As we continue the countdown to Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer, we unleash almost decade old audio of Common performing material from Electric Circus and prior albums in Munich. Known as an album that some fans completely disliked and definitely one that brings him a level of discomfort, you probably won’t hear these songs at a Common concert again. Download HERE and enjoy
Common – Live in Munich (2002/3 Electric Circus Era)
“…in 2007, ?uestlove leaked 4 unreleased tracks from Common & The Soulquarians Electric Circus sessions circa 2002…i managed to record all 4 tracks at the time (streamed from his Myspace page). however, the sound quality on all the songs are pretty low-fi due to their unfinished nature & crappy stream quality, and they’re all instrumentals. i’ve done my best to clean em up and sound serviceable. at any point, the production players may include: James Poyser, J Dilla, Pino Pallidino, ?uestlove & Jef Lee Johnson (but since they don’t make liner notes to unreleased shit, i dunno who’s playing on what track, but we can safely assume all or most of em are present).”
Dec 20th is the date Common’s latest release, The Dreamer/The Believer will be in our grubby, little demanding hands. As a longtime fan, I must admit that I’m excited and at the same time afraid, as always, to see what this album will bring. Additionally, depending on how good/bad TDTB is, this album has the dubious distinction of determining where me and Common’s “relationship” will go from this album forward.
Peep some of the released tracks from TDTB HERE
Nevertheless, for the long suffering fan, the BamaLoveSoul Crew will be shining light on a lot of Common nuggets over the course of this month leading up to the release of the new album. The first offering is part 1 of a series of compilations of little known Common remixes that we hope your ear hasn’t been wrapped around before.
01. Come Close (Blackbeard’s Broken Dub)
02. Ghetto Heaven (9th Wonder Remix)
03. Love of My Life (Soul Supreme Remix)
04. GO (Lawrence Wiggins Remix)
05. Come Close (DJ Hazime Remix)
06. Punch Drunk Love (Remix)
07. Gladiator (Von Pea’s Midnight on Myrtle Remix)
08. I Used To Love H.E.R (Tall Black Guy Remix)
09. Testify (88-Keys Hand On The Bible Remix)
10. Come Close (Boozoo Bajou Remix)
11. I Will Survive (J Finesse Remix) (Bonus)
Check these previously posted tracks/remixes as well
I post this only to pose the question: Do I expect more from Common than I should, and if so, am I the only one? This song greeted me like a fresh whiff of Naughty by Nature’s 1999 Jamboree, which I didn’t like either. I could chalk this up as the commercial track from the album, but the extensive use of “ngh” in the chorus makes me doubt that, although it can be edited. Maybe Com’s saving all the “good” songs for us to hear once the album is released… Your thoughts?
D/L the other released tracks from the album HERE
Bassist Derrick Hodge is not a household name by far, but he’s well on his way to doing so! The producer enlisted Common, who coincidentally also has an upcoming album, to appear on the lead, title track. I’m really feeling We Live Today and am wondering if it will be in the vein of Roy Hargrove’s The RH factor. We’ll soon hear
Derrick Hodge – We Live Today feat Common | Download
December 20th is quickly approaching and I’m fighting myself to become excited about this new Common album. I know there are many Common fans out there, and I’m of the mind to make this his last chance with me as I’m slowly losing interest in the Windy City MC. I’ve heard him flow with heart on some of his recent guest appearances and am hoping he doesn’t come with the laziness I’ve become accustomed to.
We’ve assembled a sampler of some of the released tracks from The Dreamer/The Believer for your listening pleasure as well as a mix of Common’s rarities, remixes and classic tracks by DJ Soul. Download the sampler HERE and enjoy!
The Dreamer feat Maya Angelou
Ghetto Dreams feat Nas
Lovin’ I Lost
Raw (How You Like It)
The Believer feat John Legend
Grooveman Spot freaks the classic Common gem even harder than the original, yeah i said it! Not only does he take the original sample used and flip it, he approaches the track in movements and applies some crunchy drums that gives it an even more Hip Hop feel, if that was even possible! A true example of how to remake a classic
Common – R-E-S-U-R-R-E-C-T-I-O-N ’03 (Grooveman Spot Remix)
In 2005, Jazzanova linked up with Common and remixed his current single, Go and made it even sexier than the video for the original, all while keeping it danceable. I completely forgot about this one, but still like it more than the OG and will be returning it to my setlist. How do you think Jazzanova did on the remix?
I’ve been really impressed by what I’m hearing from Common lately. D. Steele laced Common with a soulful sample based production that allows ComSense to really deliver his intricate storytelling flow in a very intimate way. It really creates a connection with him and his subject matter that I haven’t been feeling lately. Look for this to appear on D. Steele upcoming album Detonaters
Not much is known about Cocaine 80′s except their Tumblr pagewhich containsonly 2 posts, and promises ” Nothing but the Pursuit of Dopeness!” However, which the price of a mere tweet you can download their EP for FREE which lists the name of the contributors: Common, No ID, James Fauntleroy, Kevin Randolph, Rob Kinelski, and Steve Wyreman. Six Feet Over is a good look for Common, sincere not electronic, glossy or contrived. Maybe we’ll hear more good tunes like this on The Dreamer, The Believer….