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Blockhead

Underground beat maestro Anthony Simon, better known as Blockhead, first lent his production hands in the mid-'90s to then up-and-coming MC Aesop Rock, who rose to indie rap prominence during the 2000s. Blockhead's contributions to Aesop's LPs were a big factor to the indie MC's success, especially those from Aesop's highly regarded Definitive Jux debut, Labor Days (2001). Nevertheless, in the following years the New York producer garnered his own acclaim as an instrumental rap artiste, turning his sampledelic beats into brooding, trip-hop-like concoctions.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Simon was one of seven children. The bohemian mentality of his father, a painter and sculptor, and the steadfastness of his mother, a social worker, confounded Simon's upbringing, but yet informed his musical pursuits. He was aspiring to be an MC -- that is, until he first met Aesop Rock in 1994, the one year he attended Boston University. After hearing Aesop spit verses, he hung up the mike and focused on producing. Blockhead provided most of the beats for Aesop afterwards, including Aesop's self-pressed material Music for Earthworms (1997) and Appleseed (1999), as well as his proper full-length debut, Float, released via Mush Records in 2000. In 2001, Mush wound up releasing Blockhead's first beat tape, Blockhead's Broken Beats, as well. Blockhead continued producing Aesop when the abstract MC signed with New York upstart Def Jux in 2000. Upon the 2001 release of Labor Days, for which Blockhead produced nine tracks, critics and indie rap fans alike heavily praised the two's work. It led to the release of the EP Daylight the following year, which was based around the popular "Daylight" song from the Labor Days LP.

With this success, Blockhead began to break out on his own. Though not intended to become a real project, the Manhattan producer formed comedy rap duo Party Fun Action Committee with longtime friend Jeremy Gibson, aka Jer, issuing their debut, Let's Get Serious, on Def Jux in 2003; he also supplied beats for many of the label's signees, including Murs, Hangar 18, and later Cage. However, for his solo material, he shopped around to other labels, eventually finding a home in U.K. electronic stalwart Ninja Tune. Blockhead's proper debut, the Insomniac Olympics EP, arrived in 2003, and led up to the more cinematic and downtempo full-length Music by Cavelight in 2004, and an ode to his Manhattan home, Downtown Science, in 2005. His work with Aesop diminished considerably during this period, until the recording of Aesop's 2007 album, None Shall Pass. That same year, Ninja Tune issued Blockhead's third long-player, Uncle Tony's Coloring Book, a more uptempo piece than his previous records. His 2009 release was more complex thanks in part to the producer's embrace of the music recording program Ableton. Three years later, Interludes After Midnight honored the simpler sound of the '80s and late '90s, the time of Blockhead's musical upbringing. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music Scene

1. It's Raining Clouds

2. The Music Scene

3. Only Sequence Change

4. Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer?

5. Attack The Doctor

6. The Prettiest Sea Slug

7. The Daily Routine

8. Tricky Turtle

9. Four Walls

10. Pity Party

11. Hell Camp

12. Farewell Spaceman

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Track List: Downtown Science

1. Expiration Date

2. Roll Out The Red Carpet

3. Serenade

4. Cherry Picker

5. Crashing Down

6. Stop Motion Traffic

7. The Art Of Walking

8. Good Block Bad Block

9. Dough Nation

10. Quiet Storm

11. The First Snowfall

12. Long Walk Home

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Track List: Music By Cavelight

Disc 1

2. You've Got Maelstrom

3. Carnivores Unite

4. Sunday Seance

5. A Better Place

6. Road Rage Breakdown

7. Triptych Pt. 1

8. Triptych Pt. 2

9. Triptych Pt. 3

10. Jet Son

12. Breath and Start

14. Insomniac Olympics

Disc 2
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Track List: Bells And Whistles

1. Kaput!

2. On The Back Of A Golden Dolphin

3. You'll Get Over It

4. Beach Blanket Blood Bath

5. The Everything Song

6. Hallways

7. Planes And Trains

8. Sacrificial Santa

9. The Fakest Story Ever Told

10. Fire Is Warm

11. Desirebulation

12. Ftw

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Track List: Interludes After Midnight

1. Never Forget Your Token

2. Creeps Crouchin'

3. Panic In Funkytown

4. Hungover Like Whoa

5. Meet You At Tower Records

6. Escape The Meadow

7. Smoke Signals

8. Tools Of The Industry

9. Midnight Blue

10. Snapping Point

12. The Robin Byrd Era

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the majority of artists on ninja tunes label r cutting-edge n @ the top of their game... ninja tunes is to indie hip hop n other beat produced genres what thrill jockey is to indie rock n post genres. both of these labels on point fareal!
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beautiful and amazing a very creative talented artist.
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Love the description of Blockhead. That's what up .. Get a little bg info .. I didn't know he was making joints with Aesop .. I should've known and maybe been mentioned years ago with some select serious music kins of mine but nevertheless this shot is good and I can digs. .. Love the album covers as well .. Much respect to this man .. Many many Soulful rhythms and transitions working great .. Keep it live !
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Good God Almighty
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❤ Blockhead
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Scotch 3 m 93
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What drunk chipmunks on crack sing for karaoke.
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Just got a hold of listening to blockhead and I must admit I enjoy listening to his music real chill !!
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Really who did it?
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Definitely, positively, supercalafra g a l i s t i c
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I love this track because it has that really trippy down-tempo beat and some really some really great horns & synths, and voice dubs, record scratches, all s datshit
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Kinda reminds me of Nujabes
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I want this album. Bookmarked for future purchase!
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so chill, so good...alway s
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I remember back in '07 when i used to listen to Amon Tobin, Blockhead, and Air. It would get me my high grades in high school because of how awesome it is, well created.
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Carnivores Unite <3 Blockhead baby babeeeee! So chill....... Love
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Referring to music by cavelight
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Love the album art, reminds me of those autumn days in ny.
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Im hooked. I love fixed income
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Love it
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Beautiful
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BLOCKHEAD is the REAL deal master of mix beats, sound waves and musical charisma.
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So inspiring, soo much going on in every song. It's amazing!!!! Great sounds.
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blockhead is one of my favorites.
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Very well put together, peace.
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Chingon
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chillin and movin~~
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Good chill song.
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georgeloleni c i
atemporal relaxing feel
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The sound is smooth & easy. Made to relax.
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legallymad
This is great music.
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Blockhead beats comin up^ Drum 6.6k 3m 14y
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blockhead beats are great
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xraysjb
First time hearing Blockhead. This song is nice. Great beats
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bennyq619
MuchLove from RLK!!!!! 3D,VernonBri g d e s , S c a t t e r B r a i n ! ! ! !
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I wish more people could notice your talent. They are masterpieces .
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It's sad How no one knows how they'd guys are I love blockhead
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Nice
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Dunno yet
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Fresh tracks
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gorgeous song
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Cayenne Honey try This is How the Story Goes and Capture the Sun
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Dammmm niqqa! I got lost in the music and when i looked over half my blunt was burnt up! AAAAHHHHH!! Fuk!
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like a myopic maze drizzling down near lit caves
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his beats are smoother than the ones i put on my monkey
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So chill... I love it.
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Good a$$ song I always bump this one when I go running & roping :)
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That bass got so much soul and funk
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wow pandora way to play the shortened version of insomniac olympics i c u
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He's produced songs for slug? Which songs?
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