Song Stories

“Stillness is the Move”

Solange Knowles | 2009

Solange, Beyoncé's little 'sis, garnered indie cred when Bjork and Grizzly Bear embraced her cover of "Stillness" with her version featuring a sample of Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive", which borrowed from the bass-fueled "Bumpy's Lament". "As soon as I heard the Dirty Projectors song, it sounded like an R&B song," Knowles said. "That happens when I listen to Of Montreal -I can hear so much funk shit that I grew up listening to…There's so many different musical references in everything now that it just makes sense to take advantage of this moment. The white kids aren't going to jack our style anymore!"

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Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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