Even though their last effort is without a doubt a killer album, this one it isn't bad at all. I'm pretty aware that maybe the fire that they had before has gone to some kind of more contemporary production, like they sounded a little more classic the last time and now I feel El-P went for a more electronic-fueled instrumentation. I love the contribution of each guest, they add so much power to each song and prevent them of getting repetitve, which I must admit that it's a bit of a problem for me the latter half of the record. I still feel this is a pretty good album and that both El-P and Killer Mike haven't lost their touch, they just went in a different path with more straight to your face themes.
Fav tracks: Talk to Me, Legend Has It, Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost), 2100, Thursday in the Danger Room.
It's weird in a way that you would expect this sounds to not match at all with Romy and Oliver's vocals, since they didn't change the way their lyrics have a kind of melancholic outcome, however, Jamie xx's production is a little bit more joyful this time and brings a new highway in The xx career, like they have reinvented themselves without forgetting that the biggest truths are told in less words. I really liked how I'm still getting to know each member here and how risky it feels this new path that they're taking, it's totally paying off for me.
Fav tracks: Dangerous, Say Something Loving, Performance, On Hold, Test Me.
Least fav track: Replica.
This is a bit of a letdown after last year's A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons, that it wasn't a great record but it was decent. However, in the followup, Little Simz seems to be a bit more focused on her production and a little more lost on her verses. I don't connect with the concept of the album, I mean I get that she's trying to compare Carroll's Wonderland and the hip-hop scene or maybe the fame that comes along with it. The guests are a hit and miss for me, I was only impressed by Bibi Bourelly other than than I feel like they're pretty forgettable. My big problem is that she has the talent but feels like she's just rambling and the album gets a bit tedious.
DAAAAAAAAMN! Injury Reserve releasing their sophomore effort just days before the year ends and I'm looooving their work again! There's a sound to them that's so clear and fierce, I love how they have these weird samples and mix it with old beats, it's a musical orgy that I never expected to like so much. It's pretty obvious that they have a lot of influences from 90's rap artists as well as contemporary rappers, since they do that autotune effect of Kanye, they bring the jazz mix that Kendrick got trending so hard last year and they also have some party animal bangerz on the way too. Verses that feel authentic and an album that might never get old. GENIUS!
Fav tracks: Oh Shit!!!, Bad Boys 3, All This Money, What's Goodie, Eeeny Meeny Miny Moe, Keep on Slippin'.
Least fav track: All Quiet on the West Side.
The punk here is really good and Glover is showing progression as a record produced and writing artist, his lines are great and the vocals sound lovely against the new direction he takes with this new record. However, I find the tracks a bit too long for my taste at some moments, like Baby Boy and Stand Tall take forever and after a while loose their mojo, on the other hand we have tracks that get cut in the best moment like Riot and Boogieman, I mean, c'mon what happened here? It's a good album, nonetheless, even if it feels a bit undercooked.
Fav tracks: Me and Your Mama, Redbone, Baby Boy, Stand Tall.
Least fav track: Have Some Love.