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Urban Species — Blanket (featuring Imogen Heap)
Album: Blanket
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Length: 3:53
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Music is my sanctuary
Music is my blanket

Emotionless the city lies
Cruel it is, it clouds my eyes
The dull the dark shades on my day
I live inside this place

Locked up inside my metal cage
Always tense and filled with rage
Above the concrete fields below
With you i wanna go, wanna go

Music is my sanctuary
Music is my blanket

I see only what i wanna see
I'll be only what i wanna be
My blanket covers me, yes

"Yeah, check it
Now as a yout man I was body poppin breakin on the lino
Traded in my lino for a pad and a biro
Used to stand in line just so as I could sign my giro
But now my ends meet in the best way that I know
(Hat, snare, kick) and the beats that go boom
See the music I consume to escape the doom and gloom
All the beats and melodies keep realities at bay
But what happens when the records done and starts to fade away"

Alone within myself again
I try to veil away my pain
The dirty grey surrounding me 'round
And now I hear no sound...

"I feel like Melle Mel from way back in the days
As i wonder how i keep from going under
I got trouble on my mind like my name is chuck d
And like marvin gaye it makes me wanna holler
When the music hits me I feel no pain
That's why i gotta put you on again and again
I take the needle off the technics and put it in my vein
All my troubles get crushed as the rush hits my brain
And away goes trouble down the drain"

I see only what I wanna see
I be only who I wanna be
My blanket covers me
Music is my sanctuary
Music is my blanket
I see only what I wanna see
I be only who I wanna be
My blanket covers me
Music is my sanctuary
Music is my blanket
You are my living world
You are my living world
You are you are you are my
My only living world....
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I can't find this song anywhere else (not even itunes).  Wish Bill would start playing it again.
I hereby state that one year between playings is entirely too much for this song (everytime Autamata - Out of This plays I think of this song and have to check its last played date.) Is the rest of the CD like this track by chance, or is it just Imogen Heap that makes this song?
I think it's mysteriously sexxxxxy... but I wouldn't care to own it.
I think it's sexxxxxy... but I wouldn't care to own it.
Name-dropping Chuck D and Marvin Gaye does not earn you any credit. This track is a total borefest. :yawn:
Firstly, I love the song and the addition of Imogen is perfect here. Now as to the sexual references to music... I will say I get tired of the songs that feature sex as the entire content, but having a sensual voice isn't the same in my opinion. Content is for me at least, a large part of the music... lyrically speaking as well as instrumentally. I can understand getting sick of seeing sex selling the music (watch the video w/Beyonce & JayZ for instance), but I really can't say that I see that in this particular song or really any song on RP that I can think of.
Makes me think of Jacko Junior...heh.
Cool groove, made better by Imogen.
catmaven wrote:
Not everyone appreciates jabbering or semitalk. I can't stand any more of the breathy females (commenting on Kate Bush and Bird York as well). They sell their sex appeal in place of really singing, and I can't stand it. Some commenters seem to like songs only for their erotic assistance. That is fine for them, only let's not lie and call it music. It is some sort of pandering instead. Thankful that the Urban Species cut featuring Imogen H. is not too long! :( :beat: :headshake: :D
Bah. I think I've heard nearly every musical instrument I've ever heard played at least once in a way I'd call sexy. Or sensual, or erotic, or whatever term might help you make a meaninglessly semantic distinction. The voice is an instrument, and can be sexy or chirpy or brassy or brash, or all of them, in a single verse. Tell Kate Bush or Marvin Gaye to take the sexuality out of their voices and you may as well have told Hendrix to get by short a string. :cheers:
mxdcec wrote:
Now that we have heard from the asexual contingent, whose next?
Well, most posted comments reflect at least a modicum of intelligence. Catmaven's comments seem to favor a desexualization of music. Art is sex and I would hope it's a reciprocated relationship. You cannot remove sexuality from music, nor any art form.
lester wrote:
Thank you, Roverfish; I was going to disagree with catmaven, but just slightly -- being able to contradict only facets of the "sex appeal in lieu of singing" stance, while not being fully behind ekent82 on the new topical tangent. Then that "asexual" tag came in out of the blue. Where to go from there?
I know. I'm still aghast over the whole thing. My word.
Great voice, nothing to say.
Roverfish wrote:
Speaking for yourself here? If not, you might want to consider silence as an option for shielding your ignorance.
Thank you, Roverfish; I was going to disagree with catmaven, but just slightly -- being able to contradict only facets of the "sex appeal in lieu of singing" stance, while not being fully behind ekent82 on the new topical tangent. Then that "asexual" tag came in out of the blue. Where to go from there?
mxdcec wrote:
Now that we have heard from the asexual contingent, whose next?
Speaking for yourself here? If not, you might want to consider silence as an option for shielding your ignorance. Groovy...probably not something I'd choose to buy an album full of, but definitely likeable on RP.
Now that we have heard from the asexual contingent, whose next? catmaven wrote:
Not everyone appreciates jabbering or semitalk. I can't stand any more of the breathy females (commenting on Kate Bush and Bird York as well). They sell their sex appeal in place of really singing, and I can't stand it. Some commenters seem to like songs only for their erotic assistance. That is fine for them, only let's not lie and call it music. It is some sort of pandering instead. Thankful that the Urban Species cut featuring Imogen H. is not too long! :( :beat: :headshake: :D
catmaven wrote:
only let's not lie and call it music. It is some sort of pandering instead.
If you think there's a rule that says music can't be about sex you've got to be ignorant of the past 50 years of rock. edit: Ok, that sounds a little more antagonistic than I actually feel, but still, I don't see how you could possibly arrive at that viewpoint while still listening to the kind of music that this radio station plays :P.
lester wrote:
Nice voice -- the woman's is -- really nice. And then there's some other person jabbering on about something, which is, apparently, intentionally intermingled with the song on the same recording.
Not everyone appreciates jabbering or semitalk. I can't stand any more of the breathy females (commenting on Kate Bush and Bird York as well). They sell their sex appeal in place of really singing, and I can't stand it. Some commenters seem to like songs only for their erotic assistance. That is fine for them, only let's not lie and call it music. It is some sort of pandering instead. Thankful that the Urban Species cut featuring Imogen H. is not too long! :( :beat: :headshake: :D
Nice voice -- the woman's is -- really nice. And then there's some other person jabbering on about something, which is, apparently, intentionally intermingled with the song on the same recording.
Dragonfly_Launch wrote:
Imogen could sing Bush's State of the Union speech and I would listen, you know, for the first time. But on this song, when she is not singing, I just wish she was. Too bad Peter Gabriel can't get this voice for some new song duos.
Completely agree and good call. I'd love that pairing. Likeable tune.
Ah, to wake up with her real-life voice singing along to the recorded track quietly as she lay in bed next to me, then never opening my eyes, and letting the recorded music take over as we make sweet love----- (You know what I mean!) Is there anything more puzzling than awakening because of an erection, and not being able to recall the dream? Life is cruel.
Simple but nice groove
birdiestobehad wrote:
Smoooooooth....... and hypnotic. As many others have said, just because some call it "rap" music, is no reason to outright dismiss it! This one crosses over nicely. Besides, it's Bill's station, and this is what makes it truely eclectic. Keep it up Homey! Just the opinion of another hipster-doofus white-boy.
I'm apparently a hipster-doofus white girl, 'coz I agree with you! I love this tune... :iamwith:
i liked it
deanofox wrote:
Hip Hop? Rap? It doesnt matter, at the end of the day this is trying to sound too much like Faithless.
Exactly, and IMHO Faithless are terribly overrated
oh man - what is that echoey chord strike in the background during the parts when the guy raps? It is a very well-known sample that I can't place the source. I'm sure it's in a number of other songs... grrr, hate when I can't figure it out
Not a bad song, but the female singer sounds like she's suffering from a terrible sinus cold.
cbonai wrote:
Which is fine, except this isn't rap...
:yawn: Allmusic uses the terms interchangeably, and Wikipedia notes that Rapping is "the distinguishing feature of hip-hop". FWIW.
Hip Hop? Rap? It doesnt matter, at the end of the day this is trying to sound too much like Faithless.
cbonai wrote:
Which is fine, except this isn't rap...
My apologies, I should have said hip hop instead of rap. Definitely not for me. But please go on enjoying it!
shevek wrote:
If all the rap music, rap artists, and rap-influenced songs like this one suddenly disappeared from the world with a flash of light, I could not care less. But I guess this fills a cultural niche, like lots of the other stuff I don't get, so I'll just wait for the next song.
Which is fine, except this isn't rap...
Good stuff, chill and smooth...once again proving that hip hop is truly the creative media of today!
If all the rap music, rap artists, and rap-influenced songs like this one suddenly disappeared from the world with a flash of light, I could not care less. But I guess this fills a cultural niche, like lots of the other stuff I don't get, so I'll just wait for the next song.
ndanger666 wrote:
This should be entitled "Urban Fesces"
At least spell it right. I like Imogen's voice too much to really dislike stuff involving her.
I'm normally not a big hip hop fan, but Imogen really makes this cut!
Nice track...very s m o o o o t h. I wonder if Imogen Heap is related to Imogen Coca?
pretty decent stuff... i had to check winamp to see which station i was tuned to, though... seemed a bit too, umm... "urban" for RP. would be great to follow this one up with some D'Angelo or something from Herbie Hancock's Future2Future album.
kokopellie wrote:
RAP SUCKS!!! :fire:
This is hip hop, not rap. Notice how he doesn't talk about his bitches or how he's rolling in his six-four.
I enjoyed this very much. Her voice juxtiposed on the methodical rap provided a nice contrast.
Smoooooooth....... and hypnotic. As many others have said, just because some call it "rap" music, is no reason to outright dismiss it! This one crosses over nicely. Besides, it's Bill's station, and this is what makes it truely eclectic. Keep it up Homey! Just the opinion of another hipster-doofus white-boy.
This should be entitled "Urban Fesces"
Oh come on, when will we hear some tasty tunes from Imogen's first album, I Megaphone? It can't be that you've banned older albums -- I just heard Nat King Cole, for god's sake.
skooney wrote:
I'm a strong disliker of rap, and I do think it permeates society too much, ie: MTV and the like. Most of it seems silly and juvenile. But! Interesting "good music" is interesting "good music" and it should have no bearing what genre it is. I think this is interesting and good. Nice sound.
For those who say they don't like "Rap", it is a genre complete with songs that are silly and juvenile (unfortunately these get the airtime on MTV, etc.) as well as more sophisticated, well composed music like this. I thought most people were here to expose themselves to new styles of music. Just becuase the most stupid music permeates he TV and radio airwaves, don't charactertize an entire genre. If you like this you'd find there's much more "rap" out there like this to like...unfortunately it just doesn't get exposure in the mainstream. ...which is why we have Radio Paradise. More of this style of R&B and rap reaches the mainstream in Europe. It's primarily in America that products of the "bling bling" hip hop culture dominate the airwaves to the detriment of good music. Listen, enjoy, appreciate....and keep an open mind.
So sweet.
Such a nuanced view. Thanks for your insight! kokopellie wrote:
RAP SUCKS!!! :fire:
Pyro wrote:
I like this more every time I hear it. Even the "rap" part!
:nodhead: Interesting juxtaposition of lyrics and vocals.
RAP SUCKS!!! :fire:
Imogen could sing Bush's State of the Union speech and I would listen, you know, for the first time. But on this song, when she is not singing, I just wish she was. Too bad Peter Gabriel can't get this voice for some new song duos.
skooney wrote:
I'm a strong disliker of rap, and I do think it permeates society too much, ie: MTV and the like. Most of it seems silly and juvenile. But! Interesting "good music" is interesting "good music" and it should have no bearing what genre it is. I think this is interesting and good. Nice sound.
I was gonna say almost the exact same thing, but I figured skooney did all the typing for me. :wave: Not only does this sound like interesting "good music", but it's got Imogen Heap, which kicks up my rating regardless of the genre. (Imogen could sing the Barney song and I'd probably like it.) :hearteyes:
I only see what I wanna see I only hear what I wanna hear I want to hear this! It's blanket of music covers me. I thorroughly enjoy this. :music: :clap:
Pyro wrote:
I like this more every time I hear it. Even the "rap" part!
I cannot believe I agree with this. The rating creeps up a little further. . . .
I like this more every time I hear it. Even the "rap" part!
mmmm.... sexy. :twisted:
mojoman wrote:
Too funny! My whole family is from the Bridgeport area. (I would have grown up around the corner from Richey Daley if we hadn't moved to Florida when I was young.) You sound just like my relatives!
I was actually a little further south, got a lot of my 'training' from SNL bit. Spelling a dialect is tricky business.
Okay, I'll up my rating (a little), because I really like the half of this that's music. . . .
yummy tune...chocolatey goodness!
I want to download this single, but the apple store does not have it. Anybody else know where I can purchase without buying the entire album? Thanks in advance.
Nice Groove.
I'm a strong disliker of rap, and I do think it permeates society too much, ie: MTV and the like. Most of it seems silly and juvenile. But! Interesting "good music" is interesting "good music" and it should have no bearing what genre it is. I think this is interesting and good. Nice sound.
trekhead wrote:
Cool! Soun's lake you cum from da Sout' Sade o' Chi- CAH-go. Go BEARSSSS! Go WHATE SAXXX! Pass da Pool-ish Sassich while yer at it!
Too funny! My whole family is from the Bridgeport area. (I would have grown up around the corner from Richey Daley if we hadn't moved to Florida when I was young.) You sound just like my relatives!
katzendogs wrote:
I'll agee wit ya.It's also another overfriggen played whateva ya wanna cole it.No friggin bitch rating eater!
Cool! Soun's lake you cum from da Sout' Sade o' Chi- CAH-go. Go BEARSSSS! Go WHATE SAXXX! Pass da Pool-ish Sassich while yer at it!
Very nice work. Like this a lot. Sophisticated.
trekhead wrote:
NOPE! Too close to *hip hop* Don't belong here... A 2.
IMO, EVERYTHING belongs here.
I'm not usually a fan of hip hop, but this is LOVELY! Thanks, Bill, for expanding my horizons!
phineas wrote:
Sort of like using the phrase "street cred" to bring street cred to a post? :ask:
Ohh, snap,...you just got served camarkim
You know, I rather like this. This kind of rapping does not bother me in the least. It's when they start screaming about "bitches" and "hos" and "bling" *shudder* that I run.
Cool song, but getting it's getting overplayed. It would be nice to hear something else from this album.
JCEntMan wrote:
It's amazing how when anything vaguely hip hop rears its head on RP, a whole segment of RP listeners get up in arms. I'm glad Bill ignores this and keeps RP its wonderful eclectic self (which yes, includes music with hip hop leanings).
AMEN. Eclectic indeed. And I love it. It most certainly belongs here with this great mix of tastes. B
:roflol: :bounce:
I thought I could listen to RP without ever having to have rap inflicted on me. This is a music station! Hearing guys chant banal nonsense in a monotone is not music! Please, drop this stinker immediately.
:mrgreen: Groovin'
Excellent song !
trekhead wrote:
NOPE! Too close to *hip hop* Don't belong here... A 2.
It's amazing how when anything vaguely hip hop rears its head on RP, a whole segment of RP listeners get up in arms. I'm glad Bill ignores this and keeps RP its wonderful eclectic self (which yes, includes music with hip hop leanings).
camarkim wrote:
Terrible. Not to mention the "rapper" inserting Chuck D.'s name into his rap, probably in a weak attempt to bring street cred to this crap.
Sort of like using the phrase "street cred" to bring street cred to a post? :ask:
katzendogs wrote:
I'll agee wit ya.It's also another overfriggen played whateva ya wanna cole it.No friggin bitch rating eater!
I... (closes mouth) You know, you... (closes mouth) But... (tosses hands in air, shakes head, departs)
jadewahoo wrote:
Ai-ee-ee-ee! I just upped my rating to an 8. The Voice, its the Voice.
Da lyrics, too. And the music is.......urbane.
Detlaps wrote:
:crashcomp: Simply awful.
Simply enjoyable.
Ditto!! Speaks to me right about now..... jadewahoo wrote:
Ai-ee-ee-ee! I just upped my rating to an 8. The Voice, its the Voice.
Ai-ee-ee-ee! I just upped my rating to an 8. The Voice, its the Voice.
trekhead wrote:
NOPE! Too close to *hip hop* Don't belong here... A 2.
"cough" Whaaaa?? ....This is brilliant...good music is good music...on any radio station
I like the sound of the guy's voice.. sort of hypnotic..
trekhead wrote:
NOPE! Too close to *hip hop* Don't belong here... A 2.
I'll agee wit ya.It's also another overfriggen played whateva ya wanna cole it.No friggin bitch rating eater!
I love the woman's voice in this song. Hauntingly evocative.
Listen is cool track too... but used for ads.
NOPE! Too close to *hip hop* Don't belong here... A 2.
WHAT?! Bill > :drunk:
Tritter wrote:
LIke it!!!
me too!
love it. love it. kind of borrowing from massive attacks' mezzanine but nonetheless, good track... ooh, and a good one following it up (bb king-stormy monday)
I really like the mood. Had Imogen been more mellow or the rapper less, it wouldn;t have worked.
LIke it!!!
rcurrier wrote:
"Traded in my lino" You don't often hear references to the demise of traditional typesetting and the rise of desktop design in popular music.
I beg to differ, I think she has traded in her traditional floor covering, linoleum (AKA lino), possibly for a blanket, which would be a very avant garde form of floor covering
rcurrier wrote:
"Traded in my lino" You don't often hear references to the demise of traditional typesetting and the rise of desktop design in popular music.
Is that what she's singing? HAH! Thank GAWD we're done with pasteup man. Great Groove. My wife just came in swingin'.
i like this one. Imogen's got a great voice. :D
It has Imogen in it and that says it all.
"Traded in my lino" You don't often hear references to the demise of traditional typesetting and the rise of desktop design in popular music.
I always enjoy Imogen's great vocals but the rap ruins it for me.
This has made it to my wifes alarm clock.Never will I like this crap at 6am or pm or ever.My opinion.
like it
Hob wrote:
I'm not at all fond of rap normaly, maybe because most artists sound like they are trying far to hard.
Yes, and this sounds like they're not trying at all. Slickly produced, but in the end merely boring. Ray Conniff for the 00's.
Eul0gy wrote:
I'm torn... On one hand, I know I could turn on any of the five or six local R&B stations and hear five or six variations of this same song, on the other hand, this song is worthy of the title 'Rythm and Blues.'
R&B (R. Kelly, Beyonce, et. al) yes. Rhythm and Blues (Floyd Dixon, Ray Charles) no. Maybe I'm nitpicking but I don't consider this Rhythm and Blues. The R&B artists of today, to me, are so much different from the Rhythm and Blues artists of yesterday that the two are different genres. I really like (my definition) of Rhythm and Blues but I don't really care for (my definition) of modern R&B. Maybe I'm wrong. It happened once. No wait. That was somebody else.
Burn it!! :fire:
Terrible. Not to mention the "rapper" inserting Chuck D.'s name into his rap, probably in a weak attempt to bring street cred to this crap.
Boy and I thought that last Tori Amos song sucked.....
...featuring Heap of crap! .
interesting version
:crashcomp: Simply awful.
Eul0gy wrote:
I'm torn... On one hand, I know I could turn on any of the five or six local R&B stations and hear five or six variations of this same song, on the other hand, this song is worthy of the title 'Rythm and Blues.'
Not on my local stations, unfortunately! Good stuff.
MsJudi wrote:
:crashcomp:
I do agree. The jazz sound seems the epitome of laziness and laxness--yecch. And what is that irritating thing I.H. does with her/his/its voice--that broken jump/catch makes me wish someone would strangle her/him/it. Just a little mild opinion here.
This song is slick. I could stand to hear the rest of the disc though.
Angloray wrote:
IMHO, she sounds like she could've used a kleenex before this song.
Couldn't agree more. BLOW!
Hob wrote:
I have to disagree, I'm not at all fond of rap normaly, maybe because most artists sound like they are trying far to hard. This however was great to listen too. Kept me focused right up to the end, nice stuff.
Well said. :nodhead:
I'm torn... On one hand, I know I could turn on any of the five or six local R&B stations and hear five or six variations of this same song, on the other hand, this song is worthy of the title 'Rythm and Blues.'
IMHO, she sounds like she could've used a kleenex before this song.
"Rap music" is an oxymoron, mellow or not. Yuck.
I like. Nice production -- nice juxtaposition stylistically. --Shari
Trippy. Love the keys.
:crashcomp:
This is good. It kind of reminds me of Tricky.
Mot wrote:
Gentle background rap doesn't sound any better than in-your-face rap.
I have to disagree, I'm not at all fond of rap normaly, maybe because most artists sound like they are trying far to hard. This however was great to listen too. Kept me focused right up to the end, nice stuff.
Have loved Imogen since pre frou frou, and am intrigued by the juxtaposition of these vocal styles. Her voice 'lifts' up out of the lower tone spoken lines... and her breathless sort of tics, vocally, really trace, or mirror back into the spoken parts with the percussive voice stuff. Nice dance of interaction.
Is this about Michael Jackson's son?