The band sounds gracious yet geared from the get-go, crafting a band anthem in “Family Tree” replete with reggaetón, record scratches and some swaggering horns. This is the band’s “Bad Company,” a title track resonating with more happiness and horns than Bad Company.
But from first listening to Sol Seed's Grown Deep, it was easy to see the name of the game in reggae involves the exposure of real life social situations in popular musical format. It’s like hip-hop with melody.
These are the ingredients to one of 2017’s most sublime albums, John Mayer’s The Search for Everything. Bake this together and we have some of the best John Mayer since Continuum and a cake metaphor of debatable quality.
No seriously, Donald Glover could confuse a chameleon with how fast he changed colours. One moment, he’s a rapper. The next, he’s making music straight out of a P-Funk playbook on acid funk. So without further ado, welcome to the new Childish Gambino, ladies and gentlemen. From the opening notes of “Me and Your Mama” to the abrupt ending of “Stand Tall,” the artist now formerly known as Gambino charts new spaces in funky places for any intrepid psychonaut wishing …
After teasing for years, after Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim went off as hermits and after Jamie Smith went across the world and back touring the house music scene with his solo debut, In Colour, I wanted to know how Smith’s newfound luscious production would mesh with the trademark minimalism of the xx.
Zero. Nothing. Nada. That’s how much it costs to listen to a nigh-unlimited music streaming service: zilch with a dollar sign. “GET SPOTIFY FREE” blares across the cover photo of the website. Clearly, Spotify appeals to the willingness to pay nothing for unlimited music access. But does this cost truly reflect the value of music? It’s not a secret anymore that if you can’t identify the product, than you are the product. In this information economy, behavioral information still holds …
It’s no secret that genres have been increasingly more muddled as time has gone on: just look at the names. Between underground rap, electropop, and alternative rock, the single word genre hardly seems to exist anymore.