VINCE STAPLES: FROM THE CITY WHERE THE SKINNY KEEP STRONG HEAT

Vince Staples: Norf Norf (Def Jam, 2015, Summertime ’06)

Speaking of summer music: the new Vince Staples is killing it. I don’t think any other hip-hop album is going to move me off To Pimp A Butterfly as my favorite of the year but Vince comes pretty damn close. Now pardon me, I gotta go get a Louis Burger.

365 Days of Soul, #173

THE INTERNET: CHILL MODE ENGAGED

The Internet feat. Janelle Monáe: Gabby (Columbia, 2015, Ego Death)1

I’m not doing the Summer Song series this summer (I’ll probably bring it back next year though) but in listening to this new album by The Internet (whom I really like), I’m reminded of how my favorite summer songs aren’t the big, brash anthems (though those are pretty good too) but the ones that capture the stillness of summer moments created by the right blend of light and heat. Or something like that. My point is, in those moments, the soundtrack should definitely be like what […]

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MEOW THE JEWELS

I’m just going to leave this here. Join the Meowvolution.

365 Days of Soul, #171

KALI UCHIS: SHE’S STILL HERE

Late pass. I completely slept on Kali Uchis until the other week when DJ Phatrick dropped this tune onto an episode of Heartbreak Radio. First of all, how am I not going to be into a track that loops up the Notations. Second, Uchis does that dream pop thing that needs to be kept in moderation but when it works, it works well, especially over something as ethereal as this track. Now all I need is for her to drop this on a 7″.

365 Days of Soul, #169

PAPOOSE + PREMIER: LIGHTING FIRES

Truth be told, this is one of the best Primo beats I’ve heard in a minute. Not like no one’s ever messed with those Shirley Bassey horns before but I’m surprised more folks haven’t tried to squeeze juice out of it. Monster.

365 Days of Soul, #168