New to the Library: “Shutterbugg” Big Boi

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This song doesn’t have a ton of bite, but I’d argue that’s intentional. To me, this is a cruisin’ jam. It’s perfect background for rollin’ around in late Spring with the windows down, breeze in your face, no cares in the world. Those types of songs -shouldn’t- have bite.

So I’m stoked I got this now and look forward to a chilly-chill Springtime with this track.

3.5/5

New to the Library: “Shutterbugg” Big Boi

New to the Library: “Scum, Rise!” Protomartyr

https://hardlyart-production-image.s3.amazonaws.com/asset/productable_images/attachments/000/000/141/square_620/protomartyr-lp1.jpg?1459899002Back in 2014, when the world seemed a smidge less shitty than now, Under Color of Official Right was a “must hear” album. Now that I have finally un-wish-listed this track with der monies, I will say, “This is nice.”

The music has a little flare of rah-rah garage punk-like rock ala hey-day The Strokes. All in all, I think the post-punk label is probably pretty accurate. The song definitely has grit and the chorus of “scUUUm, rIIIse” definitely gets the blood flowing. If you’re looking for some extra umph in your angry-cleaning playlist, this might fit the bill.

4/5

New to the Library: “Scum, Rise!” Protomartyr

New to the Library: “Loodi” Shenseea ft. Vybz Kartel

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iTunes has this listed as Reggae, buuut I feel like I found this on YouTube learning more about dancehall. For all two of you who read my blog, yes, I am on a kick. It’s because I’m looking to diversify my ass-shakin’ section of my library and dancehall is squarely where it’s at. Like, if there was a club that was just dancehall and reggeaton I would be there every night.

Onwards, I don’t find Shenseea to be elite in the genre, but she is -consistent- …which is important sometimes. This is a bouncy little track that I enjoy.

3.5/5

New to the Library: “Loodi” Shenseea ft. Vybz Kartel

New to the Library: FKA Twigs: EP2

https://i2.wp.com/theyoungturks.co.uk/images/uploads/releases/FKA_Twigs_approved.jpgEP2‘s opener “How’s That,” rhythmically, seems to be picking up where EP1 left off. Almost like an epilogue to that moment in time. While echoing the songs of past EP, it draws us down the path into a much more sensual place, very different from the bitterness and anger of EP1.

Papi Pacify” lurks in the dark. The video is dripping in sensuality. I also really love the almost back-looped sounding strings toward the end.

If I were to make a non-sexy bathtime playlist, I think “Water Me” would definitely make the cut. Not because of…you know water…but it’s just very chill and almost cleansing feeling.

On the flip side, if I was making a SEXY playlist…”Ultraviolet”‘s gotta be on there. And really, all of these tracks are sort of like making-out-while-high-AF distilled.

EP: 4/5

Black Girl Magic: We go to eleven.

New to the Library: FKA Twigs: EP2

New to the Library: “Swalla” Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

 

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This video has juicy production. The backup choreography is really rockin. The rest is just candy and sex. But it’s cute.

I really enjoy this songs dancehall-lite beats. And of course it’s catchy as hell; but the flip side is that it is another ignorable/forgettable club banger. I will absolutely shake my ass to this song every time, but it feels…empty.

The “drank”s are like the rainbows and sunshine opposite of the “drank”s in “Swimming Pools (Drank)” by Kendrick Lamar. Jason Derulo’s falsetto is not beautiful. Which, if we’re being honest, doesn’t have to be if he keeps that top off. X D But, I just want my falsetto dreams to be of higher caliber. I actually think that Ty Dolla $ign might have been the star of this one–kinda sad considering Nicki’s once GIANT presence in whatever she did. Her voice still has that quality that pounds through, so my ears perk when her verse starts; but her lyrics have lost the bite that they used to have. At least on this one…

This was a good catch for my dance time, but it really isn’t phenomenal.

2.5/5

New to the Library: “Swalla” Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

New to the Library: “Imo” SBTRKT

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This track is glossy electronic. All the sounds are crystal and exactly where they should be, when they should be. It’s like if Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstopper machine made electronica instead of, you know, Gobstoppers.

I’m pretty excited about all of the tracks from this compilation, but I knew SBTRKT wouldn’t disappoint as a first buy…So hopefully, someday I’ll get the chance to do a full album review. : D

4/5

New to the Library: “Imo” SBTRKT