I love when songs have a trip hop feel to them. That really relaxed melody over a hip hop beat with a little swing and swagger, something you can relax with, but nod your head to at the same time. This style was heavily pioneered by the likes of artists such as Zero 7 or Portishead. This cover of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis has that feel to it. Really smooth beat absolutely littered with easily recognizable samples that blend together into a laid back, trippy collage of unbelievable music.
I couldn’t resist. Classic picture.
I love the reggae vibe on this track…
And ‘Watch the Throne’ has finally dropped, and almighty duo has finally dropped their first full length collaboration. I’ll tell you one thing off the bat, I wish this collaboration happened earlier. If it’s this good now, imagine how good it would’ve been like six years ago. Unbelievable.
The album starts off decent, with a Frank Ocean guest spot in ‘No Church in the Wild’. The beat is pretty cool, I like the guitar sample, and Frank Ocean is always good. The imagery in the lyrics seems a little forced though. Then it leads in to a clubby Beyonce feature. An obvious future single, and that’s just about it as far as substance goes. ‘Niggas in Paris’ probably has he best verses of the album so far. It’s kind of a transition into the better sections of the album. Then ‘Otis’, which is a great track, I originally thought it was to repetitive, but I’m falling for it a bit more each time. ‘Gotta Have It’ has a cool beat that’s kind of a collage of Kanye’s beats over the years. ‘New Day’ is a pretty good introspective track about each rapper’s future sons. It provides a smooth, much needed calming point in the album. Then there’s ‘That’s My Bitch’, which is definitely a stand out track on the album. The moment I heard it I knew Q-Tip had a hand in making that beat. ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ comes through as a pretty good headnoddin’ track following ‘That’s My Bitch’. The guitar sample is great and the staggering snares through the verse drive the track pretty well.
‘Who Gon Stop Me’ was apparently called up for the album by the record label, which doesn’t surprise me, but it wasn’t a bad decision. This is a pretty good dubstep banger actually. I’m definitely going to hear it way to much in the following month though. ‘Murder to Excellence’ is a great sudden escape from the excess of dubstep. In interesting track split between a Murder half and an Excellent half.
‘Made in America’ is probably Frank Ocean’s better feature, but when he says Sweet Baby Jesus all I can think of is Talladega nights. I love the Mr. Hudson sample on the following track, ‘Why I Love You’. That song with Caspa he had, ‘Love Never Dies’, was unbelievable, so it’s good to hear it come back, and possibly have a decent resurgence off this track.
I got the bonus version, so I’ll mention those tracks as well. ‘Illest Motherfucker Alive’ is decent, no stand out off of this album though. Then there’s H.A.M. The last two bonus tracks are awesome though. ‘Primetime’ contains an awesome old school sample with a great piano progression. Then that’s followed by ‘The Joy’, a Curtis Mayfield sample, one of the best tracks on the album. I’m so confused as to why ‘Primetime’ and ‘The Joy’ are bonus tracks when they’re two of the best tracks.
‘Watch the Throne’ is an album of some good tracks, some bangers, sprinkled with touches of absolute genius, and some amazing tracks. Get past the for sale pop filler, trim some of the fat, and this album contains some truly legendary material.
Mr. Little Jeans – The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)
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Been gettin’ into Earl Sweatshirt’s pre-Odd Future stuff. He was about to release a mixtape called ‘Kitchen Cutlery’ under the name Sly Tendencies before dropping the project and joining Odd Future. Personal I like these songs more then most of his album with Odd Future. He released these at 15. His album with Odd Future at 16.
MTV recently published an article, in which Kelefa Sannah spoke with Thebe’s — Earl — mother, as well as Thebe via email. He revealed that he had not been sent to the Coral Reef Academy against his well, but that the months leading up to his departure were a mess and he needed to get away. Also he spoke about the popular ‘Free Earl’ chant, which can be seen and heard more and more as the OF fanbase grows. He said at first he appreciated it, but now he is asking fans to stop. Here are some quotes from Thebe from the article, which was published on May, 16th.
“Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed they wanted me released because I thought that translated into ‘they care.’ So time progresses and the fan base gets bigger and the ‘Free Earl’ chants get louder, but now with the ‘Free Earl’ chants come a barely indirect ‘… Earl’s mom’ and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘will there still be this hype when I get back to ‘Oh … I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.”
“If you sincerely care then I appreciate the gesture, but since you know the hard facts from the source you no longer need to worry. I miss home. I don’t have any definite date though. Even if I did I don’t know if I’d tell you. You’ll hear from me without a doubt when I’m ready.”
Molliwopped – Earl Sweatshirt
Deerskin – Earl Sweatshirt
Fuck Your Compression ft. Gruzen – Earl Sweatshirt
Dat Ass – Earl Sweatshirt
Brand New – Earl Sweatshirt
Mayer Hawthorne has released his ‘Impressions EP’ as a free download. The EP, which features a variety of covers, includes tracks originally by Electric Light Orchestra, Chromeo, Jon Brion and the Isley Brothers. Hawthorne took the originals and glazed them over with his velvet falsetto and smooth, lo-fi, 70’s raspy, funky soul music.
The LA based producer and singer who’s debut, released a few years ago, was absolutely amazing, once again hit a high note, almost as high as his soaring falsetto, with this EP.