McCombs delivers a thoughtfully hazy driving track with the lead off track to Mangy Love. That guitar just sticks with you long after the lyrics blend into the background. [3.5/5]
The Japanese company Roland is giving its iconic drum machine a reboot as the TR-09. The were only 10,000 of the original TR-909s ever produced by Roland but the drum machines distinctive sound became sought after due to the rise of techno, acid and house music.
For the first pick in the desert island jukebox i’m recommending Wilson Pickett’s cover of Hey Joe. Most people are familiar with Jimi Hendrix’s iconic version. But Pickett’s vocal performance on this track is chilling in its own right. Check it out.
Prince Buster passed away in a hospital in Miami after experiencing heart problems. Buster had suffered from strokes in his later years, one in 2009 left him unable to walk again.
Prince Buster was a godfather of both ska, and rocksteady and his early recordings laid the groundwork for what would become reggae. Buster’s impact on both the Jamaican musical landscape and World music in general cannot be overstated.
Travis $cott’s long overdue sophomore album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight features the top notch production from something you would expect with his name on it. Unfortunately though where Scott soars as a producer, he’s forgettable, at best, as an MC. Continue reading “Travis $cott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
Dan Deacon returns with the upbeat, hopeful dance track Change Your Life (You Can Do It). Deacon walks a tightrope between inspired and kitschy here, without ever falling head first in either direction. [3.5/5] Continue reading “Dan Deacon – Change Your Life”
Perfect Illusion is Lady Gaga’s first track since her acting hiatus that led her to star in Ryan Murphy’s FX drama American Horror Story. Continue reading “Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion”
Isaiah Rashad first landed on the scene in 2014 with the Cilvia Demo EP. With Top Dawg Entertainment hype in full swing, following the coronation of Kendrick Lamar as this generation’s hip hop GOAT, expectations were high for the Tennessee native who was seemingly the next star on the rise for the label. Continue reading “Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade”
Bobby Schmurda went from being the hottest rising star in hip hop to locked up facing 25 years in prison all in less than a year. Last week Schmurda agreed to a deal that would have him out of prison in five year, three and half on good behavior. Continue reading “Bobby Shmurda given 7 years”
2016 is more than halfway over and what better way to launch a blog dedicated to music than to do a quick survey of the land. I haven’t heard everything, I’d like to, so if your favorite project is nowhere to be seen it might not have been snubbed, or it might have been, let me know. These are 20 of the songs that have gotten heavy rotation throughout my year so far, not ranked. So without further ado here is my 20 Best Songs of 2016… So Far. Continue reading “Best of 2016… So Far”
Regina Spektor delivers, from my memory at least, her most beautifully sad track ever with Black and White. While it may lack the trademark wit or humor that people associate with Spektor it doesn’t disappoint by any means. [4/5] Continue reading “Regina Spektor – Black and White”