Tierra Whack – Whack World

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Brief sketches of fun bedroom r&b

Thoughts
Can’t quite call these ‘songs’ as tracks clock in at a minute each. But it succeeds as a whole with each track flowing into the next and creating a cohesive album.

There’s a freewheeling approach that compliments the light synth production, reminds me of a less emo Frank ocean.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Justin Brown – Nyeusi

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Modern spiritual jazz with a keen sense of rhythm and shimmering keys.

Moods
Stoner experimental

Thoughts
An enjoyable listen but requires a certain patience. The song structures typically follow a build from a quiet-calm and end in a fit of explosive energy. Justin Brown’s distinct approach to the drum kit (off rhythm, complex, technical) can feel distracting at times as if he’s just soloing letting everything else happen around him. It’s hard to feel the band jiving at those times and more reminiscent of a free-jazz album. Considering this my favorite tracks are Replenish are and Fyfo, an accessible pair indebted to hip hop.

It’s an interesting listen and something that deserves decent headphones or speakers that can separate the mix as it can be a lot to pick out at times. He’s pushing jazz forward in his own way and anyone curious about the contemporary scene should hear this.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Rich Brian – Amen

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

Thoughts

Bad mumblecore

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Rating: 1 out of 5

 

Galcher Lustwerk – 200% Galcher

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Hip modern deep house with mumbling lyrics.

Moods
Nocturnal and hip

Thoughts
I’m a fan of this dude’s production, it’s like a tasteful young Americans take on Koze. The lyrics detract at times as they’re most just general ruminating that don’t say a whole lot.

Like the aesthetic and sound overall.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Energetic electro with vocals

Moods
2017 with a kick

Thoughts
Fan of these dudes, underrated producers who produced great mixes as LOL boys as well as for Kanye. I thought their debut was great (note: I should revisit that one) but a bit on the experimental side at times.

I like this release albeit a bit repetitive as an entire album. Production relies on vocoder and a break beat style that gives instant energy. The usage of vocoder reminds me of Justin Vernon at times and I can’t picture this aging gracefully. Still, a lot to like on this highly accessible album.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Nas – Nasir

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Nas rapping over beats kanye crafted just for him.

Thoughts
Nas just doesn’t deliver here which is unfortunate as it feels like Kanye was stretching outside his usual to produce this just for Nas.

A weak spot in the summer of Kanye.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
an indie rock band doing drunk late night lounge

Thoughts
Remarkably different than I remember the arctic monkeys, there’s something intriguing about the direction. After reading the wikipedia its clear Alex Turner is clearly inspired by all the right people. Production is gorgeous with that modern style where everything is turned up in the mix and makes for a rich listen.

I think the lyrics are the weak point: self indulgent, forced poetry that’s trying too hard to be weird. Its not bad but at best like a cult record I’ll enjoy as passive listening; unnecessary at worst.

I want to love this record, and believe I haven’t given it the full chance, but after two listens it still hadn’t set in.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
indie synth pop

Thoughts
Lacking the interesting diversity of their debut this is more slick and refined. A bit boring with the exception of a few moments (donnie darko is great). I find it cool their working with sophie for production but didn’t fruitful of a collaboration here.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Gorillaz – The Now Now

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Damon albarn’s brand of fun and funky synth pop

Thoughts
I’ll always like returning to this cartoon dream of the gorillaz but I feel the songwriting just hasn’t been on the same level it was on the earlier albums. There’s a few good tracks, snoop continues to work well as a Gorillaz guest, but not sure I’ll revisit this one much.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Slow Mass – On Watch

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Varied punk: quiet personal songs to pop to post-hardcore.

Thoughts
I dig the dynamic nature of this band who is able to accomplish hardcore as well as personal moments. True post-hardcore (emo) revivalists, this reminds me a lot of bands I grew up listening to in the 90’s.

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Rating: 4 out of 5