It has been numerous weeks since my last edition of this segment but it is back as I am all settled into my new apartment. Let’s get right into it!
With the highly-anticipated release of the group’s sixth project, Ginger, this week, they have been dropping some fantastic singles to promote the album. “Boy Bye” is one of the more unique and creative instrumentals that the group has put out, which says a lot because their producers are always ahead of the curb when it comes to the sound of their tracks. It did take a few listens to get on board with the song because some of the verses originally sound awkward with the instrumental, but they end up all molding tremendously, especially Kevin Abstract’s verse. Can’t wait for Friday!
Veteran was one of my favorite albums last year and Peggy is on the brink of the follow-up project. This track is fairly different from the loud, in-your-face, off-the-wall sound that we normally get from him. The chord progression is highly satisfying and Peggy’s charisma is well-displayed throughout the track and the video. The satirical lyrics to even Peggy’s autotuned singing just add to the enigma that is this underground rapper.
The simulation is broken. I actually enjoyed a song from Taylor Swift. This is a straight-up love song, which fits right into my wheelhouse. The hook reminds me of her guest appearance on the track “Both of Us” with B.O.B. way back when. There is hope that her upcoming album could be listenable if she has tracks like this that are not pretentious like almost every hit song that she has had in recent years.
The experimental hip-hop trio is on the brink of dropping what seems to be a horror-esque project. Their next album drops close to Halloween and the aesthetic is quite horrifying. The lyric video is a tribute to the iconic opening of John Carpenter’s Halloween from 1978. The story could overwhelm some listeners because there is so much being said within this nearly five-minute track but the flow is one of the best I have heard in quite some time. Definitely anticipating what they have in store on their next project.
Noisy, loud, and in-your-face, “Awake” is an absolute banger. This is the anthem for those of us who have trouble sleeping at night. The beat is mesmerizing. Maidza has one of her best vocal performances and adding Peggy into the mix was an absolute genius move.
I first heard of Kiwanuka when he had a feature on the final track of Little Simz’ album, GREY Area. He is a very skilled singer and songwriter and this song feels like a throwback to ’70s soul with a pinch of modern flavor to it. The production sounds like an odd mixture of Earth, Wind & Fire and The Black Keys but it ends up generating a phenomenal track.