Album streams on album streams. Dirty Projector’s “Swing Lo Magellan” is also out today! Check it out and read an interview via The New York Times.
“There’s a certain amount of pressure I think that you feel, as the band gets more popular, to be consistent or something like that and make the shows sound like the album. But sometimes the reinvention or the inconsistency is the beauty of it.” - David Longstreth
Remember last week when we didn’t know anything about Frank Ocean’s sexuality and thought his album was dropping on July 17? Us neither. The erstwhile Odd Future member and current R&B crooner’s debut Channel Orange is out, now, in fact, and it’s sensational. Starting with lead-in “Start” and then transitioning to “Thinking About You” (my favorite song of his; that falsetto, my God, in concert every single one of us closed our eyes tight and squealed along, some kids even falling to the dirt on their knees to grind as low as the track demands) the album then unfolds into a series of anachronistic songs reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and at other times, D’Angelo, all the while punctuated by jazzy, vaguely neighborhood noise interludes. And then of course there’s times when Ocean is simply Ocean, as if his music has no influence, rapping slow, cursing, snapping fingers, drawling, harmonizing himself. What results is a beautiful, windblown journey into soul, funk, top 40 and even yacht rock waters, all the way to the “End” (the last track, natch). Hear it all for free, and then, you know,buy it.
It’s that time of the year again. From our executive editor, Mr. Carter Maness, the best and brightest of this year :
To me, 2012 has been about a return to basics. There’s less laptops, less reverb, less half-formed BS. Both rappers and bands have re-found an organic yet technically-sharp rawness that seemed lacking in recent years. These are my favorite songs (on both RCRD LBL and beyond), as well as what I think are the best albums. Explore with two playlists – one for Spotify, one all RCRD LBL free MP3s.
Albums Beach House - Bloom Lee Hazlewood - LIH Years (Reissue) The Walkmen - Heaven Mount Eerie - Clear Moon Fiona Apple - The Idler The Wheel… Paul & Linda McCartney - Ram (Reissue) Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips Rick Ross - Rich Forever Burial - Kindred EP Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan Peaking Lights - Lucifer Lower Dens - Nootropics Black Dice - Mr. Impossible Liars - WIXIW
Kendrick Lamar - The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre) Ex Cops - You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb Beach House - Lazuli Daughn Gibson - Tiffany Lou Chromatics - Lady The Walkmen - The Love You Love Nas - The Don Kanye West - Mercy (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz) Lower Dens - Brains Lotus Plaza - Monoliths Here We Go Magic - How Do I Know? Meek Mill - Amen (feat. Drake)
For those of you sans Spotify - a YouTube list with fun videos!
RCRD LBL Songs
DIIV - Geist Frankie Rose - Know Me Ty Segall & White Fence - I Am Not A Game Quantic & Alice Russell - Here Again Future Of What - I Wait For You Willits & Sakamoto- Completion Eric Copeland - Tarzan etc. Grimes - Oblivion
^ don’t forget these songs are all free to download! just click that “download track” button under the artist name.