Anderson .Paak’s Malibu is, without a doubt, one of my favourite albums of the year. Even though it is only April I feel confident that it will stay up there no matter what the rest of 2016 has in store. If you feel the same then this Anderson .Paak feature is for you. A .Paak feature is a sign of quality at the moment if recent collaboration with Snakehips and Kaytranada are anything to go by. ‘Dapper’, from ex Odd Future founder, Domo Genesis is no exception.
Its a relentlessly groovy track with driving bass line and rolling keyboard stabs. A instant chorus ear worm is the icing on the cake. To be honest I was hooked from the moment I heard that rolling Rhodes groove and immediately added it to all my playlists. But don’t take it from me. Pick your preferred streaming poison from Youtube above or Spotify below. Soundcloud apparently didn’t get invited to this party.
Sticking with the vapour instrumental beats we kicked off last week with Vanilla. It just seems to be the perfect kind of relaxed sounds for the closing in weather and suddenly darker evenings.
‘night on the beach’ is a beat from bandcamp lurker bsd.u that just cools everything down. It’s actually using the same sample which Vanilla re-purposed in ‘Arrow’ from his recent release Origin. bsd.u takes it a different way and brings it right down. Beaut.
So a chap called Paul collaborated with a Mr. West and talented lady called Rihanna. Quite the Internet busting collaboration. To be honest I have not really heard the song because it can’t be streamed. YouTube seems to be doing a good job at taking down unauthorised posts. Lido and Brasstracks did an amazing remix/cover using Rihanna’s vocals but that disappeared from Soundcloud almost before I had managed to get to the end. Brutial
Thankfully its back with the vocals and samples stripped out and its all the better for it. Its now a huge gospel influenced number with blazing brass, buildups and some organ riffs to die for. Superb cover. McCartney does have a knack for writing a good song and the Lido/BrassTracks combo only improves on that songwriting. How about that guitar line at 2 mins 50? Insane!
It seems frankly quite ridiculous that we have not posted a Tom Misch track at all on the blog. Massive oversight that has to be rectified. In fact it shall be rectified right bloody now.
Tom is a beats guy. Influenced by jazz, soul, funk and hip hop. A typical Dilla maniac. You know the story. However that really doesn’t do his music justice. His Beat Tape 1 album is wonderful but as you can hear from the above track ‘Memory’ there is a lot more going on.
I absolutely love the textures and layering in this track. There is deep groove and something really clever about how everything shifts around the never wavering steel pan line. Really brings Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians to my mind. Particularly the way Reich uses the Marimba in Section III A … or maybe thats just me! The unusual match of typically tropical steel pans with mournful sustained strings is not a combination you hear that often. Especially in this context. Something different is going on here and I’m really excited to hear where it goes next.
We first came across Shy Girls in a mixtape put together by Saint Pepsi. As ever, we have much to thank Saint Pepsi for and not just for introducing us to this collection of ’90’s-esque R&B come 80s influenced slow jams.
Second Heartbeat is a beautiful track rich with beguiling vocals and crisp beats. For me the most beautiful part of this track is the countermelody which sounds like a vocal sample transformed into an other worldly er-hu. How ever its made it is these little details that have made me fall in love with Shy Girls.
In case you were wondering the track Saint Pepsi played was ‘Voyeur’s Gaze’. It puts the slow back into slow jam and has the most deliciously lazy keyboard riff you’ve ever heard. Its perhaps better than Second Heartbeat but its only on Spotify. Soundcloud, you have failed me. Just license your content soundcloud. Sort yourself out, yeah?