RakkSmells

RakkSmells

Catching up on 2021 releases

Best of 2022

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Gunna - DS4EVER
Gunna
DS4EVER
48
Jan 10

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RakkSmells -
85
Dancing in an abandoned hall, with only the sounds of your footsteps echoing through the spacious room. All you can hear however are some sort of desolate and ambient grooves pulsating through your mind. These grooves have engulfed you. Pan to a wide shot where you see nothing but your figure dancing in the dimly lit hall.

Where have you been the past few hours?

The day has a particularly somber mood to it, with clouds in the air and silence in the streets apart from the occasional ... read more

Recent Reviews

RakkSmells -
68
Definitely not as entrancing as Burial's future garage music, but as it is Antidawn's still a pretty solid ambient EP. Even without the 2-step beats he's still able to capture these nocturnal, urban scenes with ease with his signature sampling and textures, and I'm pretty sure most of this score's just because of some of these samples (especially in the last few minutes of Shadow Paradise). It's one of his most soothing releases, no doubt. Only thing that kinda keeps me from liking it more, ... read more
RakkSmells -
38
I don't have the energy to hate this album. Same goes for liking it too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
RakkSmells -
100
One of the most simultaneously comforting and mind-warping electronic albums I've ever heard, all condensed into a perfect 10 track, 32 minute package - it feels both ahead of its time and exactly like an album from its era, giving it that perfect sweet spot between feeling warm and human while still sounding so complex and intricate. Definitely my favourite Richard D. James Album.
RakkSmells -
62
Well, looks like I've got someone else to add to my "artists I'm going to keep a close eye on in the future because what's displayed here is very promising and there are quite a few really cool ideas here - one great track especially - but there is just something that is holding this album back that's keeping me from really getting into it, which in this case is the off-putting vocal mixing" list!
RakkSmells -
40
This album feels more like a Pop Smoke charity event than it does an actual Pop Smoke album.

Not one feature here feels genuine, and it just comes off as these artists going "Wowee look at me, I'm on the new Pop Smoke album! Rest in peace, yo!" through their whole feature. They're not all bad features, but it's just something I can't get past. I really don't see a universe where people like Kanye West, Pusha T, Future, Pharrell, Swae Lee, Chris Brown and Dua Lipa of all people would ... read more

Shoutbox

Nov 17, 2021
Hi, I'm Ryan. I just wanted to say I've always admired your reviews. Keep up the fantastic work!
Oct 8, 2021
Based Richard D. James Album score.
Sep 13, 2021
Hey man “I’m back me Maryann but new Name awesome
Sep 5, 2021
SCAAAAAAAAAAAM GAAAAAAAAANG
Aug 23, 2021
I'm bored and so decided to make another community list; this time,

What is a record you believe has defined its genre albeit through exemplifying its sound, shaping said genre, or has established said genre in popularity and/or existence, and why?
Aug 22, 2021
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Aug 22, 2021
Hey! I’m starting a list of AOTY’s most overrated albums; what’s an album you consider extremely overrated?
Jul 20, 2021
“Name awesome “I’m back real. Name me Maryann
Jul 19, 2021
What is your favorite album from each year, 2001-2021?

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Here's a bunch of cover arts I really like, y'know, the ones that just hit out of the park for me. Album covers that work perfectly with the music but also just look great.
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Albums I need to listen to that I either changed my opinions on, or are not sure of.
Updated 5d ago 6
Completely stealing this idea from TreyLikesBands, btw. Check out his much more expansive list: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/TreyLikesBands/%F0%9F%8E%A4artist-discographies-ranked%F0%9F%8E%A4/ I ...
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