Richest Tracks of the Week – Aug. 20th(Brockhampton, Taylor Swift, JPEGMAFIA)

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!

“Boy Bye”- Brockhampton

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!

“Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot”- JPEGMAFIA

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.

“Lover”- Taylor Swift

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.

“Nothing Is Safe”- CLIPPING

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.

“Awake”- Tkay Maidza feat. JPEGMAFIA

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.

“You Ain’t The Problem”- Michael Kiwanuka

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.

 

 

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Richest Tracks of the Week – June 25th

Another week where we have more quantity than quality. Here are my favorite tracks from the previous week.

“Typical Story”- Hobo Johnson

– One of the best up-and-coming rappers, Hobo Johnson proves that he can drop a banger that goes with some sentimental storytelling. This track is 100 percent fun, lively, and gets the top spot as my favorite song of the week.

“Salted Caramel Ice Cream”- Metronomy

– The English group drops a groovy and futuristic electronic bop. Love the mixing and the vocals from Olugbenga Adelekan. If you are an indie pop fan or an EDM fan, this is definitely a track that you will take to a liking.

“True Blue”- Mark Ronson ft. Angel Olsen

– Holy smokes, I like a mainstream pop song. From the guitar riffs to Olsen’s vocals to a very catchy hook, Ronson nails this track in every way possible. Love, love, love the crap out of this track.

“That’s Life”- 88 Keys ft. Mac Miller & Sia

– The more post-mortem Mac Miller features that get released, the more that I miss him and I am sure other fans feel that way. The potential was there for him and I believed he was growing into a mature artist who would fuse soul and R&B into the rap genre, but unfortunately, he left us too soon.

Crown”- Stormzy

– A beautiful track from the UK rapper. I am a sucker for rap/sung tracks and this fits into the songs that I enjoy so much. You may find it tedious if you find tracks like this to be boring, lifeless and too sweet, but for me, this track works.

“Complainer”- Cold War Kids

– It has been a couple of years since I have heard from Cold War Kids. I loved their big hit, “First” but the band has flown under my radar since then. “Complainer” works as a funk track that came out of the 1970s. Even though there is a forgettable hook, the verses are amazing and provide a colorful transition for the group over the alternative side.

 

 

Richest Tracks of the Week – June 18th

A step-up from last week’s downward spiral of bland trap music.

“Time”- Free Nationals, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis

– Free Nationals always kill it from an instrumental perspective and Kali Uchis continues to sing her way to the upper echelon of quality-consistent artists after her amazing 2018 project, Isolation, and collaborations with Daniel Caesar and Tyler, the Creator. While Mac Miller’s appearance is unnecessary, it shows the direction that he was continuing to go in before his tragic passing.

“Money In The Grave”- Drake, Rick Ross

– Is it a basic instrumental? Yes, but it slaps. Drake’s flow is lively, which is a pleasant change of pace from his previous, lackluster projects such as Scorpion and Views. Rick Ross delivers a good feature. Overall, it is a song you will add to your workout or pre-game playlist.

“Bad Idea”- YBN Cordae feat. Chance the Rapper

– Not only is he dropping banger after banger, but YBN Cordae also proves that he can adapt his flow to a more chill and melodic instrumental. His singing is quite solid for this track and Chance the Rapper delivers another preachy verse, but we love Chance and it’s rare for him to do wrong these days.

“The Dead Don’t Die”- Sturgill Simpson

– True country. My main problem with country music today is that someone is always trying to blend the genre with pop, and hip-hop in an attempt to appeal to the mainstream. Simpson returns with a ray of sunshine to show that pure country is the best medicine for a sickly genre.

“HER Love”- Common feat. Daniel Caesar

– Yes. It sounds like the Microsoft AI commercials but it is a lot less cringy. An ode to the love and beauty of women with a slick hook from Daniel Caesar. What more could you ask for?

“Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)”- The Family Daptone

– My favorite track of the week. Amazing vocals from the late greats, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley and an instrumental and aesthetic that make this track feel like it came out in the 1960s. If you are a fan of soul music, this may be your favorite track of the year.

“Down Bad”- Dreamville

– Another Dreamville project on the way and they kick off the promotion with a banging single featuring the likes of JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy. I am very excited about this project and I’m most anticipating what JID will contribute to the label for the collab album.

“Giannis”- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Anderson .Paak

– We clearly are in the midst of a culmination for what could be the rap album of the year, and that is saying a lot as we have had a plethora of great rap projects this year. With that being said, every track that Freddie Gibbs & Madlib have dropped leading into their upcoming project has been astounding, not just good, astounding and “Giannis” is no different.

“religion (u can lay your hands on me)”- Shura

– I cannot give enough praise to Shura for this indie pop goodness. The best way I could put this track is that it sounds like a mix between Gwen Stefani, the No Doubt version, and one of the ’80s soul queens such as Patrice Rushen or Evelyn “Champagne” King. I love, love, love this song.

” DONT COME TO THE WOODS”- BACKXWASH

– Whatever is in the Zambian water is something of wonders because the Zambian hip-hop scene is catching fire. Sampa the Great’s “Final Form” was my favorite track last week and now, BACKXWASH steps into the scene with a devilish banger in “DONT COME TO THE WOODS”.