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This month, we begin with “Rapture in Blue” by Cautious Clay, a track he describes as “a flux between intense joy and sadness,” as well as an obvious tribute to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Following is Earl Sweatshirt, with “Rye” from his new project Sick that dropped this month from his own imprint at Warner Records. Sick is a record that often pulls back towards Earl’s roots at Odd Future, focusing back on short concentrated lyrical bars. Its not unlike his previous outing, Some Rap Songs, in that way, keeping the album short and concise. But while I felt the previous record was at times overwhelmed by its gritty aesthetic, not giving Earl’s words much room to breathe, this tape is better suited to his cadence and lets the wordplay speak for itself.
Cam Kahin is a multi-instrumentalist and singer booked by Heirmanos out of Toronto, and his song “queen st” is a beautiful tribute to the city that sticks in your head with peppery guitar licks and folksy adlibs that give the track a breezy sentimentality. “Robot Writes a Love Song” is what it says on the tin from the modern legends Pup, whose album Morbid Stuff from 2019 was roaringly exuberant. Inevitably their upcoming release, The Unraveling of PUPTHEBAND, will only build upon the tremendous foundation they’ve curated thus far.
Next is a standout track from “The Overland” by Yard Act, a song called “Payday.” The album at large is cheeky, groovy post-punk in line with its more classic contemporaries, but with no sentimentality holding their sonic palate from reaching and earning new heights. A tribute to an alleged experimental eye surgery is the colossal producer and communism-critic Grimes with “Shinigami Eyes”. Says singer and producer:
It’s a metaphor for when the AI [are] invading the simulation to amuse themselves the way Shinigami invade the human world.Via discord live server
Next is “heart2” from PC Music alum umru and Rebecca Black, who finished her promotional tour a few weeks ago for her latest album, Rebecca Black was Here. Its a noisy and entrancing track that seemed to have been retrofitted to play at the West Hollywood club Troubadour, where I first heard the cut live. Z Miles comes from Panoram’s latest, Acrobatic Thoughts, an IDM record that’s sweet but never sentimental, both drawing cues from Aphex Twin and bringing a tonal quality all his own. Finishing this playlist off is Mae Mae’s standout from her EP gummy heart eyes, “Blemish”. In her words:
“There’s really no pretty way to say this, but this song is about a zit. I wrote it with Adam Castilla (The Colourist) after having a conversation about human flaws, and how they’re inescapable. It started out as a joke with some catchy one-liners, and somehow ended up being an anthemic pop song? I’m still unsure how this happened.”via All Access
Playlist is at the top, and we’ll be seeing you next month for more great music!