King Midas Sound,Fennesz – Edition 1

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

trip hop, dub and ethereal electro ( both and neither ) with strings and noise

Moods

Feels like a slow sick day off work where your head is congested and words sounds like their filtered through a cotton ball. But you're warm and cozy with a comforter pulled up to your chin. Everything is bathed in bright white winter light so it's easy to see the dust floating around your room. The stillness is a welcome change of pace, might not be a perfect day but you know it'll pass.

~ Shadowy positiveness.

Thoughts

Reminds me of yo la tengo quiet moments. I can't imagine a whole lot of times when I'm going to put this on in the future but I enjoyed it. The tempo is slow, crawling at times, so this does requires a certain patience or mindset; it's a rewarding listen if you're in it however.

Lyrically tracks like ‘melt’ and ‘lighthouse’ capture a certain beauty in their directness. The production is beautiful, extremely well crafted with strings, ambient , bits of static noise for warmth (reminds me of burial).

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/King-Midas-Sound-Fennesz-Edition-1/release/7573156

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf1DO_SIHTM

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Abra – Rose

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Modern r&b with sparse synth / drumpad production

Moods

Feels like wearing a starter jacket in 2017

Thoughts

I like the style but she's kind of lacking lyrical substance. Things open up with a Spacey / subduded band vibe on tracks like rose. I liked a bunch off this.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Abra-Rose/release/7145364

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qcz47h9zo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhe7CckB05w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1g4dnDtao

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSZkeg4T2u4

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

easyFun – Deep Trouble

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

PC Music (ultra pop, borderline satire)

Moods

Candy coated

Thoughts

A watered down PC Music release.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/easyFun-Deep-Trouble/release/6703661

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWGXZI6LC5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgf7cUHiCj8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBHJ0XGZfLs

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Rap with an alt pop lean

Moods
Headphones on and taking in nu-NYC

Thoughts
I don’t know why, call it a natural curiosity, but growing-up I loved the radio and would spend hours taking in anything I could hear. I find pleasure discovering sounds and appreciate art that maintains this same dynamism. It’s reflected in a broader cultural awareness with my generation, whose been raised with the internet and the power of having humanity’s entire cultural output instantly available. So what do you do with it? You take your favorite parts and begin creating something new, sampling in other words.

I find this to be a representative album for today’s sample based culture as Banks, a versatile MC, floats effortlessly between pop and rap on this impressive set of alt-electro productions (think sampling today rather than the past). I appreciate rappers who are able to carve distinct sounds for themselves and feel this is a classic in the marriage of rap and electro.

Listening notes on specific time:
* 212 – immediately and undeniably great
* Idlest delilah / soda is glitchy greatness and a personal favorite
* ‘Gimme a chance’ succeeds as an OK pop song before switching into a gripping latin bit (maybe corny but I genuinely like it).
* BBD, ice princess, Yung Rapunxel take a turn into harder boomy beats that sound a little dated after the edm boom.
* Things drift off towards the end, but she soars on miss camaraderie. Not sure I’ve heard someone flow over edm so well.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Azealia-Banks-Broke-With-Expensive-Taste/release/6728221

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Elza Soares – A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Samba Punk

Moods
Scorching evening on the esplanade

Thoughts
A curious record, original to my ears. I’ve always enjoyed elements of samba but its a genre that seems to appeal to purists and is stuck in the past, all roads leading to Jobim. Here the band and writing has a punk direction (of the south american variety) but with a samba flavor. She was 80 when she record this so there is an element of maturity. It’s this juxtaposition of such a mature voice being coupled with an edgy sound that gives it the appeal. I’ve often felt frustrated by the mellowing of artists catalogs as they get older so it’s nice to hear something where someone is pushing themselves in a younger direction.

I’ll be honest this isn’t the type of thing I plan on revisiting much but there’s something about the sound that I find interesting. Worth a listen.

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https://www.discogs.com/Elza-Soares-A-Mulher-Do-Fim-Do-Mundo/release/7568602

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Curtis Knight & The Squires – You Can’t Use My Name – The RSVP / PPX Sessions

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
R&B / electric blues

Moods
Rainy day woman take me away

Thoughts
There’s effectively two parts to this: R&B tracks written by Curtis Knight and a handful of instrumentals written by Hendrix. I like the instrumentals but wasn’t into the vocal tracks written by Curtis. Stick with Hendrix’s main catalog.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Curtis-Knight-The-Squires-You-Cant-Use-My-Name-The-RSVP-PPX-Sessions/release/6942436

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Purl – Stillpoint

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Ambient. Sometimes with a bit of a pulse.

Moods
Nocturnal, focused, want music but not distracting.

Thoughts
In certain settings this is an enjoyable record. Worked well as something to have on while working.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Purl-Stillpoint/release/7093907

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Esco, Future – 56 Nights

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Future’s ATL trap style at his darkest and highest

Moods
Nocturnal, top of the world and nothing to lose

Thoughts
Future at his best: exploring dark escapist thoughts over gritty heavy booming Southside productions.

One of his better mixtapes.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Esco-Hosted-By-Future-56-Nights/release/6808379

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Future – Beast Mode

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Future’s trademark flow over Zaytovens piano focused production

Moods
ATL nodding

Thoughts
Some standout tracks from Future’s prolific years. Zaytovens production works though is a little too happy for Future’s sadness.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Future-4-Zaytoven-Beast-Mode/release/6533917

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Death Grips – Fashion Week (Instrumentals)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Industrial instrumental electro, a modern house version of prime-NIN.

Thoughts
The instrumentals are fine Death grips fans will obviously miss MC Ride who is in all other death grips releases. Has its moments but nothing I felt like revisiting.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Death-Grips-Fashion-Week-Instrumentals/release/6489505

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