Eleanor Friedberger – Rebound

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Adult contemporary

Moods

OK with how past relationships ended

Thoughts

She sings like ‘something about the girl’ which is a good thing. A variety of pop styles are covered, bubbly in some places. Only listened once but found it lacking memorableness.

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https://www.discogs.com/Eleanor-Friedberger-Rebound/release/11989814

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmjcSz8aV1Y

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Hip modern funky chill jazz

Moods

Feeling cool

Thoughts

I like the instrumentation a lot, groove focused over technical playing (he played keys on that makaya mccraven ‘where we come from’ album I enjoy). Competent bass keeps a hip hop flavor alive, ‘mollison’ is great pure dub revival that I bet is a fun jam live. Vocals really detract on 'starting today' which felt forced but work on 'too far' which reminds me of thundercat in it's melancholic mantra repetition and 'London's face' where the tempo is kicked up a bit.

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https://www.discogs.com/Joe-Armon-Jones-Starting-Today/release/11972498

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Rating: 3 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.

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

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Rating: 2 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

 

Dawn People – The Star Is Your Future

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Instrumental sample / synth based electro with influence from early Beck or The Avalanches.

Moods
Energetic studio adventures

Thoughts
An album of ideas rather than songs exploring rich instrumental productions. I liked the general approach just felt it would have benefited from polishing and structure.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Dawn-People-The-Star-Is-Your-Future/release/11221994

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Rating: 2 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

 

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.

More Info

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

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Rating: 1 out of 5