18
Nov
08

Pocketknife and Cousin Cole – Tambourine Dream

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You know, you never really get a grasp on an event until it’s effects reach you sometimes.  Like our financial crisis.  The axe began to fall yesterday at my office and when they were through 23 people were gone from our office landscape.  Truth be told, some of them were pretty useless, but there more than a few who weren’t…like my boy in Customer Service.

He was one of the only guys back there who didn’t have his head firmly up his ass.  But since he never got along with the evil succubus who runs the department, he got the axe.  Right before Christmas too. Sheee-it.

It makes me sad and angry all at the same time…which I guess makes me “sangry.”

About the only thing right now that cheers me up is Pocketknife and Cousin Cole’s masterpiece of a mixtape called “Tambourine Dream,” which hits you like milk and cookies and a warm hug all at once.  I would have to say that it is just what the doctor ordered.

You may know the duo as the masterminds behind the Flagrant Fowl label who have been blowing up the scene for a hot minute now.  If I were you, I’d click that link and check their site for sweet downloadable goodness. They hit the ground running in 2006 with their first two Ep’s of remixes “Ruffle Yo Featherz” and “Tougher Than Featherz” where they remixed everyone from TI to Ram Jam.

With “Tambourine Dream” the dynamic duo spaz out on acoustic dreamscapes over dope beats with artists like Neil Young, Feist, Panda Bear, Nick Drake, John Lennon…the list is just too long and fucking awesome to cover.  Anytime someone can drop a good Nico track into the mix, I’m a happy man.

Poketknife (AKA Skooby Laposky) grew up in Iowa where he befriended legendary 70’s DJ Wolf on the basketball courts.  Even better, he ended up friends with Theo Parrish at art school and polished up his craft before moving to New York via Detroit.  Cousin Cole (AKA Cole Gerard) moved to NYC from Missouri in 97 to attend NYU.  He was mostly a hip hop head back then, but he branched out from there.  The two hooked up in 2004, both now live in Brooklyn… and the rest is DJing history.

What sets “Tambourine Dream” apart from the rest of the mixtapes isn’t just the odd selection of tracks that most DJ’s wouldn’t dream of throwing down (although that’s a big part of it for me,) but also in the way that neither DJ really overdid any of the remixes.  Seriously, this could have been a huge train wreck in the wrong hands…with all the songs losing what made them so special and becoming deluged by drums and samplers. Instead, the understated approach fits like a new pair of socks right out of the package.

Don’t sleep on this one folks, head over to TurntableLab and pick up a copy while they last.  And while you’re at it download this freaking sweet mix they did over at Allez Allez for some free ear candy.

UPDATE!  Cousin Cole posted the whole thing for free listening and download on his Soundcloud page HERE!

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