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.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/DJDS-Big-Wave-More-Fire/release/12390752

Listen!
Spotify

Schema Info

DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire

Description: Album Review of DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire


Rating: 3 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.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Gorillaz-The-Now-Now/release/12216605

Listen!

Youtube





Spotify

Schema Info

Gorillaz – The Now Now

Description: Album Review of Gorillaz – The Now Now


Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Funkadelic

Thoughts
Apparently this is a set of b sides from the funkadelic era which makes this a must hear. I think it’s as good as anything from that legendary run of their core records even if it’s lacking a cohesive concept.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Funkadelic-Tales-Of-Kidd-Funkadelic/release/10474639

Listen!
Spotify

Schema Info

Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Description: Album Review of Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic


Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Uptown Funk Empire – The Empire Strikes Back

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

A modern update on classic funk, afrobeat with a disco vibe. Kinda like jamiroquai.

Thoughts
A little too polished and not raw enough, sounds good and like the modern touches but think it lacked something.

More Info
https://www.discogs.com/Uptown-Funk-Empire-The-Empire-Strikes-Back/release/1868589

Listen!
Spotify

Schema Info

Uptown Funk Empire – The Empire Strikes Back

Description: Album Review of Uptown Funk Empire – The Empire Strikes Back


Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Tinashe – Joyride

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
New r&b, poppy, features rappers

Thoughts
I like Tinashe, she’s got a style that’s kinda chilled out and there’s a certain genuineness to her music. Songs aren’t polished and the album flows kinda like a mixtape.

More Info
https://www.discogs.com/Tinashe-Joyride/release/11847674

Listen!

Youtube





Spotify

Schema Info

Tinashe – Joyride

Description: Album Review of Tinashe – Joyride


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

The Motet – Totem

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Tight funky jam band

Thoughts
Good album overall but the second half opens up. The hooks get a little more memorable on jams like so high and danger. The singer is a great, super soulful.

Can totally hear krasnows production here, fans of soullive should check this out.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Motet-Totem/release/10589795

Listen!

Youtube

Spotify

Schema Info

The Motet – Totem

Description: Album Review of The Motet – Totem


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Roy Ayers signature funk jazz constructed with pop/r&b vocalists.

Thoughts

I’m not intimately familiar with his catalog but this veers to the lighter side as an r&b album. I found the singers lacking in personality but roys funk is in full effect. I like the instrumental tracks like green and gold featuring a solo vibraphone.

Nothing special, he’s got better stuff.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/release/245053

Listen!

Youtube





Spotify

Kerri Chandler – DJ-Kicks

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

A mix of songs from the 70s and 80s ranging from soulful jazz to r&b and proto rap.

Thoughts

It’s an ode to music made in NY that influenced Kerri. From that document standpoint it’s perfect and captures the time well. I personally enjoyed the jazzier tracks with instrumentation, these featured tight and soulful personal playing. I wasn’t too into the poppier synth stuff as it sounded a bit dated. https://www.residentadvisor.net/reviews/21650

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Kerri-Chandler-DJ-Kicks/release/11027669

Listen!

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfHdJHNIDCQ

Spotify

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

Listen!

Youtube


Spotify

18 Carat Affair – Vintage Romance

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

lofi synth found sound with vaporwave aspects

Thoughts

I like the production texture, certain haziness at play. Not vaporwave but borrows heavily from that aesthetic.

Seems like recent of vaporwave producers is incorporating more into beats as this has something bumping the whole way through.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/18-Carat-Affair-Vintage-Romance/release/3302455

Listen!

Youtube

Spotify