Yes We Want More!

My friends at Ninja Tune have sent me a fantastic birthday present. They didn’t know it was my birthday, but that’s not the point. I’m referring to new material by Big Dada’s Ty. 2003′s Upwards was immense, fantastic British soulful hip-hop, and now the man is back. His third album, Closer, is due out on 16th October, and I’ve got to tell you… I’m excited. Knowing how talented the man is, I really shouldn’t have been surprised by the names featured on this new record, but somehow I am.

Closer features appearances from such artists as; Speech from Arrested Development, De La Soul, and Zion I. I have promos of both the new double single, due out on 18th September, and also the full album. I’ve not listened to Closer yet, but I will do shortly and a review will follow. But for today, I’m gonna focus on the double single. It features two tracks; Don’t Watch That (Knickers, Y-Fronts and Jockstraps), and What You Want (Taylormade).

Don’t Watch That (Knickers, Y-Fronts and Jockstraps) is a funky old skool kinda tune, but with a typical fresh Ty sound. The lyrics are humorous to the max – the story being that you shouldn’t believe internet rumours about artists. It’s no secret that often I like to keep my comedy and my music separate, but it’s never as black and white as that. For me it is in the execution. People like Goldie Looking Chain focus mainly on the humour (my perception, anyway), whereas take something classic like The Beastie Boys, those guys could have a laugh whilst still knocking out some fantastic tracks – well Ty, although not being anything like the Beasties, has a firm comedic stance; the music and verse stay well intact. Ty’s flow is disciplined and catchy, the humour is there to be subtly appreciated, but it works well. The music remains, and the balance is sound.

Ty – Don’t Watch That
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This download is a sample of the music only and must be deleted from your computer within 24 hours of downloading. This download link will expire on 24th August.

What You Want (Taylormade) features Taylor McFerrin, Joy Jones and Jason Yarde. This track is in a similar vein to those two classic Ty tracks; Groovement and Wait A Minute – real shimmying rhythm accompanied by brass and intelligent lyrics. The beats were originally beatboxed by Taylor McFerrin (who is in fact the son of Bobby “Don’t Worry Be Happy” McFerrin), Ty and his associate producer Drew then created the tune around the original beatbox. They used many layers, including a full on horn section, then Ty finally added the last piece of the puzzle; his vocals.

Ty – What You Want
>> TRACK REMOVED AT REQUEST OF TY <<
This download is a sample of the music only and must be deleted from your computer within 24 hours of downloading. This download link will expire on 24th August.

I’m pleased to see Ty come back with some new stuff. I love his angle on the UK hip-hop scene, never any pretensions of grandeur or wanting to bling it up with the gangstas. More hip-hop artists need to get back to basics and realise it should be about the music and not the glamour. Anyway, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know! So, look out for this double single on 18th September, and also look out for my review of Closer coming very shortly.

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  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com/ neil

    Couldn’t agree more, its fantastic to have Ty back!

    I was going to post the new single myself, but had second thoughts about giving away the single itself. Dont really want to damage the sales of an artist I really want to support. Tough call though.

    I know you say about must be deleted from computer in 24 hours, but thats never ever going to happen in the real world.

    Dont mean any of this as a critisism, and still loving the site as always.

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com neil

    Couldn’t agree more, its fantastic to have Ty back!

    I was going to post the new single myself, but had second thoughts about giving away the single itself. Dont really want to damage the sales of an artist I really want to support. Tough call though.

    I know you say about must be deleted from computer in 24 hours, but thats never ever going to happen in the real world.

    Dont mean any of this as a critisism, and still loving the site as always.

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com/ Rusty Sheriff

    What you do with the file is upto you. Gav has to say that for legal reasons I’d imagine.

    Cool that Ninja have finally caught up!

    Nice one fella!

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com Rusty Sheriff

    What you do with the file is upto you. Gav has to say that for legal reasons I’d imagine.

    Cool that Ninja have finally caught up!

    Nice one fella!

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com/ neil

    Yep I know what I do with the file is upto me, and that the disclaimer is an attempt to say “well ive told you to delete the free new single ive given you so if you keep it you are the one in the wrong not me”.

    Not trying to have a go at Gav. If I didnt have the tracks already i’d be downloading them myself (although I might not buy the single if I had got them for free from here)

    No offence Gav.. keep up the good work :)

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com neil

    Yep I know what I do with the file is upto me, and that the disclaimer is an attempt to say “well ive told you to delete the free new single ive given you so if you keep it you are the one in the wrong not me”.

    Not trying to have a go at Gav. If I didnt have the tracks already i’d be downloading them myself (although I might not buy the single if I had got them for free from here)

    No offence Gav.. keep up the good work :)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Ouch. You know what they say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. In other words, it was never my intention to harm sales etc…

    I saw it more as giving people the opportunity to see what the new Ty stuff was all about. YouSendIt holds those files for up to 7 days, or 100 downloads, which ever comes first. So I guess in my ideallic world I figured 100 people max would hear the tracks, like them, then buy the album when it comes out.

    As soon as I posted this blog entry I fired off an email to Big Dada, just to let them know what I’d done and to let me know if they weren’t cool with it. Not heard back yet though.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Ouch. You know what they say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. In other words, it was never my intention to harm sales etc…

    I saw it more as giving people the opportunity to see what the new Ty stuff was all about. YouSendIt holds those files for up to 7 days, or 100 downloads, which ever comes first. So I guess in my ideallic world I figured 100 people max would hear the tracks, like them, then buy the album when it comes out.

    As soon as I posted this blog entry I fired off an email to Big Dada, just to let them know what I’d done and to let me know if they weren’t cool with it. Not heard back yet though.

  • http://myspace.com/tyandupwards TY

    its all good man !!!!! thanks for the review !!!! …. TY

  • http://myspace.com/tyandupwards TY

    its all good man !!!!! thanks for the review !!!! …. TY

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No worries, Ty. :-)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No worries, Ty. :-)

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com/ neil

    blessing from the man himself :)

    Roll on the album! Have you read what Ty has to say about the mobo awards?? interesting stuff

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com neil

    blessing from the man himself :)

    Roll on the album! Have you read what Ty has to say about the mobo awards?? interesting stuff

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Have you heard what I’VE got to say about the freakin’ mobo awards?! Not sure if I’ll ever get over Mr Smith being robbed by Sway!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Have you heard what I’VE got to say about the freakin’ mobo awards?! Not sure if I’ll ever get over Mr Smith being robbed by Sway!

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com/ neil

    No I missed your Mobo comments. Your site is updated so often I miss most of whats on it unfortunatly! Only so many hours a day so I prob only make it here once in a while…so miss far too much.

    Going to post something about Mobo’s nearer to time myself..but afraid im far more slack on the posting than you. Got a nice Listen to this feature up at the moment with Scroobius Pip.. maybe you’d be up for doing one sometime?

  • http://www.musiclikedirt.com neil

    No I missed your Mobo comments. Your site is updated so often I miss most of whats on it unfortunatly! Only so many hours a day so I prob only make it here once in a while…so miss far too much.

    Going to post something about Mobo’s nearer to time myself..but afraid im far more slack on the posting than you. Got a nice Listen to this feature up at the moment with Scroobius Pip.. maybe you’d be up for doing one sometime?

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    RSS feeds, my friend. Never miss another blog entry! :-P

    As for helping out with your feature, yeah sure, just give me a shout. :-)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    RSS feeds, my friend. Never miss another blog entry! :-P

    As for helping out with your feature, yeah sure, just give me a shout. :-)