New to the Library: “Did I” Kehlani

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Well produced. Well sung. Sassy AF.

3.5/5

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New to the Library: “Did I” Kehlani

New to the Library: “Soy Yo” Bomba Estéreo

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So for starters, I just taught myself how to put an accent over a letter using my keyboard WITHOUT GOOGLE. https://i2.wp.com/i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/011/296/success_baby.jpg

ONWARDS! My husband showed me this video a while back saying that it was “me.” I’m not sure I see it, but I do love this song *heart*

First of all, that flute riff is so fucking addictive and sassy. Also, the lyrics are perfect for those DGAF days. It’s confident, it’s dance-tastic, and I will not be surprised if it ends up being an “On Repeat” regular.

4/5

New to the Library: “Soy Yo” Bomba Estéreo

New to the Library: Aurelio

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I’ve got two new jams from Aurelio’s 2011 album Laru Beya. My goal is to have the whole thing, but for now we’ve got “Lubara Wanwa” featuring Youssou N’Dour and “Yurumei.”

“Lubara Wanwa” has a lot of reggae influences and in some ways reminds me a lot of Manu Chao’s calmer tracks.

“Yurumei” is such a joyful sounding song. It makes me want to dance and sing! The vocal layering gives it a lighthearted, communal vibe. It’s also fun to hear that style translated into the horns.

As a fun fact, in addition to being an awesome musician, Aurelio Martinez was the first black member of the National Congress of Honduras. : )

4/5

New to the Library: Aurelio

New to the Library: “Freedom at 21” Jack White

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Something always keeps me away from non-White Stripes Jack White. I love his voice, I love his songs, but I never quite get around to the “buy” part. So with free iTunes currency in hand, I took the NO RAGRETS dive and committed to grabbing a song from 2012’s Blunderbuss.

The moody, intentional guitar lick helps tie down the anxious percussion layers. The emphasis on “feet” and “police” in the first verse reminds me a lot of Jonathan Davis’ (Korn) vocal embellishments. I don’t think that it’s good or bad, just an amusing connection. Despite being a solo album, this song is particularly White Stripesy in the melody, chords, counterpoints and lyrics. It plays almost like a Stripes B-Side rather than an individual artist going in separate direction from the band.

In a disturbing twist, the song kind of seems to be the protagonist (White?) abusing his S/O because she treats him poorly and then whining about the consequence of her charging him with assault. All under the banner of “she’s got freedom in the 21st century” ala feminism is ruining my misogyny. So, on that note I hope that this is satire against ignorant assholes rather than, you know, Jack White: the pity party auto-biography.

3/5

New to the Library: “Freedom at 21” Jack White

“The Perfect Remedy” SiR

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So chill. Plus it has that 90’s studio guitar thang going on. *sigh* It reminds me a lot of The Weeknd, but without the undertow of apathy. The vocal style reminds me a lot of Sisqo’s ballads. I don’t think this is going to be one of those songs I become addicted to, but it’s a nice addition to the gang.

3.5/5

“The Perfect Remedy” SiR

Rogue One Review *Spoiler*

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I enjoyed this movie in the most conventional sense. It had a plot, there was suspense and there were cheeky jokes.

I make a point to see the Star Wars movies in the theatres, but I’m not a like die-core fan. I legitimately enjoyed The Force Awakens, but this one was a little bit of a miss for me. This series has become much more racially inclusive over the years (and not to kick a dead horse BUT), can we have a POC as a female lead already?? Also, I know that everyone dying makes the plot more interesting but I didn’t WANT them to die! It’s not fair…they tried so hard, they got so far…

It was fun to watch, but to be honest it was more of a Red Box-er. Where I live, ticket prices are super cheap, but I would have been ticked if I had paid $12-15 to see this.

3/5

Rogue One Review *Spoiler*

“Don’t Touch My Hair” Solange ft. Sampha

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I would like to say that I have much respect for Solange and what she is doing with this song and this album. I wish that -this- kind of music and message were part of the in-your-face mainstream when I was growing up. The closest I think I ever came to this kind of message as a yoooth was maybe “Video” by India Arie . I chose the image above because it resonates with my vision of the beauty I want my (hopefully) future children to uphold. One of the few times in my life where I have felt -powerful- was my last school dance in 8th grade when I rocked my big, beautiful, fluffy, tent-like natural hair. And I was CUTE! And I knew it, which is a very rare thing for many women. It felt like such a feat of self-love when not 6 mos before my gaggle of “friends” thought it would be funny to pour water on my bun because I wouldn’t feel it…

If you haven’t had a chance, check out the video for “Don’t Touch My Hair.” It has such stunning visual design, aesthetic and choreography. I am a music video snob and this gets a solid “A” in my book. : D

Now for the song itself. This is such a smooth jam. The horns are perfectly composed and are placed well within the total mix. It’s hard to make horns not drown out everything, especially in such a dreamy tune. Sampha’s voice is addicting as usual. The funk-lite composition throughout all parts gives the song that special swinging quality to keep you listening to the end. I also really love Solange’s voice control and Billie Holiday-esque phrasing in the melody.

Video-song combo: 5/5

Song: 4.5/5

Black Girl Magic: We go to 11.

“Don’t Touch My Hair” Solange ft. Sampha