After a phenomenal 2017, Childish Gambino only seems to be turning it up another notch. Returning with the half tribal-folk half trap inspired “This Is America” Donald Glover continues to push the envelope, loose lyrics -and some startling similar Young Thug style adlibs (perhaps Thug lent some background vocals)- over a harsh bass heavy beat follow chants and a lighthearted guitar melody, switching so abruptly he warns the listener ‘don’t catch you slippin'”. A unique combination of his previous sonic endeavors on “Because The Internet” and the Grammy nominated “Awaken, My Love!”. Watch the just as startling visuals below.
Arctic Monkeys’ new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, will be available to listeners by the 11th May 2018. This will be the English indie rock band’s sixth studio album and will be released through the Domino Recording Company. The band’s frontman, Alex Turner, admitted that the album features a great deal of piano as he was gifted a Steinway Vertegrand for his 30th birthday. The frontman was quoted saying: “It’s got more chords. And space shit.” According to some, Turner’s style has developed from snappy yap into smooth croon in the upcoming album.
In addition to the announcement, the band released a teaser trailer and the dates for their world tour. Tickets have been available since April 13th and the band will kick off the tour in San Diego on the 2nd of May.
Hip Hop heavy weight J. Cole returns with a surprise album, announced only days before it’s release the Roc Nation star details a serious analysis of addiction and society. “KOD” as Cole states stands for Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed, and Kill Our Demons, all topics covered in great detail on this latest LP. Avoiding condemnation of the younger generation Cole ops to analyze his own short comings and flaws as a way to compare to a generation heavily linked to addiction of physical substances. Infidelity, stardom, and money are Cole’s non-tangible substances all distracting us from the strongest drug of them all “Love” as the intro states. Cole’s stance on money is less indulgent and more introspective and philosophical the video for “ATM” is a satire on greed and “BRACKETS” is a detailed discovery of our unwanted, or unknown, participation in a corrupt system that is purposely stacked up against people who look like Cole, and ironically the more money our rare stars receive the more they pay back to this corrupt system by default.
“Kevin’s Heart” is a heartfelt confessional on infidelity, a staple in current music it seems following “Lemonade” and “4:44”, the more we have insight into star’s lives the more we are intrigued and unfortunately entertained when personal situations go off track. “Once An Addict” hosts a thought provoking intro “sometimes I think pain is just a lack of understanding, if we could only understand it all would we feel no pain? God must feel no pain. Only joy.. does this mean even our suffering pleases him?” an answer to the heavy philosophical life question to why God allows suffering. “Kids On Drugs” is much more than speaking on today’s Xanax addiction Cole detail’s his mothers addiction, his addiction, and more importantly the root causes of addiction as opposed to solely condemning actions.
Production on KOD is his most concise and solid to date, previously “4 Your Eyez Only” was on point but too somber for most fans. Lyrically Cole proves why he is this era’s Nas, flawlessly switching to modern flows but injecting content and punchlines in a style that regularly lacks what was once considered standard, no filler and no over-used or reused subject matter even as most fall under the same umbrella Cole attacks his concept from ever appropriate angle. “1985 intro to ‘The Fall Off'” concludes the project, somewhat of a diss track Cole gives advice to young artists that have no respect for history and shun the knowledge of the older acts in their genre. “KOD” is a clear example of an artist’s growth and how with each effort one can still mange to sharpen their craft.
The Third Man Rocker released his third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach’, on March 23rd this year. The full-length album consists of 13 tracks and is a follow-up to 2014’s Lazaretto. The artist initially started with the album in Tennessee, but eventually recorded and produced in well-known studios; Sear Sound, New York, Capitol, Los Angeles and his own studio in Nashville.
White recruited a whole new group of musicians and also finally gave and started using Pro Tools during sessions.
Session musicians included;
Drummers: Louis Cato, Daru Jones, and Carla Azar
Bassists: Charlotte Kemp Muhl and NeonPhoenix
Synth players: DJ Harrison and Anthony “Brew” Brewster
Keyboardists: Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary
Percussionists: Bobby Allende and Justin Poree
Some of the songs on the album date back many years. “Ice Station Zebra” was originally written for a collaborative album with JAY-Z and “Over and Over and Over” for The White Stripes. “Connected By Love” and “Corporation” also fall under the early singles of White’s new album.
White forges elements of hip-hop, country, jazz, electronic music, gospel, high-voltage blues, cross-pollinated rock, and robo and psychedelic funk into his tracks. It is an invigorating album, a definite must-listen. Some may even describe it as wack, but after two decades of committing himself to vinyl, the possibilities for Jack White seem endless.