Cali rapper Hopsin has a tight flow and rhymes that don’t mince words. While I like the more hard-hitting tracks on this new LP of his, there just aren’t enough of them to balance out the sickening melodrama that happens on a great deal of this new LP’s songs.
Southern rap titans Three Six Mafia are back under a different name–and with a slight lineup change–but that hasn’t stopped them from pulling together one of the rawest, grimiest mixtapes to drop this year.
Singer-songwriter Joan Wasser (aka: Joan as Police Woman) has a new album coming out next year, The Classic, the follow-up to her wonderful 2011 LP The Deep Field. She has just released a video for the title track depicting Wasser and some friends performing the song on the sidewalk. It looks like everyone is having a joyous time, and the video has an old-timey vibe to it, appropriate given the old school pop feel of the song. (It even features Reggie Watts!)
Look for The Classic on March 10.
Up-and-coming producer and recent Ninja Tune signee Lee Bannon drops another track and video in promotion of his forthcoming album, Alternate/endings. The LP is currently looking at a January 13th release date. Enjoy!
Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.