Saturday, December 31 1994
This quartet from a small burgh in Sweden is relentlessly jangly even though they often pen ironically maudlin lyrics.
Listening to Jessie Mae Hemphill is to experience almost completely pure unvarnished blues. Her music is steeped in her natural familiarity with the ancient roots of Mississippi Hill country traditions while she improvised rhythmically and lyrically to contemporize her sound.
From the magnificent Hep label, a guitar trio session that can take a while to get into, individual from folksy to hard rocky, improvised music and melodic sense that needs and repays concentrated listening.
As ska moved from Jamaican soul music to American homogenized banality, bands like Hot Stove Jimmy interceded and saved ska from itself.
Put down those early ‘90s Miami bass 12"s you’ve been eyeing in the cut-out bin, and buy the present and future of hip-hop.