My how times have changed. The Dilla era is well over and gone but it’s tracks like Q-Tip’s Things U Do that allow you to have a proper reminiscence of when abstract lyricism was the go to style. Tip in particular though had a specific kick, key and soundscape parallel to none seen moreover on his 1999 album Amplified. Take a listen below.
Sonically, Kelela is near perfect though it’s her intrinsic lyrical prowess to take even the simplest of words and make them sound poetic as if they are a second skin. It’s attractive. Her latest loosie features production from P Morris and additional vocals from Le1f, but it’s Kelela who Michelle Kwan’s on the beat forcing you to feel and relate. OICU follows a legion of other collaborations over the past couple months, stemming from a Kindness feature as well as a must listen with Tink. Listen to her latest below.
Iman Omari has been doing his thing for well over a few years now and he’s just getting better. The collaborations, the production… They’re all so unbelievably lush and refreshing to hear from the ultimate purveyor of smooth, but Wait A Minute is where Omari has seemed to have his aesthetic epiphany. The track is from his already released Samadhi EP; billowy, atmospheric and ridden with confidence about his craft. Don’t sleep on this! Check it below.
(Photo by Emma Le Doyen & Samuel Rixon) Last I’d heard from Ms. Banane, she was professing how she gets pregnant when she sees the apple of her eye, now she’s making proclamations of her freshness and stunting at the Champs-Élysées with partner in crime Waltaa. She wasn’t lying either. In ways Bonnie Banane is far ahead of the pack with her throwback, new wave infused sound (the irony) and her collective appreciation for the nineties. Long story short, the track is hot. I’m tired of all the teasing though. Full length’s are an absolute must in the near future from the addictive chartreuse. Listen below.
From the jump, Pains – the debut record from Silk Rhodes – sounds like a cut straight off a How to Dress Well record with its smooth Motown sound and ethereal bass. It slowly starts to conjure more of a D’Angelo vibe; chill and subdued evoking a sensual emotional depth. Comparisons aside, the track is a must listen as vocalist Sasha Desree’s vocals emit true soul with top notch production from Michael Collins. Did I mention their record cover is a (supposed) sheet of acid? Take a listen below.