Julianna Barwick: “One Half”
Nepenthe is out August 20 via Dead Oceans.
I don’t know what it is that makes this my favorite track off Kanye West’s newly leaked album, Yeezus: the Ponderosa Twins Plus One sample, the Brenda Lee “uh-huh, honey” drop? Kanye’s impassioned delivery? Or is it the general soulfulness of “Bound 2”? Being the final cut off Yeezus, this song has a particular purpose. But what’s ironic about “Bound 2” being the closer is that it sounds very little like the rest of the album. Surrounded by an avant-garde, film noir-esque collection of hip-hop, Yeezus’ closer serves as a brightly colored celebration of sorts (“This that red cup all on the lawn shit / Got a fresh cut straight out the salon, bitch”). I guess things aren’t so dark for Kanye, at least not on “Bound 2.” Hell, he even drops a little sweet nothing, albeit an obscenity-laden one: “One good girl is worth a thousand bitches.” The track itself seems to be a thinly veiled self-analysis on ‘Ye’s grandiosity, but in a way that joyfully screams, “Here we go again.”
Fat Tony: “Hood Party”
Best of 2013 (HALFTIME)
I usually wait until late June to do this, but with everyone else posting theirs, I might as well do the same. (I’m terrible with peer pressure.) Here are some of OTIOBR’s favorite albums and songs of the first half of 2013.
(NOTE: These are in no particular order.)
Lone: “Airglow Fires”
UK producer Lone has been tinkering with further titillating the new rave sound, especially with his last album, 2012’s wonderful Galaxy Garden. On July 9th, R&S is set to drop Lone’s newest single, “Airglow Fires,” and it’s something special. Stressing on minimalism, Lone strikes on new iron with this one, and through those J-Dilla samples and jumpy synths, “Airglow Fires” shines.
Nmesh: “A Face Without Eyes”
Glass Candy: “Warm In The Winter”
Le1f: “Spa Day”
Big Baby Gandhi + Yuri Beats: America Eats It Babies
Even though BBG quit the game earlier this year, he’s been (thankfully) dropping some unreleased material since then. Though still no word on the debut full-length that was promised late last year, BBG has been keeping our ears busy (and excited) with previously unheard cuts. Today Nafis dropped his collaborative EP with producer Yuri Beats, and it’s a gem, y’all. Listen and download America Eats Its Babies below:
Kool A.D. + Kassa Overall: Peaceful Solutions
Longtime collaborators Kool A.D. and Kassa Overall have come together on a wonderful new mixtape that blends their respective styles seamlessly. From Kool A.D.’s blunted and Bay Area-influenced delivery, to Kassa’s boom-bap New York demeanor, this album showcases a melting pot of hip-hop ideals.
Don’t believe me? Take Kool A.D.’s word for it:
KOOL & KASS ARE PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS, A SYNCRETIC SUPERSOUL THAT HARNESSES THE MAGNANIMITY OF THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS THROUGH RAPS THAT MERELY SOUND LIKE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE BUT ARE IN FACT BOTH ASTRAL AND SOUTHERN HEMISPHERIC IN SPIRIT AND RHYTHMIC NATURE
Download/Stream Peaceful Solutions via Bandcamp.