Filmed in the The Fordham Metro-North Railroad station, The Avalanches’ charming new video for “Because I’m Me” features a young Michael Jackson look-alike dancing along to the track as an entire horn section follows him. Paired with the inimitable talents of Camp Lo’s Sonny Cheeba, the song is infectious from beginning to end.
“We started filming about three weeks ago,” Cheeba tells DX. “My verse is about when I was coming up and things that were going on around that time. As far as the texture of the video, it looks just like I envisioned it.”
Dressed in fly ’70s clothes, including a cabbie hat and vintage shades, Cheeba executes his rhymes like the seasoned vet he is. They clearly had a blast filming the video, which effortlessly captures the spirit of the song.
“The little kid in the video is real cool,” he says. “He’s a dancer and I guess he’s been taking classes for years. It was really fun to shoot. I was laughing as they were doing it. I had a great time.”
“Since I Left You” is a song by Australian electronic dance music group The Avalanches. It was released as the third single from the group’s debut studio album of the same name on 5 February 2001. Produced by group members Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann, “Since I Left You” utilizes numerous samples of other artists’ material. The song’s chorus is a prominent vocal sample of The Main Attraction’s “Everyday” (1967).
The song was positively reviewed by music critics, who praised its sample-based production and upbeat atmosphere; several publications named it one of the best singles of 2001. “Since I Left You” also placed in the singles charts of Australia and several European countries. A surrealistic music video for the song was directed by Rob Leggatt and Leigh Marling, and depicts two miners who find a mysterious passage into a dance studio. It won the group an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video.
Ali Hassan Kuban was a Nubian singer and bandleader. He was known as the “Captain” or “Godfather” of Nubian music.
I’m New Here is the thirteenth studio album by American soul artist Gil Scott-Heron, released February 8, 2010 on XL Recordings. It is Scott-Heron’s first album of original material in sixteen years, following a period of personal and legal troubles with drug addiction. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2007 to 2009 and production was handled by XL Recordings-owner Richard Russell. Primarily a blues and spoken-word album, I’m New Here serves as musical and lyrical departure from Scott-Heron’s previous work.
The album debuted at number 181 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 3,700 copies in its first week. It has spawned one single, “Me and the Devil”, an adaptation of blues musician Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues” (1937). Upon its release, I’m New Here received generally positive reviews from most music critics.