Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Wise Blood – STRT SRNS

November 19, 2010

44. Wise Blood – STRT SRNS

44. Wise Blood – STRT SRNS.mp3

Classic R&B/soul recast as an underground chop shop of electronics, samples and good old fashioned soundbombing. There are some very pernicious earworms on this debut EP, each insidiously buried under an avalanche of ideas that never overstay their welcome.

This is what your Top 40 Urban charts should sound like, rather than the pre-programmed cyclical lockstep that passes for “innovation” these days.

Faster. Wiser. Bloodier.

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The rest of the Top 50.



  1. Wasn’t a bad track on it. “Here Comes The Sun” was some real fine bliss.

    • Alan –

      As usual, an incredible pleasure seeing your canine visage in the comment threads. Wise Blood, so far, has done no wrong. It’s a hell of a debut. Here’s hoping he’s got much, much more in the works.

  2. I like this!
    As a classic R&B / Soul fan, I thought I might not like the reworking, but it, well, works….

    • If you haven’t already, you should check out the rest of his EP. It’s all good stuff with a very unique take on those genres.

    • I’m with Ruby (R&B fan)…please, sir, more!!

    • We’ll see. I’m not a huge fan of R&B, probably because so much of it is done so badly these days.

  3. Urban? Motherfucker if there’s one musical term I’d like to see die, it’s “urban music”.

    Damn near ALL music in North America, even country, is made by and for urbanites, so the term has no meaning other than to serve as a politically correct euphemism for “Negro music”.

    That said, pretty catchy track. And it demonstrates that you don’t have to eliminate/subjugate lyrics to make a catchy track, something the more technology related genres still haven’t quite grasped. The lyrics just flew at you and it worked.

    • Everything about urban music is pretty much un-urbane at this point. Most white youth have co-opted the inner city life from the safe distance of distant suburbs and even more distant Midwest cities.

      However, it still a fairly useful shorthand for “black music,” a term that is likely to offend almost as much as “negro” or “Pat Boone covers Elvis covering some black musician who shall remain penniless.”

      But what it all boils down to is: the track kicks ass. Much more ass than anything should with that much electronic skuzz and falsetto in it.

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