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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

 

A-Trak – In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Choice indie favorites reimagined through Atraks tight, energetic turntablist approach

Moods
Active urban pulse, perfect for sound tracking busy moments in the city.

Thoughts
I think A-trak is one the best electro dudes out there, mostly for his remix work on things like dirty south dance 1 and 2 (note to self: revisit these). Always fresh, he’s got a great ear for modern electro and incorporating a variety of tastes into his turntablism approach. Solid collection here.

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https://www.discogs.com/A-Trak-In-The-Loop-A-Decade-Of-Remixes/release/9466928

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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.

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

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Folamour – Umami

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Fun house with a positive vibe and featuring classic r&b samples

Moods

Hip DJ at a trendy lounge

Thoughts
I like this. Obvious samples like ‘get into the party’ integrate well with his brand of house. I could picture this as background music at a hip party.

I prefer the instrumental and more rhythmic ‘look at me or I’ll steal your eyes’ utilizing a rich drumline that reminds me of an accessible moodymann.

Planning to check out more by this dude.

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https://www.discogs.com/Folamour-Umami/release/12416120

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Injury Reserve – Drive It Like It’s Stolen

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Aggressive bo1da beats with j 5 raps

Thoughts
While I like the production the emcees just weren’t up to par in my book.

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https://www.discogs.com/Injury-Reserve-Drive-It-Like-Its-Stolen/release/10929805

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Huncho Jack – Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
A super group of ATL stutter trap style.

Moods
Braggadocio

Thoughts
I say super group but that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily getting the best work from these guys. Kind of like when the all-star teams play each other in sports: sick lineup but mediocre outing.

Some great singles here (production on ‘Dubai shit’ is a+) but lots of fat, can only take so much of the style.

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https://www.discogs.com/Huncho-Jack-Huncho-Jack-Jack-Huncho/release/11315367

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Tay-K – #SantanaWorld

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

Sounds like?

Aggressive young rap

Thoughts
‘The Race’ shows high potential but I found the rest of the album lacking. Flows are never as memorable and I dislike the negative machismo.

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https://www.discogs.com/Tay-K-SantanaWorld/release/11765642

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Rating: 1 out of 5