Friday, November 19, 2010

Electric Relaxation: Camp Lo "Luchini (This Is It)"

It's Friday so why not start the weekend with one of the most underrated hip hop songs of the 90's. Plus I haven't done an Electric Relaxation post in a while. Cue the horns!

The best horn intro this side of Pete Rock, the whole song just makes you happy from start to finish. The horns make it feel like some theme music, like when you walk into a room, this plays. That hypnotic chorus makes you want to celebrate the minute you hear it. "This is it what!, Luchini pouring from the sky, let's get rich what!" and then the first bar: "Introducing, phantom of the dark" - thats like perfect walk-in music!

I hadn't heard this song before until one night at the paper. It was one of those hip-hop head joints that everybody talked about as underrated but the average fan probably never heard. I decided to check via Youtube and was mesmerized. I ended up buying their classic debut Uptown Saturday Night soon after (a GREAT album I should add)

Even better is that this song/album was produced by Ski Beatz, the same guy behind the vibe on Jay-Z's soulful debut "Reasonable Doubt". As opposed to the soulful joints he created on that album, all the Camp Lo joints remind you of more uptempo 70's music to create a sonic layer that fit Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba's fascination with 70's references. A sampling.

"Bottoms Up, Sunshine. Love Potion No. 9"
"We magnets to moolah, livin with Charlie's Angels hornets"

Still have no idea what both of them are talking about in this song, but it's filled with great 70's references and laidback yet on-point flows. Raise ya glass and toast to the weekend. This song is a celebration and it always makes me smile.

By the way, those horns come from "Adventures in the Land of Music" by Dynasty. Check it out here.