Albums Listened To:
Electric Guest Plural (Downtown Records)
Plural is the second album and first release for Electric Guest in five years. It is full of interesting, mostly synth takes on pop and R&B. The first two tracks have a similar sound to stuff on their first record Mondo. Then the true pop feels started on “Back & Forth” with reverbed “ahhh”s. Electric Guest also looked to capitalize on the recent wave of dancehall pop that’s been infecting radio. The duo have always done pop in a style that falls between radio-friendly and unique. They’ve always felt middle-of-the-road. Plural is a step up from Mondo but they still feel like they’re having trouble finding their true sound.
Key Tracks: “My Omen”, “Back For Me”, “Glorious Warrier”
Maggie Rogers Now That The Light Is Fading (Capital Records)
Key Tracks: “Alaska”, “On+Off”
Paul White Feat. Danny Brown Accelerator (R&S)
Key Track: “Lion’s Den”
It was reported earlier in the week that mysterious Lana Del Rey posters began appearing around L.A. On Saturday LDR dropped her new single “Love”. It is her newest work since 2015’s Honeymoon. The song is a slow burning, haunting track. Her newest album is supposed to feature several guests and according to her, unlike her first four albums, “this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.”
Ice-T’s metal group Body Count will be releasing a new album on March 31. The first single from the track is called “No Lives Matter”. Ice-T explains at the beginning of the song, “It’s unfortunate that we even have to say ‘Black Lives Matter.’” Ice-T says at the start of the video. “When you say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and then you say ‘All Lives Matter,’ that’s like if I were to say ‘Gay Lives Matter’ and you say ‘All Lives Matter,’ or I say ‘Women’s Lives Matter’ and you say ‘All Lives Matter.’ You’re diluting what I’m saying. You’re diluting the issue. The issue isn’t about everybody.”
Florida artist Twelve’Len released a new track this weekend. The R&B track about how love can age but never fade.
Albums Worth Streaming:
Roc Marciano has a new album out, Rosebudd’s Revenge. It is the follow to 2013’s Marci Beaucoup. 15 tracks that include production from Animoss, Don C., Knxwledge, and Modus Op. Marciano is the only rapper on this album except for a verse from Knowledge the Pirate on “No Smoke” and Ka on “Marksmen”. It’s not out till 2/21 but can be bought here.
Margaret Glaspy performed three tracks on CBS This Morning’s Saturday Sessions from her acclaimed 2016 album Emotions And Math.
Sadly, the “funky drummer” himself, Clyde Stubblefield, has passed away at the age of 73. More info via Stereogum here.
Two notable acts were attacked. A fan of rapper Big Sean attempted to assault him at a CD signing on Saturday. More info via XXL here. On Friday night, pop star Aaron Carter played a show in Bradley, Illinois with ILL State as their opening act. One of the members of ILL State rushed Carter onstage after Carter said “Bye Felipe” as the ILL State member was escorted out earlier for being too rowdy during Carter’s set. Check out more via TMZ here.
Drake sat down with DJ Sempex for OVO Sound Radio over the weekend. In the interview Drake talked about his relationships with Jay-Z and Kanye West, and reflects on his beef with Meek Mill.
Pierce Simpson of Complex sat down with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah at NBA All-Star weekend.
U2 is going to updatge their last album, Songs of Experience. This includes rerecording vocals, new lyrics, tinkering with melodies and beats. More info via Stereogum here.