Second installment of First Impression Fridays where I give my thoughts on some new music that has dropped in the past week. This week was a really good one in terms of quantity; really refreshing after the sparse first few months of 2019.
SINGLES & LOOSIES
DVSN – A Muse
This is the third (and I would think maybe final) single from DVSN’s upcoming album and unfortunately the only one so far I’ve liked any aspect of. Most of my interest for “A Muse” comes from the beat which features an inventive Dead Presidents sample flip and some truly fat bass guitars layered onto some 808 drums. The vocals are honestly forgettable but not awful like the first two singles.
Smokepurpp – What I Please (feat. Denzel Curry)
“What I Please” is a straight-up ignorant trap song featuring silly similes and dumb double entendres throughout. It’s not trying to be deep or meaningful and both Smokepurpp and Denzel’s energy levels are high throughout, complementing the bouncy and eery trap beat.
Mac Miller – Circles
Circles is the posthumous album that Mac Miller was working on as a sequel to his last album Swimming at the time of this death. Finished by legendary producer Jon Brion, it’s lush, layered and somewhat summery production fits into a vibe of the Beatles or softer Rolling Stones tracks and Mac seems much more upbeat than on Swimming. It’s fitting that the album makes it seem as though Mac is at piece with whatever may have come next in his life, regardless of hindsight.
Top tracks (so far): Circles, Blue World, That’s On Me
Eminem – Music to be Murdered By
A new surprise release from Eminem and I was really intrigued given his last two albums, Revival and Kamikaze have been shaky at best. Music to be Murdered By features much more collaborations with his typical camp such as Dr. Dre, Mr. Porter and Royce Da 5’9”. It features much less corniness than on the previous two albums while roughly sticking to a horrorcore theme which Eminem has often struggled with. Overall I came away from this album with a much happier mindset of Eminem’s ability to craft songs and albums, even if his rapping ability was never really in doubt.
Top tracks (so far): Yah Yah (feat. Royce Da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip & Denaun), Never Love Again, Little Engine
070 Shake – Modus Vivendi
Having absolutely loved “Guilty Conscience” as a single last week, I was happy to see 070 Shake finally release her album Modus Vivendi this week. The album production-wise is huge in scope with wailing guitars, languid string sections and cavernous vocal reverb lathered all over it. Her vocals are often ethereal in nature and her song concepts hard to work out at first glance. This is the only problem I have with the album. It’s replay value aside from the singles and “The Pines” is just not there for me, although I appreciate the artistic input and attempts.
Top tracks (so far): Morrow, The Pines, Guilty Conscience
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut
Here we have the deluxe edition (essentially a whole new album) by the Dreamville label and their collaborators. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of so many people on tracks in the first release and it still doesn’t really work here, with some tracks being clearly stronger than others. Nevertheless, just like the first installment, the strong tracks here are really strong and possess some great replay value and possible insight into some new artists to check out.
Top tracks (so far): Big Black Truck (feat. JID), Up Up Away (feat. JID, Earthgang & Vince Staples), Still Dreamin (feat. JID, Lute, 6LACK)