Alternative r&b

Anderson .Paak – ‘Til It’s Over

More of this, please? I know it’s been a while since this song came out, but I have to share it with everyone that maybe skipped it the first time around (Why would you ever skip an Andersoon .Paak song though?).

The song reminded me on why I became a huge fan of Andersoon .Paak in the first place. His voice has the perfect combination of being raspy and soft at the same time – I honestly can’t think of anyone that even come close to his sound. He has truly found his own lane and wow! – what a lane to have carved for yourself!

I saw Anderson .Paak (and The Free Nationals) live two times, two years ago. It has, hands down, been two of the greatest concerts I have ever been to. He is a true performer because he performs the truth (kinda corny, I know). What I actually mean, is that his presence on stage is so authentic that it has an mesmerizing way of making you step into his world. The world you step into is colorful, honest, but most of all so enjoyable that you don’t ever want to return to your own world which now seems all dull and boring.

When you’re listening to his music, it gives you the exact same feeling. This song teleported me right back to the concerts, and I just surrendered to Anderson Paak, his voice and his world. I believe a good artist makes you listen, but a great artist makes you feel – Anderson Paak is definitely in the latter category.

I hope there is a good balance of upbeat, chill and ‘in-your-feelings’-music on his upcoming project (dropping this summer, maybe?). No matter what, I know that it’s going to be an instant favorite.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Ayahuasca

Not too long ago, Vancouver Sleep Clinic released a short six song EP called Therapy Phase 01. I’ve never heard any of his music before, but it was in the recommended section for me on Google Play Music – so naturally, I had to listen to it.

The first two songs were both really good and I was just enjoying my morning while listening to it. But then the second track finished. And Ayahuasca started playing.

I still didn’t take further notice to the song as I was looking at my phone (social media). It was the perfect background music for scrolling through my Instagram when the music suddenly started to slow down (even slower than it already was). The vocals disappeared, the guitar disappeared, the beat disappeared – but not completely. The song just transitioned into a different sound – “Oh, a beat switch” I thought and I started to pay attention to the song now.

Soon after, I had forgotten about whatever I was doing before as the song slowly began to add different elements and sounds to the beat. The vocals came back with a distorted layer to them, and I was so intrigued by now that I had forgotten about space and time (Okay, a bit exaggerated, perhaps, but something like that) and the song kept on adding layers of sound on the ongoing beat – And then suddenly: silence.

4 seconds of complete silence – and the beat dropped again with added drums. I was in awe – I honestly didn’t know how to react to this. The song kept going – I kept listening. Some humming began and a bit later, the beat transitioned back into the guitar and keyboard as the sole instruments playing in the background while a high-pitch and a low-pitch vocal started singning simultaneously and the song slowly starts to fade out.

As soon as the song finished, I paused it.

I had to take a second to understand and take in everything I had just experienced. I looked at how long the song was – 8 minutes and 28 seconds. I realised that I hadn’t thought about anything outside of this moment. The song went by so fast – but at the same time, I was having this moment and it felt like a lifetime. I looked at the song name and everything just clicked:

Ayahuasca


TL;DR: Just listen to the song!

 

 

 

The Weeknd – Call Out My Name

My Dear Melancholy, a surprise EP from The Weeknd just dropped today!

I did not expect this at all, but what a welcome surprise! When you are as talented as The Weeknd, it’s really hard to do wrong musically and this EP is an excellent example of this. There are only six songs on the EP, but they all hold their own especially if you are a fan of The Weeknd’s earlier material (The mixtapes/Trilogy, Kiss Land).

The opening song quickly became my favorite after the first couple of listens as it has everything I love about The Weekend – A slow tempo, dark sounding beat Abel singing out his frustration and pain over the breakup with Selena Gomez. This theme is a reccuring one throughout the whole EP, but on Call Out My Name, he truly goes all-out and it feels like an one-to-one “transfemotion” [Transfer Emotion] which is a pretty remarkable feat! (There is an ACTUAL description for this phenomenon though: Emotional Contagion)

I will always be a bit biased towards The Weeknd’s older stuff as I absolutely loved House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence and listened to the mixtapes way too much back in the day. Because of this, everytime Abel does anything that even resembles this sound, I can’t help it but love it. This song (and EP) is everything I hoped for and more!

 

Choker – El Dorado

It’s been a while since I posted anything, but I’m currently very busy doing my master thesis in Corporate Communication. This means that I won’t have time to update with new music as much as I would like to – BUT it also means that when I hear something really good, I can’t help myself but to write a piece on it.

I will admit I am kind of late to the party with this one – Choker’s album was released back in May and I can figure why. The dreamy and sweet space sound fits so much better for spring/summer time than autumn, but this doesn’t make me appreciate the work any less. The whole album is still really good and could perhaps become one of my favorites this year! – I’ll need to listen to it for a bit longer before I jump to any conclusions, though.

It was hard for me to pick out a song from the project – I could tell right away that it would be hard, because the whole album flows in a way that almost make you feel bad for listening to a song on its own. It’s not very often I get this feeling from an album, but it witness to how beautiful the album is. The songs are great on their own – but in the context of the album, they are much more touching.

The reason that I did end up choosing El Dorado is simple – It’s one of the most accessible songs on the project. The songs in general don’t have simple structures – this very much reminds me of Frank Ocean (The comparison had to come at one point), but this couldn’t be a bigger compliment. As some may know, Frank Ocean is perhaps my favorite artist (right now at least) and when I read about this comparison, I just had to check Choker out – and it definitely played out better than I ever anticipated.

Choker will be really interesting to follow – what will he do next? He pretty much made this album all by himself – and if this is what he can come up with on his own, I can’t imagine what he can do if he starts collaborating with other greats artists in the industry (Please keep this non-structural format in your songs, though).

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Majid Jordan – My Imagination (feat. DVSN)

I hope everyone is ready for the fall to be taken over by OVO. Both DVSN and Majid Jordan have albums coming out in October – the 14th and 28th respectively and Roy Woods should be dropping his album Say Less as well.

My Imagination was just released as an upcoming single and I have to say it’s one of the best songs Majid Jordan has released. I have to say that I haven’t been the biggest Majid Jordan fan, whereas I love DVSN – but this song combines the best of the two worlds. It’s an upbeat track, but at its core it’s still a sad love song that would be great as one of the last songs being played at the club. And in that way it kinda reminds me of a more upbeat Passionfruit.

When I imagined a Majid Jordan and DVSN song, this it what it would sound like. In that regard, they don’t bring anything new to the table, but that isn’t a bad thing. They both did their thing and they made a really good song that I really like. If the album is of this quality, I can see myself becoming a bigger fan of Majid Jordan than I was before.

Give this one a listen and be prepared to add a new song to your playlist!

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Moses Sumney – Don’t Bother Calling

Google Play Music has done it again. I was just recommended the new album by Moses Sumney called Aromanticism and I guess me listening to Daniel Caesar’s new album has everything to do with it (I just found out, that Moses Sumney did the vocals to a Flume track called Weekend, which is an awesome track that you should check out as well).

I didn’t expect to like this spacy jazzy soul as much as I do, but it really resonates with me for a reason. It’s the perfect music to put on a sunday evening when there isn’t much to do other than chill and relax on the sofa or in your bed.

The dreamy vibes I get from this album is like putting a piece of candy in your mouth, and as soon as it touches your tongue, it just melts and leaves your mouth full of different sweet flavors.

And the song I have chosen is the perfect representation of this. Moses’ voice is a godsend and the falsetto gives of the candy-vibes, but it’s done in a mature way, so I never feel like it becomes too much. If you like Daniel Caesar or Childish Gambino’s song, Flight of the Navigator, you will definitely like this release.

Other streaming services:
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Knox Fortune – No Dancing

Some of you may recognize the name Knox Fortune if you ever listened to Chance The Rapper’s mixtape, Coloring Book. The song was such a happy dance track that you couldn’t possibly sit still.

This time Knox Fortune switches it up a bit. The song is called No Dancing, but I would argue that the song has quite the opposite effect on me. I definitely feel like moving while listening to the song, but only in the last half when the beat hits cause the lyrics tells a totally different story – I love how the song gives off both vibes at the same time.

So if I had to describe the song (and I’m doing just that), I will have to say that it’s a sad dance track (JUKE). One you put on when the party is over and you suddenly remember that special someone you aren’t in touch with anymore. Your body will be moving even with all the tears dripping from your cheeks – so happy Friday to all you sad-dancing people and be sure to check out the rest of Knox Fortune’s album, Paradise (there are happy tracks on there as well).

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Corbin – Giving Up

After a great summer, I’m finally back and ready to make new posts (I know my last post said the same thing basically). Throughout the summer, I haven’t really been motivated or inspired to make new music posts, even though a lot of great music has been released.

This also means that there will be some changes to the structure of the blog. I’ll retire “Nostalgic Monday” for now, but will perhaps return to it later sometime. As a whole, I’ll try to make less restrictions on my self as I it demotivates more than it does good. I can’t guarantee how many post there will be a week, but I’ll try to make as many as I can! And I’ll just take this moment to welcome myself back: HELLO ARIJAN, WELCOME BACK!

With the small update out of the way, let’s get to what really matters – The music!

The summer is pretty much over in Denmark (Did it even start ever?) and therefore it is a given that I show you the best autumn/fall music. With the leaves falling off, and the love-season being over, it’s time to once again shut yourself inside a room with some blankets and put on some moody music. And Corbin will deliver exactly that with his new album, Mourn.

I’ve been listening to the album on repeat ever since he released it, and I can’t recommend it enough if you are looking for some dark/sad vibes to listen to. The whole album is produced by one of my favorite producers, Shlohmo and D33J. If you are familiar with Shlohmo’s previous work, you will feel right at home in the production as it sounds very similar to his Dark Red album.

The two of them created the perfect sound that matches Corbin’s raw sounding voice and even though the result of this combination has a somewhat dark vibe to it, the whole sound just draws you in to this universe that you don’t want to leave once you’re already there.

The three of them are currently on tour, so if you live in the US, I advice you to go check out their show if you like the music.

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Kweku Collins – Oasis2: Maps

Kweku Collins released a new album called grey the other day and it’s pretty dope overall.

Ever since I heard him for the first time on Vanilla Skies, he has been on my radar and now he finally came through with new music.

Kweku got everything going for him – an unique sound, he can both rap and sing, great ear for melodies. I honestly believe he can get big if he plays his cards right and I hope this will help him get some exposure.

So check out the song as well as his album – I bet you will find something worth listening to!

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Blackbear – If I Could I would Feel Nothing

Today, I discovered a new artist! Blackbear released a new album today called Digital Druglord and I really like his sound. It reminds me a bit of 6LACK who I made a post about a while ago.

The production is really the highligt of the album and that counts for this song too. His voice isn’t anything special, but I feel like he puts a lighter spin on the sound that a lot of the OVO artists have as together with 6LACK and The Weeknd (at least his old mixtape sound).

This song is perhaps one of the darkest sounding on the album and I love how he builds up this sad and drugged out vibe by changing the pitch on his voice – check out the song and the whole album as well just below!

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