Oasis has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I really wish the Gallagher brothers would reconcile so I could see the band live. Their music was revolutionary and captivating for so many people. The band’s album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” is constantly on repeat as I go about my day. My favorite track from the record has got to be “Hey Now!” with its loud guitars and Liam’s catchy lyrics. Check it out.
I finally checked out Oddisee’s “Alwasta” EP and it is better than expected. The album features that laidback sound that he has become known for. “Slow Groove” is one of the best tracks from the EP with its piano riff and Oddisee’s poignant flow over it. Check it out.
I used to a be a big proponent of true hip hop and everything it stands for but over the past few years I have learned to be more open to the different variations in hip hop. Atlanta seems to be the brewing grounds for the new school rappers who are making waves in the rap game. 21 Savage is one of those rappers with his deep and gravelly voice. His music tends to veer on the dark side and is quite gritty.
21 Savage and producer Metro Boomin recently released the EP “Savage Mode” which features the song “No Heart” which features 21 Savage rapping about fake people pretending they tough. Check it out.
With fall in full swing, I figured it is time to compile a list of some songs I go to when the autumn season arrives. Check it out.
10. Bon Iver: Skinny Love
9. Simon & Garfunkel: Homeward Bound
8. The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt
7. Maxwell: Lifetime
6. American Football: Never Meant
5. Into It. Over It- Where Your Night Often Ends
4. Slum Village: Fall in Love
3. Moving Mountains: 8105
2. Bilal: Reminisce feat. Common & Mos Def
- Peter Bjorn & John: Up Against the Wall
I have never really been of fan of 2 Chainz but I am feeling this new song “Good Drank”. The beat is fire and Quavo delivers on the hook and really goes in with a memorable line “Taking babies/No Harambe”. Check it out.
Quavo has been really delivering on features lately. He has bounced around from Young Thug to 2 Chainz and has provided some memorable verses. “Want Her” has Quavo on the hook and the song really is the standout on DJ Mustard’s “Cold Summer” album. Check it out.
Blood Orange’s “Freetown Sound” is one of the best albums of the year. It features many amazing female vocalists that truly make the album a rewarding listening experience. “Best To You” is the best track on the album that features Empress Of, who has such a beautiful voice that completely enfolds the track. The song has a world beat feel with its use of a xylophone and drum beats. Check it out above.
I just finished watching this live performance of Common with a backing band at the White House. The performance was sponsored by NPR Music Tiny Desk and it is an outstanding showcase for Common’s lyrical skills and the jazzy sound from the backing band. Common raps three new songs in anticipation of his forthcoming album “Black America Again”. Check it out.
Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” is one of my favorite albums of the year. It has a variety of different sounds that makes this record impossible to stop listening to over and over again. The guitar work on the record is also something to behold which is evident on track “Present Tense”. Check it out.