Posts Tagged ‘M.I.A.’

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Some good new music

August 10, 2010

Best Coast - Crazy For You

The new Best Coast record is completely stripped down of the lo-fi production which distinguished the band’s earlier material. This was probably the ultimate way of testing the group’s talent, by leaving it devoid of any studio tricks whatsoever. The result is unfortunately a mixed bag; most of the songs here lack the fire that made the older Best Coast singles so wonderful. Still, there’s some good stuff to be found here, like this one called “Boyfriend.”

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M.I.A. - ///Y/\

As expected, there’s a lot of hubbub over the new M.I.A. album. Lots of people are complaining. Specifically, Pitchfork ripped it a new asshole, saying it was full of mostly failed ideas and half-assed productions. Make no mistake, /\/\/\Y/\ is not a pop album like Arular and Kala were. It’s edgier, darker, more difficult. But it’s still a really good album, at least I think so. All the songs sound really different, and this one is one of my favorites, one of the more accessible songs on the album called “Tell Me Why.” Check it out:

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Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty

You’ve probably already heard that the new Big Boi album kicks ass. Big Boi has stepped up to the plate and released a truly great post-Outkast album. It’s a lot different than what we’re used to from Big Boi, but most every song here is bangin’ (save the dud with Jamie Foxx – no one’s perfect). It’s a great accomplishment not just for Big Boi but also for mainstream hip hop. He knows how to write a hook, and he’s still a lyrical genius. Listen to him prove it on this killer track, “Be Still,” featuring the lovely Janelle Monae.

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Baths - Cerulean

I’m really into this album by L.A. beatmaker Baths, and his album called Cerulean. It’s funky, but it’s also delicate and melodic. Will Wiesenfeld does a lot of playful stuff here; he sings on a lot of tracks, samples Kiki’s Delivery Service and finds cues in ambient and electronic music (like Boards of Canada) just as much as in hip hop. His melodies are very heartfelt, and Cerulean ends up being a very emotional album. Here’s an essential track, “Seaside Town.”

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Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1

I’m a little late on this, but better late than never. Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 made a splash earlier in the year with some really great pop singles and other hidden gems, and now Body Talk Pt. 2 is coming out.  But let’s talk Pt. 1; Robyn knows how to make bright, lively pop music, and Pt. 1 is loaded. Robyn killed it at Pitchfork, and I remember this tune in particular, the sweet “Cry When You Get Older,” which possesses perhaps the ultimate romantic mantra I’ve heard in a long time: “Love hurts when you do it right.”

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Off This Century – My Favorite Albums of 2000-2009

December 25, 2009