For the past week or so ever since this album came out it has been on regular rotation for me and before I get into it this is hands down the best trap album of the year for me. It’s still March but I honestly don’t think we will have a trap album better than this in 2020. I hope I’m proven wrong but that’s the pedestal I’m putting this album on.Continue reading Album Showcase: Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert
I first found out about the new Boldy James album via a post on r/hiphopheads linking to the Pitchfork review of the album. I didn’t know who Boldy James was before this but my interest was piqued by the fact that the album was produced by The Alchemist, a producer I’m a big fan of.
As soon as I started listening to the album, it was obvious that this was another fantastic work of production. Boldy James’ rapping is pretty good but I don’t think I would have listened to the entire album if it didn’t have that sort of production.
If you enjoyed this and want more of The Alchemist, he had two projects in 2019 that are worth a listen, Lamb Over Rice and Yacht Rock 2. The Alchemist is truly a master of setting the mood with his production and especially on Yacht Rock 2, you can feel the beach vibes coming through. One of my personal favourites is the Paris x La x Bruxelles Instrumentals. Pure instrumental goodness.
I was looking at my Bandcamp purchases history and there have been some really fantastic albums that I’ve picked up over the last few weeks.
I thought I should talk about them here. This type of blog post might become a regular thing, maybe, IDK, no promises.
Some of these are pre-orders i.e the full albums aren’t out yet but I figure if I have already pre-ordered them having listened to one track, they are worth mentioning.
The first one is Sept ~ Dec by Eliza Shaddad. Indie rock isn’t one of my usual genres but in the case of Eliza’s fantastic vocals, I don’t have a problem with making an exception. The backing instrumentation sounds really good too and the three tracks here are well mixed.
The second one is On My Ones by Alfa Mist. This is one of the pre-orders. This dropped in my Bandcamp new queue e-mail folder because I bought a Alfa Mist album as a gift for someone a while ago. Withered is the one track that is available now and it is some sublime piano work and I’m looking forward to the full release on February 28, 2020.
The third one is Green and Grey (expanded) by Julia Kent. I first came across Julia sometime in 2019 via her album Temporal. I am a huge fan of the way she integrates the sound of cello with some more ambient feeling field recordings. This album sounds extremely powerful in the way it projects the sound of the cello, so props to whoever did the mixing/production for this. Looking forward to hearing what else Julia releases in the future.
The fourth one is RE PAK 4 by greyl. The future funk genre has recently started becoming one of favourites (thanks Mint! :)) and this album is an exemplary work in it. greyl is nothing sort of a remixing and sampling genius. The way they mix hip-hop into the future funk sound is very clever and never feels unnatural or forced. Work it is one of my favourites in the way it uses the Missy Elliott track by the same name.
The fifth one is Simulcast by Tycho. This is another one of the pre-orders. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t a big fan of the stylistic change that happened with Tycho’s 2019 album Weather, it felt uninspired and I don’t think the vocals really added anything of substance to the music. I don’t think Saint Sinner is a bad singer or anything like that, it just wasn’t working for me on that album. The track I heard from Simulcast, “Stress” sounds like a return to the Tycho style that I really fell in love with, a return to old form as it were, it reminded me of Awake which is my most favourite Tycho album.
The sixth and final one for this blog post is 小圈子 by 輕描淡寫. This one I listened to and bought a hour or so ago before I started writing this blog post. The absolutely gorgeous album art caught my eye on the Bandcamp front page and then I stayed for the beautiful ambient sounds. The album is tagged as ambient vaporwave and I think I’m a new fan of that sub-genre now. I was also informed of another artist in the same vein: 2814. I’m going to be checking them out after I finish writing this.
Dua Lipa can’t miss y’all. Love this new single and also the music video is fantastic. Choreography YouTube is gonna have a field day with this one, its perfect for them.
I’m an absolute sucker for a sweet music video and this one is both sweet and gay as hell. I’m so here for it.
This one showed up in my YouTube recommendations a couple days and I’m glad it did.
The non-piano instrumental backing is done by the London Symphony Orchestra if the Spotify artist credit is to be believed.
It is decidedly not summer out here right now which makes me appreciate this track even more.
[Verse 2]Mac Miller – Good News Lyrics
Well, it ain’t that bad
It could always be worse
I’m running out of gas, hardly anything left
Hope I make it home from work
Well, so tired of being so tired
Why I gotta build something beautiful just to go set it on fire?
I’m no liar, but
Sometimes the truth don’t sound like the truth
Maybe ’cause it ain’t
I just love the way it sound when I say it
Yeah, it’s what I do
If you know me, it ain’t anything new
Wake up to the moon, haven’t seen the sun in a while
But I heard that the sky’s still blue, yeah
I heard they don’t talk about me too much no more
And that’s a problem with a closed door
This song hits me hard every time I listen to it. So much raw emotion in it. RIP Mac.
I wasn’t expecting a new Alicia Keys single this year but here it is. I like it a lot to be honest. Really feeling the uplifting vibes from it.
This song is a mood and a vibe. NIKI’s voice is sublime. Check out her acoustic sessions if you like this.
Have a safe holidays y’all.
I just really like the wholesome music video here.