What the hell is wrong with people these days?
I went to an Obama fundraiser event the other day. It was the first political event I’ve ever been too, but I mostly went because DJ Z-Trip was playing and they were giving away Sheperd Fairey prints. The big Obama “Hope” prints that you’ve probably seen around.
The first hundred folk to show up got one that was signed by the artist, and since I like Sheperd’s work I was down.
Problem was, so were a lot of other folk.
Turns out said posters were already fetching upwards of $500 on Ebay, so instead of a bunch of stoked music fans/ political supporters, you got a shitload of poseurs who showed up at noon to stand in line (I would have done the same, but I have a job.) These leeches got their posters and promptly left.
They didn’t stay for the show, they didn’t come to support, they came to make a buck…and something about that really pissed me off.
I might have been less annoyed if they had some extra posters about for the real fans, or even if they had some for sale. But they didn’t…and all through the night I saw people walk up with their pre-appointed wrist bands grab their posters and then immediately walk off.
Or maybe I’m just jealous.
Back to the topic at hand, I give you the eclectic awesomeness that is Backini…and if you haven’t heard of him, then you aren’t alone.
The Brighton native’s real name is Rob Quickenden, and he’s a sound engineer as well as a crate digger of much renown. While most sample based artists hunt for snippets of funk (Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow,) and others go for obscure dance music (The Avalanches,) Backini seems drawn towards the records that no one wants.
The kind of albums that even thrift stores tend to stuff into cardboard boxes and write “Free” on the side.
Backini’s creations are not meant as deep messages or strong statements, according to Rob, but rather what he calls “shallow, throw-away music.” This is due to his fascination with the world of pop music. And pop is kind of what it is, if pop was constructed from old 78rpm swing music, kids records and other assorted jazz and easy listening records, but what the listener is left with is nothing short of wonderful. With his engineering background, Rob deftly manages to bring all the sound together in ways that please and amaze.
After releasing a hand-full of acclaimed singles on the newly formed Lumenessence label (most of which can be found as a collection called Backini “Lumenessence” on some P2P networks), Backini released his first full length album in 2003 called “Threads.”
And it’s a really great little album. The big hit that ended up on a lot of DJ playlists was the war time sampling ’Company B-Boy,’ which at first listen will explain it’s appeal. Then you get the moody, interweaving noir of ‘Go Go Killer’ and the spaced “Close Encounters” sampling on ‘Dreamer.’ But you know what? The rest of the album is pretty damn satisfying as well.
Will Backini ”Threads” change your life? No, but it will live in your iPod, car stereo, or office computer for many days.
And you’ll look back and thank me.