Justin Barney: From the music desk at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee I’m Justin Barney with Marcus Doucette and this is 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To.
Justin Barney: Marcus what are you listening to?
Marcus Doucette: I been listening to a lot of different stuff in between all the global music I like to listen to. I’ve been checking on this band out of Cleveland, They’re called Mourning [A] BLKstar. There’s like a real interesting spelling its “mourning” like mournful and “Blkstar” is spelled “B-L-K Star.” They’ve got two albums under their belt and they kind of harken back to this older era you know Sly and The Family Stone-style like funk and soul, but with kinda like hip-hop as part of their Venn Diagram.
They’ve got a new album out and I really dig it. It’s called “The Garner Poems,” it’s a little bit darker and the album in fact was a tribute to both Eric Garner and Tamir Rice who were slayed by police in 2014, so it’s a little more political, but that doesn’t turn me off, that doesn’t dissuade me at all.
The production is super dope, once again you find them in this particular interstices of funk, soul, and hip-hop. But it hearts back to like some old school stuff you know from like the late ’70s. It’s really like black political activism in song and in a very stylish way.
I guess there are so many songs on this album that are really good, but the song that i’ve been drawn to is like right off the bat the first song from the album.
Justin Barney: What is it called?
Marcus Doucette: The song is called “Anti Anthem” and I’ll just let it play, it’s a good groove and I think the whole album is like that though.