Monday, April 13, 2009

Music to Mention at Cocktail Parties: Op Swamp 81

Hat tip to Phonte of Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange, his itunes review put me up on some hot fire that goes by the name of: OP Swamp 81. He says:


Anything with Bilal Salaam's name on it is automatic coppery, but "Decompose" had me sittin in my living room rockin back and forth fannin myself with that good church fan (you know the one with martin Luther Kaing on the front, and an ad for a funeral home on the back?)

Excellent work, peoples. I am officially on the jock of everyone involved in this project.

*scraps next album, goes back to the drawing board*

word, well with support like that, I had to peep. And consider this the blog co-sign. Up on the right is the ep cover, how it should look in your itunes coverflow.

"Decompose" is the joint, but not online. Here's a song called "Another Day"

Even better than the music, their myspace isn't all littered up yet with fan crud, so if you start talking about them TODAY you can definitely still put "ahead of the curve" on your business card. I used helvetica typeface on mine! Also, you can stop talking about Kanye and Lil' Wayne as much as you do. And maybe impress a hipster chick who doesn't go to cocktail parties. Jeah.

The ep is on itunes, and only has a handful of songs. Kind of like the "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" and "The Strokes" before they blew. Not sure if they have that kind of upside in terms of notoriety/celebrity, but they have that kind of skill.

More fuel for your too-cool-for-blogs cachet: the name "Op Swamp 81" references some realness, and they describe their sound as a mix of :

and this:

now all you have to do is go find a mainstream dude on the street still talking about Gnarls Barkley, and blow their medulla oblongata with some style and substance.


  1. Bilal Salaam is on some Dilla meets D'Angelo shit with his electrosoul orchestra. Definitely a comer.

  2. Anonymous4/14/2009

    you're just trying to make up for the Oren Yoel post.

  3. ^^^What he said. Since you did that Asher Roth post, any buzz he had had has fizzled out. The album reviews are coming out and they all say it sucks.

  4. Anonymous4/14/2009

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  5. I digs the weird and sucks up the slightly left of center music. Thanks a-gain (that's how I pronounce it "A" - Gain) for hipping me to hardly heard hyped heat.


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