Hopefully, beginning next Monday, July 6, my newest music segment, ‘Music Mondays’, will move to YouTube as it will be a culmination of all the albums and singles I listen over the week prior to each segment releasing. The album reviews and my ‘Richest Tracks of the Week’ columns will not go anywhere. This is just another addition to continue to build on the creativity of the platform.
We are going to begin with a few EPs I listened to before we get into the ‘Richest Tracks of the Week’
6pc Hot EP – 6LACK
I have never gotten into 6LACK’s music before, and I have always referred to him as six-lack instead of black because it says so in the name. He has gone down the trap R&B wave that became a prominent thing in the mid-2010s with Bryson Tiller. He, essentially, is Tiller without any great hits. Just like his previous content, this EP is boring, drab, and moody as hell. It only goes to show that R&B backed with a trap instrumental do not mix well together and never have.
Richest Tracks: N/A
Worst Track: “Know My Rights”
Flight Tower(EP) – Dirty Projectors
The Dirty Projectors have been on a roll recently with a pair of singles I listened to in “Inner World” and “Lose Your Love”. “Inner World” is a smooth, soulful track with mild experimental instrumentals to give it a little spice. Felicia Douglass’ vocals are nice on the ear and, overall, beautiful. Same goes for “Lose Your Love”, which is a fun piece of pop backed by a pretty piano and some luscious, layered vocals. The latter songs on this EP, “Self Design” and “Empty Vessel” are not bad. They just are not my cup of tea. They are both all over the place and the experimentation does not fit my style.
Richest Tracks: “Inner World”, “Lose Your Love”
Worst Track: “Empty Vessel”
Richest Tracks of the Week
We had quarantine pop, and now we have been given protest anthems. This track is one of the better ones. Anderson .Paak is in the echelon of artists who really can do no wrong. It’s a simple instrumental but he is proving that he has great pen game and solid wordplay to go with being a great musician and singer. I have the YouTube video linked as well, which includes the great freestyle from Jay Rock.
Another beautiful protest anthem from Gabriella Wilson, AKA, H.E.R. She delivers a powerful, spoken word message at the end of the track, and of course, she sounds incredible throughout the track. The track also possesses an exceptionally smooth hook.
I have to admit, Guapdad 4000 is not great on this track. His voice is nasally and high-pitched, which is the formula for an annoying verse, but it is worth it because we get a cold, cold verse from Denzel Curry. He has a clean transition into the track and he goes on and drops bar after bar after bar. For the last few years, Curry has cracked my list as a top-five act in the rap game. There are few duds in his discography and his albums have all been solid.
This track has so many unique blends to it that you become drowned in all the good qualities in possesses. It works as an Earth, Wind & Fire song in the verses and then it becomes an epic from a Broadway musical on the hook. It is easily one of the most interesting tracks I have heard this year and I will be doing a full review of her newest album What’s Your Pleasure?
Lianne La Havas has been killing it recently. Every single she has dropped in the last month has been hit after hit after hit. She has set the bar high for her upcoming record. This is a cover of the Radiohead song of the same name. There are plenty of layers to this track to love, whether it be the drums, the subtle synths or La Havas’ drawn out, smoky vocals, it is all great. I cannot wait to review the full project.
Smooth, smooth R&B track from the minds of Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder. It is an easy listen and Phoelix’s vocals are excellent.