oct 03, 2016: Everything A to Z week 61
In The Moment, Year Of The Drum, Folk And Fiction
5. Aug 26, 2016: Life Aquatic
Stick And Move
3. Sep 10, 2016: Narnia
Stick And Move
6. Aug 20, 2016: Music Casserole
Strut And Swagger

Album Review
Mr. Tumnus
Reviewed 2016-08-09
Blktop Project/Concrete Jungle

Post-rock/jazz. Funky, restrained album, dominated by guitars and drums. Kind of reminds of the stuff that comes off the Cuneiform label, but more sedate. Careful rhythms, careful counterpoint--not so many dramatic builds to a climax. I think it’s fair to call this lounge music, or jam session music. Individual songs tend to be pretty consistent all the way through. Don’t expect any dramatic shifts in tone.

The band’s genesis story is pretty funny and cool: “The musical experiment known as Blktop Project first came about when skateboard magazine Slap organized a tour in the summer of 2002 for Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero and Matt Rodriguez—three of the most accomplished skateboarders ever who also happen to love making music...The trio divided their time on the road between skating and recording improvised music sessions.”

Try 1, 4, 8.

1) “Strut and Swagger” (7:36): Simple rhythm on the bass guitar. Simple melody on top. Kind of tropical drums in the second half, and more growly. Repetitive, groovy.
2) “And the Stylus Followed” (4:49): Precise, catchy little riff.
3) “Folk and Fiction” (6:59): Smooth, understated jazzy riff. 6/8 time.
4) “Stick and Move” (5:56): Tight, groovy. A bit more punch. Progresses through a few nice phases.
5) “Shrine On” (6:12): Sparser, quieter.
6) “Year of the Drum” (3:33): Lots of drum work here, but I’m not a drummer, so can’t say what.
7) “In the Moment” (6:04): Nice pattern on the bass guitar.
8) “The Light to Get By” (4:48): Cool metallic sound at the beginning.
9) “Esto fortis!” (3:40): Tight guitar pattern to start.
10) “A New Line” (3:57): Nicely develops its theme.
11) “Fall and Rise” (4:27): More of an ambient tone, with just a light pattering of drums in the background.

-- Mr. Tumnus

Track Listing
1. Strut And Swagger   6. Year Of The Drum
2. And The Stylus Followed   7. In The Moment
3. Folk And Fiction   8. The Light To Get By
4. Stick And Move   9. Esto Fortis!
5. Shrine On   10. A New Line **
  11. Fall And Rise