New to the Library: “Jasmine (Demo)” Jai Paul really feel weird doing a “New to the Library” on a track that I got over a year ago…but! life is wild and I am majorly ?blog-logged? Not sure if that’s gonna fly, but either way I have a lot of old shit to sift through…Which brings us to the beloved “Jasmine (Demo)” by Jai Paul.

This song has grown near and dear to my heart, first but not least, because I got it just a wee bit before our larger-than-life Prince passed away. During those first few months I really clung to this song in a “the spirit of Prince will live on” sort of way. At first I thought it was because of Jai Paul’s lean towards breathy falsetto, but I’m realizing that there are a lot more elements that scream Purple Rain & 1999 era Prince. In an interview with Pitchfork, Caribou describes how there are sounds that sort of fly at you out of nowhere and how those sonic surprises make the track invigorating and singular. I also think there is a sort of melancholy that winds through the thumpy bass, noodly guitar, and lilted journey of Jai Paul’s vocal range. If you’re on the fence at first, give it another five listens–trust me you’ll be hooked.


Saudade Slayage: 9.5/10

New to the Library: “Jasmine (Demo)” Jai Paul

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

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.


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