Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

electro hip hop with an 80s light funk vibe

Moods

Vaporwave sunset

Thoughts

Pretty good for a background listen. Short and sweet with flirtations of vaporwave.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Fitz-Ambroe-Submerse-Villa-Rosa/release/11979710

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqePdh9r0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0_4Mqvk9fk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPv4JXG3QWE

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

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

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Bluestaeb – Everything Is Always a Process

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Hip hop beats with a backbone of 80s gfunk

Moods

Cali cool

Thoughts

Modern and slick production with just the right amount of vocals mixed in. Couple notes on tracks:

Left and right being a better track. Goes into a light r&b thing at times.

Hot shit is a bit forced, taking the original and scrubbing it if it's rawness.

Mind control is ok

While the album is uneven and boring at times I like it overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bluestaeb-Everything-Is-Always-a-Process/release/12135628

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3kqctM9lQ

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

700 Bliss – Spa 700

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Experimental middle eastern based electronic music with spoken word raps

Moods

Bandcamp experimental

Thoughts

Ring the alarm is damn good. The rest has a militant vibe I couldn't really get into, didn't really fit the Spacey future bass electro production.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/700-Bliss-Spa-700/release/12072616

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRU9UWGKys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De9WWPYy1Wo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3b677kvS0g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvTAmiZY9ZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhpJ5ILMRzc

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Azealia Banks – Slay-Z

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

Sounds like?

Rap edm

Moods

Night out, downtown Manhattan or how not to do a rap/electro crossover

Thoughts

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Azealia-Banks-Slay-Z/release/8469877

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXUfBxMbC3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usDQB21uQ1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH90-6sCIoc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJskdaNiz6U

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Rating: 1 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

 

AZ – Doe Or Die

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Golden age queensbridge

Moods
NY State of mind

Thoughts
I consider this a companion piece to early Nas, stylistically it’s cut from the same cloth; when Nas guests on ‘gimme yours’ and ‘homicide’ it’s clear they’ve got history.

Ultimately I find this to be an uneven listen, AZ feels like a bootleg Nas and the creative vision isn’t as clear as Nas’ early classics. Does have it’s quality moments with ‘Sugar Hill’ and the title track featuring a hot and hazy funk.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/AZ-Doe-Or-Die/release/8887261

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

High-Klassified – Kanvaz

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Electro hip hop

Moods

Big Boomy

Thoughts
Meh, nothing very interesting here.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/High-Klassified-Kanvaz/release/11953128

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Makaya McCraven – Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Modern jazz with a strong hip hop bend

Moods
Evening warehouse jam

Thoughts
A fine example of jazz that successfully incorporates hip hop elements, typically these hybrids are reversed (eg Kendricks backing band). This has a dynamic energy to it, making good use of effects and electronics to keep things fresh. While it plays like a live album this was stitched together in post production which benefits the experience as something that’s just one big highlight. Exploratory playful, energetic, progressive: what jazz is all about.

Recommended tracks: ox tales, repetitive drumline pushes things forward with a soulful keys solo on top, King drive utilizes a James Blake pitched down vocal to extreme effectiveness on a track already utilizing off-time signatures.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Makaya-McCraven-Where-We-Come-From-CHICAGOxLONDON-Mixtape/release/12364402

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Low-key R&B

Moods
Babe we got this

Thoughts
This EP is not without flaws, and takes a few tracks to get into swing, but I find it to be a charming set of songs. The easy going and intimate productions anchored by simple guitar and percussion fits her limited range perfectly, putting some memorable lyrical adages front and center.

‘Issues’ and ‘Hurry’ are modern r&b gems.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Teyana-Taylor-KTSE/release/12173407

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Cudi and Kanye rapping over Kanye productions that fit like a glove

Moods
Feeling a little older but still feel young

Thoughts
Really like this, a collaboration that works; feels like a relevant addition to Cudi’s catalog and not just a detour featuring Kanye. The productions in particular seem really well suited to Cudi. Stylistically similar to Cudi’s previous catalogs but with a fresh update courteous of Kanye.

Tight, memorable, overall great release for any Kid Cudi fan.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Kids-See-Ghosts-Kids-See-Ghosts/release/12167505

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Rating: 3 out of 5