Saturday, February 25
Blockhead a.k.a. Anthony “Tony” Simon is a lot smarter than his title would imply. It takes some brains to stitch together tight soul-hop tracks like “The Music Scene,” with it’s mechanical but humanized clacking dance beats and hooky vocals. “We call that a joint, we call that a joint” a trembling voice repeats toward the end of the song. It’s heady music from a heady guy. Blockhead’s focus is on rhythmic and body moving hip-hop beats with a wildcard edge: usually something like bouncing string samples, a small soliloquy, or a funk bassline (see “The Art of Walking” from his 2005 album Downtown Science). The Ninja Tune Recording artist, who grew up in downtown New York City, spent the beginning of his career as a producer, crafting beats for artists like Aesop Rock, who’s critically acclaimed album Labor Days, he produced. Now he’s focused on his own tunes though. His latest album, 2009’s The Music Scene, is a head bobbing mixture of 1970’s influenced soul melodies and intricate hip-hop beats. Don’t miss Blockhead when he hits Soundlab this Saturday (Feb 25). —cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907/bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $12 advanced.
Check out Blockhead’s psychedelic video for “The Music Scene” below: