On Repeat: “BTSTU” Jai Paul

https://i1.wp.com/www.localsuicide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Jai-Paul-debut-album-white-background.pngThis song is so damn hypnotic. I considered not giving it a second shout out, since I’ve already reviewed it as new music–which, itself, was really just a redirect to the awesome Pfork review. BUT. It is really that fucking good.

I was already in love with it when I decided to make the purchase, and it has really blossomed into a steady obsession and is in the regular “pretend I’m a rock star in the shower” rotation. It has this slurry dubstep bass that just pulls at the raw part in my soul. This alone is enough to suck me into the jam time and again, but on top of that it has this beautiful sonic counterpoint of his soft, angelic melody floating through the verses–so that just as you are about to drift off into some falsetto induced reverie, you get hit with this deep, sludgy pounding that wakes you right the fuck up.

It really is a magic track. If you STILL haven’t listened, please. do. You won’t regret it, I promise. : D

5/5

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On Repeat: “BTSTU” Jai Paul

March Mash-Up: On Repeat: “I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen) (UK Release)” Eagles of Death Metal & “Fader” Temper Trap

March Obsessions was a double header. But unbeknownst to me, there would be another treasure for this blogpost. You see I have had this *totally legal ahem* copy of “I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)” by Eagles of Death Metal for like probably 10-15 years…it’s the only version I’ve ever known. When I sat down to write this post I went “Aha! There is a music video; how neat!” But…the music on the music video was different. I chocked it up to creating the video aesthetic, but my brain couldn’t let it go…why was it so different? All over YouTubes all the versions were this video version, which was distinctly NOT the version I had. After slaving through the interwebs, I found it–what I had was the UK version.

https://images.genius.com/7dbfd4b44c656c0aa319b5ec4d40b1a4.360x360x1.jpgSo onwards. This jam is downright grimy. If your task was to take the griminess of being an old-ass dude trying to/succeeding at getting with a barely-legal lady and turning it into music, and this is what you came up with–go ahead and call it a win.

But pedal effects aside, Jesse Hughes’ vocal style on this particular track…they way he half mumbles lyrics and then jumps suddenly into a confident yelp…it’s perfect. It’s the push and pull of tempered desire.

If I’m gonna be completely honest here, I like the UK version better. Sure, the US release it much cleaner sounding, but I would argue that in the process it loses some of its grit.

https://cbskroq2.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/tempertrap-fader.jpg?w=420And so apparently March was a strange, strange month for me because tied for overkill is “Fader” by Temper Trap. Temper Trap’s release Conditions as whole and this subsequent video for “Fader” just screams 2006-2009 in a way that, I think, only people in their youuuthz of that time can deeply understand. Arguably this is an exemplar of the infectious bittersweet alt-pop-rock that just pounds through your head because not-catchy is not an option ala The Killers, Passion Pit, MetroStation, Shiny Toy Guns, Matt and Kim, etc.

Really, the thing that makes this song and all their songs is Dougy Mandagi’s goddamn beautiful voice. The music is, as stated before, catchy as heck…but this band would’ve gone from my memory long ago if not for his siren voice. I really do mean siren, because lord knows I would not keep listening to this saccharine pop rock if not for him lulling me into submission. That’s it. This whole song obsession is just Dougy Mandagi’s vocals. Doesn’t mean it’s not worth it though! *sigh*

 

March Mash-Up: On Repeat: “I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen) (UK Release)” Eagles of Death Metal & “Fader” Temper Trap

New to the Library: “BTSTU” Jai Paul

Image result for btstuIf you’re looking for a thoughtful, professional assessment, check here.
To be honest, I don’t have much else to add that hasn’t already been said by big, bad Pfork. What I can say is that Jai Paul makes me feel like I’m listening to mid-80’s Prince. His songs are always edgy AND sexy.
I sort of played out “Jasmine,” so I’m real stoked to have a new Jai Paul jam to grind through my big headphones and just melt into that dirty bass. Maybe my drunk dancing days aren’t over yet; maybe his songs will give me new life.
4/5
New to the Library: “BTSTU” Jai Paul

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: “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://i1.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