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Song of the Day #172: L$D

A$AP Rocky – L$D

This is a single from Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky’s second full-length album release, and one of my favorite songs that he has recorded. It’s unusually striking for a rap music video, being a psychedelic interpretation of Tokyo set atop a lackadaisical rhythm that is devoid of actual rapping. For the first time that I’ve heard, A$AP Rocky sings on the entire song. There are no hooks, and no guest features on this song, which is refreshing.

The album that this song comes from goes back to A$AP Rocky’s original roots of making music that is not radio friendly. There’s a noticeable lack of catchy, simple and upbeat songs which the mainstream loves. It’s good to see someone be at the top of their game and reject artistic compromises to increase the commercial potential of album sales (Kendrick Lamar has smartly done the same thing with his last album, To Pimp a Butterfly). The production on this album is tremendous, and the best I’ve heard from an A$AP release: it’s as heavy and hazy as his original 2011 mixtape, with glittery synths, slow rhythms, and and glitchy samples. Overall a very good album that I will enjoy continuing to listen to. It joins the other amazing albums within the hip hop universe that have been released in 2015.

As a side note, this music video was co-directed by A$AP Rocky.

Check out A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP on Spotify

Published on May 27, 2015
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Song of the Day #169: Sweet Madelene

Bright Light Social Hour – Sweet Madelene

Space Is Still the PlaceI discovered this Texas-based psychedelic rock band recently and have been enjoying their second album, titled Space Is Still the Place, quite a bit. It has a bluesy, multi-layered rock sound which is like a more tripped-out Black Keys or Tame Impala.

Lyrics on this album are often difficult to decipher, and voices of the bands’ two singers meld into many of the songs on this album like another instrument. But in the end, all of these layers add up to create a wonderful dream-like atmosphere more than something muddy or incomprehensible.

Check out Bright Light Social Hour’s Space Is Still the Place on Spotify

Published on April 3, 2015
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Song of the Day #167: Thieves in the Night

Black Star – Thieves in the Night

On the surface, the meaning of this song seems obvious, but read the lyrics and you will find otherwise: “Hidin’ like thieves in the night from life, Illusions of oasis makin’ you look twice.”

Thuggin @ NASABlack Star is a musical project of Talib Kweli and and Mos Def, centered around a social movement within the African-American community in New York City. Inspired by Marcus Garvey, Black Star is a member of Native Tongues, along with A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, and others. Unlike a lot of hip hop, the lyrics to their music are important and worth reading.

I played this on Saturday at NASA, the entire playlist for that show is available here: Thuggin’ Playlist. It was an amazing event, that I did along with Jovian and PLGRM, who provided incredible live visuals.

Recently I’ve had more interest in hosting thematic events. Like approaching mixtape projects, I find that creating boundaries forces me to do more preparation and carefully curate an experience for the night, rather than allow it to go anywhere. We have hours of footage and I will post the final edited version here in the upcoming weeks.

This most recent event was themed similarly to a mixtape that I recorded years ago called Marked 4 Death, which is available here.

Check out Black Star on Spotify

Published on February 10, 2015
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Song of the Day #166: Boys Latin

Panda Bear – Boys Latin

I didn’t know about Panda Bear until he was heavily featured on Doin’ It Right, the #2 single on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories from the summer of 2013. Dubbed an experimental musician specializing in “neo-psychedelia”, he is a founder of the band called Animal Collective. Very interesting music video that captures the ethereal quality of his music production style.

This Thursday we are hosting a listening party for the latest Panda Bear album, which (aside from this song) I have not heard.

Check out Panda Bear on Spotify or Wikipedia.

Published on January 27, 2015