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

https://images.genius.com/1e65022a89546a09baad6a2354aa3659.1000x1000x1.jpgI 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.

5/5

Saudade Slayage: 9.5/10

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

New to the Library: “Rill Rill” Sleigh Bells

https://i1.wp.com/static.stereogum.com/uploads/2011/01/sleigh-bells-rill-video1.jpgEver wonder what that chick in A Perfect Circle’s video for “The Outsider” was doing before she qualified to join up with the Bikini Bandits? Imagine no longer; I present to you the video for “Rill Rill.” lalalala

Alexis Krauss’ vocals are reminiscent of Sharon Costanzo of Len (don’t know who the fuck Len is?…remember “Steal My Sunshine”? …yah that one). I just really needed to put that out there. Let’s move on…

This song is extra chilly. It never really -goes- anywhere, it just floats through. And then keeps floating through your mind. Remember that scene from High Fidelity where John Cusack’s character throws on “Dry the Rain” by The Beta Band and everyone just grooves? This could just slide right in it’s place. I’m making no statements here about equality of quality, but it definitely fits that same VIBE. So if you’re looking to add to your chill zone, give this track a whirl.

3.5/5

New to the Library: “Rill Rill” Sleigh Bells

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: “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: “F Q-C # 7” Willow

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This girl’s voice is BIG. I’ve been curious about what power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s kids were going to do, if anything; and I haven’t been super thrilled with Jaden’s creative output. And I can’t even say that I’m hooked on Willow’s music forever, but -her voice- just commands that you listen.

The little xylo/marimba riff that runs through the track gives it a light, almost playful quality that makes a fluffy little bed for those belted moments to pierce through. There are also weird synth elements that add a sprinkle of 80’s-tropical-pop to the mix.

I’m not sure that Willow is reaching her full potential here, but it definitely makes me curious about what’s to come from her-music or otherwise.

3.5/5

New to the Library: “F Q-C # 7” Willow