I haven’t been writing that much, but I think it’s time I do so. There have been a lot of releases I’ve liked since I last posted, so I will take you thru some new joints and some albums I liked since the last past went up. No real order in genre or release date….just stuff I’ve been feeling.
Various Artists – Afro-Rock, Vol. 1 (a Kona Records compilation)
I got this from a dope world/vintage music site – Sounds of the Universe – that I frequent. This isn’t really ‘rock’, but guitar-driven Afro funk/R&B. It’s amazing how they find these little gems, and in such good quality.
Rusko – O.M.G.!
Party dubstep album, if there ever was one. This is kind of Coldplay-level dubstep…..not that technically proficient, critical stuff, but the arena level brand of dubstep, meant to be all-encompassing and non-threatening, which usually isn’t my thing. But I’ve enjoyed this album for the most part – a few tracks just aren’t that hard, or just glorified dance bits…and I skip those.
The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
Dope album – really enjoyed this one lately….there is always a good deal of press for Jack White-led albums, so I’ll those speak for themselves. I will say that I like this fuller sound, and the use of electronics (or at least the appearance of it).
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Not as dope as Los Angeles, an album in which he set a very high bar, but dope nonetheless. I like the Amon Tobin feel to the album, with him experimenting with his expanding sound.
Caribou – Swim
Somewhat jazzy psych-pop from one the best at it. Some kinda seedy club music….that you can listen to at home. A well mixed collage of …random stuff. Hard to really explain, without just basically rehashing the reviews that are already out there in cyberspace – this is why I’ve been using the videos.
Little Brother – LeftBack
I will reserve this review until Dave listens to it.
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh
Probably one of my favorites of the one I have up today. A typical Badu album: soulful, truthful, heavy basslines….with that slight head-nod appeal. It does seem a little sketch-like with some of the songs, but I appreciate that for the raw feel.
Christian Scott – Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Love this kid….to me, one of the new legends in jazz, with Glasper and company. I mean who is even really thinking about re-visualizing The Eraser…and like this? Amazing album. If you are not up on him, you need to be.
Raheem DeVaughn – The Love & War MasterPeace
The new Marvin….yeah, seriously. How he was able to get his label to push out that many songs on an R&B album…I’d have to ask him myself. An excellent, straight forward R&B album. This is what I like most about him – he pretends to be nothing else but who he is.
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer
Probably the oldest release up here. Yes – I, too, am on the Gonjasufi bandwagon. It’s just such a unique sound, the mixture of sounds he bounces back and forth from. Even after the initial listen, each track surprised me…it’s refreshing. Super dope – recommended to people looking for a high end curve ball, if they have boring musical lives.