I can finally get back to a segment that I loved doing last summer. I have my schedule set to where I can get back into writing tracks of the week and album reviews every Monday now. So, here we go. If you haven’t given these songs a listen yet, there will be a link to listen to the tracks highlighted in either green or blue. Let’s get into it!
– Wow. WOWWWW. It was hard to hold back tears on this post-mortem track from Mac Miller. It’s dark. It’s heavy, especially knowing what would happen to Mac, in what was likely just weeks or even days after making this track. The plucky instrumental is smooth on the ear. The subtle bass and drums are easy to listen to. This is a very moving track and for those who are big fans of Mac, it’s going to break your heart. Mac discusses how people only want to hear good news from him without really caring about how he’s doing. It’s a tragedy that he is gone from this world but I hope that this upcoming album can help bring his fans some closure even though it was going to be a very emotional and difficult listen.
I became familiar with Jenkins last year with his single with Zac Flewids called “Two Step”. “Carefree” is the lead single to Jenkins’ new album The Circus, which I will have a review for later this week. This track is a great piece of jazz rap. Love Jenkins’ flow. The instrumental is very easy on the ear as well but not too glossy. Make sure to give it a listen.
If I’m being brutally honest, this is the first track from her that I have actually not found annoying. Her voice doesn’t sound brutally processed. It actually sounds like a real person is singing instead of AI. Pop music is off to a good start in 2020.
As boring as I find Khalid, he does have some songs that I actually find quite great and “Eleven” is one of those. This track has a very catchy hook and the instrumental is pretty great as well. Verses can be forgettable but I am definitely here for the hook.
070 Shake is an interesting figure in the musical landscape. She definitely has a great voice but on this track, it feels slightly too processed but I LOVE the synth-heavy instrumental. It reminds me of a 1980s piece of synth-pop. It’s clear that she can explore many different genres with her voice and I am very excited to see what she does next.