the smallest creature | million | reboot

the smallest creature  |  million  |  reboot
 

the smallest creature | million | reboot

 
the smallest creature sends their debut album million out into the world and from the sound of it everything sounds just fine. give this one a test drive and be rewarded endlessly via constant listening. this Nicosia, Cyprus band has created a sound which manages to both be refreshingly inventive and musically referential, paying homage sonically to bands akin to early radiohead, smashing pumpkins and silversun pickups, just to name a few. the band’s debut single Reboot is some kind of wonderful too. the track opens with somber guitar then ripples out spatially onto the receptive shore of your infinite heart. good stuff. after the jump stream the album in its entirety via the bandcamp player. let me know how you like this band. peace. Read more »

warpaint | heads up

warpaint  |  heads up
 

warpaint | heads up

 
The Los Angeles-based rock outfit Warpaint has done us good. With the release of their sixth studio album Heads Up listeners are treated to what is arguably the best Warpaint album ever. The LP opens with frenzied R&B laden Whiteout and I was floored immediately! What a groovy track, and get this, it’s just one of eleven! The whole album is packed with neato and super sexy songs. Read more »

bonobo | break apart | feat. rhye

bonobo  | break apart  |  feat rhye
 

bonobo | break apart feat. rhye

 
Los Angeles soul seeker Bonobo (Simon Green) knows how to whittle the sweetest sound gadgets out of thin air and attach them to the cellular structure of one’s heart. Take a listen, the latest Break Apart featuring Rhye,‘ tells me there is pure pleasure to be had if we only take a moment and experience something new. This is second track lifted from Bonobo’s forthcoming album Migration, to be released January 13th 2017 courtesy of Ninja Tune. Peace.
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how to dress well | salt soul

how to dress well  |  salt soul
 

how to dress well | salt soul

 
How To Dress Well (Tom Krell) has done it again with another batch of fantastically crafted songs via his romantic heart to yours. After the jump check out the official audio for the track Salt Soul. It’s one of my new favorite songs. Put don’t just stop there go grab the full-length via iTunes or better yet get the vinyl on Domino. Peace. Read more »

remove my pictures | tess & dave

remove my pictures  |  tess & dave
 

remove my pictures | tess & dave

 
Tess & Dave are a bit of blue pill for me, in that there’s lots of shadowy melancholy light hanging over the collection of songs which makes up their debut Tess & Dave EP out now on Friendship Fever. Read more »

stealyourgirl | moodtapes vol. one | eve speciall

stealyourgirl  |  moodtapes vol. one  |  eve speciall

stealyourgirl | moodtapes vol. one | eve speciall


 

stealyourgirl  |  moodtapes vol. one  |  eve speciall

 
Eve Speciall knows how to give it to you good! This dope, globe trotting disc jockey knows a thing or two about stitching sounds together. After checking out her latest release, the Moodtapes Vol. One series, it is only natural to want more. Ms. Speciall strings together classics from vastly divergent sound universes and it works like a charm. And no where else will you find Kendrick Lamar in bed with Aaliyah? That’s what I am screamin! Ohhh! and check out the MISSBISH interview by Coco Marett. It’s a great write-up, I know only because I read it. Peace. Read more »

bon iver | 22, A Million

22, A Million

bon iver  |  22, A Million

Bon Iver (Justin Jordan) is that weird celestial being sent from space dust to brush up against our lame asses. He’s elucidating our understanding of what music can be. Vernon, is kinda like in hands of a raggedy-bearded shamanistic Miles Davis in anti-black face. This 22, A Million release is extraterrestrial sound ejaculate stitched lovingly against our collective eardrums and I love it. The tracks, there’s ten of them, shed majestically as they undress within our presence, at times coyly in half whisper, other times a direct (albeit hushed) inquiry into the upper and lower registers of need masquerading as want. The opening track 22 (OVER S∞∞N) is the equivalent of an Islamic call to prayer. A Western world’s quasi-adhan urging us to pivot our ears east and follow the progression of these quaint and beautiful sounds across the audio skyline and may the sun never set. 

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japanese breakfast | in heaven

Japanese Breakfast

japanese breakfast | in heaven

 

Japanese Breakfast has an endearing way of making quirky lo-fi dream pop that is often raucous, but at times soft and tender. Case in point the latter, the track In Heaven is soft around the edges like Robert Smith at his melancholy best. Read more »

hey ya | ben talmi & kamau

hey ya | ben talmi & kamau
 

hey ya | ben talmi & kamau

 
Ben Talmi and KAMAU slow OutKast’s Hey Ya way down and infuse the track with a much more reflective time signature. I love the original version well enough but this right here is doing the most. Read more »

frank ocean | blond

Frank Ocean Blond
 

frank ocean | blond

 
Frank Ocean is laying the bricks of his legacy. Each song is a brick. The bricks are gold. Without much argument nor doubt, these bricks exist as intricately laid cobblestones leading Mr. Ocean to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame of our hearts.

Blond. This album will win awards. If not a Grammy or two, then most certainly a place upon the mantelpiece of cherished memories. His music, the heartfelt lyrics and the luscious melodies of your favorite Frank Ocean songs linger. Frank’s songs touch upon not just familiar themes, but familiar emotions. They are exploratory in their honesty and density of truth. Blond has more in common with bodies of work reminiscent of What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye),  Songs in the Key of Life (Stevie Wonder) and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (The Cure) or OK Computer (Radiohead) than with contemporary artists making music today. And above all the craftsmanship of Frank’s work is both substantive and relatable, and incredibly mundane in the most humanistic and provocative way.

Frank Ocean’s songs become our songs. The songs are where and when we need to hear them. Fuck a powdered line of this or a glassful of that, these songs are the remedy and the cure. Sweet potent words, and an ongoing body of work worth your while over and over again…Blond.

This album will win awards.

I am not going to get into the long four-year wait because ultimately it doesn’t matter. What does matter is the quality of the finished product and his latest release, Blond has plenty to get excited over and suss out. Songs of intricate beauty and sophisticated nuance. Songs draped in vulnerability, proclamations of  struggle, accomplishment, fear and the much sought after compulsion to escape and dissect from a distance.

“Every night fucks every day up , every day patches the day up…”

It’s been two weeks and a day since Frank dropped his sophomore release on iTunes and as a fan, I am still coming down off of major euphoria. This is a great album with a wonderful collection of songs. And getting to know and discover each track is an exercise is both self-awareness and Mr. Ocean’s unique observation of the world he occupies. The material on this release is vastly different from what The Ocean has previously given. But to be fair so much of what Frank has released to date is divergent from and not easily paired with other material within his catalog. Yet, here I am trying to compare Nostalgia Ultra with the crazy, sexy and mature songs found on the Blond offering. Hey, it’s what I do. Read more »