My wife and I were trolling through the channels as we are prone to do on nights when there’s nothing to watch.
Our ‘go-to’ show, at moments like this is Video Music Box with Ralph McDaniels.
We dig the low budget production and the random interviews he does at various parties throughout New York City, and the tri-state area.
I personally love the bootleg videos that artists give to VMB, which you’ll never see on MTV of VH1.
It gives the show a real underground feel.
And the fact that you’ll get mainstream artist videos up against unknown artists further reinforces that feeling.
So it was no surprise that we rolled up on Get Free, this absolute gem by Major Lazer last night.
Now if you’re already up on Major Lazer, then I applaud you.
I’m (an old head) only now getting up to speed, and I don’t know if the rest of their music is as dope as this track.
was am absolutely mesmerized by the hypnotic melody and the haunting vocals by Amber Coffman.
I’ve listened to this track no less than ten times since I first heard it on VMB.
I downloaded it on iTunes, and have it on all my devices, so I can listen to it to my heart’s content.
I even did a little research and found the original mainstream video they released for this record.
The original is interesting, but it doesn’t quite have the same feel and energy as the VMB version.
Big ups to Ralph McDaniels, who has been a major force behind launching the careers on many an unknown artist.
The fact that he’s still putting cats on to real quality music, is a testament to VMB’s place in music discovery.
This isn’t the first time that VMB has put me up onto something I found to be quite dope.
A few years ago, I heard this cat Tabi Bonney for the first time on VMB.
Now I haven’t heard from Tabi in a hot minute, so I don’t think too many shared my opinion.
But ‘dems the breaks.
If you don’t watch VMB, I suggest you tune in, at least once, for the pure video slumming effect.
You’re not going to get this underground flavor on MTV, VH1 or any of the more mainstream video shows.
You certainly won’t get the same variety.
And you may even find a gem or two…