For the new year I will be attempting to document some (as much as realistically possible) of the new music that was released each week that I was interested in hearing. Some weeks will be more stacked than others, therefore the length of these articles will vary. Obviously the lists are very catered to my tastes but I hope this can open up some dialogue between readers and myself through the year as to what you’ve been listening to and broadening each others’ horizons.
SINGLES & LOOSIES
Future – Life Is Good (feat. Drake)
I think I must be misunderstanding the whole idea of featuring an artist on your track because this is just two completely different songs stuck together with a pretend beat switch in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, both tracks are very much listenable but I can’t believe that there was any collaboration between the two until they met to shoot the incredibly memeable video.
070 Shake – Guilty Conscience
Still not totally sure what her style is but just as I loved “Morrow” last year, this track is also really solid one. This one’s an 80s synthy-ballad, smothered in reverb and subtle 808 drums. It’s a real earworm even though 070 Shake’s vocals are still just passable and a bit nondescript.
Alicia Keys – Underdog
It’s god awful cheesy motivational pop music with the blandest acoustic guitar instrumental imaginable. Alicia, please, you’re better than this.
Carnage – Hella Neck (feat. Tyga, Shoreline Mafia & Takeoff)
The instrumental sounds like something between a budget Lex Luger Flockaveli cut and a Migos bonus track. The verses are so forgettable I had to double check just how many people were on the track. Tyga’s smooth but samey flow is really the only thing this track has vaguely going for it.
ALBUMS & EPs
Selena Gomez – Rare
Rare is pure unadulterated pop music. At different points it’s toxic, danceable and just slightly vulnerable. From first listens, there are absolutely some duds; I would personally have shortened it to a strong EP, removing some of the filler. However, I can see some of the tracks here having single potential and excellent replay value in many mood playlists.
Top tracks (so far): Dance Again, People You Know, Crowded Room (feat. 6LACK)
Mick Jenkins – The Circus
The Circus is a short 7-track EP from an artist, Mick Jenkins, who I have not really liked anything since he released The Water[s] back in 2014. This EP feels like we’re getting back to some of the snap, conceptualisation and smoothness featured on that album, but it tails off pretty hard even for a short collection. However, I think that the first two tracks will be in my rotation for a while to come.
Top tracks (so far): Same Ol, Carefree